Majestic Beauty Of Kashmir
Although Kashmir is famous for scenic attraction but it is the people of Kashmir that makes it real heaven on earth
Post by AZRA FATIMA on Sunday, October 16, 2022
The name Kashmir means desiccated land “Ka” means water “shimeera” means desiccated from its formation. Kashmir is the northern most geographical region of the Indian subcontinent. Kashmir’s blissful aura can never be expressed in words, Snowy glaciers, pristine lakes, picturesque mountains, dense forests, green meadow, gushing rivers everything about Kashmir is supremely beautiful. The beauty of Kashmir has stood most uncertain times. Kashmir is abound with rich flora, especially large Chinar trees throughout the valley; a tree not very commonly found everywhere. It is a magnificent vibrant tree whose leaves change colour to red, yellow and amber during autumn season. This tree predominantly grows in Kashmir. The tree not only is a rare sight but is a form of majestic beauty and is one of the tourist attractions in Kashmir. Its botanical name is platanus orientalis and is called “Booyn” in kashmiri language. The chinar is a pride of Kashmir.Go a little further in mountains and you will find dense green forests lined with pine deodar and fir trees. The lush green and flowery meadows are sure to take your heart away too.
The Dal Lake is also surrounded by a variety of deciduous trees that promises a colorful show in their fall season. There is nothing quiet and calming as setting by a lake or river bank and just getting lost in nature’s bounty. A shikara ride on Dal Lake in Srinagar is a complete experience in itself. Nothing feels more soothing than letting your fingers glid through the chilled water of Dal Lake in winters. Soak your memories in a warm cup of kehwa tea, feel your heart synchronize with the glaciers above. Dust the snow of your shoulders after a long trek up a hill and watch the sun kissed snow craped mountains. The wullar is yet another famous lake near Bandipora which is considered as Asia’s largest fresh water lake. Gadsar Lake in sonamarg, a hidden gem that can only be reached through a trek. Every lake and place offers an altogether different view and experience. The lush valleys of Kashmir have their own charm. Aru valley and Betab valley in Pahalgam, Baltal in sonamarg, these lush valleys are surrounded by mountains and bound with lakes waterfall and numerous tree and meadows.
Gulmarg, a popular skiing destination remains covered with snow throughout the year has the world’s second highest operating cable car ride at height of 4390 ft. Gulmarg and Pahalgam are also home to adventurous sports like white water rafting in summers and skiing in winters which creates adrenaline rush and thrill in venture seekers. Sonamarg the land of Gold Surrounded by Majestic glaciers and serene lakes caste subtle spells on the visitors. Jammu and Kashmir is not just a tourist destination but also pilgrimage to thousands of devotees belonging to all major Indian regions. The onset of summer brings Amarnathji Yatris to Amaranth cave at an altitude of 3888m about 141 km from Srinagar. At the bank of Dal Lake is Hazratbal Shrine which is one of the most important pilgrim places for Muslims in the valley. The charming nature when combines with the architectural wonders of the Mughal gardens add to the beauty of Srinagar city. Although Kashmir is famous for scenic attraction but it is the people of Kashmir that makes it real heaven on earth. They welcome the tourists with open arms and great hospitality. The beauty of the valley cannot be described in words. It has to be seen to be cherished in the real sense of the word. It appears as if Mother Nature has blessed this valley with all her bounty and grandeur.
The culture of Kashmir is a blend of multiple customs and traditions. The valley enjoys the diversity in religion and that’s why Kashmir is famous for its culture heritage all over the world. It amalgamates Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims and Buddhists who make Kashmir more beautiful in its diversity. Also wazwan, Asian and Persian culture, music, cuisine, carpet weaving and Sufism forms a significant part of Kashmir’s identity. Kashmiri culture is mainly followed by people living in the valley and Srinagar is undoubtedly one of the tourist hotspots in Kashmir as well as in India.
(Author is a student in Functional English, Govt. College for Women MA Road Srinagar)