Kashmir - Srinagar - Day 28
Trip Start Jan 31, 2008
254Trip End Ongoing
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Today I went to the Hindu Sankaracharya temple which was build in 5th century BC. This temple was build for Shiva and is situated on top of hill overlooking the lake. I have a great view of the temple from my houseboat which directly faces the hillside. We drove to the temple entrance which is heavily guarded by armed troops, I was frisked three times before entering the temple grounds. Once I was past security, you face a climb of over 200 steps to the temple entrance. The views from the top are stunning, you can see the lake with the floating town of hundreds of houseboats and of course the Himalayas surrounding the lake
It's mayhem in Srinagar today due to a big Muslim festival which starts today. All roads around the mosque are closed so it's complete motoring chaos. We were suppose to visit the mosque which is the most holy in Kashmir, but due to ensuing chaos decided to give it a miss.
Later in the day went to see some hand made Kashmir carpets, blatantly a ploy for me to spend two grand on a carpet, didn't work but there're very beautiful though. Not really practical for a nomad like me to be carrying a carpet around on back with my 30kg of mountain equipment and clothes.
I had my first cut throat shave today in a barber shop. Really impressed, closest shave I've every had and it was like a beauty treatment, the guy shaves you, moisturises you, and then gives you a face massage. Feeling 18 again!
When I returned to the houseboat. A guy came round and brought two briefcases of jewellery and ancient artifacts. I ended up buying a 150 year old heavy silver bangle, which his grandfather bought from some mountain people about 50 years ago, so he says. Wasn't cheap but I really liked it and I knew it was old and very unusual, so I thought why not.