Jammu and Kashmir

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Jammu and Kashmir
जम्मू और कश्मीर
Jammū̃ o Kaśmīr
Map of Jammu and Kashmir
Map of Jammu and Kashmir
Location of Jammu and Kashmir
Country India
Established 27 October 1947
Largest city Srinagar
 • Type Governor
 • Body Legislative Assembly
 • Governor Narinder Nath Vohra
 • Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti
 • Total 101,473.1 km2 (39,179.0 sq mi)
Population (2011; est.)
 • Total 12,548,926
 • Density 120/km2 (320/sq mi)
Time zone IST (UTC+5.5)
ISO 3166 code IOK
Main Language(s)
Districts 14

Jammu and Kashmir is the northernmost state of India.The state covers 39,179 square miles (101,473.1 km2) and is mostly in the Himalayan mountains. In terms of land area it is bigger than the Kingdom of Bhutan but smaller than Switzerland. Jammu and Kashmir used be a British protectorate in 1860. Jammu and Kashmir borders the states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab in Republic of India to the south and with the People's Republic of China to the north and east and the territories of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan in Islamic Republic of Pakistan, to the west and northwest respectively.

There is an on-going dispute and conflict over the territory of Jammu and Kashmir, since both India and Pakistan gained Independence in 1947. Jammu and Kashmir as a whole is the only Muslim-majority state with 70% Muslims within the Secular Hindu-majority modern Republic of India.

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Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir is shown in blue; Pakistan-controlled Kashmir is shown in green, China controlled Kashmir is Yellow. The White spot on the map is the Siachen Glacier. It is controlled by India.

Jammu and Kashmir has a Muslim majority population. Though Islam is practiced by about 67% of the population of the state and by 97% of the population of the Kashmir valley,[1] the state has large communities of Buddhists, Hindus (inclusive of Meghwal and Sikhs.[2]

Religion in the Indian part of Kashmir
Distribution of religions
Includes Christians and Jains.

Jammu and Kashmir consists of three divisions: Jammu region, the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh. Srinagar is the summer capital, and Jammu its winter capital. The Kashmir valley, often called paradise on Earth,[3] is famous for its beautiful mountainous landscape. Jammu's numerous holy shrines attracts tens of thousands of Hindu and Muslim pilgrims every year. Ladakh, also known as "Little Tibet", is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and Buddhist culture.

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