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  • Throughout years of heavy fighting in Kashmir's militant insurgency, tourists have still flocked to Dal Lake to stay in a piece of living colonial history - many have wooden porches where guests can relax while gazing at breathtaking mountain vistas and listening to the calls of the fruit and vegetable-sellers from their floating 'shikara' shops.

    Nothing To Do With Arbroath

  • Dar Yasin/Associated Press A man paddles his shikara, a traditional gondola, in the Dal Lake, on the outskirts of Srinagar, India.

    Asia in Pictures

  • This happens when a couple of young white men, tourists, lounging on a shikara on the Dal Lake have the following exchange with the film's central character, Dilawar:

    Amitava Kumar: First You Must Say Hello

  • Farooq Khan/European Pressphoto Agency Tourists sat on a shikara as it glided through a sea of blooming lotus plants on a hot summer's day on Mansabal Lake, near Srinagar, June 19.

    India in Pictures

  • Dar Yasin/Associated Press A man disembarked from a shikara, or a traditional boat, on Dal Lake in Srinagar, April 4, 2011.

    India in Pictures

  • EPA/FAROOQ KHAN Tourists enjoy a ride in a shikara (gandola) in the waters of Nigeen Lake in Srinagar, India, April 18, 2010.

    Mercury Rising in India

  • Tourists enjoy a ride in a shikara (gandola) in the waters of Nigeen Lake in Srinagar, India, April 18, 2010.

    Mercury Rising in India

  • It was the most beautiful place: looking out over the Dal lake, shikara canoes skimming across.

    Curfewed Night by Basharat Peer

  • Jeelani is a “shikara wallah,” as these boatmen are called, and on this spring morning he was taking me on a sunrise cruise on Dal Lake, an obligatory ritual for visitors to the Vale of Kashmir, in northern India.

    Paradise Regained?

  • Along the lakefront boulevard — lined with dozens more houseboats with names like Young Mona Lisa, Golden Bell, Duke of Windsor, and New Cherry Ripe — the shikara wallahs were selling flowers, papier-mâché elephants, and cruises to the mostly Indian tourist crowd.

    Paradise Regained?

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