Jammu and Kashmir Travel Guide
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- Jammu and KashmirFeb 08, 2013
Jammu Kashmir tour really takes a visitor to the world of beauties and natural charms. Kashmir is the city that is blessed by God and is abundant in natural vistas, flora and fauna. On the way to Jammu and Kashmir you can experience spectacular mountains dotted with stunning lakes and stretches of valleys. The state of J & K is studded with a variety of hill stations that are refreshing cool in the months of summer.
- Jammu and KashmirMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsDec 29, 2012
The Indian state of Kashmir (comprising the Muslim Kashmir Valley and the Tibetan-Buddhist region of Ladakh, as well as the unprepossessing lowlands around Jammu city itself) is simply a world apart. Most visitors will stay confined to the wonderland around Leh -- a beautiful place, but hardly all that Kashmir has to offer. Srinagar and treks in the high green western mountains are a highlight, but for some of the world's best high-altitude scenery, culture, and people, try longer multi-day treks in Zanskar and Ladakh away from Leh. It's one of the last undiluted areas of Himalayan Buddhism in the world (far more untouched than Nepal or China), and affords the intrepid traveller the chance to get far off the tourist map. Even if your tastes run tamer, a houseboat stay on Dal Lake in Srinagar followed by a ramble thru the city's old quarter is sure to please, and the mountains around Gulmarg the Kashmir Vale are simply astonishing. A cultural and physical marvel, Kashmir must be experienced in all its geographic and human diversity to be truly understood.
- Jammu and KashmirAug 14, 2012
Kashmir was one of the major centre of Sanskrit scholars. According to the Mahabharata, the Kambojas ruled Kashmir during the epic period with a Republican system of government from the capital city of Karna-Rajapuram-gatva-Kambojah-nirjitastava., shortened to Rajapura, which has been identified with modern Rajauri. Later, the Panchalas are stated to have established their sway. The name Peer Panjal, which is a part of modern Kashmir, is a witness to this fact. Panjal is simply a distorted form of the Sanskritic tribal term Panchala. The Muslims prefixed the word peer to it in memory of Siddha Faqir and the name thereafter is said to have changed into Peer Panjal. The Mauryan emperor Ashoka is often credited with having founded the city of Srinagar.
Kashmir was once a Buddhist seat of learning, perhaps with the Sarvāstivādan school dominating. East and Central Asian Buddhist monks are recorded as having visited the kingdom. In the late 4th century AD, the famous Kuchanese monk Kumārajīva, born to an Indian noble family, studied Dīrghāgama and Madhyāgama in Kashmir under Bandhudatta. He later becoming a prolific translator who helped take Buddhism to China. His mother Jīva is thought to have retired to Kashmir. Vimalākṣa, a Sarvāstivādan Buddhist monk, travelled from Kashmir to Kucha and there instructed Kumārajīva in the Vinayapiṭaka.
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Aliases: जम्मू और कश्मीर, ཇ་མུ་དང་ཀ་ཤི་མིར།, جموں اور کشمیر, Princely State of Kashmir and Jammu, Indian-occupied Kashmir, IoK, Indian-administered Kashmir