introduction to kashmir
Kashmir The Paradise
Stating about Kashmir, Emperor Jehangir said:
|Agar Firdous Baroye zameen ast|
|Hami asto, hami asto, hami ast|
(Language: Persian) Meaning:
|If there is paradise on earth,|
|It is here, it is here, it is here.|
|These words are usually witnessed on every Kashmiri’s lips, while speaking about Kashmir. Kashmir is considered as a paradise on earth due to the natural, attractive & addictive beauty. The main attractions of Kashmir are its green mountains, lakes and snow (in winter). Every village, hill station & even cities of Kashmir have their own charm, attracting foreigners as well as Kashmiris to spend their time.
Taking into account the natural beauty, one will find every corner of Kashmir worth it, as every part of Kashmir has its own natural impression, surrounded by green mountains. While travelling higher and higher, one witnesses better spots to spend time at in holidays or to refresh. Such places are usually left neglected due to the popularity of the listed. However, one can’t usually hang out for so long to get the view of every nook of Kashmir.
The Mughals aptly called Kashmir ‘Paradise on Earth’ where they journeyed across the hot plains of India, to the valleys cool environs in summer. Here they laid, with great love and care, Srinagar’s many formal, waterfront gardens, now collectively known as the Mughal Gardens. Anecdotes of four and five centuries ago describe their love for these gardens, and the rivalries that centred around their ownership. They also patronized the development of art & craft among the people of Kashmir, leaving behind a heritage of exquisite artisanship among thes people and making the handicrafts of the land prized gifts all over the world.
Kashmir is a land where myriad holiday ideas are realised. In winter, when snow carpets the mountains, there is skiing, tobogganing, sledge-riding, etc. along the gentle slopes. In spring and summer, the honey-dewed orchards, rippling lakes and blue skies beckon every soul to sample the many delights the mountains and valleys have to offer. Golfing at 2,700 m above the sea, water-skiing in the lakes and angling for prized rainbow trout, or simply drifting down the willow fringed alleys of lakes in shikaras and living in gorgeous houseboats are some of the most favoured ones.
Mughals aptly called Kashmir ‘Paradise on Earth’ where they journeyed across the hot plains of India, to the valley’s cool environs in summer. Set like a jeweled crown on the map of India, Kashmir is a multi-faceted jewel, changing its hues with the seasons – always extravagantly beautiful. Kashmir is a land where myriad holiday ideas are realized. In winter, when snow carpets the mountains, there is skiing, tobogganing, sledge-riding, etc. along the gentle slopes. In spring and summer, the honey-dewed orchards, rippling lakes and blue skies beckon every soul to sample the many delights the mountains and valleys have to offer. No wonder that, Kashmir is referred to as the ‘Switzerland of India.Come and explore the crown of India- where the natural beauty is blest by the Gods… where the misty morning sprawls over the snow clad peaks… where the sunlight gives a gentle touch to the woods and waters, valleys and hillside… If there is heaven on earth, it is here in the divine lands of Jammu & Kashmir !!
Jammu & Kashmir, the sixth largest state of the Indian union, is mostly mountainous with stretches of valleys and some mountain lakes. Nature lovers from all over the world flock to this northernmost extremity of India for destinations such as Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Leh, Patnitop, and Ladakh, comparable to the Alps.
The state (often called J&K) has been a prime centre for learning Sanskrit and Persian since time immemorial. Today, J&K comprises of Hindu, Islamic and Tibetan culture. The diversity can be observed in the life style, architecture, music, dance, festivals and literature of the people of different districts. The people of J&K speak Urdu, Kashmiri, Hindi, Dogri, Pahari and Ladakhi languages.
The best seasons to visit are also categorized according to the climatic conditions, as each part differs greatly in topography. For visiting Jammu, it is October to February, for Kashmir- May to October, and November to February, and for Ladakh, it is Mid June to September