CITY: KASHMIR, JAMMU AND KASHMIR, INDIA TRAVELER: SHASHIKANT SAHAY
Kashmir to the core!!!
Why Kashmir is called the paradise on earth?? … Why it is always compared to Switzerland??
These questions are quite common if you never been to valley but I am damn sure if you will the surreal beauty of Kashmir will amaze you at every stage of your journey. The culture, people, hospitality you get here is unmatchable.
My trip to Kashmir starts at Banihal railway station. The first thing which amazed me was the Kashmir railway. The beautiful passage through mountains, rivers, villages will make you love this even more. After crossing Pir Panjal tunnel (11 Km approx) we entered the region called Kashmir. The scene changed drastically after tunnel from huge mountains to plain valley. The whole valley was fully covered with snow it was an exotic feast for the eyes. Soon the scenery changed from white to green meaning we were getting close to Srinagar. There were endless green meadows speckled with small flowers and white chinar flowers were flying with the wind.
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Srinagar is a very pretty town with river Jhelum running through it. Chinar trees are of one of the main flora of the Kashmir valley along with pine and deodar trees. The houses were mainly made of wood with sloped roofs. We went to the “jewel in the crown” Dal Lake in the evening. This lake is set in one of the most gorgeous surroundings, with the sprawling city on one side and flanked by giant Mountains on the three other sides with “Shikaras” making it more beautiful. As we took the tour of Dal Lake in the brightly colored Shikaras, we passed by a market floating on water and pretty flowers growing in water. We drank the special Kashmiri tea called Kahwa which added taste to our ride. It was an amazing ride of 3 hrs. That night we stayed in the houseboat and the view outside was mesmerizing.
Gulmarg truly stands by its name “Meadow of Flowers”. Known more as a winter destination for skiers is nestled in the Himalayas at a height of around 14,000 ft. The gondola ride treats you to some eye popping breathless views as the snow and the mist veils and unveils in front of you, even as it rains and snows. The sledge ride guy’s came up to us asking us to try, we took four sledges & believe me it was a rollercoaster ride full of adventure. On the ride they were telling us about the people and culture of Kashmir. On and all I want to say if you are person who loves nature and adventurous sports this place is must to visit.
Author: SHASHI KANT SAHAY
Native Place: Patiala, Punjab, India.
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