Srinagar in Kashmir, north India, is a magical place. A beautiful valley, full of lakes and waterways with the Himalayan backdrop, sandwiched between Pakistan and China. Since before Mughal times, Kashmir has been a desirable summer location, because of its temperate climate and landscape. The famous houseboats on Dal Lake (and Nageen Lake) were created, it is said, during colonial times when the British were forbidden from owning land. The population is predominantly Muslim. There have been independence disputes. In the early 2000s there were some serious incidents of political violence.