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Jammu and Kashmir are really three regions: the foothill plains of Jammu; the lakes and blue valleys of Kashmir rising to alpine passes, the high altitude plains and starkly beautiful mountains of Ladakh, which lies beyond those passes. It's enough to move one to poetry. Srinagar is Kashmir's summer capital and Jammu, the winter capital.

One of Kashmir's greatest attractions are the Dal Lake houseboats. The Mughal Gardens of Srinagar is another tourist haunt. Pahalgam, Gulmarg, near Srinagar are picturesque towns, the first a by-route to Amarnath, the second a premier skiing resort. The famous Shankaracharya temple is perched high on top of the valley. Jammu is a templed town. Ladakh, the land of high passes.

The People: The majority are Muslims living in the Kashmir valley; culturally and ethnically, the closest links are with peoples in the northwestern highlands of the Gilgit district in the Pakistani sector. While Hindus dominate the Jammu region and Ladakh is majorly influenced by the Trans-Himalayan Buddhism. The Kashmiri language is influenced by Sanskrit and belongs to the Dardic branch of Indo-Aryan languages also spoken by the hill tribes of Gilgit. The great majority of the population resides in the lower reaches of the Vale. Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir is the largest city  located on the Jhelum River.

Capital: Srinagar, the capital, has a distinctly Central Asian look. It stands on the Dal Lake ( most of the more modern houseboats are located here) and the picturesque Jhelum River. Srinagar is also considered to be a small-sized Lake District. The massive Dal Lake, near the city and Nagin, the 'Jewel in the ring', a smaller lake, to the north, is dotted with water lilies. The lakes are mobile shops of moving shikaras. The old city has a labyrinth of alleyways and mosques.

Culture: The ancient caves and temples of Kashmir, reveal a strong link with Indian culture at the beginning of the Christian Era. At one time the classical dances of the south are believed to have been practiced. These arts survived only in folk forms and were performed principally at marriage ceremonies. The popular hafiza dance performed by Kashmiri women to the accompaniment of sufiana kalam was later replaced by the bacha nagma, performed by young boys dressed like women. The bhand jashna ("festival of clowns"), a 300- to 400-year-old genre of Kashmiri folk theatre performed in village squares, satirizes social situations through dance, music and clowning.

Handicrafts: Srinagar possesses many specialized agricultural markets, retail shopping centers, and associated industries. The industries have developed from rural crafts and include handloom weaving of local silk, cotton, and wool, carpet weaving, wood carving, and leatherwork. Such industries, together with silverwork and copperwork and jewellery, were stimulated by the presence of the royal court and the tourist trade but also owe something to the important position achieved by Srinagar in west Himalayan trade.


Jammu & Kashmir Cities Tour Hotels in Jammu & Kashmir

Gulmarg Tour
Jammu Tour
Pahalgam Tour
Srinagar Tour
SonamargTour
Vaishnao Delhi Tour
Amarnath Yatra Tour.

Hotels in Jammu
Hotels in Srinagar
Hotels in Gulmarg
Hotels in Pahalgam
Hotels in Katra



Houseboats in Kashmir

Houseboat is a unique experience - a honeymooner's delight. Just stepping on board transports one to a different world away from the hustle and bustle and noise of the city. As soon as one get out on the lake the traffic and confusion simply fades away. They are lined up in colourful ranks in Dal Lake, across from the boulevard, or along the Jhelum River. Those who want a little more isolation and peace can also find them at Nagin Lake.
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                                                      Kashmir Tour Package

Durations 6Nights/7Days Vale of Kashmir
Durations 3Nights/4Days Glimpses of the Moon land - Srinagar 

 

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