Sunday, May 4, 2008

Srinagar, India - 27 July 2007

Hindu Temple .... Mosque ....

i said good bye to Michael and moved to the recommended houseboat of Bas and Mikel. Both i met in the bus from Leh to Srinagar and then met again at Mughal's Garden.

It was a simple family run houseboat. i was happy that i would again have the companionship of friends. Then 3 of us went to the Hind temple on the hill. From the hill, we could see the nice paranomic view of Srinagar but the usual security check that you found in Srinagar was a bit nuisance.

When we came back in the afternoon, i went to the muslim shrine and Jama Masjid with the Danish guy who was also staying in the houseboat, Thor. We couldn't go to the shrine as there was prayers going on. But we went to the mosque and it was beautiful and peaceful. Years back, there were bombing at the shrine and killed several foreign tourists. Like usual, there were eager local to talk to foreigner. Thor had quite a few conversations and i just sat quietly on the lawn with the local family people.

It was a pleasant afternoon. We then took bus to go back to the town and had a nice Chinese noodle meal to ease our grumbling stomach. We both talked about our country and Thor is an easy person to talk to. We found that, we would be in the same bus to Delhi tomorrow.

The afternoon ended with internet.

The evening dinner was a family-like scene. Bas shared his jokes and a bit of his love story with Mikel. They are loving couple. They met in Vietnam years back and eventually developed a long distance relationship and finally Mikel moved from Germany to lead a life with Bas who is still studying in Holland.

A sikh family requested to take picture with Mikel and Bas near to the Hindu Temple on the hill.

Paranomic view of Dal Lake from the hill.

The local old couple sitting on the lawn together with me at Masjib Jamek.
There were very friendly to me.

The houseboat family, at their tiny small kitchen.

View from the veranda of houseboat.
It gets misty and peaceful with birds chirping early in the morning.

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