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4 Serene Monasteries in Jammu and Kashmir

The state of Jammu and Kashmir is filled Buddhist relics. In fact, Buddhism was always an important part of the Kashmiri culture and it is one of the most important cities when it comes to development of Buddhism. It is generally believed that Buddhism was dominant from the time of Emperor Asoka. Even, while traveling through the state, one can admire the Buddhist architecture and carvings. The carvings on the life of Buddha are common on most of the architecture. Resident monks maintain these monasteries while other are left to the care of nature. Let’s explore some of the most undoubtedly the most beautiful in Jammu and Kashmir.

Diskit Monastery
It is also known as Deskit Gompa or Diskit Gompa and is the oldest and largest Monastery in the Nubra Valley of Ladakh. It is almost around 350 years old. It was contructed during the 14th century by Changzem Tserab Zangpo. The most unique attraction of this monastery is the gigantic statue of Lord Buddha on the top of it and it was inaugurated by the well-known holy priest Dalai Lama is the key attraction among a number of tourists across the globe. The best time to visit this place is from July to September.4 Serene Monasteries in Jammu and Kashmir

4 Serene Monasteries in Jammu and Kashmir

Kursha Monastery
Also known as Karsha Gompa is in the Padum Valley of the Zanskar region of the Jammu and Kashmir. It is the largest monastery in Zanskar. It was founded by the translator, Phagspa Shesrab. The Doda River flows past the monastery from its source at the Drang Drung glacier of the Pensi La. It is under control of the younger brother of the Dalai Lama. Devoted to the worship of Padmasambhava, the temple has many shrines of other gods and goddesses.

4 Serene Monasteries in Jammu and Kashmir

Likir Monastery
It is in Ladakh, Northern India. It is picturesquely situated on a little hill in the valley, in Likir village near the Indus River about 9.5 kilometres (5.9 mi) north of the Srinigar to Leh highway.
Although Likir is relatively isolated, it was once on a major trade route which travelled via Tingmosgang and Hemis. The monastery has a 75 ft tall gilded statue of a seated Maitreya. Interestingly, the monastery is also built like a fort to protect it during the days of power struggle in the surrounding regions.

4 Serene Monasteries in Jammu and Kashmir

Alchi Monastery
Alchi Monastery is a Buddhist monastery, known more as a monastic complex of temples in Alchi village in the Leh District. It is among the oldest and most beautiful monasteries in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The monastery has beautiful paintings on the inside that reflect both Buddhist and Hindu influences. The monastery consists of various structures such as the assembly hall, Sumtseg structures, temples and Chortens. Large statues of Lord Buddha are also noteworthy.

4 Serene Monasteries in Jammu and Kashmir

So these are some of the incredibly beautiful monasteries in Jammu and Kashmir and definitely worth a visit!

4 Popular Markets of Jammu and Kashmir

4 Popular Markets of Jammu and Kashmir

The beauty of Kashmir is well known to the world. Snow covered mountains, dreamy houseboats, gigantic meadows, colorful gardens and imagine shopping in such scenic environment. Therapeutic, we believe. The vibrant atmosphere of Kashmir makes shopping a lot more fun. As they say Retail Therapy is the best therapy. But shopping in huge air-conditioned malls is too mainstream; the real fun starts when you come down to the streets. Clothes, shoes, spices, jewelry, handicrafts you can find them all here. Now we present you the popular markets of Jammu and Kashmir to get all the in and outs so here’s the list.

Raghunath Bazaar
Raghunath Bazaar is the most famous market of Jammu. It is popular mainly for its dry fruits stores. Along with this, you will find multiple little shops and showrooms. This market is most of the time fully occupied. People bustling, bargaining, picking out garments and accessories. It’s all fun here. Here you will amaze Kashmiri handicraft with intricate designs which you can take as a souvenir. For all the fashionistas, there are unique Dogra jewellery which we are sure you will fall in love with. The kesar is also available at cheap prices comparatively from other places in India. Last but not the least Raghunath Bazaar’s famous barfi is a must try if you are a sweet lover.

