Kashmir is hands down one of grandest and most breathtaking places I have ever visited. It wasn't called "heaven on Earth" for nothing. And one of its most famous attractions is the Dal Lake. However, when I visited last year, I was so disappointed at the state of this water body. We had booked a boat house for day and honestly I was expecting a peaceful and serene place. While the boat house was a piece of architecture with intricate woodwork and paneling, it was truly disheartening to look out of the window and balcony and notice food wrappers, plastic cups and all kinds of trash floating on the water. We had booked one of the better located and higher priced boats which is why we still got a relatively clean area. The cheaper options were situated in parts of the lake that looked less like a water body and more like a congested refugee settlement area. For one, I cannot for the life of me figure how people can even think of droping their trash into the water and polluting such a godly place. And then I don't understand why the Kashmir government doesn't pass laws where any person caught doing this will be fined a hefty amount. Or atleast have monthly cleaning done in the Lake. I don't think we as people have the right to damage the beauty and purity of such a beautiful place with our carelessness, ignorance and unplanned commercialization to satisfy our greed. I sincerely hope the fabled Lake gets to return to what it was someday again.