Kashmir's Paradise, Redefined
After two weeks in pollution-choked New Delhi, I’m still determined to discover some of the beauty India has to offer. There is a reason so many say they love India, and I'm going to find out why:A friend of mine says he's on his way to Kashmir in August.
"Kashmir," I say, "isn't that a little dangerous?"
"No," he says, "I just can't go into old Srinagar. I was in Kashmir last year and it was fine."
It brings to mind my own visit over a decade ago, and I fall heavily into a daydream (cue the sitar). No, scratch the sitar – cue cold wind and other sounds of desolation. I was in India over Christmas break to attend the wedding of a friend. But after two weeks in smoggy, traffic-choked, filthy, crowded New Delhi, and after commiserating with every cow in the golden triangle, I was eager to get away...
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