The Hotel Leeward on Dal Lake in Indian-controlled Kashmir where author V.S. Naipaul stayed twice, but which was taken over by Indian security forces in 1997. Photo: Shoaib Shafi
The Hotel Leeward on Dal Lake in Indian-controlled Kashmir where author V.S. Naipaul stayed twice, but which was taken over by Indian security forces in 1997. Photo: Shoaib Shafi
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When author V.S. Naipaul stayed on Kashmir’s Dal Lake, and the unfortunate fate of his beloved Hotel Leeward

  • When author VS Naipaul travelled to India in 1962 to write An Area of Darkness, he spent four months at the tiny Hotel Liward on Kashmir’s Dal Lake
  • He returned to the hotel in 1989, as the son of its owner recalls wistfully – eight years later Indian soldiers asked to stay a night, and have never left

The Hotel Leeward on Dal Lake in Indian-controlled Kashmir where author V.S. Naipaul stayed twice, but which was taken over by Indian security forces in 1997. Photo: Shoaib Shafi
The Hotel Leeward on Dal Lake in Indian-controlled Kashmir where author V.S. Naipaul stayed twice, but which was taken over by Indian security forces in 1997. Photo: Shoaib Shafi
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