Set like a jewelled crown on the map of India,
Kashmir is a many-faceted diamond, changing its character with the seasons
always extravagantly beautiful. Three Himalayan ranges - Karakoram, Zanskar
and Pir Panjal - snow-capped, majestic, frame the landscape from
northwest to northeast. They are the birthplace of great rivers which flow down
into the valleys below, forested with wild orchards and lily laden lakes.
It is not enough to say that Kashmir is beautiful.
Kashmir has captured within its territories the quintessence of all the elements
that poetry demands of nature. Awesome grandeur, serenity, a wild profusion of
color. The Mughals, who celebrated beauty, planted their symmetrical gardens and
added a further dimension to the valleys of Kashmir. They also left behind a
heritage of exquisite artisanship among the people, making the handicrafts of
the land prized gifts the world over. More