Sunset on Dal Lake, India

Sunset on Dal Lake, India

A Kashmiri boatman paddles his boat on Dal Lake during sunset in Srinagar.

Kashmir is divided between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan, with both claiming the disputed territory in its entirety. Armed rebels have fought Indian security forces in Kashmir since 1989 for the independence of the region or its merger with Pakistan. The conflict has left tens of thousands, mostly civilians, dead so far.

Srinagar is the largest city and the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It lies on the banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary of the Indus, and Dal and Anchar lakes. The city is famous for its gardens, waterfronts and houseboats. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dried fruits.

Picture by AFP

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