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People of Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir form the major part of the state; the area of Ladakh is sparsely populated. The people of Jammu are primarily Hindus, with a substantial Muslim and Sikh presence too, while the Kashmir Valley is predominantly Muslim, with small components of Hindus and Sikhs.

In Ladakh, the people of Leh are Buddhist and the people of Kargil are Shia Muslim. Kashmir represents the northernmost boundaries of Islam in India, with a language originating from the Dardic branch of Aryan languages. Known as ‘Little Tibet’, the people of Ladakh are of Tibetan stock and, till very recently were governed on spiritual matters by the Dalai Lama.

The people of Jammu and Kashmir are renowned for their warmth and hospitality. They are simple, hospitable people and being invited to a village wedding or into somebody’s house for a hot cup of tea is not surprising.

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