This is an experience which happened 3 and a half years back. I was on a vacation with family to Kashmir, which is described by the Persian poet Amir Khusrau using these words : “If there is a paradise on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here”. I won’t talk about the whole journey here but just one day of the trip. The earth had taken 19 revolutions around the sun since I was born and I have been living in Delhi all this time which is not more than 150 miles from the mighty Himalayas, still, I had never seen snow in my life.
So after roaming around in the Srinagar city for 2 days, we started our journey to Gulmarg. And this was the first sight of snow and the first gush of chilly wind that caught us.
A few minutes later, our cab was on a narrow road and I saw cotton-like snow lying around. I felt cheated at this sight because those of us living in northern plains crave for some of it and this can never be wasted like this 😀
The wind grew cooler and blew faster. And all of us were already overwhelmed when the tallest Christmas trees waved at us from all sides.
Finally we reached our destination and instantly realized that Amir Khusrau was a very reasonable man and didn’t just blabber anything 😀 I could not just get enough of what I saw and we spent the whole day there at -7 degree centigrade doing somethings which were not required, but created memories that were totally worth to cherish.
The love with this place was so much that we all were back here just after 2 years during the coldest winters. Do share with me if you have had a similar relationship with a place. 🙂