I am a early riser and have felt that mornings are the best part of the day. It’s so calm and lovely.The best time to talk to yourself ,to hear your inner voice , see the sun rising , sound of mantras and “Azaan” which makes the moment more pious and sacred, birds chirping . how I could have missed all this in kashmir so I preferred rising early and I am glad I did that as I witnessed the most splendid dawn of my life.
The sun was still hidden behind the snow laden mountains , and throwing a little light over the waters . The lake of tranquil waters was reflecting the tranquil sky.
Birds swimming in the green waters of have started their day.Some were diving deep in the waters to look for their foods and the colorful small fishes were enhancing the underwater beauty . There was a variety of birds I have never seen , ( waise bhi you dont get to see beauty in cities 😦 ) . I could hear the “Azaan” in kashmiri language which was adding piousness. Lotus leaves all around me was adding more greenish shades in to that colorful mesmerizing morning.
|Dal Lake premium residents|
|Sun , lake , mountains and Lotus wishing each other goodmorning|
I could not recall any other morning as amazing as that coz I witnessed another God’s wonder that day ,a pair of duck swimming towards the place from where I could hear the Azaan. Their was a small piece of land , you have to climb 2,3 stairs to reach that place.The couple in white (I could not distinguish between a she duck and he duck ,but 1 duck was following the other so guessed , they are a couple 😛 ) stopped in the midwaters and waited for all people in the mosque to leave. I guess they had an idea of the time because as soon as they came , the people were done with the morning prayers and started leaving for their place in their shikaras. When all left ,they came near that dry area and started taking water of the lake in their beek and throwing it over their body ,brushing their bodies with their beeks and putting water again. This act was repeated several time and than they stood up , shrugged water from their bodies and moved in to the dry land and rested . It was now left over to Sun to soak water from their bodies. Now I knew the reason why ducks are so white :). Is not that amazing .
|Could you spot those white beauties taking a bath|
By this time recital of Mantras could be heard from the Shanakaracharya temple on the top . I saw a women rowing the boat and making the morning more musical by the sound of the water striking with the “patwar” . As soon as the day started rising, the activities in dal lake increased, the local people in the dal lakes started their daily chores , A vegetable seller with fresh vegetables in his boat , Some catching fish in the Dal lake for meal , some selling kurkure kind if stuff and all on boats We spotted people taking cylinders also in the boat.
|He was catching fish and having hukka and other things in his boat 🙂|
|They carry cylinders like this|
The Sun has arrived by now and my friends also woke up so I enjoyed my must have “Steaming cup of tea”. My friend opted for a kashmiri kahwa. Kahwa is a kasmiri tea .It is if 3 types – 1 is salty they have milk it is with milk , second one is tea with dry fruits and third one is with saffron . It was time now to get ready to walk in and explore other parts of this heaven. Shanakaracharya mandir , Nishat garden , chashme Shahi , Pari Mahal , Hajrat Bal, was on our itenary .
I am just loving it 🙂