“अगर इस ज़मीं पर जन्नत कहीं है, तो बस यहीं है… यहीं है…यहीं है”
If heaven is somewhere on this land, then it is here… it is here… it is here.
Someone has rightly used the word paradise to praise the exceptional and natural beauty of Kashmir. It is a great irony that a place blessed with heavenly grace has always remained the most dangerous place in the world, while it should have been the best place for people to live.
Where everyone is discussing the dangers of living in Kashmir, let us take some time to recall some of the Most Interesting facts about Kashmir.
Kashmir has a history that is far different and dangerous than any nation or state of the world. It would not be wrong to say that nations, for their ego fights, have half destroyed the natural balance of Kashmir with its partition, and continue threatening the future as many of the youngsters, who should have been calm and positive chose bloodshed as their profession.
The Most Surprising Element is that Kashmir is The Most Amazing and Distinct State Even Though it has a History of Terror.
Association with Hindu Mythology
I am not initiating a religious debate here. I am just amazed at the fact that it is the home to the most sought after Lord Shiva. One of the major interesting facts about Kashmir is that it is home to the 5000 years old Amarnath Cave where we find the shiva lingam made of ice. It is believed that Lord Shiva meditated there for thousands of years and only came out after Goddess Parvati visited the place in his search.
We all have heard of Gulmarg for its natural scenes and is also preferred for Skiing. Culturally, the shepherds who lived there called it “Gaurimarg” which is another name for Goddess Parvati and it is believed that she chose the path to reach Amarnath cave. Oh, so that’s how it becomes heaven.
Srinagar has one of the ancient Mughal gardens and ChashmeShahi becomes more beautiful during the springs. The place also has some miraculous qualities as the spring water has healing powers. It is another Interesting facts about Kashmir because the spring water on ChashmeShahi comes with medicinal properties to heal many ailments.
Attractive Water Houses
Do you remember the song “Ye Chand sa Roshan Chehra”, “Chupke se Sun” and many more Bollywood songs were specifically was shot on NAAV NARAIN which is famous for the attractive water houses? Kashmir is the most common location in most of Shammi Kapoor’s movies.
India’s First Floating Post Office
One of the highlights of Kashmir is the floating post office. Sounds interesting right? Well not only in India, but it is claimed to be the one and only floating office in the world. The office is built on a houseboat and provides all the postal services of the country.
State With Two Capitals
In India, we know Chandigarh for being the capital of two states, but Kashmir is the only state which has two capitals, yes one for summer and one for winter. It’s like the state changes capital like clothes, just kidding. People know Sri Nagar as the capital, but in winters, Jammu becomes the official capital of Kashmir.
Hub for Pashmina Shawl
Jammu & Kashmir is one of the coldest places, but it also offers a solution to beat the cold. Kashmir is a great source of the much in demand pashmina wool. The wool is obtained from the underbelly of a Himalayan goat named Capra Hircus or Changthangi.
One of the Most Interesting facts about Kashmir is the story behind the naming of Betaab Valley. Betaab is the title of Sunny Deol’s debut movie, and it was shot on a place which is 15km away from Pahalgam. The song “Jab Hum JawanHonge” very well captures the marvelous beauty and magnificent landscapes of Pahalgam. Kashmir has been the best companion for the Bollywood film industry and we understand the love from the movies like Kashmir ki kali, Mission Kashmir, Kashmir Hamara Hai, and many more.
Kashmir is also famous for serving unique beverages and multiple flavors of tea. While some people are huge fans of Kahwa, a traditional form of green tea which is made of green tea leaves, and other spices such as almonds, cloves, rose petals, and cinnamon. Another form of Tea we get in Kashmir is “Sheer Chai,” which is pink and tastes salty.
Home to 225 Species of Birds
The natural heaven may not be safe for humans, but for birds for sure. When birds are getting extinct from other parts of the nation, we have more than 225 species of birds including Finches, Hoopoe, and Redstart, etc.
These were a few #Interesting facts about Kashmir apart from the history of bloodshed. Kashmir is also a significant part of India as it is one the major source of natural ingredients, tourism, Bollywood, ancient and mythological stories and so on.