गर फिरदौस रूहे ज़मीं अस्तहमीनस्तो, हमीनस्तो हमीनस्तो!
If there is a paradise on earth,It is this, it is this, it is this!
I never knew that Kashmir was so beautiful until I saw it. I often heard about the place as a child & I grew up reading about Kashmir & its beauty & then watching it burn on news. And amidst all that it had seen and withstood, the place still looks beautiful – more than any hill station, beach or monument of India.
We reached Kashmir in pursuit of the flowers that grow only once in a year for a window of 15 days – the Tulips!
Watching colourful petals spread across a sprawling area overseeing Dal lake, made me realise what I have been missing all along. It rained a bit that day. Our guide-cum-cabbie told us that it had rained after a few days. We kind of loved it & let ourselves get drenched.
Tulips are in full bloom right now & it would be a fantastic idea to ditch everything urgent-important on your schedule to take a 2 day (if not theee or four) break amidst the sweet smells of Tulips, Kesar Kehwa & assortment of baked breads that they make in the paradise on Earth.
I spent some 2-3 hours in the Tulip Garden alone & clicked numerous pictures, but not even once I was stared at. And neither did I spot any tourist trying to pluck flowers or breach the boundaries. There was just a dog walking through the flowers with a style so considerate that not even a single flower was unplucked.
In between the clicking, smelling and admiring, wind would blow & thousands of tulips would sway left-right in the backdrop of Green Pine & Fur trees & snow-capped mountains, like they want to dance & live every single moment with happiness & joy – like they understood how life is short-lived and lived the best with happiness & selflessness.
Tickets to the place cost INR 50 per head. Do go to Shalimar Bagh & Nishat Bagh too when you visit Tulip Gardens.
Hurry! Tulips will last a few days more & then like all best things in life, they would be gone …
…until next year.