Kashmir is the northmost geographical territory of the South Asian subcontinent.
Today, Kashmir encompasses an area that includes Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh (India occupied), Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan (Pakistan), and Aksai Chin and the Trans-Karakoram Tract (China).
The culture of Kashmir is a diverse blend and highly influenced by Indian, Persian as well as Central Asian cultures. Kashmiri culture is heavily influenced by Hinduism, Buddhism and later by Islam.
The Chinar Tree (botanical name Platanus orientalis) is found all over Kashmir. Trees can grow as tall as 25 meters or 82 feet.
Leaves changing color from green to red, amber and yellow in autumn is a jovial and motivating time for everyone in the region. Our logo reflects the importance of this Kashmiri symbol.
The use of the Kashmiri language began with the work Mahānaya-Prakāsha by Rājānaka Shiti Kantha (c.1250) and was followed by the poet Lalleshvari, who wrote mystical verses in the vakh or four-line couplet style.
Other major names are Sufi poets like Shamas Fakir, Samad Mir, and Ahad Zargar. Among modern poets are Ghulam Ahmad Mahjur (1885–1952), Abdul Ahad Azad (1903–1948), and Zinda Kaul (1884–1965).
The Kashmir Valley has a 700-year-old tradition of Sufism. The Kashmir Valley is known as the ‘Pir Waer’, meaning the ‘Alcove of Sufis and Saints’. Sufism was introduced to Kashmir almost simultaneously with the foundation of Muslim rule.
Islam is the major religion practiced in the Kashmir Valley Kashmir, with 97.16% of the region's population identifying as Muslims, as of 2014.
The design and embroidery on shawls is remarkable, also, the comfort is unmatched. Kashmir is famous for its hand-knotted carpets and woolen rugs with floral designs.
Apart from that, basketry, paper mache, wooden furniture made of walnut wood and silverware are some of the best handicrafts.
Traditional dance, participation in painting, multi-cuisine and shops of handicrafts are an integral part of these festivals. Numerous fairs like Bahu Mela, Jhiri Mela and Craft Mela are also organized on some auspicious days.
Kashmir is one of the best places where you can see rich heritage and culture along with its beauty.
People mostly wear traditional attire. Women tend to wear loose gowns or salwar kameez during warmer seasons, and jewelry such as bangles, earrings, necklaces. Men usually dress in kurta pajama, shalwars, gurabi and skullcaps.
Most of the clothing is loose and varies from season to season depending on the temperature and quality of fabric.
Kashmir has some exquisite cuisine. The popular dishes of meat are Kashmiri Kebab, Rogan Josh, Yakhni, Pasanda, Syun Alu and Methi Keema.
If you are a dessert lover then you must try sevaiyaan, phirni and barfi among many others. Guests in Kashmir are welcomed with hot sheer tea and Kahwah which you have never tasted before.