Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tourism in Jammu and Kashmir

The Himalayas divide the Kashmir valley from Ladakh while the Pir Panjal range, which enclose the valley from the west and the south, separate it from the Great Plains of northern India. Along the northeastern flank of the Valley runs the main range of the Himalayas. This densely established and beautiful valley has an average height of 1,850 metres (6,070 ft) above sea-level but the surrounding Pir Panjal range has an average elevation of 5,000 metres (16,000 ft)

The climate of Jammu and Kashmir vary greatly owing to its gruged topography. In the south around Jammu, the climate is typically monsoonal, though the region is sufficiently far west to average 40 to 50 mm rain per months between January and March. In the hot season, Jammu city is very hot and erratic rainfall occurs with monthly extremes of up to 650 millimetres , rainfall declines, and by October conditions are hot but extremely dry, with minimal rainfall and temperatures of around 29 °C

Across from the main Himalaya Range, even the southwest cloudbands break up and the climate of Ladakh and Zanskar is extremely dry and cold. Annual rain is only around 100 mm per year and dampness is very low.

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