“Gar Firdaus Bar Rue Zamin Ast
Hami Asto , Hami Asto, Hami Ast”
(“If there is a paradise on the face of the earth,
it is here, it is here, it is here!!”)
In the seventeenth century when Mughal Emperor Jahangir came to Kashmir, it was him who said this famous Persian couplet after getting mesmerised by the beauty of Kashmir.
We all know that Kashmir is beautiful, breath-taking, exotic, amazing. Everyone wants to travel to Kashmir to see the snow-capped mountains, lush green meadows, glacial streams and majestic lakes. However, there is much more to Kashmir than that.
Kashmir is also called as “pir waer” in the local language, which translates into- “the valley of saints”. Spirituality has left an indelible mark on the soil of Kashmir valley. There are hundreds of sufi shrines (dargahs) in the Kashmir valley. In the city of Srinagar itself, one can spot a shrine in almost every area. Some of the main shrines and mosques are located in the old city of Srinagar which are easily accessible by taxis, auto rickshaws and local mini buses. Those who travel to Kashmir and want to experience the sufi culture, the essence of old city, it’s heritage and culture should definitely visit these places.