4 Popular Markets of Jammu and Kashmir

Hari Market
Hari Market is located in the Old heritage city in Jammu and is easily accessible for the localities and tourists. This market is named after King Hari Singh and has a history of its own. A beautifully decorated street of Hari Markets makes it even more colorful. Here you will find the premium quality of Handicrafts items and shawls. The X factor of this market is famous hand-knitted carpets of wool and pashmina. Also, there is a wide range of food items available here. If you visit this market then the delicious sweet mango peel is a must try!

4 Popular Markets of Jammu and Kashmir
Gole Market
Gole Market is located in Gandhinagar locality of Jammu. This market is named after the circular area of this place and indeed falls in list the most popular markets of Jammu and Kashmir. And what makes it popular is that it is the perfect combination of street shops and multiple brands showrooms. It is called the modern hub of shopping here. Stores like Apsara Shopping complex and Yugal Sons are quite popular here. Quick bite of Pahalwan di hatti is a must try after shopping.

4 Popular Markets of Jammu and Kashmir
Polo View Market
This market is located at Polo ground in the capital city of Srinagar and can be reached conveniently through any means of transportation. If you want to buy souvenirs for yourself and your family then this is the place. It is fully loaded with shops selling items like walnut carved items, jamawars and beautiful wooden jewelry boxes. You will also find a wide range of papier-mâché products of many colours, sizes and forms.

4 Popular Markets of Jammu and Kashmir
These markets are the best street shopping scene of Jammu and Kashmir where you can shop your heart out. So what are you waiting for? Shop til you drop

videographers and photographers from Jammu and Kashmir

Videographers and Photographers of Jammu and Kashmir

Wedding is a union of two people surrounded by their friends and families to celebrate and cherish this experience. It is a roller coaster of emotions, excitement and “Capturing the Moments”in the perfect frame. Hence, the most difficult decision after choosing the right partner is to find the best person to capture every moment of your wedding so that you can live them forever.

Here at Kashmiri Life, our team has come together to simplify your quest. If you’re planning to get married, make a wish and here are the most talented videographers and photographers from the our valley that will make your “perfect wedding photographs” wish come true.

KASHMIR WEDDING – AAMIR BEIGH

videographers and photographers from Jammu and Kashmir
The Instagram sensation, Aamir Beigh’s Kashmir Wedding is one of the most popular wedding photographers and videographers of Jammu and Kashmir. They provide traditional, candid, pre/post wedding shoots, drone shots, etc as services. Packages start from 45,000 unto 65,000. Check out their work at Instagram 

videographers and photographers from Jammu and Kashmir

MEMORELIC PRODUCTIONS

videographers and photographers from Jammu and Kashmir
Memorelic productions are a team of talented videographers and photographers from the valley. They are available for wedding in Jammu and Kashmir as well as North India. They have a wide range of services to offer apart from wedding shoots. Check them out with a minimum budget of 50,000. Check out their work at Facebook.

videographers and photographers from Jammu and Kashmir

KASHMIR CAPTURE – AADIL REHBAR

videographers and photographers from Jammu and Kashmir
Aadil Rehbar is an extremely talented photographer who along with his family lineage, Kashmir Capture, Rehbar’s have been “Capturing Life since 1929”. They offer pre/post wedding shoots, full wedding coverage, drone shots, etc. Their package can vary on your requirements and can be negotiated. Check them out at Instagram 

videographers and photographers from Jammu and Kashmir

MASTER VISUALS STUDIO

videographers and photographers from Jammu and Kashmir
Master Visuals is operated by two passionate photographers who describe themselves as, “Two crazy filmmakers on a mission”. They are famous for creating cinematic wedding films, candid photography, traditional shoot, etc. They charge 50,000 per day. Check them out at Instagram

videographers and photographers from Jammu and Kashmir

CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY KASHMIR

videographers and photographers from Jammu and Kashmir
Creative as it says, Creative Photography are a group of talented photographers who are experts in delivery “wedding documentary” service. This is unique to their production house along with other wedding videography services. They amount to an affordable price of 38,000 for two days.
Check them out at Instagram

videographers and photographers from Jammu and Kashmir

With this, we end our list keeping in mind that these are the major players of photography in the valley while there are definitely many other talented and creative videographers and photographers in our Jammu and Kashmir.

