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Kashmir in India- The Paradise on Earth

Better known as "Paradise on Earth", Kashmir is the northern most State of India. Famous for its natural bounties including the mighty snow fed rivers, tranquil lakes and stunning gardens, Kashmir is a traveller’s delight. Enjoy the perfect weather, experience the spectacular natural finery enjoy countless lip smacking Kasmiri cuisines. No trip to Kashmir is complete without a trip to the mystical landscapes of Leh and Ladakh. 

Accommodation Options
From high end Heritage Hotels to budget hotels and medium range accommodation options there is something for everyone in this beautiful state. You can also stay in houseboats and enjoy a floating accommodation. Budget travellers would find the easy priced hostels just right. Most of the youth hostels are clean with all the amenities like TV, internet, luggage store and lockers. Most of these hostels are located at the Dal lake area, down town Srinagar and Rajbagh areas, which are completely safe and conveniently located close to shopping options and tourist attractions.

History
The Mauryan Emperor Ashoka is thought to have founded Kashmir, which was once a seat of Buddhism. Later Muslims and Sikhs ruled this state.  In 1947 when India became independent the then the ruling monarch of Kashmir Hari Singh, chose to remain with India though a small portion of it was annexed by force to its territory by Pakistan.

Popular Places
The spectacular gardens like Mughal Garden, Nishath, and Shalimar are great spots to kick off your sightseeing spree of Kashmir. Set out on a joy ride in Dal Lake in a shikara, a soul searching trip to Hazratbal Mosque or flip through the many handicrafts shops dealing in a variety of collectibles including pashmina shawls, Pherons and drapings. You can pick up the home grown fruits like cherries and apricots at never before prices, not forgetting the signature spice of saffron!  

Getting Around
The travel guide would suggest taxis and rental coaches as ideal means of transportation to move around some of the tourist hot spots like Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, and Pahalgam. Kashmir is well connected by road and there are regular public bus services.

Places of Entertainment
There are many theatres and live folk arts in Kashmir. There are many restaurants and shopping avenues where you can splurge in the best of what Kashmir offers

Currency
Indian rupees (INR) is the currency of Kashmir and the smaller denomination is the Paise (1 Rupee = 100 Paise). Currency exchange facilities are available in banks and travel agencies. You can keep track of the currency exchange value from the internet and financial news papers.

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