More than 700 years back, the great Persian poet, Amit Khusrau, wrote something about Kashmir, that has become a part of Bollywood songs, make people hum, and has become the caption of thousands of Instagram posts.
"Agar firdaus bar roo-e zameen ast,
Hameen ast-o hameen ast-o hameen ast."
The above lines translate to, “If there is heaven somewhere on earth, it is here.”
Even after years of unrest, violence and terrorism, there’s something about this place that still gives meaning to what Amir Khusrau wrote centuries back.
There was no plan. Had 9 days at hand. And after struggling to zero in on a few places, like Valley of Flowers, Manimahesh & Kashmir, the last one seemed to be on the top of my list. And thankfully so. Because had I not visited Kashmir then, I don’t know whether it would have been the same. Because I returned from Kashmir during the unrest, and when pilgrims were sent back in August, earlier this year. And since then, no one knows, how Kashmir will shape up after this big decision on it.