The Valley of Rich Cuisines as it is called, people of Kashmir have always taken pride in their ability to conjure royal feasts out of simple ingredients. From royal fetes of Wazwan to routine dishes cooked in every home, the Kashmiris have mastered and maintained the knack of adding a distinct flavor to their food, which cannot be matched by any other cuisine in the world. When we hear of Kashmiri kitchen ingredients or spices, the popular saffron flashes our mind. But there is much more to it than just Saffron. Spices which are simple, yet unheard of blend together in perfect harmony to impart that uniquely Kashmiri flavor which just cannot be put into words!
The Valley of Kashmir is known for its harsh and gelid winters and it often happens that the valley is cut off from the rest of the world when it snows. In order to sustain the difficulties associated with this beautiful, yet tough season, the people of Kashmir sun-dry their vegetables during peak summers and store them for use during times when the valley stands completely aloof! In the modern times, when there is no such thing as being cut off, the people of Kashmir still hold on to this dried cuisine as part of their tradition and culture!
The snow spreads smiles across faces as it covers the entire valley into a magnificent white blanket and feeds the Himalayan glaciers and rivers, providing a supply of pure and pristine water to every nook and cranny of the valley, as it did on January 6’ 2017 after years of dry winters in Kashmir.
Its downpour became a time for merry making as people welcomed its arrival in joyful ways for they were all excited about the fun they were about to have. People from different walks of life enjoy the Sheen in their own unique way. There are activities for everybody, cutting across social barriers. They range from playful Snow fights in the bylanes of Shehar –e- Khaas (popularly known as Sheen Jung) to the elite skiing festivals in Gulmarg. Some like to mark their footprints over plain sheets of snow while others make a dazzling display of their creativity in making snow persons, locally known as Shinne Mohnuiv. Some like to make snow ice creams and hog them up while others like to laze around under a comfortable blanket and let the snowfall do a therapeutic treatment for them.
- The colors and fabrics in which Phirans have evolved also count for a major transition not only in the attire but also in how people in Kashmir view winters. Earlier, winters used to be associated with gray skies and despondent weathers which used to reflect in the colors of the phiran – blacks, grays, whites and browns. The new gen, however, believes that these colors only add to the gloominess of the atmosphere. People have started giving color to this season in how they dress up and accessorize. They skies may be gray, but people erupt in vibrant hues of color. The phiran remains the same, but the colors have become vivacious. The winter is not just associated with white anymore. A perfect way to balance between tradition and modernity, comfort and style, there is no better way to beat the winter chill while looking fab at the same time!
Visit Kashmir and you just cannot afford to miss this beautiful
called Pahalgam. Often referred to as mini Switzerland or the Valley of
Shepherds, this beautiful place is perched between the breathtaking Sheshnag
Lake and Lidder. Whether you want to go for a trek with your gang or get
together with your family or simply lie under the warm bright sun, listening to
the sound of the gushing water, this heavenly place has a whole wide
range of activities to offer to its visitors.
Wicker willow, locally known as Veer Kani in Kashmir is one of the most significant crafts of Kashmiri Handicraft Industry. There must not be anyone who visited Kashmir and could ignore the presence of this earthy craft spread across the heavenly picturesque of the Vale of Kashmir. These creative and delicately crafted masterpieces of art are a wonderful sight while taking a tour of the rich Kashmiri handicraft markets.
Eid ul fitr is a festival of joy and love that is so eagerly awaited by everyone, young and old, after a month long of continuous fasting from dawn to dusk. This Eid in itself is a gift, a blessing from Almighty to celebrate the determined believers’ devotedness. So this festival is an elevated occasion for spilling around love, indulging in mouth-watering delicacies and dressing up in fabulous, colourful dazzling outfits. While you are all still busy praying and fasting, we have put up an easy yet festive collection of outfits for you to choose from and flair this Eid.
Kashmir is not a place that you visit once and
cross off from your list. Unlike other places, one doesn’t need a season or a
particular time of the year to visit this heaven of a place. Beautiful all
throughout the year, Kashmir is most known for its kaleidoscopically colorful
summer season. Summer, in Kashmir starts at around the onset of May and lasts
till 15th of July, which marks the onset of ‘wahraat’ that is the rainy season
in the valley. This beautiful ‘Retkol’ (summer) as it is called in Kashmiri language
breaths in an altogether different life, marked by blossoms in bloom, gushing
rivers into magnanimous lakes, vibrant markets, glorious mornings serene
evenings, clear blue skies, starry nights , beauty galore. Kashmir, hence, sees
a surge in the number of tourists and visitors from all over the globe in this
season. There are travellers, trekkers, sports persons, and people from cinema,
photographers, poets and many more. And trust me when I say, the bewitchingly
beautiful valley has something to offer to all of them, in ways they want.