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Essential Information About Jammu and Kashmir

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Essential Information About Jammu and Kashmir

A quick look into the lives of dogras and bakarwals

Here is some information of Jammu and Kashmir that will be helpful during your visit to this beautiful state. Read more on the insights that you can’t find on a tourist map of Jammu and Kashmir.

Food of Kashmir

The main food of Jammu and Kashmir varies from southern plains of river Jammu Tawi to northern parts of Kashmir Valley. Kashmiris feast on meat and rice voraciously. Rogan Josh – which is lamb meat gravy cooked with local chilies – and Yakhni – a mutton gravy with yogurt – are two of the most famous food of Kashmir. Locals also have a weak spot for crisp bakery goods. Sheermal, Baqerkhani, and Kulcha found in shops in Srinagar are to die for, especially for those craving sweet treats.

For non-vegetarians, having Wazwan, a full course meat-based dish, in a Kashmiri home is the best way to learn about traditions and lifestyle of Kashmiris.

Climate of Kashmir

Weather in Kashmir, especially in high altitude areas is notoriously unreliable. Some regions are prone to avalanche and landslide, while some roads are cut off during most of the winter season.  For travellers, Kashmir in winter is as close to heaven a place can get. The peak of winter and summer brings an inflow of honeymooners and adventurers from plains and abroad.

The average temperature in Kashmir Valley in winter ranges between -2°C and 10°C. Summer in Kashmir is pleasant and fairly dry with mean temperatures between 16°C and 32°C. With its proximity to the plains of Punjab, Jammu witnesses milder winters and hotter summers than Kashmir Valley. On the other side, being higher in altitude, Ladakh region faces harsher winter but lesser rainfall. So, there is a stark difference between the climate of Kashmir and climate of Ladakh mainly due to geographical factors.

Festivals of Jammu and Kashmir

Like much of India, Jammu and Kashmir features an amalgamation of cultures. It’s a microcosm of long-held traditions and beliefs which are being celebrated and preserved by local people. Baisakhi in April and Lohri in January hold a great significance in Sikh and Hindu communities based in Jammu. Festivals like Holi and Diwali are also celebrated with great spirit in the region.

Festivities during Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha bring a great buzz even in the small hamlets of the valley. From Kishtwar to Baramulla, echoes of Namaz prayers by Sunni Muslims can be heard during Ramzan in Kashmir. Urs, Tulip Festival, and Shikara Festival are other important festivals in Kashmir.

Mansar Food and Craft Mela, which runs for three days, is one of the biggest fairs in Jammu. Culture of Jammu is influenced by Dogra, Rajput, and Pandit diaspora while Kashmir Valley is settled by predominantly Sunni Muslims. Local language of Kashmir is Kashmiri dialect of Urdu. Native speakers in Jammu voice themselves mainly in Hindi.

Ladakh region of the state also has a lot of unique celebrations and events among Buddhists and Shia Muslims.

Tips and Facts about Kashmir

Do carry Jammu and Kashmir tourist map as there is no network connectivity in remote regions.

Travellers must adhere to safety procedures defined by security personnel.

Always follow weather forecast during your stay in the Kashmir Valley.

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    Over all excel service, everything perfectly arranged , Gumarg Hotel was excellent

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    We went for our trip in February 2019. Everything was amazing. Hotels, the pacing of the trip. It was all good.

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    Sriharsha's 5 days trip to Kashmir

    Well organized , though we couldnot see local sightseeing @ Srinagar, it was a memorable trip for us as a couple, thank you travel triangle crew !! Mr riyaz asa driver & guide helped us through, a kind gentleman , he needs appraisal & so does Mr mustaq as trip advisor !! Overall sweet & memorable for me & my wife Snowfall @ gulmarg , food @ rajadhaba, snowfall at pahalgam ... Are inexplicable .. it's a visual treat in winter's too !!

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    Ashish's 5 days trip to Kashmir

    Really Excellent Experience In All Criteria....No Words to Explain it Just Fantastic...All Things Was Really Memorable...Hotel Was Fantastic and Specially Driver Aijaz was Really Helpful and Supportive as Well as that Jamaica Houseboat was Excellent....From My Side 5/5 Stars. Houseboat Stay, Driver As well as Hotel

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    Yogender Jheerwal

    Nagaur

    Yogender's 4 days trip to Kashmir

    It was nice experience staying in Houseboat and hotel Montreal.our travel agent Mr. Aqib was very nice and helpful person,made all our arrangements perfectly.overall it was a very memorable trip.

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    Mumbai

    Poojarir's 6 days trip to Kashmir

    Thanks Amir, for the best ever trip i had in life. He is just a call away 24x7. Even the Driver was best and always helpful. will visit soon by may or June.

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    Gurgaon

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    Best experience good hotels specially Green Height wonderful service nice hotel with River view It's was good experience with aqib and Kashmir holidays . Wonderful service thanks

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    Paresh's 4 days trip to Kashmir

    It was a great experience to be in Kashmir. We had opted for 3 nights 4 days through Travel Triangle. We were happy with the response of the Kashmir Holiday operator and driver Mudda ser wad prompt and was experienced. Hotel staff were cordial and accommodative, Food was good. Room was nice. We got a upgrade by operate as good will gesture. House boat experience could have been better since the time we travelled was very cold and chilly with snow fall. Rest was great. Trip to Gulmarg and Pehlgaon.

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    Chandra's 6 days trip to Kashmir

    Had a great trip with dream vally, will suggest others also Apple trees and pahalgam trip

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    Kolkata

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    FAQ's of Kashmir

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    There is no ban on liqour in Kashmir, but there aren't many hotels that offer alcohol for consumption. You can still carry your own.

    Tourists should visit Jammu & Kashmir during the off-season between April-July and from October-December. This is the best time to visit Jammu & Kashmir as the hotels and tour packages have major discounts on offer.

    Yes, it is safe to visit Jammu and Kashmir. Try to stay away from border areas and areas known to be sensitive and prone to problems.

    Always rent out houseboats that have been registered with the Jammu & Kashmir tourism department.

    Wazwan is a must have when in Jammu and Kashmir. Also, try to drink their special pink tea, known as Kahwa.

    December through February is the best time to see snowfall in Kashmir Valley.

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