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Jammu and Kashmir - An Art of Nature

Mughals then called it "Paradise on Earth', Europeans now call it 'Switzerland of Asia' and the world calls it Jammu and Kashmir. Sitting pretty on the foothill of Himalayas, Jammu and Kashmir is one of the most picturesque states in Noth India often referred to as 'Crown of India'. Every corner of this state is worth your time but few attractions like the Dal Lake and the Mughal gardens stand out. The deep running valleys of Kashmir, high mountains of Ladakh, and vast running plains of Jammu are all scintillatingly charming that adorn different hues in every season.

With such variety of landscapes, the state offers opportunities for scores of activities. The state is divided into three different provinces namely Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh. Each province is different in all aspects, right from the landscapes to the religion followed. Jammu has the major population of Hindu community, Kashmir is mainly occupied by Muslims and most people in Ladakh follow Buddhism. Kashmir is most famous for its serene lakes sprinkled throughout the province. An evening on the shores of these lakes or a calm ride on the Shikaras, for most people turns out to be the best moments of their trip in the laps of nature. Spending few days in a houseboat are more enthralling than spending a week in the most luxurious hotel. But nothing compares to the adventure activities that you can indulge in Ladakh region. With snow capped mountains, fast flowing rivers, this is a world beyond imagination. Here, apart from taking the toughest treks, you can also indulge in river rafting which is really a mind-blowing experience.

Rush of blood during the adventure activity is not the only feeling that you get here. Only few are places that purify your soul more than Jammu and Kashmir. It is also one of the most visited Pilgrimage State in India. Pilgrims throng to state to visit few of the holiest Hindu shrines like Vaishno Devi and Amarnath Cave and one of the sacred most shrine for Muslims, Hazaratbal. Ladakh is the place where you will find the biggest and most important Buddhist monasteries in India. When one is talking about pilgrimage in J&K, the famous Hari Parbat has to be mentioned. It is the place where a mosque, a temple and a gurudwara stand side by side portraying the harmony and brotherhood among the people of different religion in the state.


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