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JAMMU & KASHMIR General Information of Jammu & Kashmir
They say a visit to Kashmir can divide your life into two halves - before and after Kashmir. Nestling in the lap of the dazzling, snow-capped Himalayas, the Kashmir Valley is undoubtedly the most exquisite jewel in India's crown. An undying inspiration for much of art, music and poetry, a nature lover's wonderland and a shopper's dream come true. It is made up of the rugged warm plains of Jammu, the land of passes 'Ladakh' and Kashmir - 'the paradise on earth'. The mystic snow-clad mountains of Kashmir, with the richness of cool streams and lush, verdant valleys and the ambrosial climate and the warm, hospitable people are an unforgettable experience.
has it that Kashmir was once a large lake. A rishi drained off the water
and made it his abode. Geologists, of course, have their own explanation.
Whatever the reason, the valley of Kashmir emerged out of water and became
a paradise on earth, and it is still the lush fairytale valley of our
collective memory and imagination. The irresistible charm and the
unblemished beauty of the land and its people does exist, but the passage
of time and cross-border politics has made it more elusive then ever.
Shopping - Kashmir carpets, in both wool and silk with their Persian
design are a lifetime investment, and shoppers' selection range from the
simple to the most extraordinarily intricate patterns handed down over the
generations. Shawls - A pure Pashmina shawl runs into thousands of rupees.
There are pure wool shawls called raffal, which have different counts of
wool such as 40,60,80...and the shawl is progressively more expensive as
the count increases. Then there are the embroidered shawls, with hook and
needle kinds of embroidery. Papier-mache - From jewellery boxes to mirror
frames, a range of intricately carved walnut wood furniture and
accessories are available.
Devi: From time immemorial the
holy shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi has been attracting pilgrims from all
parts of India and abroad. It is recognized as one of the Shakti Peeths of
Goddess Durga. It is situated at distance of 61 kms from Jammu. The
pilgrims cover a distance of 13 kms on foot, which begins from the base
town of Katra, which is at an altitude of 1700 ft from the sea level.
People of all caste, class, creed and sex come for "Darshan" of
Mata Vaishno Devi. The Yatries are blessed with "darshan" of the
diety in her three manifestations, as three Pindies in the sanctum. For
the convenience of Yatries a large infrastructure has been developed
including pedestrian track, electrification, accommodation, toilets,
blankets stores, cloak rooms etc. The arduous climb, the scenic beauty and
constant chanting of "Jai Mata Di" leaves a mystique effect on
Boundaries: To the North of Jamuu and Kashmir is China, to the East is Tibet, to the West is Pakistan and to the South is Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.
Important Cities and Towns : Ananthanag, Udaypur, Srinagar, Rajauri, Baramullah, Jammu.
Places of Tourist Interest: Sonmarg, Gulmarg, Srinagar, Pahalgam .
Best Time To Visit: April to October .
Airport: Srinagar, Jammu, Leh.