Jammu and Kashmir is India’s northern-most state. The state is the “Heaven on Earth” of Asia, abundant in quality cash crops such as walnuts and saffron, blessed all year long with jaw-dropping natural beauty. Several valleys are built by the Himalayas lining it from the north-east side, such as the Kashmir Valley, Poonch Valley, Lidder Valley, and Sindh Valley.
THE FACTS ABOUT THE KASHMIR VALLEY
Any fascinating facts about the Kashmir Valley are as follows.
New & Special Status
Article 370 of the Indian Constitution grants nearly absolute sovereignty to the administration. Thus, it has enabled J&K’s status to be questioned globally. However, it is the only Indian state to have a flag of its own.
History and Management
The Hindu religion flourished here centuries ago, followed by Buddhism and the Mughals’ conquest by Islam. Because of Article 370, the state is split into three administrations – J&K under India, Aksai Chin under china, and Azad Kashmir under Pakistan. However, the Kashmir Valley is entirely under Indian control.
Kashmir and the Valley of Kashmir
The jurisdictional state of Kashmir, apart from Jammu, is Kashmir – the paradise on earth. Moreover, the sections of it are currently under Pakistani and Chinese law. On the other side, the Kashmir Valley is one of many valleys in Kashmir. Hence, it is known as the southwest zone between the Pir Pinjal Range and the Himalayas in the north-east. The only river that runs through here is the Jhelum river.
With a few Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists, the Kashmiris are predominantly Muslims in the Kashmir Valley. The mountains are home to small communities of Bakarwals and Gujjars. Kashmiri and Urdu are widely spoken languages, but many speak good English as a second language.
Most Famous Kashmir Tourist Spots
There is plenty of worth visiting tourist spots within the Kashmir Valley – the paradise on earth. Among which a few famous are highlight below:
- The best Kashmir tourism destinations in the province: Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Srinagar, and Pahalgam.
- The best tourist spots: Chasme Shahi, Shalimar Bagh, and Pari Mahal.
- The essential lakes: Wular Lake, Dal Lake, and Manasbal Lake.
It’s the only Indian state where both Indian and Kashmir citizenship applies to the people here.
Capitals and Seasons
Because of insufficient runoff, there is no distinctive rainy season. Therefore, the seasons are summer and winter in general, spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The summer capital is Srinagar, in the Kashmir Valley, while the winter capital is Jammu.
To Look Out for Things
Any interesting items to check out are the traditional Kashmiri wear, Pheran, the unique copper kettles called Samovar, the earthen fire pots wrapped in woven wicker called Kangiri, souvenirs, and handcrafted walnut furnishings, etc.
Highly recommended and typically included in good Kashmir bundles, the houseboat or Shikara stays are an unforgettable experience.
The Lengthiest Railway Tunnel in India
The Pir Pinjal railway tunnel is 11,215 km or 7 miles long, 8.4 m wide and 7.39 m deep, or the Banihal railway tunnel. Hence, it is India’s longest railway tunnel and Asia’s fourth longest.
Kashmir Solidarity Day
Kashmir Solidarity Day is celebrated on February 5 across Pakistan and Kashmir. This day is a declared national holiday to give tribute to the martyred and support to the living Kashmiri brothers & sisters. People celebrate it by organizing different festivals like long marches, rallies, and many others.Thus, whatsoever the situation may be, Pakistan will never stop supporting and raising a voice for Kashmir.
May ALLAH accept the patience, sacrifices and hardships the innocent Kashmiris have tolerated and reward them with INDEPENDENCE soon.