With a panoramic landscape that can leave the travellers spellbound, Jammu and Kashmir is home to a diverse cultural tradition. The three provinces of the Indian state Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are different in their own unique way and so is their culture. Whether it be a culture festival, folk festival, tourism festival, agricultural festival, the fascinating diversity can be best witnessed in these regions.
With a strong Punjabi influence, Jammu celebrates Lohri which commemorates the harvest of winter (Rabi). Baisakhi is yet another important agricultural festival of Jammu. Shiv Khori Festival and Sudh Mahadev Mela are the two religious festivals of Jammu where devotees can attain the blessing of the deities and spend their days in complete sanctity. Jhiri Mela, a social-religious fair of Jammu has gained immense popularity amongst the tourists from near and far. To witness the culture of Jammu, travellers can be a part of the Mela Bahu and Mansar Food and Craft Fair.
The festivals in Kashmir is celebrated with equal zeal which promotes tourism and culture. Boasting the natural beauty, Kashmir celebrates Tulip Festival at Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden in Srinagar where one can witness a variety of Tulip along with many other species of flowers. Shikara Festival in Dal Lake in Srinagar is also celebrated to promote tourism which includes activities like Dragon Boat Race, Canoe Polo Match and Shikara Race. In addition to this, there are other programmes that take place in Shikara Festival which let's one get a glimpse of the culture of Kashmir. Enveloped with snow-capped peaks and daunting passes, Ladakh has alluring customs and traditions that are reflected in the festivals the region celebrates. A majority of the festivals in Ladakh are celebrated by monks performing 'Chams' which is a traditional dance form wearing masks and unique costumes.
Of all, the popular festivals of Ladakh include Hemis Tshechu; Matho Nagrang; Sindhu Darshan Festival; Yuru Tabgyat Festival; Dosmoche; Stok Guru Tshechu; Tak Tok Festival; Thiksay Gustor; Karsha Gustor; Galdan Namchot, Losar. Also, promoting tourism, the region celebrates the Kargil Ladakh Tourism Festival.
In addition to this, the other major festivals of India including Holi, Diwali, Navratri, Makar Sakranti, Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-Zuha are also celebrated in the state with much pomp and fervour.