Jammu and Kashmir - largest Himalayan state in India.




Jammu is the largest city in the Jammu Division and the winter capital of state of Jammu and Kashmir in India. Most of the land in Jammu city is hilly with vast mountain ranges. Jammu city also includes the very popular Pir Panjal range. This range separates Jammu city from Kashmir Valley. Jammu city is also known as Jammu-Tawi. The city has sparkling shikaras soaring into the sky, which point to city’s skyline. All of these domes come together to create a peaceful atmosphere most suited for this holy city of Hindus. Jammu is also an abode of much believed Hindu deity - the Vaishno Devi Mandir. This has made Jammu a major pilgrimage centre for Hindus. Jammu & Kashmir is made up of many regions but is called Jammu & Kashmir because the two most populous regions in the state are called Jammu and Kashmir. There are other distinct regions in the state including Ladakh, Gilgit, Baltistan and Skardu.

Tourist 
The Department of Tourism has Tourist Offices in all the tourist resorts of the State. In addition, there are 6 promotional offices outside the State, one each at New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata. Also, there is one provincial Director of Tourism each for Jammu and Kashmir Divisions. The Department also has Engineering Division under its control for the implementation and execution of various schemes. For formulating and monitoring the plan schemes, the Department has a Planning Wing and for overall marketing and promotion the Department has a Publicity Wing. nder this act, all the Tourist Officers posted in different resorts have been vested with special powers as Prescribed Authorities to register and regulate the tourist trade in their respective areas of jurisdiction, and to look into complaints from tourists visiting the State, the Department has an Enforcement Wing headed by a Superintendent of Police on deputation from the Police Department who is designated as Deputy Director Tourism (Enforcement). For cases requiring prosecution, written complaint of a tourist is admissible as evidence even if he may have left the State.

places to visit
1 - Dal lake
2 - Mughal gardens
3 - Drass valley
4 - Dachigam national park
5 - Apharwat peak
6 - Sonamarg
7 - Sintham top
8 - Baisaran
9 - Yousmarg
10 - Betab valley

Climate
Summer highs reaching 46 °C (115 °F), and temperatures in the winter months occasionally falling below 4 °C (39 °F). June is the hottest month with average highs of 40.6 °C (105.1 °F), while January is the coldest month with average lows reaching 7 °C (45 °F). Average yearly precipitation is about 42 inches (1,100 mm) with the bulk of the rainfall in the months from June to September, although the winters can also be rather wet. In winter dense smog causes much inconvenience and temperature even drops to 2 °C (36 °F). In summer, particularly in May and June, extremely intense sunlight or hot winds can raise the mercury to 46 °C (115 °F).