Sheikh Imran Bashir
Srinagar: The picturesque valley has always been, over the years, a major fascination for domestic and international tourists having so much to offer for them. Be it snow capped mountains, lush green meadows or springy water bodies and what not.
Amongst four seasons in the year, Autumn-September to December- provides you a distinct joy to be in the valley.
After ‘tumultuous’ summer that was marked with tourist spots wearing a deserted look , Jammu and Kashmir tourism department, is expecting a good rush of tourists both National and international.
It is the falling leaves of Chinar tree that are a major attraction as they get a golden color from normal red.
Autumn, the harbinger of winters in the valley is marked by a blaze on huge Chinar trees with brown five-lobed leaves falling to melodious cracking sounds.
Anurag Joshi, on a vacation here, told Agence India Press that Autumn has so much to offer for the tourists and he and his family planning to go Gulmarg after spending sometime in Srinagar.. “The whole city looks golden in this season. Kashmir is heaven. My friends and family have been enjoying our stay here a lot.” He said
“We wanted to see Kashmir in a different season than the usual snowy winters and all, hence, we came now, and it is beautiful. We are having a lot of fun, “added Nishant, another tourist.
The scenic beauty of Kashmir welcomes autumn season with shades of red and golden coloured Chinar leaves.
The valley commonly referred to as the ‘Switzerland of the East’, the Mughal rulers of India in 17th century called Kashmir valley the ‘Paradise on earth’.
Famous Urdu poet of the subcontinent, Alama Iqbal, described the Chinar in autumn as ‘Aatish-e-Chinar’ (the Chinar on fire).
Locals believe that autumn season helps in alluring good number of tourists.
Botanically known as ‘platanus orientails’ and locally called ‘Boen’, the Chinar tree is decidedly more elegant in autumn than in any other season.
The onset of autumn, perhaps Kashmir’s loveliest season, is towards September, when green turns to gold and then to russet and red. The highest day temperatures in September are around 23°C and night temperatures dip to 10°C by October and further drop by November, when heavy woollens are essential.
Nature packs up for the season with wild abandon leaving a trail of gold mellowed leaves. Red fire like glowing Chinar leaves start falling. One of the famous highlights of autumn is the saffron fields of Pampore, for which Kashmir is very famous.
After summer, the most awaited season in Jammu and Kashmir sets in the month of September. It is autumn, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Everything turns to gold. The sight of the landscape has a magnetic appeal then. The red carpeted gardens are a treat to the eyes. Temperatures rise to a maximum of 23 degrees in the morning but the nights are relatively colder. The weather is very conducive for the tourists to take delight in the sights, sounds, and smell of this idyllic land. The vibrant valleys, the rustle of the fallen leaves, the fragrance of flowers are there to enchant you.
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