Heaven On Earth Kashmir

Introduction

The natural beauty and picturesque locations have made it a favored destination for tourists across the world.  Kashmir Valley is known for its lakes and gardens.

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About Kashmir

The word Kashmir was derived from the ancient Sanskrit language and was referred to as káśmīra. The Nilamata Purana describes the valley’s origin from the waters, a lake called Sati-saras. A popular local etymology of Kashmira is that it is land desiccated from water.

Geologists agree that the Valley was formerly a lake, and the lake drained through the gap of Baramulla (Varahamula) which matches with the Hindu legends.[

Kashmir became known worldwide when Cashmere wool was exported to other regions and nations (exports have ceased due to decreased abundance of the cashmere goat and increased competition from China.

Kashmiris are well adept at knitting and making Pashmina shawls, silk carpets, rugs, kurtas, and pottery. Saffron, too, is grown in Kashmir. Srinagar is known for its silver-work, papier- mache, wood-carving, and the weaving of silk.

Kashmir’s economy is centered around agriculture. Traditionally the staple crop of the valley was rice, which formed the chief food of the people.

In addition, Indian corn, wheat, barley, and oats were also grown. Given its temperate climate, it is suited for crops like asparagus, artichoke, seakale, broad beans, scarlet runners, beetroot, cauliflower, and cabbage.

Fruit trees are common in the valley, and the cultivated orchards yield pears, apples, peaches, and cherries. The chief trees are deodar, firs, and pines, chenar or plane, maple, birch and walnut, apple, cherry.

Kashmir Cuisine

Kashmiri cuisine is the cuisine of the Kashmir Valley Of India. Rice is the staple food of Kashmiris and has been so since ancient times.

Meat, along with rice, is the most popular food item in Kashmir. Kashmiris consume meat voraciously.  Despite being Brahmin, most Kashmiri Hindus are meat-eaters.

Some Famous Kashmiri Dishes

  1. “Tabakhmaaz” (Kashmiri Hindus commonly refer to this dish as Qabargah)
  2. Shab Deg: dish cooked with turnip and meat, left to simmer overnight.
  3. Dum Olav/ Dum Aloo: cooked with ginger powder, fennel and other hot spices.
  4. Aab Gosh
  5. Goshtaba minced mutton balls with spices in yogurt gravy
  6. Lyader Tschaman also called as Chaman Kaliya
  7. Runwagan Tschaman, Cottage cheese in tomato gravy
  8. Riste Meat balls in curry
  9. Nader ti Gaad, Fish cooked with lotus stem, a delicacy cooked on festival days like Eid, Novroze and Gaadi Batti ( Festival of Kashmiri Pandits )
  10. Machwangan Kormeh, meat cooked with spices and yogurt and mostly using kashmiri red chillies and hot in taste
  11. Matschgand, lamb meatballs in a gravy tempered with red chillies.
  12. Waazeh Pulaav
  13. Monje Haakh kholrabi being a delicacy
  14. Haakh (wosteh haakh, haenz haakh among others) collard greens is enjoyed by Kashmiri people and they have their own versions of cooking the same with cottage cheese, mutton or chicken.
  15. Mujh Gaad, a dish of radishes with a choice of fish.
  16. Daniwal Kormeh Lamb cooked with coriander or parsley.
  17. Rogan Josh, a lamb based dish, cooked in a gravy seasoned with liberal amounts of Kashmiri chillies (in the form of a dry powder), ginger (also powdered), garlic, onions or asafoetida, gravy is mainly Kashmiri spices and mustard oil based.
  18. Yakhni, a yoghurt-based mutton gravy without turmeric or chilli powder. The dish is primarily flavoured with bay leaves, cloves and cardamom seeds. This is a mild, subtle dish eaten with rice often accompanied with a more spicy side dish.
  19. Harissa is a popular meat preparation made for breakfast, it is slow-cooked for many hours, with spices and hand stirred.

Kaishmiri Bakery

The Kashmir Valley is noted for its bakery tradition. On the Dal Lake in Kashmir or in downtown Srinagar, bakery shops are elaborately laid out.

Bakers sell various kinds of breads with golden brown crusts topped with sesame and poppy seeds. Tsot and tsochvor are small round breads topped with poppy and sesame seeds, which are crisp and flaky, sheermalbaqerkhayn (puff pastry), lavas (unleavened bread) and kulcha are also popular. Girdas and lavas are served with butter.

Kaishmiri Wazwan

A Wazwan is a multi-course meal in the Kashmiri Muslim tradition and treated with great respect.

