Imran Yousuf (Kashmir Images)
When someone imagines about natural creation, natural beauty, Kashmir is the first word which strikes his mind. Kashmir is well-known in every corner of this world for its unique, incomparable, matchless and eternal beauty and Pahalgam has been the crown. Pahalgam is the place where comprehensive combination of divine beauty is found, green landscapes, thousands of years old Devdars are spotted everywhere in the valley, but one more advantage that adds the magnificence is the Majestic Lidder. The sparkling water of River Lidder flows through the valley of Pahalgam and therefore it is also called as Lidder Valley. Majestic lidder makes Pahalgam more precious, exceptional and beyond comparison. The Lidder River is popular among travelers because of its cold water flowing right from glaciers. Pahalgam is surrounded by mountains and crossed by the cascading waters of river Lidder, it has been a popular tourist destination for years. The snow capped peaks in the background and abundant green pine forests soothe the eyes of the visitors. Virgin pine forests, apparent mountain streams, and meadows of wildflowers mark Pahalgam as part of the paradisiacal beauty of Kashmir.
Pahalgam is the finest tourist resort blessed by deity from each and every corner. On the other hand Kashmir has faced some ugly days as well as Pahalgam is also suffering due to the recklessness of people of Kashmir. When we go through Pahalgam we come across new structures everywhere, new huts, hotels, houses are built through the whole valley, nonetheless govt. has stopped and banned the new constructions but things are going on. We are losing the greenery and natural beauty. We don’t see Pahalgam as fine-looking and eye-catching as it used to be. Natural beauty is being replaced by artificial, nearly entire place has been built in new pattern and concrete structures are surfacing which doesn’t gel with the environment and thus are diminishing the loveliness and attractiveness of Pahalgam. The natural beauty has its own unparalleled magical charm.
About 15 years ago I went to Pahalagm with my Dad, I do remember, at the very first glance I was fascinated and I could not stop myself to get lost in the divine beauty of Pahalgam. I saw some wooden huts or houses built that time look fantastic, now I identify perfectly that these huts were also constructed in concrete, they looked like creator has itself constructed them to boost the charm. Today we find modern constructions all over the place - hotels, shops, houses, and huts have occupied the whole space. No doubt it has made life a bit easy but a tourist misses the calmness of mountains, noise of fluxing water which used to attract visitors from different corners of the world. One misses that old elegance, the glimpse of deity beauty.
Shouldn’t we care for this magical place with magical atmosphere, magical climate which changes its complete pattern within seconds.
Doesn’t this place belong to us, which Deity has created with his own hands, Doesn’t Pahalgam deserve a close attention to protect it and restore its earlier magic?
That Pahalgam which used to bless the visitors eyes.
That Pahalgam which used to offer divine presence.
That Pahalgam which used to be the spiritual place for saints
That Pahalgam we are losing bit by bit, please save it now or it will be too late.