Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir is a very different part of India. Over 80% of the population is Muslim and this is a disputed area. Originally, after the independance of India from Great Britain, it should have become a part of Pakistan. (In fact, the ‘k’ in Pakistan stands for ‘Kashmir’.) But rising tensions between muslims and hindus decided otherwise, and it stayed an Indian state. This story is masterly told by Richard Attenborough in the movie Gandhi.

The streets of Jammu are lined with small businesses and workshops, Srinagar is famous for his floating vegetable market and also the starting point of the yearly Hindu pilgrimage tot the Amarnath cave, which often leads to ethnic tension.