Cradled in the lap of majestic mountains of the Himalayas, Kashmir is the most beautiful place on earth. On visiting the Valley of Kashmir, Jehangir, one of the Mughal emperors, is said to have exclaimed: If there is paradise anywhere on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here. Kashmir has four distinct seasons: Spring, which extends roughly from March to early May, is when a million blossoms carpet the ground. Summer extends from May until the end of August. At this time, the whole valley is a mosaic of varying shades of green - rice fields, meadows, trees, etc. and Srinagar with its lakes and waterways is a heaven after the scorching heat of the Indian plains. The onset of autumn, perhaps Kashmir's loveliest season, is towards September, when green turns to gold and then to russet and red. Through December, to the beginning of March is winter time, which presents Srinagar in yet another mood. Bare, snow-covered landscapes being watched from beside the warmth of a fire is a joy that cannot be described to anyone who has not experienced it.