Houseboat on Dal Lake, Kashmir

A Houseboat on Dal Lake in Kashmir. The boats remain docked close to the shore and boat rides can be had in smaller ‘shikaras’. Photo Credit: Basharat Alam Shah

Kashmir in Northern India is referred to by Indians as ‘Paradise on Earth’. Then again, its hardly surprising that Kashmir is blessed with such stunning natural beauty, knowing that its at the foothills of the Himalayas, and is also home to several high altitude lakes & rivers and a series of ruggedly handsome valleys.