Jammu and Kashmir Tourism
Jammu and Kashmir, the state endowed with stunning natural beauty is regarded as the ‘Crown’ of India as well as the ‘Heart of Asia ‘. Geographically and culturally, this northern-most state of the country can be divided into three distinct regions. The hilly plains of Jammu lie in the south; the high altitude desert region of Ladakh is in the north. And in the middle, like a dazzling jewel in the crown, is the mountainous valley of Kashmir. The mountainous State is traversed by six mountain ranges – the Shivalik, the Pir Panjal, the Great Himalayan, the Zanskar, the Ladakh and the Karakoram. Three great rivers – Indus, Jhelum, Chenab and Ravi along with a number of tributaries flow through the State. The lofty snow-clad mountains, verdant valleys, rampaging rivers, wonderful waterfalls, lovely lakes, lush green meadows, spectacular scenic beauty, ancient shrines, magnificent forts and palaces and above all the beautiful people have made Jammu and Kashmir a paradise on earth and one of the most popular tourist destination since time immemorial.