Day 32: Srinagar – A City Carved In Wood, And Love

0 Posted by - April 16, 2014 - Art, Entrepreneurship, Music, Rearview Mirror

Large Blog ImageSRINAGAR
Jammu & Kashmir


Along the young and gushing river Indus, is the beautiful Kashmiri landscape dominated by snow-capped mountains and countless springs and lakes. Wandering through the narrow lanes of Srinagar where wooden houses with delicately carved balconies share walls with ancient temples and medieval mosques, one tends to absorb the ancient wonder that still permeates the old part of the city.

Looking beyond the barrage of tourists and vendors, one notices the vibrant lifestyle of the locals and the Mir Bahris who live on the Dal lake. From the terraced lawns, fountain pools and carefully manicured flowerbeds of the gardens that date back to the Mughal era, to the beautiful wide stretches of roads lined with the mighty Chinar, Srinagar’s architecture is unique and environmentally sound.

Even more remarkable are the houseboats that float in the Dal lake, with their heavily carved cedar facades. With names that range from Robin hood to Buckingham Palace, these houseboats play to the visitors’ fantasy.

12,73,000 (approx)
Urdu and Hindi 

Srinagar’s cuisine ranges from everyday food that combines mutton and turnips, chicken and spinach, fish and lotus root to a 36-course wedding banquet called Wazawan. Kashmiri breads like ‘sheermal’ and ‘baqerkhani’ are traditionally enjoyed with salt tea. 

Both Srinagar city and the urban agglomeration have the average literacy rate of approximately 71%. The predominant religion of Srinagar is Islam with 95% of the population being Muslim. 

Laal Chowk; Dal Lake; Khanqah Shah-i-Hamadan; Pari Mahal; Cheshmashahi Garden; Shalimar Bagh; Shankaracharya Hill; Hazratbal; Makhdoom Sahib Shrine. 

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First Impressions

We spent the whole day in the beautiful city of Srinagar today. We visited the Delhi Public School Srinagar, and had a meeting with Mr. Vijay Dhar and the students of the school. We then visited the Dal Lake and other local places of tourist interest including monuments and shrines.

We also visited local papier mache artisans and understood their issues in continuing this lovely tradition. We also spent time meeting local business persons and young entrepreneurs to understand issues of development in J&K.

It was a rainy, cold day but we were treated to the best of the Kashmiri hospitality, and the warmth of the people there was touching but we were sad to see the tinge of helplessness in their eyes.

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