Set like a jeweled crown on the map of India, Kashmir is a many faceted diamond, changing character with the seasons - always extravagantly beautiful. Three Himalayan ranges, Karakoram, Zanaskar and Pir Panjal - snow capped, majestic, frame the landscape from northwest to northeast. They are the birthplace of great rivers which flow through the Kashmir valley. The Mughal Emperor exclaimed "Gar Firdous Bar-ru-e-Zamin Ast ; Hamin Ast ,Hamin Ast Hamin Asto". Meaning if there is paradise on this earth : This is it, this is it, this is it.
"India's most fascinating northernmost state consisting of three regions differing in topography and culture - Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh, popularly known as Jammu & Kashmir."
It is an emerald valley, cradled in the Himalayas, under crystalline blue skies, and against the backdrop of snow capped mountains. It has been praised enormously for its beauty aptly called " The Heaven on earth" . Kashmir's capital city, Srinagar offers delightful holidays on the lakes with the shikaras and houseboats..