Magic of “THREE” and Gurez

Rashmi Talwar

View from the top of Razdan.

“Three” spellings of Gurez

Just as a love child is called by many affectionate names, so is our little Gurez.

By this parameter, the formal name or “kanaam school” is Gurez. The other two are the spoils of the first in what is considered affection or affection.

  • Gurez: is the official name
  • Guraai: is its name in the local Shina language
  • Gurais: seems to be a love for his name

Pre-score Gurez

Before the Indo-Pakistan partition, Gurez – the land of the Darts called Dardistan unfolded into “Three” regions. They were:

  • The Toabat area in Sharda Peethor the seat of Sharda, named after the goddess of wisdom Saraswati. It was an ancient center of learning established in 273 BC. BC, even before the universities of Takshila and Nalanda. Sharda Peeth is today the ruins of the holy temple and the center of great learning for the Pandits of Kashmir. This area is administered by Pakistan, under the name of Neelum district.
  • Between Kamri and Minimarg, it is located in the Astore district of Gilgit Baltistan (Pakistan).
  • From Taobat or Taobao to Abdullah Tulail, it is known as Gurez Tehsil falling in Bandipore district of Jammu and Kashmir state, India.

Gurez sits at the tip of ‘three’ state borders, including international ones

  • Gurez is “located” in the state of Jammu and Kashmir,
  • Touches’ the Union Territory of Ladakh.
  • Meets the border with the Pakistani side of Kashmir with Kamri and further with the ancient shrine of Sharda Peeth, just 10 km from the Line of Control in Pakistan.

Gurez’s “Three” Best Edibles

Gurez is famous for

Zeera or mountain cumin

  • Morchella or Morel or Guchchi mushroom
  • Potatoes

“Three” types of trout found in Gurez

Gurez is an angler’s paradise with a wealth of seafood in its shimmering clear waters. Here “Three” types of trout fish a Kashmiri delicacy which is a rarity.

  1. Brown trout (SalmoTruttal)
  2. Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchusmykiss)
  3. Snow trout (Schizothoraxplagiostomus)

“Three” archaeological sites

Gurez is nestled close to “Three” archaeological sites, including:

Kanzalwan, where the last Buddhist council was held.

  • The ancient Sharada University, a place of knowledge and learning, a Hindu shrine highly revered among the Kashmiris.
  • An archaeological site at the Wangath Temple complex, in Naranag – an ancient Hindu temple of learning.

“Three languages

The gurezis speak widely “Three” languages

  • Urdu/Hindi
  • Shina
  • Cashmere

“Three” ancient writings

Hundreds of carved inscriptions found at Gurez are inscribed in “Three” distinct ancient scriptures. A poet observed of Gurez: “These rocks are full of texts and teachings, these cliffs are tablets of stone engraved with laws and commandments”. These ancient scripts discovered at Gurez include

  • Kharoshthi
  • Brahmi
  • Tibetan.

“Three” major archaeological sites of Gurez

These rare scripts (Kharoshthi, Brahmi and Tibetan) were discovered in “Three” major archaeological sites of Gurez.

  • Dawar – the ancient capital of Dardistan of the Darts.
  • Kanzalwan – an ancient Buddhist site.
  • Sharada Peeth – a Hindu shrine, university and temple of learning now on the Pakistani side of Kashmir.

Gurez embodies “Three” ancient religions

Gurez’s mighty Kishenganga River is a unique blend of connections between “Three” religion,

The Mighty Kishenganga flows alongside the famous “Buddhist” site of Kanzalwan where the last congregation of Buddhist intellectuals was held.

  • The river touches Dawar, the pillar of the Gurez Valley flanked by a famous and near-perfect pyramidal peak named after a “Muslim” poetess queen Habba Khatoon, also known as the “Nightingale of Kashmir”.
  • Kishenganga extends to the famous “Hindu” temple university of Sharada, a fiery place of pilgrimage in the pre-partition. A unique library of rare books, scrolls, etchings and lithographs adds to the depth and layers of this repository of knowledge. The Sharda Peeth, an ancient seat of learning, revered by Kashmiri Pandits, is located on the Pakistani side of Kashmir. The shrine played a key role in the creation of Sharda Script. Incidentally; it is barely 10 km from the line of control between India and Pakistan.


