Breaking silence, Kashmir Boats
The romantic lakes of Kashmir have traditionally offered respite from summer heat, and visitors are once again returning to the troubled Himalayan state.
With its clement summer weather and richly fertile land, its Mughal pleasure gardens and string of alpine lakes, Srinagar in Kashmir is among the world’s oldest tourist destinations. It was founded by the Mughals to escape the heat of the Indian plains, rediscovered by the British Raj in the late 1800s, and in the 1960s and 1970s popularised by hippie Westerners who came upon it on the pot-scented trail from Kabul to Goa. But for the past 20 years Srinagar has been largely off-limits.