Jews arrived after the destruction of the Second Temple and through the Silk Route. As a merchant class they were among the only people allowed to enter Kashmir by local rulers. There were a number of Jewish communities. Until the arrival of Islam, Jew remained but after it many converted and become Muslims. There are stories about Jews in the region earlier than the Second Temple, for instance that Moses died in Kashmir or Solomon visited Kashmir. Israelites influenced the culture of Kashmir.
Israelite influence on Kashmir tribes and culture