2. Budding leaves and first flowers in the Pahalgam town park. .The first growth of the season is so fast and frantic that one wonders why the tearing hurry.. I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that the small town of Pahalgam has some really wonderfully maintained parks. I would definitely go back there.
3. Shalimar gardens, Srinagar. With the help of some vivid imagination, the gardens do take you back to the Mughal era. One thing that crossed my mind was that the plants and trees in these climates are so well programmed to live their lives.. The never ending cycle of shedding and budding.. The environment controls them and their actions, and from the way things are heading, that’s what scares me most.
4. I think it is a coniferous tree. On the way back from the Sankaracharya temple in Srinagar, we stopped to get a good view of the lake below and these buds caught my eye. The Sankaracharya temple is not just a temple.. It is a proof of the perseverance of a single person who gave his life to restore Hinduism in the north of India.
5. Shalimar gardens, Srinagar.. Though we were a little too early into the flowering season, nevertheless, were dazzled and awed by the range and beauty of the flowers, both planted and wild. This one pansy was probably growing wild amongst these pink beauties. I wonder how this garden must have looked in the heydays of Mughal rule. No way of knowing fully, no ?