Kokernag

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Kokernag is a sub-district town and a notified area committee in Breng Valley (The Golden Crown of Kashmir), Anantnag districtin the Indian administered state of Jammu & Kashmir. The etymology of the word ‘Kokernag’ is controversial and there are various theories and none has any conclusive historical proof. As per one such theory Koker means ‘fowl’ and nag means ‘serpent’. The spring gushes out of the base of a thickly wooded hill from where it divides into channels, which resembles to the claw-foot of a hen, hence its name. The other theory is that the word Kokernag originates from Koh (Mountain) kan (from or under) nag (spring). Kokernag is at the height of approx. 2,000 m above sea level. Place is known for gardens, largest fresh water springs in Kashmir and for its largest rainbow trout hatchery in north India. Towns and village situated around Kokernag are Bindoo, Zalangam, Bidder, Wangam, Hangalgund,Nagam, Mukhdampora Sagam,Duksum, Soaf Shali etc. Kokernag has been mentioned in Ain Akbari, where in it has been mentioned that the water of Kokernag satisfies both hunger and thirst and it is also a remedy for indigestion.

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Basically, the nickname or second name of Kokernag is Breng Kokernag, the name given by Shiekh ul Alam, poet and scholar. He said “” kokernag breng chu sunsund preng”” which means that “”kekernag is Golden crown of kashmir”” means a precious thing. Kokernag is a collection of many small springs and their collective appearance resembles to the claws of a koker (cock). Kokernag is the largest fresh water spring in Kashmir.

Koker means ‘fowl’ and nag means ‘Springs’. The spring gushes out of the base of a thickly wooded hill from where it divides into channels, which resembles to the claw-foot of a hen, hence its name. Kokernag is at the height of approximately 2,000 m above sea level. Place is known for gardens, largest fresh water springs in Kashmir and for its trout streams. Towns and village situated around Kokernag are Wangam, Hangalgund, Nagam, Sagam, Zalergam, Dacksum, Elakti, Soaf Shali .

It is known for its trout streams and the largest fresh water spring in Kashmir, Trout hatchery department which has constructed pools in series where in trout is reared. The total area of Kokernag is 300 Kanals of which 129 kanals is for the purpose of gardens and the rest is forest area.

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Staying in the accommodation right inside the Kokernag garden, gave us an advantage. We could visit the Kokernag garden right at sunrise – an ideal time for birding. Specially by the natural spring that flows through it.

Developed by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism department, it is the biggest garden in Kashmir.

 

The department’s Tourism Reception Center (TRC) is next to this garden. We met an extremely dedicated tourism officer here, who guided and mentored us throughout our stay.
Source – Trip advisor for images and Wikipedia

Friendship with my Parents.

I can’t find the Meter to measure.

Parent’s love,emotion and affection.

It is the treasure of pleasure.

Holding our souls strong connection.
My origin was her womb.

But I live in her heart.

My temporary rest in the tomb.

But I got an institution to start.
Parents are my architects.

Design me and prepare me.

To be strong against times as erect.

And they let me choose and be free.
Friendship is rare and rare.

Friendship with parents is my dear.

Secrets and feelings with whom I share.

Parents care and rare in pair.

Happiness in my eyes with tear.

(By Aamir Aqeil Azfar)

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Campfire.

She told story with mould fire.


Hey Aamir come on , it is going fun,you must join.Are you coming; said Jack.ok I will come.

Hey Jack what’s up,Hi guys;I said and I joined the campfire.wow what a romantic waves with sleepy warm temperature.Aamir meet my friends; Jessica,lucy,pat. Hi guys I said.

Come on guys let’s play a game,”truth and dare”, said Lucy.who gonna start first. I will start,said pat in curious mood.

Truth or dare,dare,said;pat .

Scream like an idiot.said; Jessica.

Wohahowahhahahahooooooh!!!!!!!. Screamed pat.

Who gonna start next,i …said Lucy.Truth or dare.I  say for truth; Lucy in amazing mood.

Ok tell us about your love;jessica said,oh no no no; Lucy.You have to say.ok; Lucy

“Last year when we arrive in college after summer holidays.I met a guy, so smart and simple, gentle and innocent smile on his face.I fell in love with this guy,But I can’t express myself,so one I met sam in coffee shop. When I saw him, I  went straight towards him and I sat down on his table. You are so smart;I said.But sam said; well thank you,but I already have a Gf behind you coming towards us.Oh sorry . “I get up and move like a passing wind. Little drop of sarrow in my oceanic eyes.”, said; Lucy.

Life like waiting..

A story about people whom we think are strangers.

“The flight from New Delhi to Srinagar Kashmir has been delayed in short while we will announce new timing”. Oh no ,I was thinking what to do.Suddenly  I saw a bench. I sit down and said to myself in a soft tone that I am unlucky. “Sorry what you said” said a lady next to me.

I said; My flight delayed. She said: That is good. Sorry what you said, I asked  her.

It is ok don’t be sad, she said.

Thanks, I said to her.

Life  means waiting and in this world we are also waiting.She said.

Waiting for what, I said in an excited mood. Waiting for our stop until our role ends.I meant to be here that is why I am here,She said. Well said I told her.

Thanks, Hey by the way I am Ana Patrick.

I am Aamir , from Kashmir.I said.

