North India Region
The North Indian States
include the "Paradise on Earth", Kashmir, the mountainous 'Kingdom of the
Gods', Himachal Pradesh and the fertile plains of the Punjab, the 'Land of the
Jammu & Kashmir - Made up of three geographical
regions, India's northern-most State, Jammu & Kashmir, rests like a crown on its map. The hilly plains of
Jammu lie in
the south, the high altitude desert region of Ladhakh is in the north. And in
the middle, like a dazzling jewel in the crown, is the mountainous valley of
mountain ranges traverse the land - the Shivalik, the Pir Panjal, the Great
Himalayan, the Zanskar, the Ladakh and the Karakoram ranges and it is watered
by the Indus, Jhelum and Chenab River.
When in Srinagar a leisurely
cruise on the lake in a shikara in a not-to-be-missed experience. You could
take a short hour-long ride to see the sights of the Dal Lake, a shopping trip
to floating handicraft shops on the lake or a day-long trip to visit the city's
Himachal Pradesh - Lying south of Jammu & Kashmir,
Pradesh is a mountain State of great natural beauty and spiritual
calm. Lush green valleys surrounded by lofty snow-clad peaks,
rivers roaring through gorges or flowing placidly in the valleys,
dense forests of deodar and oak, flowering meadows, glaciers
and high altitude lakes - Himachal Pradesh has all this, and much more.
Its gently inhabitants -
mostly farmers and semi-nomadic shepherds, are renowned for
their honesty and tolerance. The large majority are of Aryan stock and
devout Hindus, with a rich
cultural heritage and tradition of flok dance and music. Thousands
of temples dot the land, each village with its own deity.
Little wonder that ancient
Hindu scriptures refer to it as 'Dev Bhoomi' - 'the Land of the
Punjab- This fertile land is home to the hard working, fun
loving, ubiquitous Punjabi. Through the centureis, it has borne the brunt of
invasions and wars and more recently, the trauma of India's partition. Each
time the people have risen, confident and optimistic. Fiercely patriotic, they
take great pride in volunteering for the armed forces in large numbers.
Delhi- Capital of the world's largest democracy, and home to some 10 million people, Delhi lies sprawled across the river Yamuna, occupying close to 1500 sq. km. It is a microcosm of India - people, music and dance, customs, traditions and cuisine, from all across this rich land blend within its flods. Exploring the metropolis can be a fascinating experience.