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Kashmir - An Art of Nature

Mughals then called it "Paradise on Earth', Europeans now call it 'Switzerland of Asia' and the world calls it Kashmir. Sitting pretty on the foothill of Himalayas,Kashmir is one of the most picturesque states in Noth India often referred to as 'Crown of India'. Every corner of this state is worth your time but few attractions like the Dal Lake and the Mughal gardens stand out. The deep running valleys , high mountains of Kashmir are all scintillatingly charming that adorn different hues in every season.

With such variety of landscapes, the state offers opportunities for scores of activities. Kashmir is most famous for its serene lakes sprinkled throughout the province. An evening on the shores of these lakes or a calm ride on the Shikaras, for most people turns out to be the best moments of their trip in the laps of nature. Spending few days in a houseboat are more enthralling than spending a week in the most luxurious hotel. But nothing compares to the adventure activities that you can indulge in . With snow capped mountains, fast flowing rivers, this is a world beyond imagination. Here, apart from taking the toughest treks, you can also indulge in river rafting which is really a mind-blowing experience.

Rush of blood during the adventure activity is not the only feeling that you get here. Only few are places that purify your soul more than Kashmir. It is also one of the most visited Pilgrimage State in India. Pilgrims throng to state to visit few of the holiest Hindu shrines Amarnath Cave and one of the sacred most shrine for Muslims, Hazaratbal. When one is talking about pilgrimage in J&K, the famous Hari Parbat has to be mentioned. It is the place where a mosque, a temple and a gurudwara stand side by side portraying the harmony and brotherhood among the people of different religion in the state.

Kashmir inspite of its mountainous terrain has been remarkably accessible to outsiders. Here you find evidence of interaction with ancient Greek, Roman and Persian civilizations. This spectacular land is tempered by many countless caravans of traders and rulers that have traversed the Vale of over a thousand years. From Emperor Ashok’s regime the third century BC which left its stamp of Buddhism, to the revival of Hinduism by Sankracharaya, to the preaching and introduction of Islam by the Great Shah Hamdan, who also produced the current civilization of Persian art, to the influence of the Mughals, to the Sikhs, the British Raj and finally the 19th century Dogra rulers till 1947.

SRINAGAR: The capital city of Kashmir is Srinagar (one mile high) is the soul and pulse of state. The population of 1.2 million people revolves around the river Jhelum and the Dal lake. This was the summer capital of the British in 1793. The rulers of Kashmir led the British come but did not allow them to build , so the British took to the water and started living on HOUSEBOATS, which since then has become a legend

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