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Jammu and Kashmir is a state in India, located in the northern part of the Indian subcontinent, and a part of the larger region of Kashmir, which has been the subject of dispute between India, Pakistan, and China since 1947.

The underlying region of this state was the southern and eastern part of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, whose western districts, now known as Azad Kashmir, and northern territories, now known as Gilgit-Baltistan, are administered by Pakistan. The Aksai Chin region in the east, bordering Tibet, has been under Chinese control since 1962. After the Government of India repealed the special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Indian constitution, the Parliament of India passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, which seeks to dissolve the state and reorganise it into two union territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The act will come into effect from 31 October 2019. Jammu and Kashmir is the only state in India with a Muslim-majority population.


Things To Do In Kashmir

1. Alchi Monastery
Alchi Monastery or Alchi Gompa is a Buddhist monastery, known more as a monastic complex of temples in Alchi village in the Leh District, of the Indian state under the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council of Jammu and Kashmir.

2. Spituk Monastery
Spituk Monastery, also better as Spituk Gompa or Pethup Gompa, is a Buddhist monastery in Leh district, Ladakh, northern India. 8 kilometres from Leh. The site of Spituk was blessed by the Arhat Nyimagung. It was founded by Od-de, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od when he came to Maryul in the 11th Century.

3. Hazratbal Shrine
The Hazratbal Shrine is a Muslim shrine in Hazratbal, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India. It contains a relic, the Moi-e-Muqqadas, believed by many Muslims of Kashmir to be Muhammad's hair. The name of the shrine comes from the Farsi word Hazrat, meaning "respected", and the Kashmiri word bal, meaning "place".

4. Mulbekh Monastery
Mulbekh Monastery or Mulbekh Gompa is said to consist of two gompas, one Drukpa and one Gelugpa Buddhist monastery in Kargil, Ladakh of the state Jammu and Kashmir in northern India. Names of the monasteries are Serdung Gompa and Rgaldan-se Gompa of Drukpa and Gelugpa sect respectively.

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Tourism in Jammun And Kashmir

There are places you give your heart to, and then there is Jammu & Kashmir, the destination you give your soul to. No doubt, the surreal natural beauty of Jammu & Kashmir can leave you asking for more, but it is the culture and hospitality in this North Indian state that let you catch feelings. Home to Greater and Lesser Himalayan Peaks that are your companions while travelling, Jammu and Kashmir is divided into three prime regions - Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh. The striking contrast in each of the three regions, in terms of landscape and culture, is what makes this travel destination in North India an unparalleled one. Jammu that is blessed with Vaishno Devi as a significant pilgrimage destination is also dotted with scenic tourist places.

History of Jammun And Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir, state of India, located in the northern part of the Indian subcontinent in the vicinity of the Karakoram and westernmost Himalayan mountain ranges. The state is part of the larger region of Kashmir, which has been the subject of dispute between India, Pakistan, and China since the partition of the subcontinent in 1947. Legislation passed in August 2019 set the stage for downgrading the state to a union territory and splitting off a part of it, known as the Ladakh region, into a second union territory.

Best Time to Visit in Jammun And Kashmir

Kashmir is well and truly a year round destination if you’re waiting for the best time to visit Jammu and Kashmir. All seasons, be it summer or winter in Kashmir, have their allure that beckons travellers from all over India and abroad. So, never mind when to visit Kashmir and just pack your bags and get up here.March to Early May (15°C to 30°C): These are the best months to visit Kashmir for sightseeing as the weather is pleasant and lets you explore the lush green meadows and enchanting natural beauty of Kashmir without any obstacle. The temperature during these months varies from 15°C to 30°C. This is also the best time to trek the alluring trails of Srinagar, Gulmarg, and Pahalgam. Weather in Kashmir in May is also pleasant enough to enjoy the summer vacations with your friends and family.December to March (-2°C to 12°C): Kashmir’s weather in December, January, and March is the best to enjoy snowfall as the whole valley is covered with snow. The entire Kashmir looks mesmerizing in these months and this is also the best time to visit Kashmir for skiing and snowboarding. The temperature during these months varies from -2°C to 12°C.Since the entire Kashmir Valley is a mountainous region in a temperate zone, it witnesses a four-season climate pattern: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Jammu, being closer to the river plains, has a hotter and drier climate throughout the year. Alpine meadows speckled with wildflowers, grazing herds of nomadic tribes, and orchards laden with fruits make spring in Kashmir a splendor worth witnessing. Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, and Patnitop are best places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir during this time.

How to Reach Jammun And Kashmir

Known for its unparalleled alpine beauty and breathtaking valleys, Kashmir is visited by honeymooners, holidaymakers and adventure seekers from all across the globe and country. Travellers planning a trip to Kashmir often wonder how to reach Kashmir; however, the beautiful valley is well linked with the rest of the country via air, road and train. Those who prefer to travel by airplanes can reserve their tickets up to Srinagar Airport, which is about 15 km away from the city centre. Travellers who wish to travel by train can book their tickets till Jammu Tawi railway station which is the nearest railhead. Moreover, J&K State Road Transport Corporation (JKSRTC) and several private buses operate on a regular basis from neighbouring cities for Srinagar and other major cities of Kashmir.

Shopping in Jammun And Kashmir

The state of Jammu and Kashmir is popularly known for its wide arrays of handicrafts and natural resources. Either to get acquainted with the valley’s culture or preserving memories of the trips, tourists usually love to indulge in shopping activities in this heavenly paradise. Hence, this place is better known as shopper’s paradise and consequently, shopping has been the most famous tourist’s activity over there. When tourists think of indulging any shopping activity, All the three regions of the state like Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are utterly unparalleled in terms of its native products and items. So, tourists on a tour to this beautiful state, usually never leave the place without purchasing some unique and wonderful souvenirs. The handicraft items and artifacts materials are the most shopped products in the places. Traditional carpets, shawl and clothes are some of the most popular buying products among the tourists. The most important thing about the arts and handicrafts products of Kashmir is that its variety and quality is matchless with products of anywhere else.

Best Things To Do in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir are often referred to with the acronym, J&K. Its location is in the Himalayan Mountains, and the state shares its borders with states such as Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. Jammu and Kashmir share an international border with China in the north-eastern frontier, and the Line Of Control separates it from Pakistan. Some of the best things to do in Jammu & Kashmir would definitely be to boat on the Dal Lake, take a biking tour to Ladakh and engage some marvellous treks across J&K.


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