A Kashmiri Photo Story (7): Chashma Shahi Srinagar

Chashma Shahi Srinagar kashmir
A little green Christmas tree stands alone in the midst of the Himalayas

Chashma Shahi was the first garden I visited while on the auto rickshaw tour in Srinagar. It was my first time in a place that snowed, my first time in a snow-covered garden. Despite the freezing cold, all I could do was pluck up courage to trot around the garden with my flimsy made-in Bangkok sneakers, while fighting the frostbite in my toes.

Unlike the two Baghs, the Chashma Shahi, was built by Ali Mardan, a governor during the days of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1632, according to Wiki. The garden is located in the Zabarwan Range, near Rajbhawan (the Governor‘s house) overlooking Dal Lake.

You might think that after some time, the pictures start to look the same. But I assure you, it’s not. Each tree in the photo tells a story. Each person reflects a special feeling, when I was there. And if you do scroll to the very end, a splendid picture awaits you.

Chashma Shahi Srinagar kashmir
Entrance to the Chashma Shahi
Chashma Shahi Srinagar kashmir
Do not pluck flower
Chashma Shahi Srinagar kashmir
Visiting the gardens of Chashma Shahi
Chashma Shahi Srinagar kashmir
Taking photos of their little girl, amid the snow.
Chashma Shahi Srinagar kashmir
How nice it were to be growing up in a country with four seasons?
Chashma Shahi Srinagar kashmir
Chashma Shahi Srinagar – The path to a great tree
Chashma Shahi Srinagar kashmir
I used to think, how nice it would be to spend a day on a park bench, against the greatness of mountains.
Chashma Shahi Srinagar kashmir
I like it how there are green paths to the trees. Just like a path to this fir.
Chashma Shahi Srinagar kashmir
Trees, side by side.
Chashma Shahi Srinagar kashmir
Another pair of trees, side by side.
Chashma Shahi Srinagar kashmir
Kashmir – Where mountains come alive

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