Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir is a state in northern India, often denoted by the acronym J&K. It is located mostly in the Himalayan mountains, and shares borders with the states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab to the south. Jammu and Kashmir have an international border with China in the north and east, and the Line of Control separates it from the Pakistani-administered territories of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan in the west and northwest respectively. The state has special autonomy under Article 370 of the Constitution of India. A part of the erstwhile Princely State of Kashmir and Jammu, the region is the subject of a territorial conflict among China, India, and Pakistan. The western districts of the former princely state known as Azad Kashmir and the northern territories known as Gilgit-Baltistan have been under Pakistani control since 1947. The Aksai Chin region in the east, bordering Tibet, has been under Chinese control since 1962. Jammu and Kashmir consist of three regions: Jammu, the Kashmir Valley, and Ladakh. Srinagar is the summer capital, and Jammu is the winter capital. Jammu and Kashmir is the only state in India with a Muslim-majority population.
Pangong Tso

Pangong Tso, Tibetan for "high grassland lake", also referred to as Pangong Lake, is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m. It is 134 km long and extends from India to China.
Raghunath Temple

Raghunath Temple consists of a complex of seven Hindu shrines, each with its own Shikhara. It is one of the largest temple complexes in north India. It is located in Jammu in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Amar Mahal Palace

Amar Mahal Palace is a palace in Jammu, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, India, which has now been converted into a Museum.
Chemrey Monastery

Chemrey Monastery or Chemrey Gompa is a 1664 Buddhist monastery, approximately 40 kilometers east of Leh, Ladakh, northern India. It belongs to the Drugpa monastic order.

Khanqah-e-Moula, also known as Shah Hamadan Masjid or just Khanqah and Kali Mandir, is a masjid and a shrine of Said-ul-Auliya Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani located in the city of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir. 
Vaishno Devi Mandir

Vaishno Devi, also known as Mata Rani, Trikuta, and Vaishnavi, is a manifestation of the Hindu Goddess Mata Adi Shakti also known as Mahakali or Parvati or Durga.
Aru Valley

Aru Valley is a tourist spot in the Anantnag District of Jammu & Kashmir. It is located around 12 km from Pahalgam, 11 km upstream from the Lidder River.
Sheesh Mahal

Sheesh Mahal of Ramnagar is a historical royal mansion of Jammu and Kashmir. It is located just adjacent to Ramnagar Fort in Ramnagar of Udhampur district. It was built by the king, Raja Ram Singh in 1885.
Betaab Valley

Betaab valley is situated at a distance of 15 kilometers from Pahalgam in the Anantnag district in India's northernmost state of Jammu and Kashmir. The valley got its name from the Sunny Deol-Amrita Singh hit debut film Betaab. 
Thajiwas Glacier

Thajiwas Glacier is just half an hour walk from Sonamarg town in Kashmir. It is the main tourist attraction of this beautiful town.

Srinagar is the largest city and the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It lies in the Kashmir Valley on the banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary of the Indus, and Dal and Anchar lakes. The city is famous for its natural beauty, gardens, waterfronts, and houseboats. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dried fruits. Srinagar is the face of the beautiful valley of Kashmir. It is representative, in more ways than one, of the natural beauty and grandiosity that the state of Jammu & Kashmir is famous for.

Jammu is the largest city in the Jammu Division and the winter capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India. Jammu - the Duggar land where the past still has a living presence. A land of grand ancient temples, and beautiful palaces. Nestled against the backdrop of the snow-capped Pir Panjal Mountains, the region of Jammu constitutes the southernmost unit of the state of Jammu & Kashmir. It forms part of the transition between the Himalayan range in the north and the dusty plains of Punjab in the south.

Anantnag is known as the commercial capital of Jammu & Kashmir, is located in the south-western part of the Kashmir valley. The destination is considered to be one of the most developed regions in the valley of Kashmir. The district has derived its name from the popular folklore according to which Lord Shiva discarded all the valuables while on his way to the Amarnath Cave.

Leh is a town in the Leh district of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Leh was an important stopover on trade routes along the Indus Valley between Tibet to the east, Kashmir to the west, and also between India and China for centuries. The main goods carried were salt, grain, pashmina or cashmere wool, charas or cannabis resin from the Tarim Basin, indigo, silk yarn, and Banaras brocade.

Ladakh is also known as the land of high passes is a region in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir that currently extends from the Kunlun mountain range to the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent.

Udhampur is a city and a municipal council in Udhampur District in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Situated among the lush green forests of Eucalyptus, it is the third-largest city of the Jammu region and the fifth-largest city in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Named after Raja Udham Singh.

Gulmarg is a town, a hill station, a popular skiing destination, and a notified area committee in the Baramula district of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The town is situated in the Pir Panjal Range in the western Himalayas. Gulmarg is a pristine town in the state of Jammu and Kashmir known for its snow-capped mountains and is the country's favorite skiing destination. It is a tourist hotspot for people who are adventure lovers, looking for serenity, and also serves as the perfect family getaway from the hustle-bustle of city life.

Sonmarg is a hill station in the Ganderbal district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The view of Sonmarg valley also known as the meadow of Gold. The valley is home to a variety of peaks like Kolhoi Peak, Amarnath Peak, and Sirbal Peak.

Katra or Katra Vaishno Devi, as it is popularly known, is a small town in the Reasi district of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir situated in the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains, where the holy shrine of Vaishno Devi is located.

Pahalgam is a hill station in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Mountain trails run northeast to Amarnath Cave Temple, a Hindu shrine and site of the annual Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage. Overa Aru Wildlife Sanctuary is home to animals including brown bears and musk deer. Northeast, the Lidder River runs through scenic Betaab Valley. Southeast, Tulian Lake is flanked by mountain peaks and often frozen.
Best Time To Visit Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu & Kashmir can be visited throughout the year but winters are the best time for snow lovers as compare to another season, spring tops the deal for nature enthusiasts. Summer causes a craggy panorama, and this attracts trekkers from all over the world. There are myriads of pilgrims who make their way through dreadful paths to visit the famous Amarnath Temple. The temperature during summer stays between 15 to 30 °C. The best places to visit during summers are Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg and a lot of other places. Spring sprinkles the valleys of Jammu and Kashmir with different hues of flowers. As spring approaches, the snow begins to melt and tulip fields and river streams start to yawn in the awakening. All of the mischiefs of sprawling flora and chitters of birds on the trunks, weave an aura to adore. During Monsoons, Kashmir receives rainfall of approximately 635 ml. and the humidity is generally low. During this season temperature ranges from 13 to 17 °C. Winters in Jammu and Kashmir starts in the month of December with fresh snowfall in the region and ends by the end of March, with January being the coldest month. During January, temperature ranges roughly between -2 ° C to 12 ° C. But this climatic condition does not cease the flood of travelers, who come here to enjoy snow and snow activities like skiing, sledding, and Heli-skiing, etc. This indeed is a peak season for travelers.  But the best places will be to visit in Jammu & Kashmir during Gulmarg and Srinagar.

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