The markhor is the national animal of Pakistan, where it is also known as the screw horn or screw-horned goat, mārkhor (مارخور) in Urdu from Classical Persian.
MONUMENTS OF KASHMIR
The ancient structures are a treasure of rich history which need care that they stand as testament of the glorious past for generation to come.
The word Kashmir conjure up enigmatic imagery in one’s mind. The beauty of this land has attracted millions from across the globe.
KASHMIR- A TRAVELER’S DELIGHT
Cascading mountains, dancing rivers and oozing beauty, the Saffron Valley is indeed an euphoria for travellers. The enchanting aroma of traditional bakeries and peeping wood art, the city of Wazwan has much to offer. The intoxicating beauty of Kashmir has attracted plethora of travellers and explorers since ages. The city of sage Kashyap has unanimously…
SPIRITUAL SHRINES IN KASHMIR
Kashmir has been a home to varied religions. The valley boasts of having shrines of all religions. Here is a glimpse of such shrines across Kashmir dating back to several centuries.
AMARNATH YATRA: BOOSTING TOURISM & BUSINESS
Kashmir is blessed with a pleasant weather, lakhs & lakh of people travel to the holy cave of Amarnath in South Kashmir to pay their prayers to the ice stalagmite, believed to be an embodiment of the Hindu Deity “Lord Shiva”, situated almost at an elevation of 12,756ft.
It has been almost three decade since the militancy had been taken away normalcy in Sopore but now due to changes this place is changing with the positiveness in environment and its amply visible among the people.
ANANTNAG: A TOURIST ATTRACTION
A land blessed by nature with diverse environmental & religious importance to both Muslims & Hindus. With Shri Amarnathji Cave, Hazrat Zain-ud-Din wali, Goswami Gund Ashram, Shilagram Temple and Nila Nag and Shrine of Sheikh Zain-ud-din in this district of Kashmir.
JOURNEY TO HOLY CAVE
Amarnath Yatra, A journey of faith.
PIOUS JOURNEY OF SHRI AMARNATHJI YATRA
“The Himalayan pilgrimages are the oldest organised travel system, evolved over time by Hindu sages and embodying the spirit of wander, adventure and spirituality”.
TRYST WITH HEAVEN
“ Gar firdaus bar rue zameen ast/hameen asto, hameen asto, hameen ast” (If ever there is Paradise on Earth/It is here!)
THE PLUMMETING GLORY OF CHINAR
A recent ban has been enforced to curb cutting of Chinar trees as they are now being registered and are considered as heritage of state
BEGINNING OF A JOURNEY
I was so mesmerized watching the beauty which resides in these valleys that I totally forgot that I was riding a bike and also needed to focus on the road. All I was thinking and imagining that what it would be like to live in a place as beautiful as this and made a mental note that I have to visit this place once in a while. With these thoughts we reached Srinagar. The very evening we visited Dal Lake. Although the sun had set and it was dark, the view was enchantingly beautiful. That just justified the lake’s given title of being the “Jewel in the Crown of Srinagar”.
LOLAB : THE LAND OF LOVE AND BEAUTY
Lolab Valley is located approximately 120 Km from Srinagar near Kupwara town in Northern part of Kashmir. Lolab is blessed with picturesque landscape with mesmerising valley floor surrounded by majestic snow-clad mountains. It is bounded by Kashmir valley to the south, Kishanganga valley to the north and is separated by Nagmarg meadows from Bandipura. Paddy is widely cultivated in the valley floor along with apple, cherry, peach, apricot and walnut.
The ancient caves of Kalaroos, lush green meadows of Nagmarg overlooking Wular Lake, Chandigam, Varnow and Dhoban are few of the preferred tourist destinations in the valley. People of Lolab have unique culture and traditions due to its geographical isolation. They are friendly and warm-hearted people with intrinsic hospitality. In spite having so much to offer, tourism in Lolab is next to nil due to decades of negligence and mismanagement. Lolab used to be hot bed of terrorism during the 90’s, however, with combined effort of Army, Police and the Govt, the situation in Lolab has increased tremendously and it is moving towards normalcy. The locals including the surrendered terrorists have joined the mainstream and are slowly but steadily working for the prosperity of Lolab.
WINTER SPORTS AND GAMES
Govt agencies have been on the job to give impetus to the various winter sports and games by organizing events in Gulmarg and other places of Kashmir. Every year a Mega cultural and sports events are being organized, world famous ski destination Gulmarg will play host to five day ‘National Winter Games’ under ‘Khelo India program’.
Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by rules, to know what it feels like to win and lose, it teaches you about life.
