Kashmir at Glance

Kashmir, the “Paradise on Earth”, is known for its captivating Beauty.The Stories of the Romance of Kashmir are loving woven into its snow-clad mountains and crystalline streams, in its lavish gardens and luxurious houseboats on Nagin lake and shikaras on Dal Lake, in the saffron fields of pampore and the alpine meadows of Sonmarg in its autumn-tinted Chinars grown by homesick Central Asians and its floating markets on the Jehlum River, its spirituality lies deeply stamped in its numerous shrines and temples. Its peripatetic history is colorfully documented in its glacial passes and monuments, in its picturesque towns and villages and its multi-racial populace.

There have been different versions of the legend behind the name of Kashmir. It is said that the great saint Kashyap Rishi went on a pilgrimage to the place. When he reached Naukabandan near Kaunsarnag, at the request of the people he killed Bahudev, the giant of Satisar and let the water of the lake flow out near Baramulla. Thus, the place came to be known as Kashyapmar or the some other historians dispute that this valley was so called only when the people of Kash caste settled here permanently. The high snow-capped ridges of the Himalayan Range in the east and the Pir Panjal Range in the west and south enclose Kashmir.

Jhelum River glides across Srinagar and swiftly flow through the winding ways of the valley. The geologists have confirmed the truth behind the popular belief that Kashmir was once a huge lake called The Karewa, which was formed by the blocking of the Jhelum River. However, the river formed a deep gorge through the Pir Panjal range at Uri and carved out its new way. Thus, the waters of the Karewa gradually drained away, leaving behind the stunning valley of Kashmir. One can still find corals and other marine fossils in this region. Perfection beyond this world makes Kashmir a paradise. The land of sparkling rivers and sleepy lakes, of startling gardens and regal Chinar trees, Kashmir boasts of some of the most beautiful flowering meadows and snow-capped peaks. The abundance of natural beauty has earned the valley a nickname of the 'Switzerland of the East'. It is mesmerizing to see how this endless beauty never fails to charm the viewers with its changing scenes from dazzling white snow of Winters to blooming fragrance of Spring. The sparkling greenery of Summers are welcome too as the flaming beauty of Autumn. The art house of the Seasons, the beauty of Kashmir is complete to the giggling girls with fair Indian complexion and rosy cheeks and the exquisite handicrafts of the area.

"gar firdous bar-ru-e-zamin ast; hamin ast, hamin ast, hamin ast."

It means that if there is paradise on this earth, this is it this is it and this is it.