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Welcome to Jammu...
 
 The  gateway of Kashmir, the winter capital elevation 300mts lies at the foot of  Himalayn region of Kashmir.You will find the people themselves have a natural charm, always friendly and helpful. You enter a new civilization of gentleness beauty and peace, with all the modern amenities of accommodation and transport and much more that you will discover for yourself. This city has a long been a center of Indian pilgrimage Dogra culture, temple city. Majority of Hindus with small Muslim communities around Banihal and Kishtwar south of the Kashmir valley, around Poonch and the border.
 
Climate and clothing:

Jammu has four seasons: Spring, Winter, summer and Autumn.
Spring:
April – May, Average temp Day 5C night –3C
This time of the year brings rains and the snow retreats from the “Vale of Kashmir” in to the mountains, Greenery sprouts, blossoms follow and the trees wear lovely colours of pinks , white and yellows. Rainbows spread across the blue skies. Meadows are spangled with daisies , flower beds with pansies, primroses, hyacinths and daffodils grow all over. Almond, cherry and apple blossoms are greatly enjoyed. Spring festivals are celebrated. Cherries and straw-berries are in abundances.
Clothing: Need light woolens with overcoat.

Summer:
June- September, Average temp Day 30C and night 20C
Clothing: Light woolen and tropical clothing , swimming gear.

The summer in Kashmir is not very hot, but warm enough. Go into the mountains and summer resorts. The snow line goes up to 4080 mts and this is the time for trekking and mountaineering expeditions and water skiing. The lakes in the valley are full of water lilies and lotus. At high altitude lakes and mountains streams offer trout fishing. Golf can be enjoyed in the valley or at Gulmarg. Plenty of Apples and Pears.

Autumn:
October – November , average temp Day 20C and night 15C
Clothing: Light woolen with overcoat, Raincoat and umbrellas are useful to have around.
Autumn brings with all its mellow colours, the tress change from green to yellow and rusty red. The pleatue of Pampore 15 kms from Srinagar turn a blue as the Saffron blooms for miles and miles . The gardens are full of flowers. The tree loose their leaves by the middle of November and the frost comes and the night are cold.
A photographers delight, you could spend days shooting some of the loveliest sights on earth, it is not the sign of dying year, the promise of another glorious year.

Winter:
December to March Day temp –5C and night –10C , dressed in a white coat of snow, it looks lovely, sit by a fire place and relax or go skiing at Gulmarg.
Clothing: heavy woolens .
 
Regional Languages are:

1. Kashmiri 2. Dogri. 3. Balti (Pali) 4. Dardi 5. Punjabi.
6. Pahari 7. Ladakhi 8. Tibetan & 9. English.
 
Ashoka founded the present city of Srinagar in the period 272-232 B.C- the city of goddess Lakhashmi.
 
Major Rivers of Jammu and Kashmir are:

Tawi, Chenab, Indus, Sind, Lidder and the Jhelum
 
Population:

5,00,000
 
Places of interest:

SURINSAR LAKE : 42 KMS. A picturesque picnic spot.

MANSAR LAKE: 80 Kms a beautiful Lake surrounded by hills accommodation in Huts and Tourist bungalow.

KATRA: On the pilgrimage route to the famous shrine of MATA VAISHNO DEVI which is in Katra 50 kms from Jammu
Greeting “ JAI MATA DI” (HOLLY MOTHER ) thousands of pilgrims chanting it during the NAVRATRAS in March April and September October to reach the Shrine a trek of 15 kms from Katra. The path has been paved and facilities of drinking water, snack bars, medical aid. There are also Helicopter services from Jammu to Katra and also from Katra to Shrine’

Excursions: Aknhoor, 30 kms a picnic spot on the river Chenab.

PATNITOP: Hill station, charming plateau at 1950m, surrounded with dense woods and Lush greenery of pines. Patnaitop is an any time place the best time for visit during May to June , and autumn September to October. From December to March surrounded by Snow one can do skiing/, sledging. Carry woolen at all times as showers can suddenly cause a chilled.
5 hours drive from Jammu 110 kms and to Srinagar 180 Kms . there are good accommodation hotelsw/ Tourist bungalow and youth hostel.

 
Lakes:

SURINSAR LAKE : 42 KMS. A picturesque picnic spot.

MANSAR LAKE: 80 Kms a beautiful Lake surrounded by hills accommodation in Huts and Tourist bungalow.
 
 
 
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