Friday, November 20, 2009
Kashmir - A Paradise On Earth
I got a chance to visit Kashmir. Really I enjoyed the tour of Kashmir. House Boat, Dal Jheel, Mughal Garden. Everything was faboulus. We enjoyed the boating upto 11 pm of night. We enjoyed the shopping, drinks, bhutta etc over the water. Its really a like a heaven.
Kashmir is a Multi-facted diamond set like a Jewel on the map of India. Two Major Himalayan ranges, the great Himalayan and the Pir Panjal, Surround the valley from, north and south sides. The Mughal aptly called Kashmir ‘Paradise on Earth’ and traveled long distances to spend the summers in its cool envirous. Here they discovered the valley faced hill station and laid Srinagar famour Mughal Garden. They also patronized the development of art and craft and left behind a rich heritage of exquisite artisanship.
Kashmir is a land where many holiday ideas are realized, a gift of its spectaculars landscape and distinctive seasons. In winters when snow carpets the valley, you can go for skiing and sledge riding along the slops of Gulmarg or stay back in Srinagar and simply enjoy the bare snow. Covered landscape from the windows of a heated room. In spring and summer April-August the honey-dewed or chords, flowers carpeted meadows, slipping lakes and blue skills. Back on everyone to sample the many delights of the valley.
Kashmiri enchanting four seasons offer the true colour of the valley. Healthy fresh air, towering mountains. Lush green meadows, mystical blue green lakes, exquisite-food, fruit, handicraft and countless flora and famous.
So, this is Kashmiri, Kashmir her luminosity reveals herself to us. As we look from the sky as a multi coloured topestry spread out below us for today we arrive in Kashmir on the wings of a huge. Silver birds, as formerly did the Gods in their aerial chariots their fabled vimans.
Here we are then in this country of dreams and legends. The Happy valley an earthly or aerial paradise half way between heaven and earth on the road to the roof of the world, nestling in the north western folds of the Himalayas.
Kashmir is not a hill station but house of Hill-Stations in the south is Pahalgam. The valley of shepherds, in the north is Sanamarg, the Golden meadow and apart from this the city of Srinagar, the sun city and world famous Mughal Garden, fresh water lakes like Dal-Lake and Nagin Lake are within th reach of a comman Visitors.
The valley of Kashmir is about 130 km long and 140 km wide, its is watered by the Jehlum river, and its affluents which are joined together by a network of Lakes and Canals. Behind it to the north rises the mountains range of the Naga Parbat 8114 metres round which runs the Indus. Still Further lie the territories of Gilget, Baltistan and Ladakh, which are dominated by the magnificent Karakaram range of mountains, with the k2 8611 metres, one of the most imposing in the Himalayas forming a backdrop for its scenery on a titanic scale.
It would be difficult to imagine anything more wonderful than the profusion of flowers in Spring and Summer. A thousand species of flowers of Europe and elsewhere, amful of them everywhere you go. Fields of blue and white iris, lilac, false poppies, perfumed phase, Butter, Cups gentian and Campanula. White & Pink lotus and all the plants of the Himalayas, too numerous to describe. It is said about the one of the famous Mughal Emperor Jahagir, that at his deathbed, he was asked about his last wish. He said restlenly Kashmir. Kashmir and nothing else. Kashmir is also a famous place for adventures, lovers and trackers and Amarnath Pilgramage.
All the Mughal Emperor had great love for Kashmir and they laid down many Gardens and resorts and most famous is Shalimar Garden, the meadow of love. The heat of plain forced them to spend summer moth in the valley of Kashmir. Most important is the climate of Kashmir which attract visitors to come and rest there again and again.
The kashmiri people speak a comman language called ‘Kashmiri’ with slight variation in the dialect in various districts of the valley. In far-flung ares Gojri is the common langurage of Gujjars and Nomads. Urdu is widely spoken in most parts of the valley. English & Hindi is also spoken particularly at Tourists Places.