INTRODUCTION- Located on the north side of India, bordered by Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, China, it is called the princely state of India. There are 3 regions Jammu, Kashmir Valley and Ladakh. There are five valleys that cover this state-Sind valley, Poonch Valley, Lidder Valley, Kashmir Valley and Chenab Valley. Himalayas and pirpanjal ranges run all over the state. Jhelum River runs all through the state, besides, Indus, Tawi and Ravi. Varied climate is seen all over Jammu and Kashmir, with summers hot, winters too cold and rainfall heavy. October month is the hottest in this state.
HISTORY/CULTURE- Rajatarangini from sangrama Deva region, found this state. From 3102BCE Jammu and Kashmir has its history recorded. Followed by Jonaraja, then by rajavalipataka,then by Muslims and finally Britishers this state was ruled. Dards,ladakhis and punjabi culture is seen all over the state. People of this state are very traditional, religious and customs followers. Their main occupation is agriculture, and tourism. Lohri, baisakhi, urs, Hemis, Diwali, Dussehra festivals are popularly celebrated. Every festival is colourful celebrated with music and dance. Ruf, dandaras, Chakri, gwatri, Benthe, Bakhan, sufiana music are popular here.
REACHING- By air- Srinagar airport is well connected. By Train-There are many trains that are linked to Jammu Tawi. By Bus/Road- There are direct buses and highways are well laid. Local commutation- There are local buses, taxis, autos, cabs to commute around.
POPULAR CITIES- Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Leh, Srinagar, zanskar, Kashmir Valley, Gulmarg, samba, Ramban, Khardong, Saboo, Pahalgam, baramulla, Pangong Tso, Akhnoor, Anantnag, Udhampur, Doda, Sopore, punch, bijibiara are some popular cities in this state.
TO DO- SIGHTSEEING- Raghunath temple, dal and Nageen lake, hazratbal shrine, Shankaracharya temple, Zorawar fort, Stok palace, manamaya temple, Bahu fort, Dehra ki gali, rama temple, apparwath peak, frozen lake, moungri cave shrine, pingla Mata, jasroto fort, ainch mountain, nilnag lake, Suru Valley, nagberan, Aru Valley, tulian lake, Nangali sabheb gurudwara, uri, manasabal lake, Hemis national park, pangong lake are some popular places to see.
EATING- Rice is the staple food of Jammu and Kashmir. Wazwan cuisine, Kashmir cuisine, Muslim Kashmiri Cuisine prevail all over the state. Both vegetarian and non vegetarian all famous. Food is fresh, hot and very traditionally prepared, serving is a part of their culture. Some prominent food to taste- Yakhin, Dumolav, muji gaad, Kashmiri pulav, goshtaba, modur pulav, Momos, Thukpa, paba, thenthuk, butter tea, sheer chai, kahwah are beverages to drink and eat in Jammu and Kashmir. Gulgule, kachalu, chicken kanti, Sewai, shufter are some street food and sweets to taste.
SHOPPING- Pashmina shawls, carpets, tea powders,handicrafts, artefacts, souvenirs, jewellery, Thukpa paintings, spices are popularly shopped.
OTHER THINGS TO DO- Being a temple town, there are very few pubs and bars seen. There are night markets, movie theatres, fast food corners, cafes, malls, shopping streets, hotels and restrunants, plenty to enjoy. For adventure lovers- A very ideal state for winter, extreme and snow sports. Skiing, mountaineering are famous besides, hiking and rafting. There are inneumerable temples and places of worship to see, while there are cultural, historical and religious spots to visit. Besides the above there are spas to rejuvenate and resorts to relax.
TRIP PACKAGES- There are weekend, one day, week, pilgrimage, adventure trip packages offered from all Jammu Kashmir, while family, tourist, honeymoon, summer, winter packages are offered from all over India and world to Jammu and Kashmir.
With all three weathers prevailing, september- April is the best time to visit Jammu and Kashmir.
SPECIALITY OF THIS STATE- Trekking, and skiing are so special here that it gives a very special memory. For bird lovers, it is an ideal spot for watching different breed of birds. Food, is fresh and very tasty, garnished and spiced a life time memory, an ideal place for campers, taking road trips, gives you an advantage to feel and view the beautiful nature. A popular place for photographers and monastery viewers. On the whole Jammu and Kashmir is a famous tourist sport to be planned and visited once in lifetime.