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Jammu and Kashmir - India's "Switzerland of the East"

Jammu and Kashmir is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It is the land of dreams where heavenly experiences are stored beyond imagination. This majestic land has innumerable colors of joy in the form of sparkling rivers, sleepy lakes, startling gardens, regal chinar trees, magnificent temples and mosques, famous historical sites and amazing flora and fauna. It is simply perfection beyond this world. This picturesque state dazzles like a diamond whenever the sunshine gently caresses its beautiful body.

This lovely state is the northernmost state of India. It appears like a jeweled crown on the map of India. The abundance of natural beauty has earned the state the nick name of 'Switzerland of the East'. It is mesmerizing to see how this endless beauty never fails to captivate the viewers with its changing scenes from dazzling white snow in the winter to blooming fragrance in the spring. This is the place where time loves to stand still to adore pristine beauty that is in fact beyond expression. Come and explore the richness of the state and experience the bliss that you have been longing for so long.

If we go back in history, the mughals rightly called this place "paradise on earth". The scenic and cool environment of Kashmir captivated them so much that they laid the foundation of Srinagar's many formal, waterfront gardens, now collectively known as the Mughal Gardens. The present is still beautiful. Jammu and Kashmir is rich in flora and fauna. In Jammu, the flora ranges from the thorn bush type of the arid plain to the temperate and alpine flora of the higher altitudes. Of the broad leaf trees there are maple, horse chest nuts, silver fir etc. At the higher altitudes there are birch, rhododendron, Berbers and a large number of herbal plants.

Jammu and Kashmir is famous for its handicrafts. If you are a lover of handicrafts, then Kashmir is the place to be in. A carpet is a life long investment because it may well be the single most expensive purchase during your visit. Kashmiri carpets are world renowned for two things - they are hand made and they are always knotted, never tufted. Here you can shop for pure wool shawls called ruffal which have different counts of wools. Shawls mixed with other fibres like cotton and other cotton derivatives are far cheaper. On the other hand, woolen shawls mixed with pashmina will be far more expensive.

The ideal month to visit Kashmir is September where green turns to gold and then to russet and red. Enjoy memorable boat ride in the picturesque Dal lake of Srinagar. Once you are in Kashmir don't forget to savor the tasty food of this place. This state is well connected by road, rail and air. If you are an adventurous person, then you should come for trekking in the months of April to November.

Come to the land of Jammu and Kashmir and get mesmerized by the colorful beauty. U.S. citizens can apply for a visa to India online.

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