Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) is the northern most state in India. It is surrounded on the north by Afghanistan and China, on the east by China, on the south by Himachal Pradesh and Punjab in India, and on the west by the North-West Frontier Province and the Punjab Province of Pakistan. J&K covers an area of 222,236 sq km (85,805 sq mi).The state comprises three regions: the foothill plains of Jammu; the lakes and blue valleys of Kashmir rising to alpine passes, the high altitude plains and starkly beautiful mountains of Ladakh which lie beyond those passes. The Indus river flows through Kashmir and the Jhelum river rises in the northeastern portion of the territory.
Kashmir possesses a more equable climate than that of southern and central India. The beautiful Valley is a noted resort region. While Srinagar is J&K's summer capital, Jammu is the winter capital.
The Kashmir valley is described as a paradise on earth. Chashma Shahi Springs, Shalimar Bagh, Dal Lake, etc in Srinagar; Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg, etc in the valley; Vaishno Devi temple and Patnitop near Jammu, etc are important tourist centres in the state. Tourism played a vital part in the economy of Kashmiri before the insurgency in 1989. After this period, tourism was hit severely. In the recent years, the decrease in state violence has rebounded and boosted the state tourism. In 2011, more than a million tourists were reported to have visited Jammu and Kashmir.
|Area||222,236 sq km|
|No. of District||22|
|Capital||Srinagar ( in Summer) and Jammu (in Winter)|
|Rivers||Chenab, Jhelum, Indus, Zanskar, Suru, Nubra, Shyok|
|Forests & National Park||Dachigam NP, Hemis High Alititude NP|
|Neighbours State||Himachal Pradesh, Punjab|
|Languages spoken||Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Dogri, Kashmiri, Balti, Ladakhi, Purig, Gurji, Dadri|