Kashmiri Life welcomes you to Jammu and Kashmir and recommend it as one of the most beautiful wedding destinations (hyperlink our earlier article on wedding destinations in Kashmir) in our country. While India is beautiful from all of its corners and middles, Kashmir is undoubtedly its paradise.

Come and celebrate with us your most ecstatic wedding moments- twirling with joy on green lands, romancing the high snow- capped- star- gazed- mountain peaks, getting clicked at the perfect flower sprouting scenery and Shikara ride specific shoots in Jammu and Kashmir.

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4 Bookstores in Kashmir that Book Lovers Should Definitely Visit

Jammu and Kashmir’s diverse history and rich cultural background make it a hub of collections. Be it art, music, festivals, craft or books, Jammu & Kashmir has it in abundance. Evidently, going through the collection of books at bookstores in Kashmir will be as good as a treasure hunt. Plus,

“The romantic sights,
Flares of snow and sunshine
That change colours from time to time”

add to the experiences of readers.
Whether you’re a bookworm who is on a spree of collecting good books or students, scholar or teacher looking for particular study material, Kashmir has it all stored for you. Especially for book lovers, Kashmir is apt for reading a book in the arms of fairy tallish scenery and as a bonus to be able to choose the best reads from the hub of books at Kashmir book stores.
As Ernest Hemingway puts it correctly “There is no friend as loyal as a book”, here is your cue to begin finding some gemstones of books in Kashmir-

Gulshan Book Store

“The only bookshop- Library on a lake”, Gulshan Books is a bookstore cum cafe cum library cum publication house situated on DAL LAKE. The experience of visiting Gulshan promises a miraculous view of Dal Lake where you can sit in peace and give your minds a beautiful read.
Gulshan Books attracted the attention of Limca Book of Records 2018 for its marvelous collection of as many as 80,000 books and for being the only bookshop located on a lake.


Address: Nehru Park, Dal Lake, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir 190007
Opens: 9:30 am to 8 pm, closed on Sunday
Phone No. 094190 11110

Ali Mohammad and Sons

With the belief and motto, “Knowledge is never old”, Ali Mohammad and Sons is a hub of books. The store is divided into shelves that make it easier to look for the book. The shelf architecture also makes the store look like a small library. It is a small cozy bookstore where all you have to do is name a book to find one.
Address: 1 Budshah Hotel Building, Lal Chowk, Srinagar – 190001, Near Budshah Bridge
Opens: 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Closed on Tuesday
Phone No. 09419006031

Kapoor Brothers

Kapoor Brothers Book Store in Kashmir

Kapoor Brothers bookstore is located in Palladium Gully of Srinagar. The bookstore is the heritage of Kapoors that is inherited by the new generation after the latter. Visiting Kapoors is a step into the heritage that the family has collected over time.
Address: Palladium Gully, Lal Chowk, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir 190001
Opens: 10:30 am to 7:30 pm, Closed on Sundays
Phone No. 099067 72798

Password A House of Wattan Publications


Wattan Publication opened a retail showroom in 2007 for their voracious readers and named is “Password” and since then Password is an all time hub for book lovers.
Address: 30, Chinar Complex, Residency Road, Residency Road, Srinagar – 190001,
Opens: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm, Closed on Sunday
Phone. No. 9419980846

These are few bookstores that have been shortlisted as best bookstores by our team at Kashmiri Life. To encourage reading and create awareness about these bookstores and many other existing,
We asked people around the valley to define the role of books in their lives and people had some awesome answers to give:
~ The treasure that I can carry wherever I go.
~ The companion of my solo trips.
~ My bestest friend.
~ Sleeping partner forever.
~ Childhood friend.
~ My all time escape.

With this sweet notion, we hope that with the rise of digital India the essence of hardcovers and paperbacks continue to exist. A book is best read while withheld in hands. Right book lovers?