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Himalayan North

  • path to the Amarnath Temple, 140km from Srinagar, India
path to the Amarnath Temple, 140km from Srinagar
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Location Type: Region
The states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand make up this mostly mountainous region of India. A wealth of fascinating cultures occupy this region, ranging from Tibetans in the Spitti and Ladakh valleys, to Muslims in Kashmir. Traveller hotspots here are Rishikesh and Haridwar in the state of Uttarakhand, and in Himchal Pradesh, Dharamsala - the home of the Dalai Lama.
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Wikipedia - Jammu and Kashmir

Shikaras, Dal lake, Kashmir
Shikaras are a common feature in lakes and rivers across the Kashmir valley.

Jammu and Kashmir (Dogri: जम्मू और कश्मीर; Urdu: جموں اور کشمیر) is the northernmost state of India. It is situated mostly in the Himalayan mountains. Jammu and Kashmir shares a border with the states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab to the south and internationally with the People's Republic of China to the north and east and the Pakistani administered territories of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, to the west and northwest respectively. Formerly a part of the erstwhile princely state of Kashmir and Jammu, which governed the larger historic region of Kashmir, this territory is disputed among China, India and Pakistan. Jammu and Kashmir is referred to in Pakistan as Indian-occupied Kashmir. ... read more

Wikitravel - Himalayan North

Himalayan North, regions of India

After the heat and chaos in the big cities of the Plains, the Indian Himalayas make a relaxing change. Some foreign travelers make visiting this region their sole purpose for coming to India. This is a popular destination for Indians as well. The Himalayan North, being the abode of the gods and the origin of Hinduism's holy rivers, is one of the most ancient travel destinations in the country. Pilgrims have been visiting this place for centuries. The British, having conquered India before the invention of air-conditioning, found themselves defeated by the Indian summer. As a result, they had to take refuge in hill stations to escape the heat. This region, because of its proximity to Delhi, had the largest concentration of hill stations. The largest among these, Shimla, was the summer capital of British India. Shimla and other cities like Mussoorie and Dalhousie still retain their charming colonial atmosphere. The valley of Kashmir used to be the honeymoon destination of choice for those who could afford it, till terrorism made a visit there too unsafe. ... read more

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