This morning fly to Srinagar and stay in the most luxurious eco-sensitive houseboat on Dal Lake. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour of the old city visiting significant Sufi shrines, mosques and wandering the maze of colourful bazaars
. Kashmir has been romanticised by everyone from the 16th-century Mogul emperor Jahangir to Salman Rushdie (who spoke of “the lush valleys, the lakes, the streams, the saffron meadows – the intense physical beauty and culture of enormous harmony”).