A Visit to the Hills
A Trip to the Kashmir Valley
A Visit to a Hill Station
Kashmir—The Switzerland of India
A Visit to a Place of Interest
Travelling must form an important part of education in our schools and colleges. It gives us firsthand information about things, places, persons and events. It is essential for the healthy growth of the mind. Tagore rightly said,” The health of the mind cannot be maintained on the ration of books served up in motionless classes within the prison walls of a static school.” Tours and trips not only educate the students but also provide a healthy change from a mere dull, academic routine.
A visit to a hill station is both a profit and pleasure. It improves our health by its bracing climate. It improves the boredom of the prosaic severity of daily life in the plains. It saves us from the grilling heat in the plains. Wordsworth, the high priest of nature, once rightly remarked that a visit to the lakes and mountains is equal to visit to the church.
I had heard a lot about the beauty of the Kashmir Valley. I was told that a visit to the lovely valley of Kashmir revels to us the workmanship of God who combines in Himself the poet, the painter, the singer, the sculptor and the architect. It is also well-known that if there is any Paradise on the earth, it is Kashmir alone. Kashmir is also called the Switzerland of India.
I yearned to visit Kashmir. My friend and I went to Kashmir during the last summer vacation. We left Pathankot by bus and reached Srinagar after a very interesting journey. On both sides of the road, we could see the lofty green hills and a panorama of natural beauty. We stayed in a houseboat named Jal Pari.
Our stay was very comfortable. We saw a large number of tourists from different parts of the walked in a leisurely way as we were in a gay and festive mood. We halted during the journey to appreciate the beauty of a scene or to watch the fast moving water in a stream. We saw a large number of waterfalls on the way. We did not trek more than twenty miles a day. We were much delighted by the scenes of thrilling beauty.
Every day we used to leave our house-boat early in the morning and go out sight -seeing. We walked in a leisurely way as we were in a gay and festive mood. We halted during the journey to appreciate the beauty of scene or to watch the fast moving water in a stream. We saw a large number of waterfalls on the way. We did not trek more than twenty miles a day. We were much delighted by the scenes of thrilling beauty.
It was not for nothing that Wordsworth, the high priest of Nature, said,
“One impulse from a vernal wood
May teach us more of man,
Of moral evil and of good,
Than all the sages can.”
The mountains, the valleys, streams, waterfalls, and other objects of Nature in all their grandeur and majesty, seemed to be pervaded by the Divine Spirit. The bracing climate of the Kashmir Valley refreshed our spirit. We were thrilled by the delights of the Kashmir Valley. We now came to realize the truth of what Byron had said long ago:
“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods
There is a rapture on the lovely shore…. “
We also visited Gulmarg, Pathalgam, and Kokaranag. We found that the water at these places was very healthful. It was quiet appetizing.
We never felt tired of eating because we felt hungry every time we drank water. We felt that we had put on a few pounds of flesh. We then visited the Shalimar and Nishat gardens. They were so beautiful that we felt that we were in the seventh heaven of joy. The beauty of the hills, ever-green with tall trees, beggars description. Then we had to get back to the plains to face the sweltering heat. My visit to Kashmir is indelibly sketched on my mind. Really, a thing of beauty is a joy forever. Whenever the happy memories of Kashmir haunt my mind, I am reminded of Wordsworth’s lines:
“For oft when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills
And dances with the daffodils.”
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Murree is basically a beautiful hill station which is situated on the boundary of Pakistan. This border is stretched from Punjab and goes all the way to Azad Kashmir. It is a great spot for tourism in summer. Many domestic and foreign tourists visit Murree at
least once in their life, to see the real beauty of Pakistan. Murree is a real blessing from God to the people of Pakistan.
Murree has beautiful sceneries and attractive greenery atmosphere. Mountains covered with snow, valleys with fog, forests with heavy green trees and the weather, all these things make Murree an ideal place for tourists to visit.
Available routes for Murree
There are mainly four possible routes available for Murree. The first one is the old Murree Islamabad road through which you can reach Murree in just 1.30 hours. While 4-lane Expressway will take only one hour in total. These 2 routes are mainly used for going to Murree, since these routes are shorter than the other 2 available routes. The third route is a bit longer which passes through Nilore and goes all the way to Simli Dam. And the last route is even further exploratory which initiates from one point the ‘Monal restaurant’ which is in Islamabad, after driving that road part, you’ll find yourself driving on the 'old Murree Road’ which requires heavy vehicles, since the roads are uneven and bumpy. It will be a matter of 3 hours to reach Murree if you pick this route. It is recommended to take a GPS device or GPS activated mobile phone with you so that you don’t lose the track.
Mall road in Murree is the most populated place ever in this region. Tourists usually go there to have food and do shopping. The best time to visit Mall road is after the evening. The mall road is basically a hill which starts from the Post Office. You can go there till midnight. A variety of Pakistani foods are available at Mall road. You’ll have a good time going there; do visit once if you are going to Murree!
Chair lift and cable car
These were some of the main highlighted features of Murree. You must go there for at least once in your life time. It sure is an unforgettable place to visit!
A further explanation Murree name from Hazrat Marriam, or Virgin Marry, said to be buried at Pindi Point is one of the highest places. There are stories abound about holiness sight, and how divine intervention has been a stop construction workers to remove the grave. Whatever the explanation of the name seems that before the advent of the British do not represent something beyond the Hilliard. There is no entry indicates that the entire area is known as the Murree day had the same name before British occupation of the area in 1846. During the Afghan and Sikh rule the area was referred by the name the tribe inhabiting the same. It was only after transfer of the hill tract, including Murree, from the Hazara district of Rawalpindi District in 1850, the Tehsil Murree was established.
At that time consisted of 92 villages spread across five areas or 'Ilakas of Phulgran, Charhan, Dewal, Kotli and Karor. Parts of the areas which were placed under the rule of Raja pf Muzaffarabad in 1831 along with Murree and Kahuta area, including the area from Khapur to Boi at the confluence of the rivers Jehlum and Kunhar was not returned to Rawalpindi and was held in Hazara District. Sometimes Pulgran later was transferred to Rawalpindi Tehsil and now forms a part of Islamabad Capital Territory. In the 1990s, Kotli and some villages in the so Karor ilaka were separated to form Sattian Kotli Tehsil.