By Aakanksha Singh
“God’s own country or heaven on earth? Place full of mountains, greenery and streams, Oh Kashmir!, God undoubtedly created you with utmost care. “ It is the place where when we wake up and say ‘Good Morning ‘what we really mean is ‘Good Morning’”. The sublime look of God’s wonders at Kashmir surely takes one’s breath away. In the presence of eternity, the impeccable scenes of white crowned mountains, glittering lakes with sailing Shikaras, cluster of colorful tulips and steady houseboats takes the breath away of the viewers.
The broad poetic portrait I have drawn of Kashmir is as real as can be.
The beautiful places in Kashmir are the rarest of the rare beautiful places to be found on earth, Srinagar is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places to visit in Kashmir. From boating to trekking, bird watching to water skiing, Srinagar has it all. Famously known as the ‘Meadow of Flowers’, Gulmarg is a treat to the eyes with its spread of vibrant flowers against snowcapped mountains as awe inspiring background(s). Sonamarg, as the name suggests, is famous as the ‘Meadow of Gold’. An endless stream of stunning flowers and undulated trekking routes are its attractions. Sonamarg has to be in every visitors’ list of places to visit in Kashmir for its mesmerizing aura and breathtaking views.
Leh is one of the best places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir during summer(s). The lofty mountains, the alpine lakes, and quaint settings make Leh as one of the best places to visit. This place is every bikers’ dreamland. Clad in the beauty and love of nature, Leh offers breathtaking views, leaving no visitor disappointed. For the history lovers willing to have a glimpse of Kashmir’s past, Kathua should be on the list of places to visit in Kashmir. Situated on the banks of a river, Kathua offers scintillating views and a serene atmosphere. The city, whose name brings shivers to people, for wrong reasons, is a definite visit for everyone. Not only does this city bring heart-touching memories but also provides scintillating views.
Tranquility and serenity are the other names of Pahalgam! This tiny town is known to draw out all the stress of every visitor. This hilly region is famous for its coniferous forests.
The city of Jammu is indeed one of the famous places in Kashmir area. As you may know it, the city is bestowed by the presence of Mata Vaishno Devi Temple, a significant pilgrimage spot for Hindus. It is also called the City of Temples, as there are many religious sites here, including Peer Baba Temple, Mahamaya Temple and Peer Khoh. Other than its spiritual side, the city is beautified with scenic charm and rugged Bahu Fort. Adorned with flourishing gardens and freshwater springs, Anantnag is a divine destination. Right here, you get to enjoy the comfort of a city and essence of nature. There are number of places you can go on for a day tour, such as Verinag and Daksum. Surely, the list of places to see in Kashmir wouldn’t be complete without mentioning this one!
This is the real echo of Kashmir valley, the place where one can hear the rustling of leaves, the blowing sound of the wind, whooshing of lakes, chirping of birds, even the sound of a feet walking, and the place where when a person whoops gets to hear his echo clearly. The real echo of Kashmir valley is obscured day by day; the sounds of natural beauty are being replaced by the sounds scarring violence, the firing sounds of a gun, the sounds of crying mothers, sounds of its sons dying, the raping sound of daughters, and the crying sounds of grieving wives.
The eternal beauty of Kashmir is diminishing day by day; this Kashmir is feeling like she is being threatened, raped and murdered day by day, she is crying blood tears; she is struggling with pain as if someone has taken away her breath.
Feel the unheard voice(s) of the phenomenal Kashmir valley, it is yelling at its top of its voice and saying No! I hear my Mother Kashmir’s weeping voice and understand what she is saying and what she desires. I beseech all to hear this voice of Kashmir or else that day is not too far when the beautiful leaves will be bleeding blood instead of drops of water, the glittering lake will be changed to a bloody one, and the greenery of Kashmir will be embedded with dead bodies. It is the duty of all us to protect and salvage this heaven on earth!
The author, a Law student is an aspiring writer with an abiding interest in Kashmir. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org