I went to Kashmir (the India side) on last August with my travel and diving buddy, Frieda. When we booked the trip, we did not realise that we will be in Srinagar during Lebaran/Hari Raya. Most of Kashmiri are Muslim. All stores and restaurant were closed, except the gardens, where most Kashmiri hang out with friends/families, celebrate Lebaran. Srinagar have some beautiful mughal gardens. So, we celebrate Lebaran in the gardens with the local.
When you come to Srinagar, try to stay at one of the houseboat.Most tourist will combine staying at the houseboat and ordinary hotel. In our case, we stayed at the houseboat, because too lazy to move ^^ In the evening, before the sunset, enjoy shikara ride, explore the lake, visiting floating village, floating stores for souvenir ^^ Beside the shawls, Kashmir also famous for papier machie making and walnut woodcarving.
|House boat, typical accommodation in Dal Lake|
|Shikara - water taxi in Dal Lake|
|Sunset @ Dal Lake|