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Firdous Shah - kashmiradventures
Saturday December 01 2007

All about F and F Adventures

Set like a jewelled crown on the map of India, Kashmir is a multi-faceted diamond, changing its hues with the seasons - always extravagantly beautiful. Two major Himalayan ranges, the Great Himalayan Range and the Pir Panjal, surround the landscape from the north and south respectively. They are the source of great rivers, which flowdown into the valleys, forested with orchards and decorated by lily-laden lakes. The Mughals aptly called Kashmir Paradise on Earth where they journeyed across the hot plains of India, to the valleys cool environs in summer. Here they laid, with great love and care, Srinagars many formal, waterfront gardens, now collectively known as the Mughal Gardens. Anecdotes of four and five centuries ago describe their love for these gardens, and the rivalries that centred around their ownership. They also patronized the development of art & craft among the people of Kashmir, leaving behind a heritage of exquisite artisanship among thes people and making the handicrafts of the land prized gifts all over the world. Kashmir is a land wheremyriad holiday ideas are realised. Inwinter, when snowcarpets themountains, there is skiing, tobogganing, sledge-riding, etc. along the gentle slopes. Inspring and summer,the honey-dewed orchards, rippling lakes and blue skies beckon every soul to sample the manydelights the mountains andvalleys haveto offer. Golfing at 2,700 m above the sea, water-skiing in the lakes and angling for prized rainbow trout, or simply drifting down the willow fringed alleys of lakes in shikaras and living in gorgeous houseboats are some of the most favoured ones.


Saturday December 01 2007

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