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Kashmir Info

  • State: Jammu & Kashmir
  • Famous for/as: Hill
A heaven on Earth, Kashmir is located in the north-western region of the Indian Subcontinent. With abundant natural beauty, the destination until the mid 19th century was geographically denoted as the valley nestled between the Great Himalayas and the Pir Panjal mountain range. However, at present Kashmir denotes a much larger area that includes the Indian administered state of Jammu and Kashmir. 

History of Kashmir

According to a legend, it is believed that Kashyap, the great sage drained a lake, which was inhabited by the Brahmins and then the place came to be known as Kashmir. A synonym for its turbulent past, Buddhism was introduced in the region by the missionaries of Emperor Ashoka. This religion flourished in Kashmir until the 2nd century, till the time it was ruled by Kushan. However, for several centuries, Hinduism was the dominant religion of Kashmir.

In the 7th century, the destination was under the rule of Durlabhavarrdhana, who founded the Karkota Dynasty. This was replaced in 855 AD by the Utpalas, who were then succeeded by the Tantrins, Yaskaras, Guptas and Loharas respectively. 

In 1346, the last Hindu king, Udiana Deva was replaced by Shams-ud-Din, the first Muslim king, who reigned in Kashmir. However, in 1586, the Mughal Emperor Akbar conquered Kashmir and made it a part of his empire.

In 1757, Kashmir saw the victory of Ahmed Shah Durrani as a result of which the destination went under the rule of Pakistan until 1819. However, Ranjit Singh won Kashmir from Pakistan and added it to his Sikh Empire. 

In 1846, the Sikhs were defeated by the British army and sold Kashmir to Ghulab Singh of Jammu. The destination was sold under the Treaty of Amritsar for INR 7.5 million. As a result of this treaty, Ghulab Singh acquired the status of an independent prince of Kashmir. 

Later, he conquered Ladakh also, which he added to his dominion. After he died in 1857, he was succeeded by Maharaja Ranbir Singh. As time passed, the destination was ruled by Maharaja Partap Singh and Maharaja Hari Singh respectively. 

In 1947, during the reign of Hari Singh, the Indo-Pakistan partition took place. However, during that time the rulers of the princely states were given freedom to accede to either Pakistan or India or to remain independent. Since the Maharaja of Kashmir was a Hindu, so he decided to join India, despite the fact that majority of population residing in Kashmir were Muslims. 

Things to do in Kashmir

Kashmir is one of the most popular tourist places in the country that is known for its natural beauty. From beautiful shikaras and wooden handicrafts to apples and cherries, all attract tourists from across the country to visit Kashmir. 

Tourists can also make a visit to Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Situated in the valley of Kashmir, Srinagar is known for its traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and also for its houseboats. In addition, tourists can also visit attractions like Hazratbal Mosque and Dal Lake.

The best time to visit this beautiful destination extends from the month of March to October. This time period covers three main seasons prevailing in Kashmir, namely spring, summer and autumn.  

Travelling to Kashmir

To reach by air, at Srinagar is the airport, which is approximately 14 km from the city of Kashmir. Daily flights to Srinagar are operated by Indian Airlines from Delhi, Mumbai and Jammu and Jet Airways from Delhi and Jammu.

The nearest railhead to Srinagar is from Jammu Tawi which is approximately 305 km away. Trains from Delhi, Calcutta, Pune, Mumbai and other cities arrive at Jammu Tawi and so is of easy access. During peak tourism season, additional trains operate for and from this station.

Travelling within Kashmir

Jammu & Kashmir SRTC bus services connect most points around the state. They even offer package tour to Gulmarg, Shonmarg, Yusmarg, Ular lake, City tour, etc. Tourists can opt for jeeps which are quicker in reaching locations. Private hire jeeps are also available. 

Accommodation options in Kashmir

There are ample accommodation options in Kashmir and range from heritage hotels to luxury hotels and to budget hotels
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Amit Desai

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  • Lives in Surat
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  2874 readers

"Kashmir, beauty of nature" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
It was a nice trip to Kashmir. Particularly in Pahalgam or Gulmarg. We enjoyed snow falls & we fell that we are in Switzerland. Some one say's that 'if there is haven in world, it's here & only hear.
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Umar Mattoo

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  • Umar Mattoo
  • Lives in Jammu
  • 1 Review
  •  90 readers

"One of the wonderful trip!" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
I got good weather there and the sight are really awesome. Full of joy and freshness. Visit there and you will feel the nature in depth. Water is fresh and clean. Mountains are covered with snow like a white blanket on them. And the fresh air was really cool.. One should go there once in a life. You see greenery all around you. Everything is green and fresh there. I wore pheran (Kashmir's cultural dress). It was really a good trip.
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Sartaj Ahmad

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  • Sartaj Ahmad
  • 1 Review
  •  68 readers

"Fantastic place to be at!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
It was a great pleasure for me to be here. I would recommend all the people of this world to at least its truly heaven. The people of this heaven are so hospitable and friendly that you will forget all the man made destinations and will always wish that you should be always here.
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Davinder Daghamia

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  • Davinder Daghamia
  • Lives in Jalandhar
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  129 readers

"Beautiful place loved it!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Nice place to travel to. It is a very beautiful place. There are lots of sights which are very wonderful people are very helpful there. Overall the experience was good and enjoyed there a lot. Especially the mountains are so beauty covered with snow.
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Jyoti Monga

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  • Jyoti Monga
  • Lives in Ludhiana
  • 1 Review
  •  148 readers

"Its nice place & a superb destination" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Love this place. I want to visit again. Lakes & snow fall was awesome. Gardens & shikara ride awesome. People of Kashmir are good. It's a relax place. It's awesome for honeymoon couple. Their food is too good rice & rajma is excellent. Sightseeing are good. People's are very helpful.
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Bapi Paul

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  • Bapi Paul
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  •  148 readers

"Kashmir, a must go destination" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I had been to Kashmir on March 2014 and I really enjoyed to visit Kashmir. I really pleased to see view Kashmir in March. I saw heavy snowfall in Kashmir. My family really enjoyed this Kashmir tour.
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Adarsh Ravirao

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  • Adarsh Ravirao
  • 1 Review
  •  148 readers

"Heaven on earth, Kashmir" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Best place to visit, best place to explore the unexpected. One will enjoy the beauty of nature and ofcourse playing with the snow is very entering. Good to visit during winter season, although it is cold out there every time. I even enjoyed the boat ridding and the boat hotels.
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Tanusree De

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  • Tanusree De
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  166 readers

"Speechless beauty!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
The name itself is enough. The most beautiful hill station in the whole world. The Himalayan ranges speak out over here. Breathtaking beauty. As Shahjahan put it in words. Kashmir is the heaven on earth. Every season has a different beauty. And not a single place will leave you disappointed.
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Renu Chaturvedi

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  • Renu Chaturvedi
  • 1 Review
  •  162 readers

"Heaven on earth!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Kashmir is a heaven on earth. I feel like every one must see Kashmir at least for once in their life time. India is place of culture and values and we can see it all in Kashmir. India have been to Kashmir in this summer and I was really delighted!
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"Visiting Kashmir!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The place is one of the best place to see and enjoy. The citizen of Kashmir are very kind and show lot of interest in showing all the places nearby Srinagar including very remote place. There need not be any fear in visiting the paradise on earth. The pony ride is quite scary as it has climb through valley. While coming down it will be horrible but one can really enjoy.
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