Kashmir is undoubtedly a paradise on Earth. The valley itself is lush green, with mesmerizing meadows and some of the most photogenic spots in the world. Fruit, timber, minerals and herbs are found in abundance in Kashmir. Kashmir is the best place to visit after a tiresome season at work. It relaxes you to the depth of your soul.
The incredibly splendid valley – Kashmir Valley is surrounded by the highest mountain ranges of the world. Nature lovers and adventure seekers always have the desire to explore Kashmir. Its snow capped silver mountains and wide varieties of flora and fauna are unique and exceptional.
Neelam valley has been formed by the Neelam River. The valley looks enchanting with grass covered hills and sparse trees. Neelam is a valley of fountains, springs, waterfalls and the most ideal for mountain tourism.
Nanga Parbat is the second highest mountain peak of Himalaya range of Pakistan and the ninth highest of the world. This peak has a never ending list of human deaths and so it has been popularly termed as “Murder Mountains” by Germans. Nevertheless, the vista of Nanga Parbat is highly stunning and tranquil with the snow covered peaks and lush meadows. You may encounter one or two waterfalls if you are lucky.
Pari Mahal (The Fairies Abode)
Pari Mahal is a terraced garden which overlooks the entire city of Srinagar. The structural design is an interpretation of Islamic architecture. The Mahal is highly recommended for sightseeing.
We can find fast food chains in most of the world but, in some countries like India, the prohibition against eating beef delayed its landing. Hindus do not eat beef and Muslims do not eat pork so McDonald’s has decided to “reinvent” with new menus and implement for the first time a vegetarian menu.
In the new menu will not be room for meat and while it has the possibility to use fish or chicken, the company decided to try new formulas and company spokesman in India, Rajesh Maini.
“There is a great opportunity to vegetarian restaurants since many Indians are vegetarians . So far, India is a very small market, we only have 271 restaurants in India and around the world, we have about 33 000, ” Maini said.
The first local McDonald’s plans to open will be located in Amritsar, close to the Golden Temple in northern India, and projected a second restaurant in the town of Katra, in Kashmir.
The menu of the restaurants that the chain has in India now offers many vegetarian dishes on their menu. About 50% of the dishes are not prepared meat, although the country’s signature dish is the McAloo Tikki Burger, having a meat filling.
McDonalds wants to gain market share in a society where fast food companies you are “eating” the clientele and it goes racing according to the customs of the Hindus.
In India, there is a town around a lake that knew how to “own” the water, or better, add the lake as part of a semi-aquatic city. The lake, for hundreds of years, is populated by houseboats and “itinerant”. There is even a small community or “floating slum” with their own markets in water, their “gardens” of water lilies, boats, school, and even stores that could move easily from side to side. Everything happens on the Dal Lake, in the city of Srinagar.
The first thing you read when searching for information on Srinagar (the largest city in the state of Jammu and Kashmir) on sites like Wikitravel , is that the area is heavily affected by the recent violence for political reasons, which is a militarized zone and away from the peaceful image that usually associate with other regions of India. Often, there are demonstrations and rallies that can end with expressions of violence at any moment. Although the situation appears to be more relaxed in recent times is very important to learn before thinking of visiting the site.
There is little that is sensed from the above by looking at the images that illustrate the post, especially in the vicinity of Dal Lake, the heart of Srinagar. The shallow lake is dotted with boats and houseboats, a way of life displayed around the water where people live, old boats nearly swamped in the mud in very poor areas, and even boats to houseboats that look like a small palace. The boats are known as shikaras, and are extremely colorful in contrast to the predominantly gray ground. Nevertheless, the Dal Lake of tranquility pervades the place, and a strange stillness as that is almost mirrored in its waters.
Not everything is so idyllic even in the lake. In addition to the social and political problems of the region, especially Dal Lake, there are problems of excessive growth of aquatic plants, and are needed almost constantly cleaning:
On land, the city of Srinagar is chaotic, with a particular architecture:
Many of the houseboats, offers accommodation for tourists, it is certainly the best way to sleep in Srinagar. The houseboats have between 2 to 5 bedrooms, bathroom, dining room and deck to enjoy the outdoors. Ideally, it is not booked before you arrive, and yes, know this before confirming a stay to avoid bad experiences. Srinagar is one of the faces of this multifaceted region of Asia, still an amazing place (and even for bad reasons) remain away from the main tourist routes.
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