Jammu & Kashmir
When Mughal Emperor Jahangir reached Kashmir he pronounced "Gar firdaus, ruhe zamin ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin ast" meaning “if there is heaven on earth, it’s here, it’s here, it’s here” The architect King and lover of all arts prefered to spend most of his life in Kashmir. The name of Kashmir found commendation even in the poem of a English poet Thomas Moore.
Jammu and Kashmir is a state in India north to Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. The average elevation of the entire region is 372 meters above mean sea level. Srinagar is the summer while Jammu city is the winter capital of the state. The state is divided into three major sections which are –Jammu region, the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh Region (experiences cold desert climate).
The entire land of Jammu and Kashmir is blessed with innumerable valleys, gripping meadows, untouched streams, mesmerizing lakes, extremely high mountain ranges and some distinct natural wonders. Places like Srinagar, Pahalgam, Leh, Sonmarg and Gulmarg come to our mind when we think of Kashmir’s natural treasure. In fact, there are regions in Ladakh which are hardly explored by man. Diversities mark this region. Ski city of Gulmarg becomes a skiing and heil skiing sensation for international and national skiers during winters. Srinagar is dotted with lakes (including Dal Lake) and Mughal gardens. Leh, Kargil and Suru Valley is sprinkled with Buddhist settlements, remarkable landscapes, silk routes, nomadic life and monasteries. Ladakh region has innumerable option for trekking, paragliding, mountaineering, river rafting and fishing.
Apart from this, Jammu & Kashmir is a renowned pilgrimage destination for Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists. Amarnath cave - beside Pahalgam - alone sees millions of pilgrims every year. Vaishno Devi, Hazratbal Shrine, Hemis monastery and other gompas of Ladakh are visited very frequently.