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