Take a Trip to Valley of Springs – Kokernag

The valley of Kashmir has several popular tourist destinations; Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Pahalgam, Srinagar; but the southern part of Kashmir has many untouched and unsung locales which may not be as popular a tourist destination but are unmatched and unparalleled in their beauty. Inclusive of historical remnants, fresh water springs, trout farms (a chance to taste an exotic delicacy!), thick evergreen forests, beautifully designed gardens and an enthralling view of the snow clad mountain ranges; South Kashmir offers a scenic beauty to satisfy every palate. A few places that are worth mentioning here are; Kokernag, Verinag, Martand sun temple, Daksum, Sinthan pass. [Read more…]

Poetry on wood: The art of wood carving in Kashmir

The sheer ingenuity of the Kashmiri Naqash (Craftsmen) in the many examples of his art comprising of wooden furniture, jewelry boxes, wooden utensils, the wall panels, photo frames, cigar cases are mesmerizing at the first sight and take you in their awe for a long time. The handicraft of exquisitely made wooden artifacts is representative of Kashmiri tradition and goes back to third or fourth century in the architectural remains found in Kashmir Punjab. [Read more…]

Verinag: The origin of Jhelum

Jhelum River is rightfully termed as the lifeline of the province of Jammu and Kashmir and Verinag is mainly known for the source of river Jhelum. It is a perfect weekend getaway from Srinagar with available accommodation options. Verinag lies in the Kothar district, 78 Km south east of Srinagar (via Anantnag) and is home to one of the largest springs, Verinag. [Read more…]

A trip to Daksum and Sinthan Pass

Daksum in the evergreen forests at Anantnag-Semthan-Kishtwar road is a natural scenic spot. The best thing about this place? It still remains free from the hustle bustle and noise of boisterous tourists. Breathe in the fresh mountain air, revel in the beauty of the green conifers and listen to the only sounds of a gurgling mountain brook flowing somewhere and Himalayan birds chirping away to glory! Take back the best of nature from here. [Read more…]