Weekly Photo Challenge: Kashmir Reflections


I think the Kashmir Valley is one of the most beautiful places in the world. There is something very magical about it. Staying on a houseboat is a lovely way to while away a few days. The Nagin Lake is quieter than the busier Dal Lake. If you ever get the chance to go to Srinigar you should stay on the Houseboat Moonshine. The family is lovely and welcoming and the mother is a great cook. Kashmir is still caught in a political tug-of-war between India and Pakistan and trouble does flair up so it’s worth checking on the political situation before travel.

Houseboats, Kashmir

Reflection, Nagin Lake, Kashmir


Kashmir, India

Houses on Nagin Lake, Kashmir


Jehlum River, Kashmir

Houseboats on the Jhelum River, Kashmir


Kashmir houseboats

Reflection on Nagin Lake, Kashmir

Salman Rushdie wrote his children’s book Haroun and the Sea of Stories set in a magical place which is based on Kashmir.

β€œHe knew what he knew: that the real world was full of magic, so magical worlds could easily be real.”
Haroun and the Sea of Stories

This is my response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflection

58 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Kashmir Reflections

      • journeyman1977 says:

        Yes they do move around, Sueann…Rushdie was right…magical place:) Pity they’re squabbling over it. Enjoyed the post big time.

      • journeyman1977 says:

        yikes…heavens no…extradition!!! πŸ™‚ lol complications, complications πŸ™‚ Now it’s the travel channel and blogs like yours, after I get to where I’m finally going πŸ™‚

      • journeyman1977 says:

        Sueann, who in their right mind’s will for out 10$ to buy a book about me ? πŸ˜‰ No…this ride has been too crazy. I’d rather write fiction…definitely some kind of writing or else I’ll go nuts. P.s – Love the pics and your narratives

  1. Sueann – now living in Kerala I one day would love to go to Kashmir – everybody tells me how beautiful it is, but alas………
    And yes, our houseboats move around in their sedate pace through the backwaters and across the lakes. Ideal for honeymooners. Ciao Carina

    • No. they stay where they are. The British built them on the water because they weren’t allowed to own land. Everyone paddles around in shikaras which are little wooden boats to get from place to place.

  2. Those little houseboats are cool – and what an experience to live in such an exotic place – what did you all do there – if you dont mind me asking? Side note: is the red coral situation a little freaky?

    • We were doing volunteer work for a year – my husband worked for Operation Eyesight (Canadian) and I did a volunteer project with the International School there.
      The red algae is apparently harmless and a natural phenomenon and has mainly moved off the beaches near us. Very strange looking though. We just went to a different beach the days it was at Bondi.

  3. Love these photos. I’ve always heard about Kashmir and have dreamt of visiting. Definitely one of those far-off mysterious places. Thanks for sharing some photos about this place of mystery to me. It looks like as beautiful as I’ve always imagined it.

  4. Almost got there. Wanted to but only got as far as Kathmandu. I might not ever get there so it is great to know how wonderful it would have been in words and pictures.

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