Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) is the Northern-most state of India and it shares borders with Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, and the neighbouring countries of Pakistan, China and Afghanistan. The state consists of three regions: Jammu, the Kashmir valley and Ladakh.
The climate of Jammu and Kashmir varies considerably with its topography. The climate is primarily temperate.
The state is a leading producer of apples. Total apple production in the state was around 1.8 million tonnes in 2010-11.
Tourism has emerged as an important sector and one of the major contributors to the state's economy. Around 10.02 million tourists had visited Jammu & Kashmir during 2010.
The state has several beautiful tourist locations with hills, temples and lakes. Jammu is famous for its temples while the Kashmir valley is known for its lakes and gardens. Other prominent locations include Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Patnitop, Leh, Sanasar, Zanskar and Krimchi.
The per capita GSDP of the state increased at an average rate of 9.9 per cent between 2004-05 and 2011-12.