is a many faceted diamond, changing character with the seasons
- always extravagantly beautiful. Three Himalayan ranges, Karakoram,
Zanaskar and Pir Panjal - snow capped, majestic, frame the landscape
from Northwest to Northeast. They are the birthplace of great
rivers, which flow through the kashmir Valley. The Mughal Emperor
exclaimed "Gar Bar-ru-e-Zamin Ast; Hamin Ast, Hamin Ast
Hamin Asto. Meaning if there is paradise on this earth : This
is it, this is it, this is it.
is at once a collection of images: a son-et- lumiere that tells
the story of the love of the Mughal emperors for this paradise
vale; deep green rice fields and river bridges of gardens in
bloom and lakes rimmed by houseboats; at once summer capital
of the state business centre and holiday resort.
is as much imagination as it is fact for every season offers
new vistas to this city of great antiquity. Spring breathes
life again into a frozen world and the air is heady with the
fragrance of a million flowers that blossom on trees, shrubs
and creepers. Summer heightens the effect and autumn is poignant
in its colours of warm introspection. Winter brings with it
snow, sometimes the Dal Lake freezes and beneath a leaden sky,
roasted chestnuts turn the atmosphere aromatic with the promise
of warmth and comfort.
river Jhelum and the Dal and Nagin lakes dominate Srinagar and
its life and activities. Here lush wild gardens of lotus and
laterally flower amidst bustling lanes. By the lakeside spread
the gardens of the Mughals in patterned beauty. And the people
move with tranquillity borne of a history-laden pulse of activity.
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