Thursday, January 23, 2020

The untold story of spring in Bhaderwah

The beauty of Bhaderwah is ethereal. The lush green meadows and wild tulips are there for 12 months to make Bhaderwah look unreal, but spring has its own beautiful stories to tell. Nature has blessed Bhaderwah with natural streams and rivers along with hundreds of natural edible fruits and flowers.

A beautiful shot of Bhaderwah (picture credit lostinthenorths)

The most expensive edible fungi Morchella (Gucchi) is found in abundance here. People are aware only about the good quality of Rajma but Bhaderwah is full of a wide variety of trees and plants. In spring these trees and plants turn Bhaderwah valley into the valley of white and pink flowers. Plums, walnuts, almonds, apples, apricots are common trees in every household in Bhaderwah.

Pink blooms in Bhaderwah valley in spring ( picture credit: The_Bhaderwah via Instagram)

The pink and white flowers in the spring season make one wish to stay in this heaven forever or become a gypsy to wander the valley. Spring here connects one with positive energy, one chooses to appreciate this beauty in silence, lost in the songs of nature. The people here are fond of singing. You can hear sweet but loud voices singing in their fields, cutting the grass, watering the plants and looking after their domestic animals.

Fish pond Bhaderwah in spring looks like this (picture credit The_Bhaderwah via Instagram)

The roses and marigolds are common flowers here. Occasionally sunflowers can be seen in some houses. The smell of the flowers and fruits in spring is alluring. People choose to sleep under these trees in spring. The wild fruits are famous for their fragrance and taste. The journey to the jungle is somewhat a daily job for the people of Bhaderwah in spring. Fresh air and fragrance of pine trees, wild flowers and fruits make it all seem worth it. The canopy of trees and the chirping of birds make it adventurous. The spring season is the most awaited season here, not only because it brings a lot of beauty and freshness with it but also because the hardships of clearing the snow ends.

Wild fruits famous for its herbal properties and delicious taste (picture credit The_Bhaderwah via Instagram)

Along with fruits many cereals, vegetables and herbal plants are also grown in spring here. March, the first month of spring is considered as the most suitable month to plant saplings. Oh! forgot to mention grapes climbers. Grapes and cucumbers are some famous climbers in Bhaderwah.

All these trees and plants shed their leaves and bear only flowers in spring to the end of April small buds of fruits start blooming. Bhaderwahi people still follow the traditional methods of irrigation. They work hard day and night to irrigate crops and water their gardens. Wealth here is measured by the number of trees in your garden and not by money in your pocket. Spring here means planting and caring for the trees day and night.

Spring makes Bhaderwah more inviting and magnetic. People here have beautiful voices and they are good composers too. In spring they sing songs like “neelo neelo ghass nalan teh dharan” which means “Its all green from streams to high hills”, “Aja mere dosta aja mere sajna Averi bhadlaye bahar” (Come my friend, come my love, it’s beautiful as spring is here in Bhaderwah). So come readers, while it’s still spring in Bhaderwah.

The article has been contributed by Renu Kotwal. For feedback, contact 


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