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Debangana Sen May 23 2014

Can you tell me some unknown facts about Kashmir?

Pritha Manchanda May 23 2014
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Jammu and Kashmir is indisputably one of the most beautiful states in India. One of the most written about and photographed states, there are unknown facts about Kashmir that’ll leave you surprised.

Photo of Kashmir (by mishox)

1. Kashmir means “dessicated”

Strange isn’t it that a state we associate with lakes actually has a name that means just the opposite! According to mythology, Sage Kashyapa drained a huge lake to create Kashmir. He didn't drain it completely, of course, which is why visitors can enjoy the beautiful river and pristine lakes that dot this state.

Photo of Dal lake (by NotMicroButSoft (Happy New Year 2014))

2. The beautiful valley was initially a Buddhist centre

Kashmir served as a platform for transmitting Buddhist thought to China and Tibet. It was initially a famous Buddhist Sarvastivada learning centre.

Photo of Buddhists (by Dietmar Temps)

3. Kashmir’s first Muslim king was a Buddhist!

The Tibetan Rinchan, who ruled over Kashmir in the fourteenth century, was instrumental in introducing Islam in the valley.

Photo of a mosque (by Basharat Shah)

4. Home to a unique floating post office

A real charmer, the floating post office-cum-philately museum fits itself into a largish boat and is moored right on the Boulevard. It is known to be India’s first floating post office. Isn't it one of the most interesting unknown facts about Kashmir?

Photo of Floating post office (from Official Government Website)

5. The origin of houseboats on the Dal Lake

The boat-dwelling Hanji community of Srinagar started building floating homes or houseboats on Dal lake for English visitors and residents, who were not allowed to own land in Kashmir.

Photo of Houseboat (by ZeePack)

6. The state animal, the Kashmir Stag, is a critically endangered animal

The hangul or Kashmir Stag is a beautiful and stately animal. Unfortunately, it is believed that only 160 of these exquisite animals survive.

Photo of Hangul (by ianduffy)

7. Jahangir’s favourite holiday destination

While Aurangzeb visited Kashmir only once, Jahangir topped the chart by visiting this beautiful valley 13 times during his reign.

Photo of Shalimar Garden (by greenleaf 80)

8. Capitals take seasonal turns

Did you know that Srinagar is the summer capital and Jammu the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir. The extreme cold of winters results in an exodus of most government offices to Jammu and the exodus is reversed in the summers.

9. A separate constitution for Kashmir

Although Kashmir is an integral part of India, it enjoys a special status as per the Constitution of India. It is the only state in India to have its own state constitution.

If you know other unknown facts about Kashmir, do share it with us. Don’t forget to share if you like this.

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