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  1. Amar Singh
    November 10, 2018 @ 9:57 am

    I am looking forward to visiting the Kashmir Valley at some point next year. Looks amazing and lots of activities along with natural beauty. Only aspect is it safe to travel. The house stay is great and gives you a feel of how local live. Good details thanks for sharing

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    • dankiteski
      November 10, 2018 @ 6:36 pm

      You must visit, Amar! It’s an amazing place that doesn’t see a lot of tourists and overall, relatively safe for visiting

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  2. Annick
    November 11, 2018 @ 1:57 pm

    What an amazing visit to the Kashmir Valley. I also believe in the goodness of people and your post shows this perfectly. While you were robbed, everyone else made sure to make up for that by showing lots of gracious hospitality. And staying with a family gives you such a unique experience when visiting an area that you don’t get while staying in a big hotel. Where else would you learn that you have to decline the butter tea in order to stop the refills? Thank you for sharing this beautiful experience.

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    • dankiteski
      November 11, 2018 @ 11:32 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Annick! I’m glad you enjoyed the article.

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  3. Kavita Favelle
    November 11, 2018 @ 3:26 pm

    Gosh, sorry to hear about you being robbed on the road, that must have been both upsetting and enraging at the same time! How kind of the hotel owner to give you such a huge discount and help with the ride too. It sounds as though people in this region are very helpful all round. Looks like you had an incredible visit, and the photos are just beautiful!

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    • dankiteski
      November 11, 2018 @ 11:34 pm

      Indeed, Kavita! Despite everything that happened, every time I talk or write about Kashmir I never forget to mention their warm hospitality 🙂

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  4. Katie Werth
    November 11, 2018 @ 6:28 pm

    You got robbed??? What an intense time!! I really enjoyed reading your post !

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    • dankiteski
      November 11, 2018 @ 11:35 pm

      Thanks, Katie, I’m glad you liked the article

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  5. Lisa
    November 11, 2018 @ 8:24 pm

    I always enjoy reading about these kinds of places, because honestly, I don’t think I’ll ever visit. I’m not the best adventure traveller to begin so, so I like to travel vicariously through those who are! Congratulations for being the first man from your country to achieve the climb. That’s quite an achivement!

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    • dankiteski
      November 11, 2018 @ 11:41 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Lisa- I really appreciate it.

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  6. Chloé Arnold
    November 12, 2018 @ 10:01 pm

    Kashmir is on my bucket list, but it wasn’t super high until reading your post. LOOOOOOVVVVVEEE how you talk about the “story.” Your sentences “But it is the traveler that has the power to smell the air, to take a look inside the houses, and most importantly the power to bring out a story. A story filled with compassion and life” were so beautiful! And I love thinking about the stories that mountain holds! Oh if only they could talk!

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    • dankiteski
      November 13, 2018 @ 10:09 am

      Thank you, Chloe, for your kind words. It makes me really happy knowing you liked this article 🙂

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  7. Kate Flores
    November 13, 2018 @ 2:16 am

    So sorry you’ve been robbed from Leh – anyway great decisions by going more adventurous coming to Kashmir! What an experience you have! I can feel that it is a very different culture – far different from the nearby counties. I want to taste the butter tea, too! Haha. For sure I’ll also visit there someday but not with kids.

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    • dankiteski
      November 13, 2018 @ 10:10 am

      Thanks, Kate- I’m glad you liked the article and I hope you get the chance to visit one day, with or without kids (it’s generally pretty safe to visit despite the things that happened to me).

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  8. umiko Silalahi
    November 13, 2018 @ 4:15 am

    Congratulations on being the first Macedonian who reached the Stok Kangri top. I enjoyed reading your adventure hiking to the top as well as reaching the valley. I’m glad you could make it even without the oxygen. Staying with the locals and learned about them sounds very interesting. I’m sorry to hear you being robbed, but you found good people along the way and I’m sure this trip and experience will stay forever in your heart.

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    • dankiteski
      November 13, 2018 @ 9:16 am

      Thank you Umiko, I”m really happy to hear you enjoyed reading about my adventure 🙂

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  9. Anita
    November 16, 2018 @ 5:43 pm

    I would love to come to the Kashmir mountains area. I wanted to go there while in india but didn’t have enough time. How is the safety there nowadays?

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    • dankiteski
      November 17, 2018 @ 9:49 pm

      It’s relatively safe to visit and it’s in my opinion, the most beautiful part of India.

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