These Breathtaking Photos Of Kashmir In Autumn Will Make You See The Real Hues Of The Valley

Amongst all the political strife and struggle, somewhere the essence of Kashmir has been lost. The toil and turmoil has taken such a great toll on the area, that even it’s astounding magnificence has been lost along the way.

Home to the wonderous Chinar trees, the Kashmir valley in autumn is a sight to behold. Maybe through these pictures, the nature enthusiast in you can finally take a breath of fresh air amongst the hustle bustle of city life.

1. The winding roads lost themselves somewhere in the woods.

2. Galloping towards the beyond!

3. Floating along the waters!

One of the great lessons the fall of the leaf teaches, is this: do your work well and then be ready to depart when God shall call. . #kashmir #photography #kashmirphotography @shalimargarden #story_throughthelens #autumn #autumninkashmir #pictureday #november #kashmirvalley

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4. We soar high and fly like free birds through the sky.

5. The scarlets and crimsons and siennas all blended into one portrait of perfection.

6. And the lone wolf still stands through it all.

7. In nature we find peace

8. The leaves strew across like parchment….

9. Hand in hand strolling through the might forest falling more in love with each step we take.

I've always tried to propagate and speak about love and peace, be it on Instagram or anywhere I've had a chance to speak or write. It always takes me by surprise when people don't like me as I don't wish anyone any harm, but nonetheless even I have had my share of hate from complete strangers to friends who once were. I've always tried to ignore it and not let it affect me. But at times it gets too much as I am human too. As many of you may be aware, a certain person has made many accounts to demean me and my friends. I have a life beyond Instagram and the people I love and care about are being affected by these hate accounts on Instagram. I understand that some people may not like me (for no rhyme or reason or perhaps they may feel they have a million reasons) which is fine. But this hater has taken things to another level by saying ridiculous things about me, my family and my friends. This whole experience has been exhausting which led to me eventually disable my Instagram account. It got to a point where I thought I'd never be back on Instagram. Over the last few days I've thought about such haters motives and my own intentions for starting my account in the first place. I know that I have always tried to propagate peace, unity, raise awareness of the plight of those suffering and simply share some of the wonders of this world. So how can I let hate triumph? I will not give in to someone filled with hate. I will not let such person believe that if they can do this to me then they can do this to others. Most importantly, I wanted to take this moment to thank all of those who inundated me with emails and messages of support and concern from all over the world. It's with that overwhelming support that I am even more passionate to work harder to share with you my poetry, my stories, my photos, my art. The love that you give me is my strength. Whilst this episode has mentally, emotionally and even physically taken its toll on me, I, for my part will continue to spread the message of love and of peace. . . Contd in comments

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10. At crossroads, we stood wondering if we should go right or left or continue on

11. Like elders watching over you and showering blessings as leaves.

12. Walking up and down those bumpy roads, somewhere along I got tired and took a lift.

13. The little girl giggled and the tiny one laughed, with an instrument they didn’t understand, I captured happiness.

14. The lone traveler pedals on and on to newer adventures.

15. The stream gushed and she took along with her everything that wanted to join her on her journey.

16. And with the water colours I painted a picturesque landscape almost as perfect as God’s own creation.

17. Scarlet cityscapes!

18. The last leaf

19. The wind on my face makes me feel a little less numb.

She smiles and your soul does not tremble, It is not love. She comes and your heart does not shine bright, It is not love. She talks and your bones do not melt, It is not love. If in her eyes you do not forget your existence, It is not love. If you cannot hear her unspoken words, It is not love. She laughs and happiness does not flow from your eyes, It is not love. . . وہ مُسکراۓ اور روح تُمہاری کانپے نہیں تو وہ محبت نہیں وہ سامنے آجایئں اور دل میں تمہارے بہار نہ آۓ تو وہ محبت نہیں اُس کی آواز سے تُمہارا جسم نہ تھرّاۓ تو وہ محبت نہیں اُس کی آنکھوں میں تم اپنی خودی نہ بھول جاؤ تو وہ محبت نہیں اُس کی خاموشیوں میں چُھپی باتیں تم نہ سُن پاؤ تو وہ محبت نہیں اُس کی ہنسی تُمہاری آنکھیں نم نہ کر دے تو وہ محبت نہیں . . Woh muskuraye aur rooh tumhari kaampe nahi Toh woh mohabbat nahi. Woh saamne aajaye aur dil mei tumhare bahaar na aaye, Toh woh mohabbat nahi. Uski aawaaz se tumhara jism na tharraye, Toh woh mohabbat nahi. Uski aankhon mein tum apni khudi na bhool jao, Toh woh mohabbat nahi. Uski khamishiyon mein chhupi baatein tum sunn na pao, Toh woh mohabbat nahi. Uski hansi tumhari aankhein namm na karde, Toh woh mohabbat nahi.

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20. And the flowers bloom and the blue skies clear out, once again there is hope in the world.

You must have seen the autumn in me When your eyes met mine that night, Every flower in my garden had withered before your hands touched mine that night, Did you see how spring came to me when you whispered my name that night? Your colours spread across my skies, the darkness vanished that night. All the scattered poems on my lips one after another became yours that night. It sure was the season of magic For in autumn Yemberzal bloomed that night. You must have seen the autumn in me Oh! You garden of spring flowers! . . . #shotongh5 #kashmir #indiaphotoproject #indiapictures #mountains #valley #panasoniclumixgh5 #writerscommunity #writersofinstagram #portraitphotography #_soi #love #peace #poetsofinstagram #poetry

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I’m guessing your next year’s fall plans are made now. You can thank me later!