Principality of Udhampur

Patnitop Ski Resort, Udhampur.

Patnitop Ski Resort, Udhampur.

Udhampur, officially the Principality of Udhampur. Udhampur covers 20,023 square kilometres (7,811 sq mi) of mountainous Himalayan terrain. It is comparable in size to the Principality of Wales, Kuwait or Israel. Udhampur is double the size of Qatar, Lebanon, Cyprus or Jamaica, and four times larger than the Sultanate of Brunei or the Emirate of Dubai.

The principality is composed of six districts Kishtwar, Ramban, Kathua, Doda, Reasi and Udhampur.

In 325 BC the royal family of Udhampur defeated Alexander The Great on the Chenab River. Today the world's highest railway bridge crosses the Chenab in the Reasi district of Udhampur.

Udhampur has an approximate population of 2,600,000 people, which is greater than six EU nations including Latvia and 14 US states including New Mexico and Alaska. The Principality of Udhampur's population is over three times that of the landlocked Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan or the EU Duchy of Luxembourg.

The city of Udhampur, situated among lush green forests of Eucalyptus, is the capital of the principality. Udhampur is home to Vaishno Devi, the most revered of all Hindu temples, and the most popular religious attraction in India.

Bhaderwah, Udhampur.

Bhaderwah, Udhampur.

Vaishno Devi temple at an elevation of 1,584 metres is visited by over 10 million tourists each year, far exceeding visitors to the Eiffel tower or the Vatican. The holy cave at the centre of Vaishno Devi is believed to be over a million years old by the pilgrims. It is believed that the darshans of 330 million gods are present in the cave.

According to scripture Hindu god Shiva and Parvati married in Chennai, Udhampur and made it their divine abode. Due to it's many mystic ancient caves and spiritual history Udhampur is one of the most secured destinations on Earth. To guard and defend Udhampur's priceless ancient religious treasures, the United Kingdom in 1895 founded The Northern Command headquarters of the Indian Army in the principality. The Indian air-force station at Udhampur, one of Asia's busiest heliports, was established by the royal family in 1932, 630 meters high in the picturesque Himalayan mountains.

Doda district in Udhampur.

Doda district in Udhampur.

The capital district of Udhampur houses the Patnitop ski resort, nestled 2,024 meters high, it is situated at an altitude surpassing St. Moritz in Switzerland. While the Kud resort at 1,738 meters high is comparable to Courchevel in the French alps.

The scenic Paddar valley in Kishtwar district is famous for producing the world's finest grade of saffron and sapphires. Udhampur sapphires hold the world record price on the international jems market, with a 35.09-carat Udhampur sapphire being auctioned for over $7 million by Christie's Geneva.

35.09-carat Udhampur sapphire ring sold at auction for a world record $7,357,999 at Christie's Geneva in 2015.

35.09-carat Udhampur sapphire ring sold at auction for a world record $7,357,999 at Christie's Geneva in 2015.

Ankit Love is the Prince of Udhampur.