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Past times: Srinagar in Kashmir, 1988
In 1988 Gudrun, me and daughter Birte visited India. We also wanted to see Kashmir, but all roads were closed because of the insecure situation due to the border problems between India and Pakistan. Therefore, we had to take a plane from Delhi to Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir. There we were staying on a luxurious houseboat on Dal Lake. The history of Srinagar starts in the 3rd century B.C. with King Asoka. During the times of the British Colony India, Srinagar was a favoured place for the British making holidays in a moderate climate, thus escaping the hot temperatures in India. They had big houseboats built to live in. Due to the continuing conflict about this region, claimed by both India and Pakistan, Kashmir nowadays is still insecure. In addition, there is a religious problem between Hindu India and Muslim Kashmir.