Heaven on Earth
'Gar firdaus bar-rue zamin ast, hami asto, hamin asto, hamin ast' (If there is a heaven on earth, it's here, it's here). Jammu & Kashmir has hues of shades to flaunt and lure tourists. J&K is a heavenly abode offering a blissful atmosphere, the lush green and snow-capped mountains, hospitable people, and the majestic view all around. Jammu and Kashmir together form an impeccable destination offering a range of experiences. Nestled amidst scenic splendour, the state is one of the most romantic destinations in India. Many Bollywood movies have shown various sides of Jammu & Kashmir and the most memorable of all has been the song 'Yeh Chand Sa Roshan Chehra' from the movie Kashmir ki Kali.
Holidaying in J&K is a full package, from a charming view to a pilgrimage tour to holy shrines, indulges in adventure sports, a magnificent tour to historic monuments, a relaxing shikara ride, or experience the local cuisine. The valley is always ready to surprise you with a galore of activities and options for a tranquil vacation
It is said that during ancient times Jammu & Kashmir has been the center for learning Sanskrit. The valley was even ruled by the Mughals and gradually with times, it witnessed several rulers. In 1846, the British conquered Kashmir and later sold to J&K to Gulab Singh for Rs. 7.5 million. The valley was ruled by Maharaja Rambir Singh, Maharaja Partab Singh, and Maharaja Hari Singh in succession. In 1947, after the independence Maharaja Hari Singh was given a choice to either be part of India or Pakistan or stay independent state, he being a Hindu ruler chose to be part of India.
Kashmiri handicrafts are known for its intricacies and uniqueness. Popular for making carpets, wall hangings, wooden works, silverware, and shawls, the valley offers several items to choose from. Papier Mache (manufactured from wet and crushed paper, by moulding it to the desired shape), shopping baskets, lampshades, tables, and chairs made up of Willows (trees with narrow leaves and catkins) are very famous here.
Kashmiri has a very distinctive style of cooking and using spices. The three most phenomenal styles of cooking are the Kashmiri pundit style who doesn't prefer using onion and garlic as well as the Muslims in the region avoid the use of asafoetida (hing) and curds. The pandits do cook non-vegetarian food and they prefer mutton or lamb meat over chicken or beef. Some of the must-try dishes are Kabargah, Kofta (veg/non-veg), Dum Alu, mushrooms, bhaseeda (lotus stem/roots), and Methi Chaman. 'Firni is the most popular dessert here.
Shopping in Jammu & Kashmir is a unique experience. In Raghunath Bazaar you can shop dry fruits, traditional clothing, and for carpets visit Kashmir Government Arts Emporium. Bahu Plaza is one of the most famous shopping center. Hari market is an apt place to buy shawls, carpets, jewellery, it offers almost everything.
Places to Visit
Abode to the iconic Dal Lake and is admired for its gardens, waterfronts, and houseboats.
Also known as Gaurimarg is a paradise on earth and is popular for winter sports.
The beautiful lakes and streams make it a popular picnic spot, also known for Amarnath Yatra.
The holy shrine of Maa Vaishno Devi is situated making it a popular pilgrimage site.
The winter capital offers majestic forts and temples for an excursion.
This little town is bestowed with mesmerising landscape surrounded by serenity and tranquillity.
222,236 square km
Jammu & Kashmir can be visited throughout the year.
Long skirts, jeans, pants, trousers, and t-shirts are all fine during summer. Heavy winter clothing is required during winter.
English, Hindi, Urdu, Kashmiri
Nearest Railway Station