Safety in Kashmir:
In September 2005, there is no war going on and i think it hasn't for some time. There is no need to be a fearful tourist just a careful one. The place should be considerably safer than Bali or London as there is no global terrorism problem there.
Locals told me that the Pakistani government does not currently support the separatist militants. Tourists are not the target of any violence, the Indian military are. There are a great many military in Srinagar. Just don't hang around them as it is their centres were recent bombings have taken place. The bombings are fairly small and kill a handful of people in each incident.
Paradise On Earth
Kashmir was really paradise during seventies.Influx of Tourist brought some respite to the cash starved populas.Major educated lot exploited the poor/illeterate.Governement of India pampered the public with lots perks In 1970 to 1984 one kilogram of wheat floor was 44 paise and one kilogram of Rice 46 paise in fair price shops.Politicians like rulers used the sheepish public to grind their axe .Those who want to escape the tropical heat in summer sought respite in Kashmir. Due to denudification of forest the weather has drastically changed .The constant 28 degree celecius temperature in summber now hovers around 35 degree making it uncomfortable in srinagar city.So escape to sonamarg/yusmarg/gulmarg/phalagam. Best part of yatra amarnath is enjoyable.Worth a try. especially youth who prefer two wheeler to next street buddy will stretch their legs and exercise the hill climbing. Talk some rest and enjoy the nature at its best. U can literally distinguish the 4 seasons sprint summer autumn and winter. People are good but if u speak Hindi/urudu/English u will be fleeced in commerce bargain the lingo of market.warichoo waare are the good words.Beware of people swearing on kuran and taang. GOOD place to visit do not forget to visit kheer bhawani
srinagar has a heritage and geniune heritage buildings need to be put by preference on the tourists attraction list and rozabal has no tourist or local significance except some polatical propoganda being hyped by the locals to attract torists... so the pic needs to be removed