The Kashmir Valley, also known as the Vale of Kashmir, is a valley in the portion of the Kashmir region administered by India. The valley is bounded on the southwest by the Pir Panjal range and on the northeast by the main Himalaya range. The Valley has a Muslim majority population and Islam is practiced by 97.16% of the population with the remaining being Hindus (1.84%), Sikhs (0.88%), Buddhists (0.11%) and others. Compared with other plain parts of India, Kashmir valley enjoys a more moderate climate but weather conditions are unpredictable. The recorded high temperature is 33 °C and the recorded low is −18 °C. In Kashmir, mostly all the dishes are prepared around the main course of rice found abundantly in the beautiful valley. Another delicious item cooked here is the 'Saag' that is prepared with a green leafy vegetable known as the 'Hak'. Kashmiri food also include Rogan josh (a lamb based dish cooked in a gravy using Kashmiri spices) and Yakhni. They are some of the world’s finest non vegetarian cuisines. The Valley is also very well connected with Leh-Ladakh and Jammu by road and by air. Srinagar is the main airport in Kashmir valley and has scheduled flights from Jammu, Leh, Mumbai, Chandigarh and New Delhi.
Best time to visit: March (late) to October. The entire valley wears a white blanket of snow from December to March, as it is the winter season in Kashmir. For those, who love skiing, should visit Kashmir in winter.