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A touching display of respect

They reminded me of the power of simplicity, kindness, and love.
12:00 AM May 07, 2024 IST | KHURSHEED DAR
a touching display of respect
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In Kupwara district lies the hidden gem of Tangdhar, a region teeming with natural beauty and cultural richness. A few years ago, I had the privilege of embarking on a journey to this picturesque valley, where every corner seemed to whisper tales of serenity and charm.

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As I ventured into Tangdhar for the first time, my senses were immediately captivated by the awe-inspiring sights that greeted me. The majestic Sadna top loomed in the distance, its snow-capped peaks standing tall against the azure sky. Nearby, the Shamas Bari mountain cast its spell, its rugged silhouette painting a mesmerizing backdrop to the verdant valley below. Indeed, the natural beauty of Tangdhar was nothing short of breathtaking.

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However, amidst the splendour of its landscape, it was the people of Tangdhar who truly stole my heart. From the moment I set foot in this welcoming community, I was enveloped in a warmth and hospitality that remains unmatched to this day. The locals, with their endearing smiles and genuine kindness, welcomed me as if I were family, making me feel right at home in their midst.

What struck me most about the people of Tangdhar was their remarkable generosity and respect for guests. Whether it was offering a steaming cup of Kahwa, a traditional Kashmiri tea, or inviting me to share a meal with their families, the people of Tangdhar went above and beyond to ensure my comfort and well-being. Their innate ability to make strangers feel like cherished friends is a testament to their genuine and loving nature.

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One of the extraordinary customs I encountered during my time in Tangdhar was the deep reverence for teachers within the community. It was evident in the way the locals spoke about their educators, with a sense of admiration and gratitude that was truly heartwarming. I was moved to witness individuals, both young and old, paying homage to their teachers with folded hands, a touching display of respect that spoke volumes about the values upheld in Tangdhar.

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As I immersed myself in the traditions and culture of this remarkable piece of land, I was struck by the simplicity and authenticity of its people. The residents of Tangdhar greet each day with a smile, their unwavering spirit and resilience serving as an inspiration to all who encounter them. In their midst, I found a sense of tranquility and contentment that transcended the bounds of time and space.

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My visit to Tangdhar was not just a journey through a land of unparalleled beauty, but a profound encounter with the human spirit in its purest form. The people of Tangdhar, with their boundless hospitality, deep-rooted values, and infectious zest for life, left an indelible mark on my soul. They reminded me of the power of simplicity, kindness, and love.

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