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It was a very long time ago that I visited India, and at the time, Kashmir was relatively peaceful and a regular tourist destination as an escape from the heat of the Indian plains; we stayed in a houseboat on Nagin Lake near Srinagar.
Following that, we travelled by bus to Leh in Ladakh, lying at an altitude of some 3500 metres in an area watered by the Zanskar river, which flows into the Indus. There is a great deal of Tibetan influence in the area, from Leh Palace (a miniature version of the Potala, no longer in use) to the many Buddhist temples and monuments in the surrounding mountains and villages.
These days I understand that Leh is most usually approached from Himachal Pradesh rather than the Zoji La as a consequence of the troubles in Kashmir, and movement in the area is somewhat restricted, but I'd recommend it to anyone.
A wonderful area.
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