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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What is the history and culture of Pahalgam?

Kirat S DEC 10 2012
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Answer: Does the origin of things excite you and make you want to explore more? Or better still, do you solely travel to understand the history and culture of a place and experience an era gone by? The history of Pahalgam will grant you the opportunity to be fascinated and be a part of its rich cultural heritage, even on a holiday.

The city of Pahalgam is believed to have been conquered by the Turkish-Mughal Military General, Mirza Muhammad Haider Dughlat in the early 1400's. Ever since, it remained under the rule of Mughal kings and rulers, like Sultan Said Khan of Kashgar, Emperor Humayun and finally, Sultan Ghiyas-ud-Din Zain-ul-Abidin. This part of its history is quite evident in the cuisine (Wazwan) and even handicrafts (embroidered shawls, woolen clothes, lavish carpets) of the place. Pahalgam was eventually merged with the kingdom of Kashmir and was presided over by Abidin for a good 40 years.

It remained an independent state even during the rule of the British and joined the independent Indian state after the freedom struggle which ended in 1947.

Being a part of the Kashmir Valley, the culture here has strong influences of both Hindu and Muslim lifestyles, evident in their distinct clothing, cuisine and even the Kashmiri dialects. In true Kashmiri style, the region boasts of a warm and welcoming hospitality, evident in the several beautiful hotels and guest houses that the area is dotted with and the number of tourists it sees every year.

A rich heritage and a colourful cultural experience at Pahalgam awaits you. What are you waiting for? Know more about the history and culture with the best places to visit in Pahalgam.

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