The Valley of Kashmir, is a pert of the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir that rises
in tiers from the plains to encompass mountainous terrain, high altitude valleys
Many things: its landscape, a lush green valley and rolling wooded uplands ringed
by snowcapped mountains, crisscrossed by rivers and studded with lakes; Its rich
profusion of trees and flowers and fruits-the Himalayan cedar, the Chinars, the
ramrod straight poplars, the pale pink foam of almond blossoms in spring, lotuses
budding in the late summer heat, jewel like cherries glowing in wooden boxes, and
in autumn, saffron-yielding crocuses in the plateaus of Pampore stretching purple
as far as the eye can see.
The immense wealth of handicrafts, evoking different and subtle tactile sensations
the soft, buttery feel of the famed Toosh shawls, the waxy smoothness of planed
walnut wood out of which beautiful motifs and designs are carved, papier-mâché—slick
to touch and a marvel to the eyes, the rough texture of the numdah and the thick,
luxurious pile of silk and woolen close-knotted hand made carpets; Its foodcurried
stalk of lotus, tangy greens and karam saag, crisp fried chops of mutton, mutton
cooked in spices and yogurt, meatballs made of finely pounded meat and simmered
in a creamy-rich sauce of cardamoms, thickened milk and broth, washed down with
cups of kahwa, a tea flavored with cinnamon, cardamoms, almonds and saffron.
The lovely liquid sound of the Kashmiri language; Its people a medley of races and
religions Aryan, Scythian and Mongolian; Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists, faces and
images closer to Central Asia than to the plains of India.
A wealth of historical remains the sombre magnificance of the Sun Temple at Martand,
the formal elegance of Mughal Gardens, the mighty Hari Parbat Fort overlooking the
city of Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir, the Shankarachrya Temple atop the Shankaracharya
hill in the heart of the city of Srinagar. These are sights that make Kashmir. Other
places in India have some of these but only Kashmir has them all, and from these
threads are woven the travel experiences that are uniquely Kashmiri.
Srinagar the capital city stood at the crossroads of the great trade routes between
India, Central Asia and China, opening Kashmir to influences from Greece, Persia,
Tibet and China, as well as the Indian heartland. The resultant mélange is what
makes Kashmir unique.
A unique experience for a life time. Through the ages, it has remained another name
for PARADISE. A dream garden, painted a new each season, but always beautiful.