Deep appreciation for the people of Kashmir for the exceptional hospitality

A pilgrim shared her experience of visiting Srinagar when she was 12 years old, accompanied by their father. The kindness and hospitality of the people in Srinagar made a lasting impression on her. While returning to Srinagar she experienced the same warm reception. She went to the extent of claiming that people were even friendlier than those in Delhi. She also believes that good deeds done here earn blessings akin to those of a mother. During her visit, she explored Gulmarg, Sonamarg and the Shankaracharya Temple, and enjoyed a shikara ride, enhancing her over all experience. The hotel she stayed in had exceptionally kind staff, which she wished to see everywhere. The old lady pilgrim first visited Srinagar in 2014 and returned in 2024, fond of the city despite warnings from others. She found the love and respect from the locals to be unparalleled, with educated youth, including officers, providing invaluable assistance and demonstrating a high level of care and generosity. The pilgrim reflected on the exceptional love and help she received, surpassing what they experienced at home. A gentleman along with his friends have been setting up langar (community kitchen) near Shri Amarnath cave for 22 years, serving pilgrims. He appreciated the Shri Amarnath ji Shrine Board and local administration in Srinagar for being incredibly supportive, ensuring excellent facilities and arrangements. Everyone, from electricians to cleaners, works diligently to provide a seamless experience for the pilgrims. He further said that the improved road to Baltal has made the journey much safer and more comfortable, alleviating previous fears of accidents. The Old lady emphasised that India, often referred to as a “golden bird,” will always retain its splendor, and Srinagar exemplifies this with its unique charm and warmth. The local children, in particular, are remarkable, displaying a level of kindness and respect that surpasses that of even our own children. This mutual respect is a testament to the enduring spirit of Srinagar and its people. Another pilgrim recounted his experiences during the Amarnath Yatra, expressing deep appreciation for the remarkable arrangements and the welcoming nature of the people they encountered.He noted how Srinagar’s residents treated them with extraordinary kindness, surpassing their experiences in other cities. The local community’s hospitality and generosity left a lasting impression, and the pilgrim emphasized that this spirit of warmth and care is what makes Srinagar so special.

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