A glimpse into the hidden richness of Kashmir’s towns

Written by Staff Writer

In Srinagar, India, roof top mansions have been restored and converted into a low-cost development of about 75 houses. CNN takes a closer look.

New York to Paris to Mumbai to the Himalayas … often, the journey from city to the great outdoors begins in style. With an eye for design, and creative vision, moving from one province to another can be an immersive experience. From silk carpets to ceramics and carvings, stones to paint, these cultural finds are part of the wealth of heritage we all share with the world.

But it is not just Old World travelers traveling abroad who find the experience unique. “Occupying the (city of Srinagar), the palace is falling apart and with an entire corporation of land, I thought it was important to bring these two cultures together in modern day,” says Musarrat Baig, co-founder of Naya House. “The approach was ‘let’s build a country.'”

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Bringing worlds together

In an understated move, at the height of Naya House’s construction, tourists would simply pass through the newly created streets and visit its residents through the glazed glass of their motorhomes. The developers are hoping to create a similar fusion between tourists and citizens, reminding them that cultures, while often separate and incompatible, are also integral.

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