Northern most state of India is divided into two major sectors the Jammu and the Kashmir. With its beautiful meadows and chilly mountains the province of Kashmir has been a favorite among the visiting tourists. Kashmir has 10-15deg Celsius temperature all the year round, April to September being relatively hot at 18 utmost and is hence the best time to visit the place. Host to the most visited and holy shrines of Amarnath and Vaishno Devi this place attract pilgrims all the year round. The composite culture here is evident from the presence of Buddhist temples, Muslim Mosques and Hindu temples. Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir with is pure blue lakes and lush green gardens are an international favorite. Located on the mighty Chenab River is the city of Akhnoor and has the remnants of Indus valley civilization. Of the most tranquillest hill resorts is Gulmarg which receives heavy snowfall and has a golf course centered on Alpather Lake.
The famous Amarnath yatra dedicated to Lord Shiva starts from the picturesque town of Pahalgam located on the Lidder river banks. Owing to its terrain pilgrims have to either trek or be carried on horse backs on the snowy mountains to reach the shrine. Zanskar region has around 8 Buddhist monasteries and is frequented by Buddhist pilgrims. Kashmir is known for its adventure sports, Ice hokey tournaments are organized here along with skiing. With its house boats and fresh water, Dal Lake invites the visitors for romantic getaway. Adjacent to the lake are the beautiful gardens with maple trees and apple the Nishat, the Shalimar and the Harwan.
Handicrafts of Kashmir are famous all over the world with their intricate hand made designs on shawls and rugs. Kashmir valley has been a victim of international terrorism and the centre of controversy between India and Pakistan, the sector of Kashmir has its own history and story to tell the on looking visitors. One would be surprised with the indescribable natural beauty this place has and would doubt all the news they here about the conflicts. Though not a mistake of its own, this city is and was the victim of stupid and meaningless political agenda.