Backpackers, journeyers and high-end tourists have been coming to Kashmir and Jammu, for nigh on 500 years with everyone from Mughal emperors to Mahatma Gandhi and Paul McCartney sampling the special brand of Sufi Islamic hospitality that goes hand in hand with the faraway peaks of the Himalayas. There's an intrinsically magical feel as the Vale of Kashmir bathes in the golden light of the setting sun. The canals and lakes in and around the old town of Srinagar offering a timeless glance at another world, where shakaras float effortlessly by and the call to prayer blends with the sing song of Hindi film scores.
Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream; to sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen.
Local guesthouses invite a chance to get to know charming hosts who revel in the role of Kashmir travel guide, only too pleased to show you their homeland where trekkers can find Nirvana and shoppers succumb to some of the finest wares this side of the Silk Route.