Making Heritage sites accessible to all
World Heritage Day
By: M Ahmad UNESCO established 18 April as the International Day for Monuments and Sites-World Heritage Day, in 1983. On this day people, all over the world, celebrate their cultural heritage by visiting such sites and mesmerizing at the glory of their past. These are the sits that embody the historical nuances of a certain […]
Greeks in Kashmir
The remains of the Harvan monastery
By: Syed Rooh Fatima Archaeology is not so much allied with inventions rather it is more concerned about discovering historical evidences in different forms including artifacts, painting, ruins and even quantitative data, besides other aspects, so as to provide the background for making conjectures and their refutation. The debate among the Indian historians over certain […]
Nallah Mar, a stream that once was
By : Shabir Ibn Noor Once upon a time, there used to be a beautiful canal, which ran through the middle of the Shahr-e-Khas, the old city of Srinagar. But today what exists at its place is a double-tube metalled road, the Nallah Mar road. Indeed the transformation of a canal into a road is […]
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. […]