There is a saying, about Kashmir, "that if there is paradise on earth, it is here it is here it is here" Enough to understand that this is no ordinary place but the mother of all hill stations in its beauty and sheer diversity!

Situated in the extreme north west of India, more than 90 percent of the state is mountainous. The state of Kashmir is bounded by Pakistan and China on two sides. Interestingly, the state has two capitals, while Srinagar is the summer capital, Jammu is the winter capital. The state is well connected by air, road and rail. Stepping into Kashmir is like taking a breath of fresh air. You will be greeted by beautiful flowers, heavenly landscapes, blue skies and tranquil lakes. Most tourists visit Srinagar in which you will witness green paddy fields, snow clad mountains, gardens in bloom, lakes with bobbing houseboats. The Dal Lake is of course the jewel in the crown, with several 'Shikaras'( house boats) and small boats where you might opt to stay or just take a ride around. You could also try out various activities while on the Dal Lake like, water surfing, skiing, Kayaking and canoeing and angling too.

Apart from witnessing the floating gardens in the lakes or the 'Mughal gardens' for the beautiful blooms, you can also visit the apple orchards, or take part in activities like skiing, mountaineering, jeep safari, cave exploring, trekking, white water rafting, angling, canoeing, etc. you can spend you time in Srinagar by seeing the local sights like Hazratbal Mosque, Wular Lake, Shankaracharya Temple, Jama Masjid Mosque, Pari Mahal, etc. Interestingly, while in Kashmir, you can also make small trips to other hill stations which are quite close by like Gulmarg, Sonamarg Leh and Pahalgam.

The state of Kashmir has plenty of scope for religious tourists too. The temple of Mata Vaishnov Devi situated about 40 km from the Jammu is very popular. Another very popular pilgrimage destination is the Amarnath caves, which opens during the months of July and August. Apart from this the Shrines of Khankahi - Moualla at Srinagar and Noor - Uddin - Noorani are considered must visits for pilgrims.

The best part about being in Kashmir is that it is as much a shopper's paradise as it is beautiful! Kashmiri arts and crafts are famous world wide and tourists here can strike a good bargain on the paper Mache crafts, woollen shawls embroidered in traditional motifs, tapestries, wood carvings, exquisite carpets in oriental designs. You might also want to buy dry fruits like almonds and walnuts which are grown and processed locally from here.