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Jammu & Kashmir Travel Guide

With stunning mountain ranges and astonishing landscape, Jammu and Kashmir regarded as the 'Pride of India' is located at the extreme north west of the country. This land is a lovely combination of the mighty splendor of mountains, of lovely glades and forests. It is one of the finest tourist attraction that the country of India has to offer.

Jammu Travel Information
Jammu is situated on the banks of the Tawi River. Legends says that the place actually was founded by Raja Jamboolochan in the 9th century but there is no proper evidence about this. Gulab Singh is the person who merged Jammu with Kashmir after Sikhs taking over from the Rajputs.

Jammu, Kashmir

Dogras, Pahadis and the nomadic mountain tribes are the people inhabiting the place.

Temples and Shrines in Jammu
There are innumerable temples and shrines found in Jammu and popular among them are:
  • The Raghunath Temples
  • The Amar Mahal Palace
  • The Ranbireshwar Temple
  • The Baghi Bahu Temple

The Dogra Art Gallery
The Dogra Art Gallery shows the Pahadi School of art, which comprises superb wall paintings that embellish the local temples. The typical handicrafts of Jammu are ornaments from wood, bamboo work, straw fans and rush baskets.

Festivals of Jammu
Festivals are celebrated grandly in the colourful region of Jammu. Some of the major festivals are:
  • Lohri celebrated in the month of January.
  • Baisakhi celebrated in the month of April.
  • Bahu Mela celebrated in the months of April and October.
  • Chaitre Chandash celebrated in the month of April.
  • Purmandal Mela celebrated in the month of February.
  • Jhiri Mela celebrated in the month of October.

Transportation to Jammu
Fly into Jammu
Indian Airlines and several low cost airlines connects Jammu with Delhi, Amritsar, Chandigarh, and Srinagar.

Take a train to Jammu Express trains connect Jammu with Delhi, Mumbai , Chennai, Calcutta and Amritsar.

Travel by Road to Jammu
Jammu is linked by a network of highways to Amritsar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Katra, Srinagar, and Manali.

Kashmir Travel Guide

Kashmir, with the splendid and awesome beauty of the Kashmir valley cannot be expressed in words but you have to see it yourself. It majestically stands at the foot of the Himalayas and the river Jhelum flows through it. Kashmir and its magnificence have spellbound people over the ages.

Popularly known as a Paradise, it was ruled by so many rulers including Emperor Ashoka, the Kushans, Gonondas, Guptas, Karkotas, Mughals, Afghans, Sikhs, and finally by the Dogras. Even with the intrusion of many rulers and their cultures, Kashmir has still managed to retain its traditions and simplicity. The majority of people in Kashmir are Muslims, followed by Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Christians.

Photo of the Tawi river taken by Paul La Porte

Kashmir may in other words be termed as land of the lakes and rivers with rivers that fascinate everybody. The Jhelum River is major water source for the state and is also a inspiring source for many lyricists and poets.

With the largest lake being the Wular Lake, the other lakes include Manasbal Lake, the Liddar Lake, the famous Dal Lake, and the Nagin Lake. Apart from these lakes, gardens like Shalimar, Nasim Bagh, Nishat Bagh, and the legendary Chashme - e - Shahi add more beauty to Kashmir.

Kashmir is a land that is dotted with soaring snow clad mountains, sparkling waterfalls, shikaras (water taxis), impressive chinar trees, and vast fields of vibrant flowers. Adding more to this natural beauty of Kashmir is its unique handicrafts like papier-mâché, woodwork, stone jewellery, fine Pashmina and Shahtush shawls, carpet weaving and silverware.

Map of Kashmir

Dating back to almost 500 years the arts and crafts have a unique Persian imprint. The whole state sprawls with mosques and temples with varied and unique architectural styles. The various temples and mosques including the Hazratbal Mosque, the stone temples of Avantipur, the cave at Amarnath, the great Shankaracharya temple and the Martand Temple add to the splendour of Kashmir.

Map of Srinagar, Kashmir

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What to see in Kashmir
The must see list includes the following:
  • Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir.
  • Gulmarg
  • Pahalgam
  • Sonmarg or the Golden Meadow
  • Kokernag
  • Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Yumarg and Daksum

Festivities in Kashmir
Festivals like Idul Fitr, Idul Zuha, Shivratri, and Diwali are celebrated with vigour and enthusiasm.

Transportation to Kashmir
Fly into Kashmir
Indian Airlines operates daily flights from Srinagar to Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Mumbai , Delhi and Jammu.

Travel by rail to Kashmir
The nearest rail station is Jammu Tawi, which is connected to all parts of the country by Express trains such as Delhi, Mumbai , etc.

Travel by road to Kashmir
Srinagar is located on the National Highway 1A and you can travel via the highway to Jammu, Leh, Kargil, Gulmarg, Manasbal, Delhi, Sonmarg, Pathankot, etc.

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