Kashmir I love that place,And this time I am going to Kashmir after eleven years,she said in an excitement.

You don’t know how much I waited for this time.she Said.

I said waiting….. after all life is like waiting..

Doodhpathri(valley of Milk)

Doodhpathri or “Valley of Milk”, situated 40 kms from Srinagar is definitely an unexplored place in Kashmir. If you plan to visit Kashmir sometimes, you should take a little time off to visit this beautiful and enchanting place. You will certainly love the green meadows, pristine environment and serenity.
It  took us about an hour from Srinagar by cab.  A river cascading down the pebbles is a walk of 5 minutes from the parking. You will definitely meet sphered who will be keeping a watchful eye on his flock grazing on the verdant meadows and some cattle and horses. On reaching river, you can soak your feet on the clear and icy water. God, it felt like my feet was frozen and numb for a second. 

 The place is quite secluded, you can rent a tent and set up a camping station. There are a few shops which serve hot and mouth watery omelettes, Maggie, Kashmiri tea and coffee. The best thing to enjoy here is the ride on horses to the bottom of snow covered mountains and trekking.

The best time to travel Doodhpathri is between May- July as the weather is pleasant and preachy. The temperature varies between 10-15 degrees during this time.


Doodhpathri (pronounced Dwadhpathri locally), the wildflower-spangled, inten­sely green meadows come rolling at you suddenly, without warning. Barely contained by the mossy green hills, the grasslands give way to more grasslands. Alpine wildflowers beget more wild­flowers. And packs of handsome wild horses graze fixedly. The meadows eventually wind up at a riverbed. Doodhpathri is one of the most beautiful meadows you can visit and no better setting for a picnic.

Doodhpathri is located in Budgam district of Jammu Kashmir state and can be reached via two different routes mentioned below:

Route 1: Via Budgam

This will take around 42KM and shortest route to reach Doodhpathri from Srinagar. Here is the brief:
Srinagar ->Budgam -> Khansahib -> Raiyar -> Doodhpathri
 2: Via Gulmarg road

If you are planning to visit Gulmarg, you should choos this route which will take around 50KM to reach Doodhpathri from Srinagar. Here is the brief route:
Srinagar ->Gulmarg road till Magam -> Beerwah -> Arizal -> Doodhpathri

Tosa Maidan(king of meadows)


Tosa Maidan is not only famous as a pasture but also for its historical background. Bounded by dense forests, it is situated about 10 kms from Khag in the mountains of the Himalayan range. After crossing the upper mountain reaches of Drang, Zakhora and other small villages, one reaches the pasture of Tosa Maidan. It is said that Tosa Maidan is one of those pastures which the shepherds of other neighbouring countries also used to visit in ancient times. The Mughals used to go to Poonch using this route. It is said that they had constructed a seven-storeyed building – Dam-Dam – here.

The Basmai Gali(13,000 ft) is the pass which leads into Tosa Maidan. Another pass – Poonch Gali – on its right side leads to the valley of Poonch. This pass was deemed to be the safest, easiest, and nearest to reach Punjab in ancient times. From here, a path also leads to Nilnag. Tosa Maidan is the largest pasture in its surrounding areas, 3 miles in length and 1.5 miles in width. Sky-touching deodars fence this pasture presenting a view of a green carpet in summer. During the summer, the camps of the Gujjar community and shepherds with theirgrazing sheep in the pastures present a riveting picture. Also, the fragrance of wild flowers refreshes the whole environment.

Kashmir valley is like a basket full of flowers; colorful and beautiful and Tosa Maidan is one such flower we pick today. When you are in Kashmir, you surely are away from all worldly occupations and are surrounded by nature in its purest form. Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonmarg and Mughal Gardens are one aspect of Kashmir; the aspect known to all. But there is another aspect of Kashmiri beauty; the unexplored one. This includes places that are yet unknown to most people and are visited only by the local population. Tosa Maidan is one such place. 


Tosa Maidan is a valley full of meadows surrounded by Pir Panchal ranges. 3 miles in length and 1.5 miles in breadth, it is 53 km distant from Srinagar. Coordinates:   33°55’4″N   74°29’57″E..

Tosa Maidan” is a major trekking route to -Yusmarg-Badgam and is a large meadow used for cattle grasing by nomads.

 Brief History Of Occupation
Once labelled as ‘death meadow’. Tosa Maidan was leased to the army in 1964 for setting up an artillery firing range for 50 years. The lease ended on April 14 2014. The place has now been cleared and declared safe.

My Brother…

“Oh ALLAH you bestowed upon us gifts and blessing.

Oh ALLAH you moulded my brother with endless caring.”
“My childhood is priceless past.

With you my brother those days were fast.”
“You hold my hand up to school.

You bold my heart with golden rule.”
“You knot my tie, polish my shoe.

I got my bro, with whom a grew.”
“You taught me tricks, you bought me phone.

You fought for me, as you like grown”
“We share our beds, clothes and commode.

We dare first ride on that skid road.”
“You teach me lessons of truth and faith.

I reached my goal with your saith.”

“I got my courage, when we dare.

We explore the world,but you care.”
“So many things to tell of love and care.

I fear you here, so can’t I dare.”

“Aamir why can’t you share, as Yasir is there.

Brothers are meant for care, but Nasir is rare.”
(For my brothers especially Yasir.)

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