Its been 4 days since i penned down anything on my blog so here I am. Today I am gonna take you through one of the most beautiful place one can visit in his/her life time but most likely NOT so popular these days amongst the tourists.
I am talking about the paradise on earth called Kashmir which was termed as a paradise on earth by the GREAT Mughal emperor Jahangir who when set his eyes on the valley of Kashmir while living in a house-boat on the mesmerizing Dal Lake and said, “Gar firdaus, ruhe zamin ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin asto’, meaning ‘If there is a heaven on earth, it’s here, it’s here, it’s here.
I am lucky enough have my wife from this beautiful place and thus have a permanent bond with this amazing place. I visited this place this year and I was like WOW!! when i saw the greenery everywhere, hills rising and sneaking through the clouds, literally touching the heavens, serene water of the lakes, wind slowly touching your face and singing the melancholy strain, The majestic Dal lake telling endless stories of happiness, joys and sorrow of this beautiful but wounded city. Adhaan (muslims call for prayer) was such a straight arrow piercing through your heart is like the FINAL adhaan for all the young and old souls who have lost their lives fighting for the freedom of their holy land. This city has so many things to display and more are those which can not be seen but felt, if you have ever heard anything about Kashmir.
This is a controversial region lying mostly in the Himalayan mountains, and shares borders with the states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab to the south and also sharing vast land in the form of border with the neighboring country of Pakistan. Both India and Pakistan claim to be the share holder of this land and some part has been occupied by Pakistan and some by india. Sadly no one really cares what the local Kashmiri’s want.
I happen to visit most of its beautiful places which can be covered in such a short duration of 6 days.
Tulip Garden, Shalimar bagh, Nigeen Lake, The Dal Lake, Hazratbal Dargah, Gumarg, Pari Mahal, Chashma-e-shahi, Jama Masijd and some more beautiful places. you have so much to explore in this picturesque location. In case you are a camera crazy guy like me you might not get a chance to keep away from your camera or phone. You might face some inconvenience because of so much security settings by the armed forces but tourists come and go however these people have adjusted living like this. They have adjusted themselves with some much of interference by the security forces but that is the way of life here.
There is a whole list of must visit places when you are in Kashmir, some of them are below but make sure you have ample amount of time because its gonna take some time to check this place out.
The pine covered mountains and the Lidder River at Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Yousmarg and Charar-i-Sharief, sonmarg, Sinthan Top and the entire city itself.
I was like wanting to spend most of my time in the Dal lake because the amount of peace it gives you only a mother’s lap can give. This was an incredible feeling when you see yourself in the natures lap. You can see the tall mountains stretching their reach on the far left and right side, you can see the water of the beautiful Dal lake washing the feet of the beautiful snow-covered mountains which is a treat to watch. Dal has place for everyone, Locals, tourists, government officials, security personnel’s, traders and businessmen, Shikara walas (small boats floating on dal).
Why I referred this place as a ‘Fading Paradise’ because once there was a time when people were always craving to visit this place and it was their dream destination. I as a child has always seen and adorned this place in films and have been crazy to go and feel this place but now the situation has changed drastically when this place is in news often for wrong reasons.
In this time of unhealthy politics and personal gains and achievements I PRAY and ask every sincere soul to PRAY for this Wonderland, people with golden heart qnd kids with fading smiles to survive the brunt of time it is facing now.
Dont get discouraged by what i have written above, do visit this place and hear the most touching stories of your life time. This place has suffered so much that whenever a book will be written on this place most of its pages would be colored with RED and some greenery and life and smiles splashed some where in the corner.
Keep smiling, keep praying and keep helping others to make a difference.