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    A beautiful view of the Dal Lake in Kashmir

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    Kashmir has forever been considered the Paradise on Earth. But since independence, it has been better known to be the war capital of Asia with India, Pakistan, and China always claiming the paradise for themselves. In the midst of all these tensions and wars, you are sure to miss out on these lesser-known secrets about Kashmir that we have compiled for you.

    1. Kashmir might have naturally fallen into the lap of Pakistan.

    An original image from the Indo-Pak war of 1947

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    Based on suggestions by his ministers, Hari Singh (the then ruler of Kashmir) might have merged Kashmir with Pakistan. However, the impatient Pakistan invaded Kashmir and Hari Singh decided to merge it with India to ensure the safety of his subjects.


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    2. Historical manuscripts state Kashmir was a lake.

    A boat being rowed at Dal Lake in Kashmir

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    Until Kashyap Rishi drained off the water making it a beautiful abode.

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    3. No, Mughal emperor Jahangir did not discover Kashmir. Srinagar was founded by Emperor Ashoka.

    Kashmir-the paradise on Earth

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    However, Jahangir labeled it as the ‘Paradise on Earth’.

    4. The 3 religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam – have contributed to the cultural heritage of Kashmir.

    A collage of a Buddhist shrine, a temple, and a mosque in clockwise order

    And we all thought it to be a Muslim state.

    5. Overall literacy rate in Kashmir is higher than that of India & Pakistan.

    The students of the JK Public School

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    Kashmiris ain’t uneducated you see..!


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    6. Jammu & Kashmir is the only state with a flag of its own.

    The image of the independent flag of Jammu and Kashmir

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    And many other constitutional exceptions exist for this state.

    7. Water resources in Kashmir Valley can generate thousands of megawatts of power.

    Baglihar Dam is a major dam in the J&K

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    It is the highest in the Asian sub-continent.

    8. Kashmir is surrounded by 2 nuclear-armed countries(Pakistan and China) and is a part of the third one, India .

    Kashmir and its neighboring countries

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    It is one of the most dangerously located places in the world.

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Secrets Of Kashmir

     

    Q. Who was the last king of Jammu and Kashmir?

    A. Maharaja Hari Singh was the last king of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. He ruled in J&K from 1895 to 1961.

    Q. What is the culture of Kashmir?

    A. Kashmir has a composite culture. It is an amalgamation of Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, and Buddhist philosophies. They all live in peace and harmony together. A vast majority of Buddhist population lives in Ladakh.

    Q. Which is the capital of Kashmir?

    A. Jammu is the winter capital of Kashmir and Srinagar is the summer capital of Kashmir.

    Q. Why Kashmir is called Kashmir?

    A. The word Kashmir has Sanskrit origins. The word Ka means water and shimeera means desiccate. The name Kashmir, thus, means dessicated land. According to a myth, Kashmir was formerly a lake.

    Q. What is Kashmir famous for?

    A. Kashmir is famous for its natural beauty and its picturesque locations. While Jammu is known for its temples and pilgrimage spots, Kashmir is famous for Dal Lake, Mughal Garden,  Aadoo’s restaurant, and a host of other places to visit in Kashmir.

    Q. Who sold Kashmir to Gulab Singh?

    A. In March 1846, under the Treaty of Amritsar, the British government sold Kashmir to Gulab Singh for a sum of 7.5 million Nanakshahi rupees. They also bestowed on Gulab Singh the title of Maharaja.

    Q. Why is Kashmir called paradise on earth?

    A. Kashmir is called paradise on earth because its scenic beauty is unparalleled. The majestic Pir Panjal mountains, verdant meadows, pristine rivers, lakes, and streams, and apple orchards contribute to its beauty.

    Q. Is Kashmir safe for tourists?

    A. Kashmir is safer for tourists than any other Indian state. The locals are more than willing to make sure you’re well-looked after and your stay is peaceful.


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