Why this former ambassador rates Ladakh as the new Tibet

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From September to November, dense vegetation on the steeply sloped hills is a variegated sweep of yellows, gold and browns. Late blooming flowers in old Mughal and colonial British gardens are a mass of colour. When I arrive, expansive Dal Lake is glistening. An Indian woman paddles home after collecting lotus leaves on Dal Lake, Srinagar. Getty Images And so it begins My guide from January, Usman Qayoom of Kashmir Walks, is waiting at the airport to welcome me with an exaggeratedly colourful bunch of local roses. It’s noon and the prayers from the muezzins have begun as we thread...