LoC in “three” points

“Three” Gurez sides are located on the border – the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan.

  • Kaobal Gali -Connects to Drass, a flashpoint in the Kargil War. Civilians are not permitted and military clearance is very subjective and selective. DrupadiKundlake at 13,000 feet is one of the most beautiful azure alpine lakes in the pristine Kaobal Gali mountains.
  • Bagtore – Is a plateau 8000 feet above sea level and its unique character emerges from the fact that it sits right on the LoC. “Where India is playing cricket and the audience includes Pakistani army personnel stationed on a few mountain peaks in an arch sprawling to one side. The peaks towering over the ground watch the Indians play through binoculars.
  • Sikander Point – On the Indian side, it is flanked by riverside mountains, where the Indian and Pakistani armies sit on the mountain tops.

“Three” hikes

“Three” Important trekking routes from the Gurez Valley lead to:

  • sonmarg
  • gang ball
  • Zanskar and Drass on the same tangent

“Three” sister mountains

Gurez is a study in the contrasts of mountain landscapes. These are the typical fraternal triplets that are formulated as the golden triangle of mountain formations. From one point, if you look to the east, they rise like steep, barren, bald rocks, to the north, the mountain sides are lush with fir forests, and to the west – wide and furtive holding a basket of permanent snow. They refuse to fill their eyes until the other stumbles and stings with his teasing tongue, to break your spell; nested as they are united. These “Three” sisters fall into the following classifications.

  • Rugged, rock-faced, snowy mountain carp, cold desert most of the year.
  • Mounds of grass, green meadows, with hidden lichens, peeking through cracks in the snow on the edges of the mountains, garlanding the slopes in blushing crimson hues.
  • Richly jeweled mountains covered in deep forests of thick spruce and anglicized birch, joined by plunging, rushing waterfalls.

“Three” Gurez look-alikes

Did you know that our Gurez has namesakes all over the world? I discovered “Three”

  • Gurez is the name of a village in the former commune of FusheKuqe, Lezhe county, in northwestern Albania.
  • Gurez is the name of a village in the Jagdishpura block of Bhojpur district in Bihar.
  • Gurez is the name of a railway station in Ferizaj near Enha Profile and close to Mondial, Kosovo

Gurez posted the “Three” best friends in the army

A member of the army stationed at Sikander point told me -We appreciate “Three” lifelong friends wherever we are posted in remote areas. And Gurez did not disappoint us; here too we appreciate these following friends.

  1. Dog: “Since the dog barks at any intrusion, it warns us of an impending intrusion – human or animal. Dogs and other animals possess a strong sense of seismic motion and behave strangely when disasters such as earthquakes occur. profile.” And to add – “Dogs are our household alarms and serve as night watchmen who also keep our areas free of wild animals.
  2. Corneille: Corneille also sounds the alarm of any murder of man or animal even before the stench of decomposition spreads. You can often see them continually croaking together, watching each other and continuing this competition for who croaks the loudest. This is the sign of an incident. It is most often a death that is indicated.
  3. Rat: Rats clean up leftover garbage; they are known to store seeds that end up making an ecological contribution. They are also known in army circles as affectionate pets that are easy to train.

Last call

“We have a nimble rat here named Haseena”, an army guy smiled and called her – “Haseena! Ek Aur dost Haseena tumhe milene ayi hai koi… aajao bahar! echo in the Gurez Mountains and perhaps reach the sentries who stood guard atop the mountains on both sides of the border. Suddenly seized at the sensitive spot, I urged them to ring low – “shhhhh”. the army man replied in the most beloved movie style “Sholay” – “Sunney doo unko bhii, kon Hasii chal rahi hai Hindustanion mein, shayad woh bhi apni hassi walli team tyaar kar le..aur kon pataa donoHaasye Teamo ka Mukablaa Karii Dey, kaa pata”, his smile widened as he flashed his set of perfect bateesii”. (32 teeth)

I hate translating this into English, it’s sure to lose its flavor. (CONCLUDED)

Students of National College of Arts, Lahore Pakistan on a Sharda Peeth study tour. Photo/ Prof. Aqeel Kasmi

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