I have just returned from a holiday in Kashmir and the entire experience was worth the effort. The valley is beautiful and most of the local people are extremely friendly and courteous. Contrary to what most people would expect that this is a volatile and strife-torn region, I found the people willing to leave the past behind and move forward with the rest of the country. I had never felt insecure as the region was bustling with activity with tourists from other parts of the country who were looking forward to a respite from the oppressing heat of the summer in the cool environs of the valley.This place is a must-visit for anyone who loves nature, the mountains and the warmth of its people (in spite of their daily hardships). Here are some pics from the trip which might make you lose your heart to this place as it sure has made mine !