Srinagar, India

Srinagar - a modern water world, centered on the Dal Lake with its winding canals, mountain lake and the river Jhelum Nagin. Plunge headlong into the local culture: hire one of the wooden boats that are called gorgeous, full-day or evening. On land, you can wander through the terraces on hillsides, where are the 400-year-old Mughal gardens grown by Emperor Jehangir for his wife, then buy crafts of local artisans - for example, silk, handmade and embroidered shawls.