Jammu and Kashmir
Also known as:
Heaven on Earth
No. Of Districts:
222,236 sq. km(85,806 sq mi)
Date of Establishment:
26th October 1947
56 per sq. km (150/sq mi)
20230 sq. km
Known for its sericulture and cold-water fisheries. Wood to make high-quality cricket bats known as Kashmir Willow. Kashmiri saffron brings the state a handsome amount of foreign exchange. Horticultural produce includes apples, apricots, cherries, pears, plums, almonds and walnuts with an annual turnover of over 3 billion (US$46 million).
Horticulture plays a pivotal role in the economy of the country.
It shares border with the states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab to the south, an international border with China in the north and east, and the Line of Control separates it rom the Pakistani-controlled territories of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit–Baltistan in the west and northwest respectively.
Art & Culture:
- Dances: The Dumhal is a famous dance in the Kashmir Valley, perormed by men of the Wattal region whereas women perform the Rouff, another traditional folk dance of the region.
Balti, Beda, Bot, Boto, Brokpa, Drokpa, Dard, Shin, Changpa, Garra, Mon, Purigpa, Gujjar, Bakarwal, Gaddi, Sippi.
Kashmir Stag (Cervus elaphus hanglin)
Black-necked crane (Grus nigricollis)