Its preparation is considered an art. Almost all the dishes are meat-based (lamb, chicken, mutton but never fish).

It is considered a sacrilege to serve any dishes based around pulses or lentils during this feast. The traditional number of courses for the wazwan is thirty-six, though there can be fewer. The preparation is traditionally done by a vasta waza, or head chef, with the assistance of a court of wazas, or chefs.

Kashmiri Chai, Noon Chai, or Sheer Chai

Kashmiris are heavy tea drinkers. The word “noon” in Kashmiri language means salt. The most popular drink is a pinkish colored salted tea called “noon chai.” It is made with black tea, milk, salt and bicarbonate of soda. The particular color of the tea is a result of its unique method of preparation and the addition of soda.

The Kashmiri Hindus more commonly refer to this chai as “Sheer Chai.” The Kashmir Muslims refer to it as “Noon Chai” or “Namkeen Chai” both meaning salty tea.

Noon Chai or Sheer Chai is a common breakfast tea in Kashmiri households and is taken with breads like baqerkhani brought fresh from Qandur, or bakers. Often, this tea is served in large samovars.

At marriage feasts, festivals, and religious places, it is customary to serve kahwah a green tea made with saffron, spices, and almonds or walnuts. Over 20 varieties of Kahwah are prepared in different house holds.

Some people also put milk in kahwah (half milk and half kahwah). This chai is also known as “Maugal Chai” by some Kashmiri Hindus from the smaller villages of Kashmir. Kashmiri Muslims and Kashmiri Hindus from the cities of Kashmir refer to it as kawah or Qahwah.

How many days do you need for Kashmir?

4–5 days is sufficient to visit the premier locations of Kashmir. Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sonemarg and Pahalgaam. There are number of point in each location which you have to prioritize since you won’t have too much time. Here are some snaps from our trip .

Is tourism allowed in Kashmir?

Following are some of the highlights from the guidelines for J&K tourism: In this phase, tourism is limited to those arriving by air only. … And until the test result shows a negative for COVID-19, tourists will stay in their hotel rooms and shall not be permitted to move out.

Things to do in Kashmir

1- Gulmarg: Gulmarg in Kashmir valley is famous for Gondola cable car ride, Skiing in Gulmarg, Heli skiing in Gulmarg, Snow bikes and Horse ride. Apart from activities one can visit Golf club, nigeen valley, strawberry valley and potato farm among other places to visit in Gulmarg. 

2- Pahalgam: Pahalgam is famous for Betaab valley, Aru valley, Chandanwari, Baisaran valley. One can take Horse ride to Baisaran valley also called as Mini Switzerland.White water rafting in Pahalgam is also available in summers. Trekking is also very famous among young enthusiasts.

3- Sonamarg: Home to Thajiwas glacier one can reach there only by either one hour trek or a short Horse ride to glacier. Zero point/ zojila pass connecting dras with sonamarg remains open only in summers and one needs to hire a union taxi in Sonamarg to reach Zojila pass. 

Best season to visit Kashmir

Spring season ( March 15th to May 15th) : Best time to visit Kashmir if you love flowers. Tulip garden, Badamwari, snow clad mountains, Cool breeze and charming weather are specialties of spring season. 

Summer season ( May 15th to August 31st) Best time to visit Kashmir if you love camping by river side, warm temperatures and trekking to glaciers. 

Autumn season: ( 01st September to November 15th ) : The season of fall, also know as harvest season, one can see Red apples in apple garden, enjoy the local organic produce like Walnut, almonds and much more. 

Winter season: Skiing in Gulmarg, Heli skiing in Gulmarg, Romantic trips, Cold weather, snow, snowflakes, etc. are some common features of winter in Kashmir.  

How to Reach

New Delhi to Kashmir By Train: Take a direct train from New Delhi to Jammu Tawi, which takes 12 hours. Jammu Tawi railway station is located at a distance of 297 km from Srinagar that can be travelled by cabs, buses and flights. Not recommended as there are no direct trains from New Delhi to Kashmir.

Conclusion

Kashmir is cool even in the harshest of summer and you can visit this valley between March and May to see the blooming flowers, green meadows, and Chinar trees. The snow-capped mountains fill the region with exquisite surroundings and the snow-capped trees look awesome while offering a serene feeling to everyone.

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get ready for historic Diwali 2020.

First of all, I would like to all my readers happy Diwali. This Diwali is very important for every Indian because we will celebrate this Diwali under Covid -19 influence.

