Agar firdaus bar roo-e zameen ast,
Hameen ast-o hameen ast-o hameen ast.
Nature has endowed Kashmir with implausible beauty, and no other words in the entire universe can describe its charm better than this couplet of Amir Khusro. Universally acknowledged as “paradise on earth”, Kashmir is resplendent with Chinar trees that turn the entire valley yellow and red as autumn arrives, silver lakes that turn gold in the light of dawn, and the jewel-blue river that are souls of the ice-cold mountains.
But, here are some unique experiences and things that justify the title given to Kashmir.
1. It has the most poetic and fairytale-like autumn you’ll ever witness
Some people may say that autumn is sad, but in Kashmir, it is delightful. You’ll love the colours of the season and the wind that feels quite energetic and soft. The trees take on scarlet, golden, and amber hues, and once again, you can inhale earth in one smell.
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2. I think you’ll agree with me when I say, Kashmir has the most romantic snowfall
Just imagine the soft and light snow, freezing and melting, falling on the tree-filled mountains and covering every blade of green grass on the distant meadows. Won’t your soul swoon at the sight of falling snowflakes covering the huts of this paradise on earth, turning it into a mesmerizing winterland.
3. And yet it has the warmest people you’ll ever meet
As soon as you set your foot on this paradise on earth, the lovely and shy Kashmiri people welcome you with their warmth, oneness and love. This valley is still driven by the sense of togetherness and humanity, which is gradually dying out in many places of this world.
4. The valley has the most picture-perfect landscapes
Those who have witnessed the quaint landscapes of Kashmir, will never ask why Kashmir is called heaven on earth. From the distant mountain range of Pir Panjal and thickly scented Kashmir cypress branches to the gushing rivers and verdant meadows, each corner of Kashmir is filled with natural wonders.
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5. It has the 2nd highest Gondola ride that lets you experience Kashmir’s beauty from above
Gulmarg Gondola is a major attraction of Kashmir as it lets you witness panoramic views of the snow-capped Himalayas as it goes higher and closer to the Apharwat Mountain.
6. It has the largest and the most colourful Tulip Garden in Asia
Spring brings the sounds of cooing pigeons in this world-famous and colourful Tulip Garden. The grass finally begins to grow and flowers bloom adding a splash of colours to the entire valley.
7. From skiing on the sky-spearing mountains to trekking through treacherous paths, it lets adventurers taste a slice of nature
From trekking the Kashmir Great Lakes to skiing on the thrilling slopes of the valley, Kashmir is a true paradise on earth for adventurers as it lets them explore the extensive terrains of the majestic Himalayas.
8. And it has Rogan Josh and Goshtaba. Need I say more?
Just like the wondrous landscapes, the food in Kashmir is heavenly. From the lipsticking Rogan Josh that has been exported worldwide to the finest ceremonial feast called Wazwan, Kahsmir’s rich dishes soaked in traditions have developed through ages. And Kashmiri food is a perfect blend of three different cooking styles: Muslims, Mughals, and Kashmiri Pandits.
Are you already dreaming of Kashmir? Let us know which colours of Kashmir you would love to witness this year.
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