The Many Shades Of Fall 

Autumn presents soothing sight of pleasure to visitors in Kashmir

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“It is mesmerizing and bewitching,” said Monika, a tourist from West Bengal, as she and other members of her extended family stroll around the historical Mughal garden at Nishat, on the banks of Dal Lake. The magical view that gripped the young tourist in awe and admiration was the golden landscape of fallen Chinar leaves in the famous Nishat garden.


Captivating Colours

Kashmir these days is bathed in different hues of red, brown and orange, and the autumn – Kashmir’s golden season, is in full glory. Leaves of Chinar and other trees change into multi-colored works of art to eventually fall away, and present a soothing sight of pleasure for the discerning eyes.

The visuals that the first-time visitors to Kashmir, like Monika, have seen only in Bollywood films are rolling before their eyes in reality.

“I am short of words to express how I feel and experience it here. It is beautiful! Before coming here I visited some famous gardens in Delhi, Chandigarh and Rajasthan. They are nowhere comparable to this. Autumn here is captivating,” Ipshita, an engineering student from Maharashtra, said.

Autumn is beautiful mostly in Kashmir unlike other parts of India. The rest of India does not have four seasons but the Kashmir Valley has. This season gives an amazing experience and the feel of Kashmir, which has always been a favourite destination for Bollywood film makers as evident in several movies.


Breathtakingly Beautiful Locations

Every tourist place has a golden and red carpet spread of these Chinar trees with a mesmerizing background of hills, sparkling clouds and fresh streams. For example, the Zabarwan Hills background adds greatly to the beauty of Nishat garden, Shalimar Bagh, Naseem Bagh, and Chinar Bagh. The rowing of Shikars filled with honeymoon couples or the anxious tourists from Indian plains amid the golden hues of Char Chinar and against a background of Zabarwan Hills including The Shankaracharya Temple, Mahadev Peak and Hari Parbat fort or Kooh-e-Maran is a picture perfect. And we are seeing a huge rush of tourists enjoying these beautiful visuals and taking photos in these breathtakingly beautiful locations.


Huge Tourist Rush

This year, more than 25 lakh tourists have visited Kashmir so far, and this number is the highest in the last 75 years. The number is likely to go up by the end of the year. Autumn this year has emerged as a main attraction for tourists for both domestic and international tourists. Government of the day led by a visionary Manoj Sinha, the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory, has made special arrangements for visitors so that every tourist should have comfort while visiting Kashmir. Autumn has already remained a bumper season from a tourism point of view and the government has also announced special festivities for the tourists coming to the Valley during the Autumn season.

As part of its festivities for tourists in Autumn, the Tourism Department of Kashmir put the spotlight on the ongoing saffron harvest in Pampore karewas (elevated table land) to attract tourists for social media reels and give them a unique experiences amidst the elevated table-land known for one of the costliest spices in the country.


Saffron Festival In Pampore

The Kashmir tourism department had invited students and local farmers to join the saffron festival organised in Pampore’s Ladoo area on November 1 to highlight the whole process of saffron cultivation. Traditional songs, sung in chorus while picking these flowers, were also played on the occasion.

With Kashmir hosting record number of tourists this year, the sight of purple saffron fields could add to the list of spots visited by potential tourists and the authorities of tourism department have a reason to smile at the prospect of increasing foot-falls of visitors with such initiatives.

“Pampore will add to the experience of tourists travelling to Kashmir. This could be a major spot where tourists could shoot their fun-filled reels for their social media accounts, as is the trend with tourists these days,” Kashmir tourism director Faz-lul-Haseeb told media while inaugurating the saffron harvest festival in the Pampore karewas on November 1.






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