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[[Image:Jammu_and_Kashmir_1.JPG|thumbnail|350px|View from the plains of Baisaran, near Pahalgam]]
'''Jammu and Kashmir''' [] (Urdu: مقبوضہ کشمیر) is the northernmost state of [[India]], disputed by [[Pakistan]].
[[Image:India-locator-map-blank.png|thumb|Jammu and Kashmir, as shown on the map of the Republic of India]]
British India's princely state of Jammu and Kashmir is now divided between the Republic of India and [[Pakistan]]. India claims the entire area of the former state, whereas Pakistan regards the same area as "territory in dispute" awaiting a plebiscite. While some Kashmiris hope for an independent and unified [[Kashmir]], the majority seem to simply want peace. It is a mountainous region of great beauty and diversity offering much in the way of outdoor activities and sights for the tourist. The unrest had pretty much completely shut down what was once a thriving tourist industry in [[Kashmir]], and it’s now only starting to make a slow comeback. As a rule of thumb, the western area remains unsafe, while the eastern area ([[Ladakh]]) is fine - see "Stay safe" below. Today, Jammu and Kashmir remains the only is one of two Muslim-majority state administrative divisions in India, the other being the [[Lakshadweep]] Islands. It has an area of 39,179mi² (101,473.1 km2).
The inhabitants of J&K belong to three religions, with Kashmir being mainly Muslim, Jammu being mainly Hindu and the Ladakhis divided almost equally between Buddhists and Muslims.
===By plane===
Flights operate to [[Srinagar]] and [[Leh]]. Try Indian Airlines [], Jet Airways [], Kingfisher [] and Air Deccan [].
===By train===
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'''Peer Baba''': This is of the holy places for Muslim saints. Here, people from all the religions comes in large number to pray, on Thursday.
'''Sri Amarnath Ji''':Holy Amarnath Cave ( Temple) is situated 144 kms east to Srinagar - Jammu & Kashmir state. Lord Amarnath is in the form of an ice Silva-lingam. On the full moon day the lingam is approx 6 ft high. In Rigveda it is said "Ekam Sat" means "There is one Being, whom sages calls by many names. The Supreme Power (Parmeshwar) has three deities who carry on the world called - The Trinity . Lord Brahma - creator of World, Lord Vishnu - Perpetuator of life and Lord Shiva (Mahesh) - the purifier and perpetuator of good and destroyer of evil. Lord Shiva is known as Rudra in Rig Veda as in its following verse. " We Worship Tryambaka (Rudra), Who spread Fragrance and Increases Nourishment, May He release me, like the cucumber from its stem , From Mortal Life , But not From Immorality . "
Amarnath - One of the holy trinity, Shiva is a living god. Legend has it that Shiva recounted to Parvati the secret of creation in a cave in Amarnath. Unknown to them, a pair of doves eavesdropped on this conversation and having learnt the secret, are reborn again and again, and have made the cave their eternal abode. Yajur veda refers lord Shiva as an ascetic warrior Whose robe is of Deer Skin and carries Damru and Trishul. As referred by the verse "Satyam - Shivam - Sundaram, one life must have three facets Satyam - Truth, Shivam - Good and Sundram - Beautiful.
'''Mata Vaishno Devi''' []: A pilgrimage to the Holy Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji is considered to be one of the holiest pilgrimages of our times. Popular the world over as Moonh Maangi Muradein Poori Karne Wali Mata, which means, the Mother who fulfills whatever Her children wish for, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji resides in a Holy Cave located in the folds of the three peaked mountain named Trikuta (pronounced as Trikoot). The Holy Cave attracts millions of devotees every year. In fact, the number of Yatris visiting the Holy Shrine annually now exceeds one crore. This is due to the unflinching faith of the devotees who throng the Shrine from all parts of India and abroad. The Holy Cave of the Mother is situated at an altitude of 5200 ft. The Yatris have to undertake a trek of nearly 12 km from the base camp at Katra. At the culmination of their pilgrimage, the yatries are blessed with the Darshans of the Mother Goddess inside the Sanctum Sanctorum- the Holy Cave. These Darshans are in the shape of three natural rock formations called the Pindies. There are no statues or idols inside the Cave.
===Chadar Trek===
*Eat kachalu at girdhari shop near pacca danga.
*Good Non-Veg at Pape de hatti and pape the great- residency road,Paras raam de hatti at panjthirthi.
*<eat name="billuKashmiri wazwan famous cuisine here(Rista,Goshtaba,Kabab,Yakhani,Rogan Josh,), don's kababs" alt="" address="gali panjbakhtar" directions="opp hotel k c residency,jammu" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></eat>  ==Drink==t miss this cuisine.*<drink name="billu's kababs" alt="" address="Mughal darbar and Jan bakery are most famous confectioneries in srinagar at panjbakhtar" directions="opposite hotel k c residency" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></drink>  ==Stay safe==Lalchowk.*Kashmir has been relatively calm in the past few years and the tourist surge in the past couple of years speaks valley famous for it. About half a million indian tourists and 40Kashmiri Kahwa,000 foreign tourists visited Kashmir in 2009beverage made from kesar. In a bid to boost tourism, the central and state governments hosted *Kashmir tourism festivals in Dubai famous for dry fruits and Britain (Oct 2009) and in other regions of the asian subcontinentapples.
==Stay Safe==
The situation in the province is far from stable. Outbursts of politically motivated violence are possible, especially around Srinagar. Demonstrations and rallies can rapidly turn violent. Western citizens might be a potential target of hostility and anti-Western mob violence. It is vital for travellers to maintain good situational awareness.
[[Ladakh]] is far removed from the tension and can be considered totally safe.
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[[pl:Dżammu i Kaszmir]]

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