People of Jammu and Kashmir
With diversity, richness and essence of the people of Jammu and Kashmir can be easily felt. Primarily, the Jammu region is populated by Hindus while the Kashmir Valley is known for its high Muslim population. One can also spot a little variety of Sikh presence here.
Turning to Leh and Ladakh, the region is famous for its monasteries and hence, flaunts a variety of Buddhist population. Followers of Buddha live in Leh while the natives of Kargil are basically Shia Muslims. Also known as ?Little Tibet?, one could spot a few Tibetan tribes in Ladakh, too. The charm and warmth of the people of Jammu and Kashmir has made it a true paradise on earth; that attracts people from all over the world. The warmth, friendliness and hospitable attitude of the people of Jammu and Kashmir is very well known. That is what adds to the state being called a true paradise on earth, the charm and warmth of its people.
Culture of Jammu and Kashmir
Dynamically interlinked with its geography, the culture of Jammu and Kashmir is quite different from rest of the world. For a very long time, it had been under the influence of West and Central Asia. The cultural blend is multi-faceted, making it filled with several interesting encounters. For example, Kashmir is known for having the highest population of Sanskrit learnt scholars. The typical ?Kashmiriryat? or cultural heritage of the people cannot be easily described.
Koshur language is an important part of the culture of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Both Kashmiri Muslims and Kashmiri Pandits speak this language. It is acknowledged as an Indo-Aryan language and it?s known for its beauty and accent.
Basically, it is a clay pot, surrounded by a basket with a handle. Local Kashmiris use it to warm themselves during the months of severe winter. It is kept under the cloaks during winters and the hot charcoal keeps the wearer warm.
An integral part Kashmiri attire, pheran is a comfortable, baggy and long knee length cloak. Made of tweed, it is worn by men, women and children during winters. One can choose them from a range of commonly available blue and brown colours. Silver embroidery done on the pherans of women are generally seen as a status symbol.
A part of typical Kashmiri Muslim tradition, Wazwan is basically a multi-course meal. Vasta waza or the head chef does the preparation the Wazwan. Some of the important ingredients include Maach Kebab, Korma and finely marinated meat and tempting side dishes.
The typical beverage includes Noon Tea and Sheer Chai. Normally, the tea drinking culture in Kashmir is very prominent. Pink in colour, the salted tea is very popular in Jammu and Kashmir. The green tea made of saffron, almonds and walnut is known as ?kahwah? and it is typically served during the marriages.
These are the important cultural elements of Jammu and Kashmir, making it special and distinct from other parts of India. Go for a tour of Jammu and Kashmir this season and explore the beauty of its people and culture in your own way.
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