Popularly known as the "Paradise on the Earth" the state is world famous for its scenic splendour, snow-capped mountains, plentiful wildlife, exquisite monuments, hospitable people and local handicraft.

Culture

Tourism in Jammu and Kashmir has been affected by some anti-social reasons and elements since few years, which tires to disturb the harmony of this beautiful state. But having said this, the people of Jammu and Kashmir are friendly and always motivated to maintain peace and harmony among all. When you are here, you will forget any other part of the world because it is a mesmerizing and fun-filled journey to the splendid beauty of pine trees, houseboats and snow-capped mountain. Other than that this state also enthralls the adventure lovers as they can take a lot of adventure sports in the Himalayan ranges, and the other ranges surrounding the Himalayas, like – Pir Panjal, Karakoram etc.

Cuisine

Kashmir's cuisine has two distinct dimensions that comes from the two separate food cultures followed here. One is the food of Kashmiri Pandits, which is cooked without onion or garlic and is largely vegetarian. The other one is the food popular in Muslim households and an extension of which is another Kashmiri cuisine which fosters slight Tibet and other foreign influences.

Kashmiri Pulao, Kashmiri gravy, Momos and preparations of mutton, chicken are quite famous across the country. More than 30 preparations of mutton are eaten in the Kashmir valley and that makes it the most common ingredient here. Kaah'wa is a one of a kind Kashmiri tea prepared with spices that make it impossible to resist.

Festivals

Eid-ul-Fitr, Baisakhi, Lohri and Hemis Festival are the main festivals of the state and they are celebrated by people of all faiths together with same enthusiasm.

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