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10 Lesser known facts about Jammu & Kashmir

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10 lesser known facts about Jammu & Kashmir collected during Kashmir tour

1) The Dumhal is a famous dance in the Kashmir Valley, performed by men of the Wattal region. The women perform the Rouff, another traditional folk dance.

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Lesser known facts about Jammu & Kashmir

2) Kashmir has been noted for its fine arts for centuries, including poetry and handicrafts.

3) The Constitution of India once upon a time not allow people from regions other than Jammu and Kashmir to purchase land in the state. As a consequence, houseboats became popular among those who were unable to purchase land in the Valley and has now become an integral part of the Kashmiri lifestyle.

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4) Kawa, traditional green tea with spices and almond, is consumed all through the day in the chilly winter climate of Kashmir.

Lesser known facts about Jammu & Kashmir

5) Jammu’s Dogra culture and tradition is very similar to that of neighboring Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. Traditional Punjabi festivals like Lohri and Vaisakhi are celebrated with nice zeal and enthusiasm throughout the region, along with Accession Day, an annual holiday which commemorates the accession of Jammu to the Dominion of India.

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6) After Dogras, Gujjars form the second-largest ethnic group in Jammu. Known for their semi-nomadic life style, Gujjars are also found in large numbers in the Kashmir Valley. Similar to Gujjars, Gaddis are primarily herdsmen who hail from the Chamba region in Himachal Pradesh. Gaddis is usually related to emotional music contend on the flute. The Bakkarwalas found both in Jammu and the Kashmir valley is wholly nomadic pastoral people who move along the Himalayan slopes in search of pastures for their huge flocks of goats and sheep.

7) There are 5 big glaciers present in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. They are-

Shirwali Glacier

Hari parbat Glacier

Thajwas Glacier

Kolahoi Glacier

Machoi Glacier

8) Jammu and Kashmir gave us our first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehuru. His father, Motilal Nehru (1861–1931), a self-made wealthy barrister who belonged to the Kashmiri Pandit community, served twice as President of the Indian National Congress, in 1919 and 1928.

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9) Jammu and Kashmir joined the Guinness world records for being the worlds most militarized zone with 1 million troops against a population of around 12 million inhabitants; a ratio of one military personnel against every ten citizens.

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10) The 9 Km long Chenani-Nashri Tunnel, India’s longest road tunnel was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 2nd April 2017 in Chenani, Jammu&Kashmir.

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