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Kashmir - India.... should I?

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1. Posted by michellemm (Full Member 109 posts) 12y

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Folks,

As I´m going to India in February, I was thinking about going as well to Kashmir...what do you think? Is it too dangerous? I´m not going by myself, I´m going with my boyfriend...but still, maybe because of the conflicts it´s impossible to visit there.

Should I?

Cheers!

2. Posted by beppe (Full Member 144 posts) 12y

Well the thing for what i know are going well but it s still a quite dangerous area so it's up to you i think that if you have no problem to stay may be one week closed in a room as i do if something happen ... no problem if you can become crazy for that don't do it !

3. Posted by michellemm (Full Member 109 posts) 12y

Hi beppe!

Have you ever been there, then? What do you think about it? Is it worth visiting (besides the danger)?

Cheers!

4. Posted by glenferrie (Budding Member 14 posts) 12y

I cant give you any advice about the current situation - but I will say that it is a beautiful place. I was there 10 yrs ago and stayed on a houseboat with a family who were very nice and welcoming- the town was pretty dead and a bit depressing due to the lack of tourism and tension. The 10 days I spent there I didn't see any other westerners and I suppose I was a bit naive about the dangers, there were lots of Indian soldiers and many of the buildings had been occupied by the army. I wanted to trek in Gulmarg but was told it was too dangerous, Dal Lake is beautiful as well as the Mogul gardens ect. I had a pretty scary experience while walking through a park I was approached by 2 guys wanting to know who i was , where I was from and what my plans were - I noticed they wore some khaki but didn't think much of it - anyway my guide called me over and told me not to talk to any strangers and to be careful - he told me about a norwegian guy who had been be-headed 2 months prior by some militants - scared the &%@$ out of me actually. In the end I was ready to leave, bottom line is, it's a beautiful place but it could have been much more enjoyable for me and if you feel unsafe you cant really enjoy it.
The situation may have changed a lot since then tho - Dont get talked into it by travel agents ect do your own research.

5. Posted by michellemm (Full Member 109 posts) 12y

Hey, glenferrie!

Yeah, I can imagine it must be scary sometimes, specially because we´re in an unknown territory...I´m more afraid too because I´m a woman, I think women get more into trouble than men...
I don´t know, maybe it´s better to feel the environment while I´m in India, I guess it´s hard to find out here on the other side of the world...
Anyway, thanks for the tips! I´l think carefully about it!

Cheers!