God has showered this world with beauty. Every place in the world has some charm even though different in nature.
Our country is one of the places in the world which has abundance of beauty and a great potential to attract the tourists from across the globe. In this country, there is a one beautiful state which is popularly known as a Paradise on earth. The word Kashmir has been derived from a Persian word ‘Cash Meer’ which means difficult to rule. From Mughal rulers to Dogras, Kashmir has always remained their favourite haunt.
Kashmir has a huge potential to attract tourists from within and outside the country. Even though there are various places which have not been put on tourist map. The newly developing tourist spot near the worlds famous hill station Gulmarg is named as “Drung” and “Dudepathri” in district Budgam known for dense forests.
The small village in its lap has an ancient monument and people around it has some specialty to offer to the tourists. The J&K Government has decided to develop some more beautiful places to bring them on the tourist map but lack of funds ensures that the work progresses on a snails pace. Bringing more places on tourism map is also necessary to provide opportunities to the unemployed youth of the valley and the people associated with the tourism.
Kashmir every year receives snowfall from December to February, even at times in March also. The glaciers in most parts of the upper reaches too have started melting which is very embarrassing for Kashmir, as these glaciers work as our resources in Kashmir. The sky slopes in the Gulmarg have no comparison in the world. But let us pledge not to destroy the nature with our own hands. Let us give back the space to the water bodies which have been encroached upon by none other than our own people.
Some time I experience the beauty of Kashmir with my children but they least bother about what I want to tell them about this beauty for the simple reason that they for one or the other reason have not been able to see the places that I have seen. They often talk about the beautiful roads and planned cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Agra, Calcutta, Southern states and a place in Maharashtra called Pune. My children are not to be blamed for ignoring Kashmir beauty which they could not see due to turmoil in the state which lasted 26 years and they were born during turmoil. That is the reason they could not see the places in the paradise, move freely, the way I used to move from one dense forest to another.
Now the situation in the valley is improving and blue water streams flow singing the lyrics as before. And blossoming buds and a variety of flowers are again attracting the young children who opened their eyes during turmoil with noisy gun shots and blasts to tell the young children to differentiate beauty of our valley and the beauty outside the state.
Let government make the roads worth for the tourists and the people of the valley as well. Because roads are face of the state. They are in a pretty bad shape. People too have a role to play to take care of every nook and corner apart from government as this is our own land, own meadows and glaciers that attract people from across the globe to enjoy the scenic beauty of the state right from Udhampur to every part of the valley. Who will give back the time which our children lost during the turmoil. It is hard to compensate as they grew up in the conflict. Only God can save and protect us from further hardships.
Mohammad Farooq Wani
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