Winter in Kashmir
Nature knows its course best. Every season has its own importance and utility. No season is less important than others. One season opens the smooth passage for the other to flourish.
Winter is the fourth season of the four well known seasons of Kashmir It follows autumn and lasts from December to February. It is generally considered as insignificant and treated as an unwelcome guest. The period between 22 December and 3 January is its climax.
Winter is the coldest season of the year. During this season the sun loses its heat and brightness and often remains hidden behind clouds, fog or mist. The temperature is usually around freezing point. It’s usually a cruel and an unpleasant season though it has a charm of its own.
In winter, the valley seems to be dressed in white overalls. The streets, bazaars, fields, gardens and roofs are all covered with snow. Water freezes and it is icy everywhere. Birds, beasts, cattle and other creatures are unwilling to roam about. Dogs forget their barking and crow their cawing.
As soon as winter sets in, the business hustle and bustle declines. The Govt. offices shift to Jammu. The schools and colleges remain closed in winter almost for two and a half or sometimes for three months. Sometimes due to heavy snowfall and avalanches, the valley gets cut off from the rest of the country for a long time.
Though not as charming as in spring, Kashmir is still attractive during winter. The snow-covered slopes of Gulmarg and other like places attract tourists all over the place country for skating and skiing.
Though long nights are jumpy and boring, soft and warm beds are soothing. People use “Phirans” and “Kangris” – the traditional Kashmiri weapons to fight the biting chill of the winter. Winter is a part of our climatic phenomenon. It is a blessing in disguise.