Diwali-Festival

We all know about Diwali is the Indian festival of lights, celebrated during the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika (between mid-October and mid-November).

One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance”.

Furthermore, it is, in some regions, a celebration of the day Lord Rama returned to his kingdom Ayodhya after defeating the Lankan-king Ravana,

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This year Diwali is very important because all the market and small, big vendors open their shop and sell their products. All big or small companies will give a lot of schemes, that will be benefited the customers.

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Diwali Business gives a boost to every company and vendors, shopkeepers to earn good money in this season. At the Diwali festival, people buy every or any kind of item or gift.

Diwali festival blessed by the goddess Laxmi. That is why people purchase cars, gold, home to diyas. This festival is for peace, prosperity, and love. This festival helps to improve our economy.

This Diwali is very important for every Indian. The question comes to our mind why?

The answer is that Russian scientists have discovered covid-19 vacancies sputnik, which helps to fight with the covid 19 viruses.

American company Pfizer has discovered the second vaccine. So this is the first reason to smile all of us and thanks to God Sri Ram.

The second reason the Prime minister appeals to Indians that they will support a vocal for Local this festive that will help small vendors. When every person will buy local products with pride, will talk about local products, hail them, and will take the message to others that our local products are so good, this message will go far, Modi said.

“Going for local doesn’t mean only purchasing ‘Diya’ but everything you use in Diwali. It will encourage those making them,”

Ayodha’s Janambumi historic Diwali

Third reason that Ayodha’s Janambumi get ready for historic Diwali.

This is the first time since the Supreme court order from the Ram temple construction in the holy city that such a celebration will take place. Deepotstav celebrations on Wednesday as the whole city decorated with lights.

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Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur

Introduction Mehrangarh Fort.

Explore Jodhpur discover the best time and places to visit. Jodhpur is a city in the Thar Desert. It is popularly known as the “Blue City” among the people of Rajasthan and all over India.

Mehrangarh Fort, located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, is one of the largest forts in India.

About Mehrangarh Fort.

Its 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort is a former palace that’s now a museum, displaying weapons, paintings, and elaborate royal palanquins (sedan chairs). There are many historical buildings in Rajasthan. But the Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur is the most special. Situated on a 400 feet tall upright rock, this fort is one of the most magnificent and huge buildings in India. The foundation of the fort was laid by Rao Jodha in 1459. The fort’s view of Jodhpur and Pakistan is very clear.

Who owns Mehrangarh Fort?

Mehrangarh Museum Trust is India’s leading cultural institution and center of excellence, established in 1972 by the 36th Custodian of Marwar- Jodhpur, H. H. Maharaja Gaj Singhji to make the fort come alive for visitors.

Who was the king of Mehrangarh Fort?

Mehrangarh Fort owes its origin to Rao Jodha, the ruler of Mandore and the founder of the city of Jodhpur.

Why was the Mehrangarh Fort built?

When Rao Jodha decided to shift his capital to a safer and elevated location in Jodhpur, he laid the foundation of this massive fort in 1459 on a hill named Bhakurcheeria aka the Mountain of Birds.

An ambitious king Rao Jodha came across to inspect the place to build the fort, he saw a goat fighting a tiger there. Then he decided to build the fort at the same place. majestic hill in Jodhpur and decided to carve a majestic fort out of it.

What does Mehrangarh mean?

The fort was named Mehrangarhmeaning ‘fort of the sun’ – a reference to the clan’s mythical descent from the sun god Surya.

Galleries in Mehrangarh Museum

Elephant’s howdahs:- The howdahs were a kind of two-compartment wooden seat (mostly covered with gold and silver embossed sheets), which were fastened onto the elephant’s back. The front compartment, with more leg space and a raised protective metal sheet, was meant for kings or royalty, and the rear smaller one for a reliable bodyguard disguised as a fly-whisk attendant.

Palanquins:- Palanquins were a popular means of travel and circumambulation for the ladies of the nobility up to the second quarter of the 20th century. They were also used by male nobility and royals on special occasions.

Daulat Khana :- This gallery displays one of the most important and best-preserved collections of fine and applied arts of the Mughal period of Indian history, during which the Rathore rulers of Jodhpur maintained close links with the Mughal emperors. It also has the remains of Emperor Akbar.

