Preserving the cultural identity
Kashmiris are a peace loving nation which has got a documented history of about 6000 years. Archeologists and historians who carry out the study of Kashmir history and culture claim that people of Kashmir is an old nation which, according to them, has a well documented history of 6,000 years. In ancient times it was […]
‘Bremiji’- The forgotten tree type
One of the most magnificent ancient trees of Kashmir has almost extinguished from its traditional habitats and there is every chance that the tree species might be extinct very soon.
Bremji (Celtis Australis)- is learnt to have been available in few varieties and was mostly grown in the graveyards and also adjacent to Sufi tombs. It has a slow but natural growth to the extent of a magnificent tree. This tree does not grow tall and rather grows in the umbrella shape and has a […]
Exploring the unexplored natural heritage of Kulgam
When one travels towards the west from the historic town of Kulgam, the sights of the lofty peaks greet one’s eyes. But you will find these quite distant from your other travel destination in Kashmir or outside of Kashmir. These mountain peaks are locally called as ‘Kounsar Kouthra’ (rooms of Kounsar) and remain snow-capped throughout […]
Time for picnic- Let’s pollute something!
It is the season when people go for excursions and picnics and always prefer spots located adjacent to some flowing kuls and Nallah (streams and rivulets). The cool, clean and dancing waters of the village streams are breathtaking and particularly so when the temperatures are souring up in the valley. People, especially those living in […]
Since most of the ancient village springs of Kashmir valley are in utter neglect and at many places supplying polluted water to the villagers, neither the people nor the state authorities are taking any measures to preserve such water sources. There are reports that several of these springs are filled with tree wastes and other […]
Is Mughal road really a dangerous one!
No doubt travels can be exciting, stimulating, thrilling and breathtaking. And discovering new places, meeting new people and experiencing new locations often requires an effort to break out of your comfort zone, and, in doing so, travel becomes a learning experience. But some times Travel can also be dangerous, and invites trouble, especially if you […]
Forgotten Empires of Kashmir!
There are several glorious empires which Kashmir history has witnessed and recorded in its annals, but the current collective memory of the people seems to have forgotten a large part of it. One of such forgotten empire is of Karkotas. The first people with local origin who ascended the throne of the land were Karkotas. […]
Evidences of Grecio-Buddhist art in Kashmir
DURING the occupation of Greeks in North-Western regions of India and Kashmir, a famous school of Grecio-Buddhist art got patronized. This school was initially established by Bactrian-Greeks at Gandhara- modern day Khandhar in 1st century B.C- and was a mixture of Indian and Grecian arts which gave birth to indo- Grecian art which later came […]
The traditional Jewelry of Kashmir
The earliest evidences of jewelry items were found in the archaeological sites of Harwan, Ushkar and Litpura sites (100-400) AD, where the exhumed material showed the human pattern of men and women wearing brilliant ornaments.
Like other arts and crafts, Kashmiri’s had no less expertise in producing some of the finest and exquisite items of jewelry. Massive workshops were set up in various villages, towns and cities for this purpose and people would toil hard to beautify metals into relics of beauty. The community dealing with manufacturing ornaments is locally […]
Preserving little known dialects
Although the linguistic history of the land is very old but very little is known of its ancient languages. Prakrit, Sanskrit, Persian and Kashmiri are started as its major olden languages while as Kharoshiti Brahmi, Sharda and Arabic were the main scripts used in writing of these languages. It was in latter decades of 19th […]