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Kashmir, also known as Cashmere, is the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent. Historically the term Kashmir was used to refer to the valley lying between the Great Himalayas and the Pir Panjal range.

Today Kashmir refers to a much larger area that includes the regions of Kashmir valley, Jammu and Ladakh. The main "Valley of Kashmir" is a low-lying fertile region surrounded by magnificent mountains and fed by many rivers. It is renowned for its natural beauty and quaint lifestyle.

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Dal Lake in Kashmir

Kashmir was originally the most important centres of Hinduism and later also became an important centre of Buddhism. Kashmir retained a strong influence of Buddhism despite the influence of Kashmir Saivism and the various Sufi Orders of Islam. The Rishi Order emerged as the most dominant Sufi Order in Kashmir because of its assimilation of Buddhist practices. The founder of the Order, Nund Rishi or Sheikh Nooruddin Wali, is the patron saint of Kashmir. Nund Rishi wrote a poem in the praise of the Buddha and was considered to be the spiritual heir of Lal Ded, the Kashmiri Saivite saint. He also had differences with the Kubrawiyya Sufi Order which was brought to Kashmir by Syed Ali Hamdani in the fourteenth century.

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Kashmir - Betab Valley (Top View)
Betab Valley (Top View), 5KM from Pahalgam- Kashmir
Naranag in Kashmir
One of the rarely visited Areas of Kashmir - Naranag
Kashmir - Betab Valley (Top View)
A close look at the river in Drung.
Shikara in Kashmir
A Small Shikara in Dal Lake of Kashmir
Sonmarg Kashmir
Horses drinking water at the river emerging from Thajwas Glacier at Sonamarg in Kashmir
Phalgam - Kashmir
Early Morning Clouds at Pahalgam.
Dal Lake in Kashmir
Dal Lake in Kashmir with mountians in the background.
Kashmir River
River Lider at Betaab valley in Kashmir.
Dal Lake in Kashmir
A fisherman with his small boat tring to catch fishes.
Phalgam - Kashmir
Sky, Clouds, Mountains, Trees, Paddy feilds... Everythin in one picture. Welcome to Kashmir....
Kashmir : A Brief Description

Kashmir is derived from the Sanskrit "Kashyapa" + "Mira", which means the mountain range of sage Kashyapa. Srinagar, the ancient capital, lies alongside Dal Lake and is famous for its canals and houseboats. Srinagar (alt. 1,600 m. or 5,200 ft.) served as a favoured summer capital for many foreign conquerors who found the heat of the Northern Indian plains in the summer season to be oppressive. Just outside the city are the beautiful Shalimar, Nishat and Chashmashahi gardens created by Mughal emperors.

Today Mainland Kashmir is 99% Muslim although there is a significant Hindu minority in some regions of Jammu (Jammu is part of modern day political Kashmir).


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