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Jammu & Kashmir Tourism

The State of Jammu & Kashmir has main three geographical regions known as “The Lesser Himalayas” or the “Jhelum Valley” (Kashmir), “The Inner Himalayas” or “The Indus Valley” (Ladakh & Frontier areas) also called “Trans-Himalayas”, and “The Outer-Himalayas” or “The Southern mountain range” (Jammu)

Srinagar: Srinagar is located in the heart of the Kashmir valley at an altitude of 1,730 m(1530 feet) above sea level, spread on both sides of the river Jhelum. The Dal and Nagin lakes enhance its picturesque setting, while the changing play of the seasons and the salubrious climate ensures that the city is equally attractive to visitors around the year.

The valley is distinctively marked by breath-taking lakes, fresh water streams, luscious fruits, magnificent forests, mighty mountains and lush meadows which makes it a paradise on Earth. The mountain-downs or “margs” are numerous on the tops of the hill ranges prominent being Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Yousmarg etc.

Famous valleys of Kashmir include: Lidder Valley, Sindh Valley, Lolab Valley, Bangus Valley, Dachigam Valley, Gulmarg Valley, Gurez Valley, Yousmarg Valley etc.

Situated at the western edge of the Tibetan plateau, Ladakh is bound by the mighty Karokaram mountain range in the north and the Great Himalayas in the South.

Dras, Zanskar and the Suru Valley on the Himalaya's northern flanks receive heavy snow in winter, this feeds the glaciers from which melt water, carried down by streams, irrigates the fields in summer. For the rest of the region, the snow on the peaks is virtually the only source of water. As the crops grow, the villagers pray not for rain, but for sun to melt the glaciers and liberate their water.

The city of Jammu is named after Jambu Lochan, the brother of Bahu, a powerful local chieftain who ruled during the ninth century. During 1730 AD, the Dogra rulers built the city of Jammu as their capital and adorned it with numerous temples and shrines now known as the city of Temples. It is dotted with some historical temples like the Raghunath Temple, Ranbireshwar Temple, Peer Kho Temple, Panjbakhtar Temple which are over a hundred years old. It is the winter capital of Jammu & Kashmir.

Tulip Festival

Jammu TourismKashmir has the Asia's largest tulip garden called Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Siraj Bagh Cheshmashahi Srinagar, in the foothills of Zabarwan range withan overview of Dal Lake.The festival is held annualy in the month of April when tulips are in full bloom. The sprawling tulips of varied colours make the garden look like a silken carpet with intricate designs. The scene is simply captivating with floral charm. It is a visitor's memorable delight.

Baisakhi Festival

Jammu Tourism This festival also known as "harvest festival' is  celebrated in mid April every  year welcoming the onsent of Spring season.The festival is considered auspicious for marriages. The occasion is marke by different fairs.Bangra Punjabi dance dominates the festivity.

Amarnathji Yatra

Jammu TourismEvery year from mid June to mid August this yatra is held from Pahalgam and Sonmarg right upto Amarnathji caves crossing glaciers and mountains.Devotees from all over the country participate in the yatra.

Festival of Hemis monastery

Jammu TourismThe biggest and most famous of the monastic festivals is that of Hemis, which falls in late June or early July, and is dedicated to Padmasambhava. Every 12 years, the gompa's greatest treasures, a huge Thangka, is ritually exhibited. Its next unveiling is due to take place in A.D 2004. Other monasteries, which have summer festivals, are Lam (late July/ early August), Tak-thok (after Phyang) and Karsha in Zanskar (after Phyang). Like Hemis, the Phyang festival too involves the unveiling of a gigantic thangka, though here it is done every third year.

Baba Chamliyal Mela

Jammu Tourismis celebrated Celebrated in the memory of Baba Dalip Singh Manhas every year in June in the village of Chamliyal on the Indo-Pak border 40 kms from Jammu. The unique feature of this mela is that the Baba Chamliyal is revered by people on both sides of the international border and is celebrated in unison by them on either side united by faith which makes boundaries irrelevant. People of all religions in thousands throng the shrine during the festivities. The earth around the shrine is called Shakar and the water from the adjoining well is called Sharbat. . A meeting of the BSF and the Pakistan Rangers is held on the international border on this day. The BSF presents shaker and sharbat to the Pakistan Rangers who in turn present chadar for the mazar of the Baba. Shakar and Sharbat are mixed and the paste is smeared on their bodies by people afflicted by skin diseases for cure.

Jammu Festival

Jammu TourismThe festival is organised in Jammu every year in the month of April during Baisakhi by J&K Tourism Department.  It is a celebration of the local culture, crafts and cuisines, where people from adjoining states also take part.

Gulmarg Jammu Leh & Laddakh
Pahalgam Sonamarg Srinagar




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