[Located: Northwestern India]
Kashmir is the ancient mountain gateway into the lush valleys of the Indian subcontinent. It abuts Jammu and Pakistan in the Western Himalayas.
The region is globally known for it's Kashmiri or "cashmere" scarves woven from the glossy chin hair of their high mountain goats.
A sizeable portion of the population is Muslim and still lives a nomadic life herding these goats up through the steep passes to graze in summer and only returning to the lowlands for shearing.
The unfortunate 20th century clash of civilizations has made travel difficult however. Several border wars between India and Pakistan have heightened tensions in the region which is currently divided and jointly administered under an enduring truce. Travel by outsiders is by permit only and is closely monitored.