Jammu & Kashmir Travel
Jammu Kashmir is the first Himalayan state of India, but its not another hill land of India. Jammu and Kashmir is really three regions: the foothill plains of Jammu; the lakes and blue valleys of Kashmir rising to alpine passes, the high altitude plains and starkly beautiful mountains of Ladakh, which lies beyond those passes. It's enough to move one to poetry. Among the most attractive part that this Indian state has is the adventure opportunities that can be segregated into trekking, mountaineering and Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari, Motorbike Safari, Pilgrimage Amarnath, Skiing in Gulmarg etc.
Kashmir is an area on the northern borders of India and Pakistan; officially known as Jammu & Kashmir. Kashmir is famous for its natural beauty and has often been referred to as the 'Switzerland of the East'. The heart of the area is the fertile Vale of Kashmir (known as The Valley), which lies between the Himalayas and the Pir Panjal mountain range. About 12 million people live in Kashmir, of which around 70% are Muslims. The rest include Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists. Hindus live mostly in the south and around the city of Jammu. To the east is the Ladakh region, where the majority of the people are Buddhists and of Tibetan origin. Most of the Kashmiri people work on farms. Others are engaged in small industries making shawls, rugs and carpets. Kashmir is well known for its wool and, in particular, its shawls and carpets.
Places - To - Interest
The large meadow of Gulmarg is 52 km south-west of Srinagar at 2730 m. The name means Meadow of Flowers and in spring it's just that. Also once a popular trekking base, Gulmarg used to be India's premier skiing resort.
Pahalgam is about 95km east of Srinagar, at an altitude of 2130m. At the junction of the East and West Lidder rivers, Pahalgam was a popular trekking base before the present roubles. The Sri Amarnath Yatra (pilgrimage) endures, however, and each year in July/August thousands of Hindu pilgrims approach the Amarnath cave from this area.
Srinagar is the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and is the pride of the beautiful valley of Kashmir. Srinagar is famous for its lakes and the charming rows of houseboats floating on them. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dry fruits. Srinagar is located in the western part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, in the northern region of India.