JAMMU & KASHMIRE Tourist Spots

The Mughal emperor Jahangir was so captivated by the beauty of this valley that he exclaimed 'Gar firdaus, ruhe zamin ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin asto' (If there is a heaven on earth, it's here, it's here, it's here).Kashmire


Jammu and Kashmir State in northwestern India, bounded north by Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, west by Pakistan and e by China. The capitals are Srinagar (summer) and Jammu (winter). The state is largely mountainous, and the Himalayas tower above the heavily populated valleys of the Indus and Jhelum rivers.

Industries: rice cultivation, animal husbandry, silk factories, rice and flour mills, tourism. Area: 100,569sq km (38,845sq mi). Pop. (2001) 10,069,917.

The land is predominantly mountainous and includes segments of the Karakoram and Himalaya ranges. Much of Kashmir's Ladakh region is included in the state. There are two major lowland areas: the Jammu plain and the fertile and heavily populated Vale of Kashmir. The majority of the state's people are Muslims, although Hindus predominate in the southeastern Jammu area, and northeastern Ladakh is largely Buddhist. Formerly a princely state created in the 1840s, Jammu and Kashmir became an Indian state in 1947, even as India and Pakistan were fighting for control of the entire Kashmir region. A cease-fire line, established in 1949, has since served as the state's boundary with the Pakistan-administered area. Tension has remained high in the region, and there have been periodic outbreaks of border fighting.


| Srinagar |: This is a beautiful lake city and the gateway to Kashmir.

| Pahargam | : "The Valley of Shepherds" (with hills, valleys, rivers etc)

| Sonamarg | : "The Meadow of Gold" (with Himalayan Mountains, valleys, rivers etc)

| Ladakh | : This is a vast and remote area within the Himalayan Mountains many kilometres east of Srinagar. The landscape consists of barren snow mountains dotted with villages and farmland of Tibetan people. The biggest town in Ladakh is Leh.

|Leh| : Leh, located in the district of Ladakh, is overlooked by a partly ruined royal palace dating from the 1600's and an older hill-top monastery.

|Zanskar|This is one of the most remote region in the world occupied by the traditional Zanskar people.