Kashmir Valley

The Kashmir Valley, also known as the Vale of Kashmir, is an intermontane 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 Himalayas range. It is approximately 135 km (84 mi) long and 32 km (20 mi) wide, and drained by the Jhelum River.[2]

Kashmir Valley
Kashmir valley seen from a satellite. Snow-capped peaks of the Pir Panjal Range (left in the image; southwest in compass) and the Himalayas (right in image; northeast in compass) flank the valley
Kashmir valley seen from a satellite. Snow-capped peaks of the Pir Panjal Range (left in the image; southwest in compass) and the Himalayas (right in image; northeast in compass) flank the valley
Kashmir Division (bordered orange) shown within the wider Kashmir region
Kashmir Division (bordered orange) shown within the wider Kashmir region
Country India
Union territoryJammu and Kashmir
DistrictsAnantnag, Baramulla, Budgam, Bandipore, Ganderbal, Kupwara, Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian and Srinagar.
HeadquartersSrinagar
Historical divisions
Government
 • TypeDivision
 • Divisional CommissionerPandurang Kondbarao Pole
Area
 • Total15,948 km2 (6,158 sq mi)
Dimensions
 • Length135[2] km (83.885 mi)
 • Width32[2] km (19.884 mi)
Elevation
1,620[2] m (5,314 ft)
Population
 (2011[3])
 • Total6,907,622[3]
 • Density450.06/km2 (1,165.7/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Kashmiris, Koshur
Ethnicity and language
 • LanguagesKashmiri, Urdu, Hindi,[4] English,[5] Pahari people (Kashmir), Gojri, Shina
 • Ethnic groupsKashmiri, Pahari-speaking people, Gujar, Shina
 • Religions97.16% Islam,[6]
1.84% Hinduism,
0.88% Sikhism,
0.11% Buddhism[6]
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationJK
Highest peakMachoi Peak (5458 metres)
Largest lakeWular lake(260 km2 (100 sq mi))[7]
Longest riverJhelum river(725 kilometres)[8]
Websitehttp://kashmirdivision.nic.in/

The Kashmir Division is a revenue and administrative division of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. The Kashmir division borders Jammu Division to the south and Ladakh to the east while Line of Control forms its northern and the western border. The division consists of the following districts: Anantnag, Baramulla, Budgam, Bandipore, Ganderbal, Kupwara, Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian and Srinagar.[9]

DistrictsEdit

Kashmir Division consists of ten districts:

Name of District Headquarters Area (km²) Area
(square miles)
Population
2001 Census
Population
2011 Census
Anantnag District Anantnag 3,984 1,538 734,549 1,069,749
Kulgam district Kulgam 1,067 412 437,885 423,181
Pulwama district Pulwama 1,398 540 441,275 570,060
Shopian district Shopian 613 237 211,332 265,960
Budgam district Budgam 1,371 529 629,309 755,331
Srinagar district Srinagar 2,228 860 990,548 1,250,173
Ganderbal district Ganderbal 259 100 211,899 297,003
Bandipore district Bandipore 398 154 316,436 385,099
Baramulla district Baramulla 4,588 1,771 853,344 1,015,503
Kupwara district Kupwara 2,379 919 650,393 875,564


Srinagar is its main city and also the summer capital of the Jammu and Kashmir. Other main cities are Baramulla, Anantnag, Pulwama.

ClimateEdit

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Kashmir Valley has a moderate climate, which is largely defined by its geographic location, with the towering Karakoram Range in the north, Pir Panjal Range in the south and west and Zanskar Range in the east.[11] It can be generally described as cool in the spring and autumn, mild in the summer and cold in the winter. As a large valley with significant differences in geo-location among various districts, the weather is often cooler in the hilly areas compared to the flat lower part.

Summer is usually mild and fairly dry, but relative humidity is generally high and the nights are cool. The precipitation occurs throughout the year and no month is particularly dry. The hottest month is July (mean minimum temperature 16 °C, mean maximum temperature 32 °C) and the coldest are December–January (mean minimum temperature −15 °C, mean maximum temperature 0 °C).

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. On 5 and 6 January 2012, after years of relatively little snow, a wave of heavy snow and low temperatures (winter storm) shocked the valley covering it in a thick layer of snow and ice.

Kashmir Valley has seen an increase in relative humidity and annual precipitation in the last few years. This is most likely because of the commercial afforestation projects which also include expanding parks and green cover.

TransportEdit

Kashmir valley is connected to Jammu region and Ladakh union territory by road and air. It has access to Jammu region and the rest of India through the Banihal road tunnel near Qazigund on national highway NH 1A and through NH 1B that passes through Sinthan pass and Kishtwar.

Srinagar Airport (SXR) is the main airport in Kashmir valley and has scheduled flights from Jammu, Leh, Mumbai, Chandigarh and New Delhi. Kashmir valley has a 119 km (74 mi) long modern railway line that started in October 2009 and connects Baramulla in the western part of the valley to Srinagar and Qazigund. It further links the Kashmir Valley to Banihal across the Pir Panjal mountains through the new 11.215 km (6.969 mi) long Pir Panjal Railway Tunnel or Banihal rail tunnel from 26 June 2013. Banihal railway station will be linked to the rest of India in another few years as the construction of the railway line from Jammu to Banihal progresses steadily. Transport within the valley is predominantly by road. Other airports are in Udhampur, Leh and Jammu. Another airport is proposed in Anantnag.

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Spoken Kashmiri: A Language Course". Archived from the original on 29 November 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Vale of Kashmir | valley, India". Archived from the original on 4 August 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 February 2018. Retrieved 18 December 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "The Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Act, 2020" (PDF). The Gazette of India. Retrieved 27 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Parliament passes JK Official Languages Bill, 2020". Rising Kashmir. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  6. ^ a b Comprehensive SVEEP Plan of J&K State 2014, http://eci.nic.in/eci_main1/SVEEP/Jammu%20&%20Kashmir19092014.pdf Archived 1 September 2018 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Wular Lake | lake, India". Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Jhelum River | river, Asia". Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  9. ^ "In Depth-the future of Kashmir". BBC News. Archived from the original on 14 June 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Climatological Information for Srinagar, India". Hong Kong Observatory. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  11. ^ Sharad Singh Negi (1986). Geo-botany of India. Periodical Expert Book Agency, 1986. p. 58–. ISBN 9788171360055. Retrieved 11 July 2012.

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Coordinates: 34°02′00″N 74°40′00″E / 34.0333°N 74.6667°E / 34.0333; 74.6667