Things We Don’t Know About Kashmir- The Heaven on Earth
Picturesque and enchanting, Kashmir is cradled high in the lofty of green Himalayas and hailed all over the world for its incredible natural beauty. Surrounded by mountain peaks, lush green valleys, glistening lakes, temples and spectacular Mughal-era gardens, it has inspired poets through centuries. Kashmir is crisscrossed by chinar tree-lined roads and quaint wooden bridges; and is home to busting bazaars, sufi shrines and forts. Add to this, the charms of flavourful Kashmiri cuisine and apples and walnuts from the lush orchards surrounding it. Mainstream population of India has a very different and disturbing image of Kashmir as a place due to insurgency and terrorism in valley. People of all classes and races think twice before visiting this place which leads to the valley staying sidelined in all aspects. Kashmir valley is a treasure which we possess and which needs to be experienced by each and every individual of this country.
THE GENESIS OF TREKKING CULTURE IN KASHMIR
Kashmir’s astounding beauty is capable of rendering anyone awestruck, justifying its identity of “Paradise on Earth“. It is blessed by nature in the form of gigantic snow-clad mountains, beautiful green meadows in summers, mesmerising alpine lakes and a twinkling night sky. Along with the enchanting beauty of nature, Kashmir also offers breath-taking experiences at places…
THE PROMISED LAND
Love for beauty is an inborn trait within every human being. Prettiness has served as a source of joy and thrill for the people of all times and clans all around the world since times immoral. This is so because the human being by birth is essentially beautiful and graceful and is moved by an…
WINDS OF CHANGE: Srinagar on UNESCO creative city list
Srinagar is now part of elite 295 UNESCO Creative Cities. It recognizes innovation, sustainability and creativity as primary drivers for inclusive urbanization. The Kashmir Valley has been embroiled in controversies and turmoil mostly sponsored by neighbouring countries since the last 30 years. The disturbance in the valley led to decline in tourism, especially amongst the…
GLIMPSE OF THE HERITAGE
The richness of Kashmir’s culture is reflected through its diverse handicrafts like papier mache, willow wicker, wool and pashmina traditional yinder, and, embroidery work like sozni, tilla and chain stitch.
GHULAM SEENO: THE PICKLE OF KASHMIR
“Pickles if consumed in the right amount, are good for digestion. Some are beneficial in curing stress and depression, which is common these days among people.” Ghulam Qadir Seeno, a man in his late seventies, is a living illustration of idealism, confidence and progress — setting benchmarks for others to follow. He had lost three…
REVIVAL OF KASHMIR AS BOLLYWOOD’S FILMING SPOT
Kashmir will now be on the international tourism map again and film shoots will not only generate employment for the people of the Valley but also invite thousands of tourists from worldwide to bask in the glory of this blessed land. Bollywood’s love story with the picturesque Kashmir dates back to the 1960s and 70s….
GUND GUSHI – THE HIDDEN GEM
Gund Gushi is a peaceful village away from the bustling life of the city with an indescribable tranquillity and serene atmosphere. Deep within the off shoots of the beautiful valley of Kashmir sits the village of Gund Gushi. The breath taking beauty of the valley encapsulates the very unconquered spirit of the men, women &…
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Pristine Beauty of Gurez
Routine existence rarely provides space for reflection. Kashmir as we all know is undeniably a heaven on earth. With countless snow clad mountains, immaculate atmosphere, picturesque valleys and impeccable landslides, this exotic part of India is no less than a masterpiece by immortals. Tourist across the country flocked the paradise every year. However much of…
Sopore: A Trove of Beauty and Heritage.
Sopore, earlier known as Suyyapore, stands distinguished in Baramullah district of North Kashmir. This beautiful town is also popular as the Apple orchard of India, running Asia’s second largest fruit mandi. It was known as “Suyyapore” in honour of engineer Suyya in king Avantivarman’s era. Often in the news for the wrong reasons, Sopore houses…
Gurez : Jannat From Historial Perspective
Gar firdaus bar-roo-e zameenast!Hameenast! Hameenast-o-Hameenast!! – Amir Khusrau Prologue The above couplet is said to be written praising the beauty of Kashmir, which translates to “If there is heaven on earth then, it is here, it is here, it is here”. The couplet is gospel truth for entire Kashmir but, it definitely hold its essence…
Uri – Rich in Culture and Heritage
Uri, a beautiful town situated on the left bank of Jhelum river and is about 23 miles from Baramulla. This township has a glorious past and was known as ‘window of Kashmir’ due to its location.