Kashmir Lures Record Visitors as Insurgency Hotspot Regains Calm

Kashmir Lures Record Visitors as Insurgency Hotspot Regains Calm

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Kashmiri take tourists on shikara rides on Dal lake in Srinagar. It was that mix of natural beauty and a hybrid culture blending Sufi Islam, Hinduism and other faiths that each year in the 1980s drew more than 500,000 Indian tourists, western backpackers and skiers.