Armory:- This gallery displays a rare collection of armor from every period in Jodhpur. On display are sword hilts in jade, silver, rhino horn, ivory, shields studded with rubies, emeralds, and pearls, and guns with gold and silver work on the barrels. The gallery also has on display the personal swords of many emperors, among them outstanding historical pieces like the Khaanda of Rao Jodha, weighing over 3 kg, the sword of Akbar the Great, and the sword of Timur.

Paintings:- This Gallery displays colors of Marwar-Jodhpur, the finest example of Marwar paintings.

The Turban Gallery:- The Turban Gallery in the Mehrangarh Museum seeks to preserve, document, and display the many different types of turbans once prevalent in Rajasthan; every community, region, and festival having had its own head-gear.

Tourist attractions in Mehrangarh

National Geological Monument :- The Jodhpur Group – Malani Igneous Suite Contact on which the Mehrangarh Fort has been built has been declared a National Geological Monument by the Geological Survey of India to encourage Geotourism in the country. This unique geological feature is part of the Malani Igenus Suite seen in the Thar desert region, spread over an area of 43,500 km2. This unique geological feature represents the last phase of igneous activity of Precambrian age in the Indian Subcontinent.

The Mataji Temple:- The chamunda Mataji was Rao Jodha’s favorite goddess, he brought her idol from the old capital of Mandore in 1460 and installed her in Mehrangarh (Maa chamunda was the kul devi of the Pratihara rulers of Mandore. She remains the Maharaja’s and the Royal Family’s Isht Devi or adopted goddess and is worshipped by most of Jodhpur’s citizens as well. Crowds throng Mehrangarh during the Dussehra celebrations.

Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park:- Rao JodhaDesert Rock Park, spreads over 72 hectares, adjoining Mehrangarh Fort. The park contains ecologically restored desert and arid land vegetation. The park was created in 2006 to try and restore the natural ecology of a large, rocky area adjoining and below the fort and opened to the public in February 2011. The area in and around the park contains distinctive volcanic rock formations such as rhyolite, with welded tuff, and breccia, sandstone formations. The park includes a Visitors Centre with Interpretation Gallery, a native plant nursery, a small shop, and a cafe. The curse found in this fort persecutes the people living around it to date.

The fort was one of the filming locations International & National film makers.

Disney’s 1994 live-action film The Jungle Book, as well as the 2012 film. The Dark Knight Rises. The Emraan Hashmi starring Awarapan was also shot here. In March 2018, the film crew for the flop Bollywood film Thugs Of Hindostan used the fort as one of its shooting locations;

*) Principal photography for the latter commenced on 6 May 2011.

The fort has musicians performing folk music.

 In 2015, the fort was used to record a collaborative album by musicians including Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur, English composer and Radio head guitarist Jonny Greenwood, and Radio head producer Nigel Godrich. The recording was the subject of a documentary, Jannu, by the American director Paul Thomas Anderson.

Haunted story of Mehrangarh Fort

When a monk lived here before the construction of the fort. He lived near a water spring. When the king asked them to leave, while cursing, the monk said that the water for which you are removing me will dry up. Since then there was a constant water shortage in the vicinity of the fort.

Visiting Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur is worthy

When the king apologized, the monk offered a solution. He said that in order to end the curse, a person of the state has to sacrifice his life by being buried under the fort of his own will.

How to reach Mehrangarh Fort?

By Air:- Jodhpur has a domestic airport which is around 5km away from the city. Flights to Jaipur, Delhi, Udaipur, and Mumbai can be taken from here. The nearest international airport from Jodhpur is Sanganer Airport in Jaipur and Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi.

By Train:- Jodhpur is connected to many major cities through the train. There are direct trains to Kolkata, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Jammu, and other places. No Rajdhani, Shatabdi Double Decker, or Garib Rath Express run from here but superfast and fast mail and express trains start, terminate, and pass through the city.

By Road:- Jodhpur is well-connected to the nearby as well as cities in other states through road transport. Tourists can catch buses for their destination from Rai ka Bagh Bus Stand which is near to the Rai ka Bagh Railway Station. Besides these, tourists can also catch buses operated by public and private bus services. Another option to come to and go from Jodhpur is a taxi which the tourists can hire from taxi operators.

Why you have to visit Mehrangarh Fort Jodpur?

Forts are one of the most mysterious architectural pieces around the world, every fort has its own story of gallantry, love, and passion. This is one of the largest and well-kept forts of India. So, if you are passionate about Indian forts then a visit to the Mehrangarh Fort is a must.

Best time to visit Mehrangarh Fort.

Mid October to Mid March is the most pleasant time to visit the Mehrangarh Fort.

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