Jammu and Kashmir, India. s fascinating
northernmost state consists of three regions differing in topography and
culture. Jammu was the stronghold of Hindu Dogra kings and abounds with
popular temples and secluded forest retreats. Kashmir. s capital city,
Srinagar offers delightful holidays on the lakes with their shikaras and
Ladakh is the northern most province of the state, with a bleak terrain of
barren mountains. Hilltop monasteries and a colourful way of life,
completely at one with the surroundings, make Ladakh one of the best living
traditions of Tibetan Buddhism in the world today.
Jammu & Kashmir
Amongst the three regions of Jammu & Kashmir state, Jammu, perhaps,
offers the widest diversity of terrain and beauty. The entire region is
pocketed with lakes and valleys, some still little explored. The foundation
of the settlement of Jammu is attributed to King Jambulochan of the 9th
century BC. In 1730 AD, it came under the Dogra rule of Raja Dhruv Deva and
Jammu became an important centre for art and culture, now reknowned as the
Pahari School. Religion, too, played an important part in its development,
so beautifully evidenced in its various shrines and temples spread
throughout the region.
Places of Interests
Temple; Raghunath Temple (Raghunath Bazar); Raghunath Temple (Purani Mandi);
Ranbir Canal (3.5 kms); Bahu Fort (5 kms); Bage Bahu (5 kms); Amar Mahal
Palace Museum ; Dogra Art Gallery .
» Akhnoor :
32 kms. Regular bus-services available
» Batote :
113 kms, 1560 metres. Health Resort on
the Jammu-Shrinagar highway. Accommodation is available in huts (Rs.200 for
double) and Tourist Bungalow (Rs.175 for double & Rs.25 per bed in
» Kud :
106 kms, 1738 metres. Resort on
Jammu-Shrinagar highway. Accommodation available at Tourist Bungalow (Rs.175
for double, Rs.250 for suites).
» Mansar Lake :
80 kms. Regular bus-services
available from Jammu. Accommodation is available in huts (Rs.325 for double)
and in Tourist Bungalow (Rs.175 for double, Rs.325 for suites).
» Purmandal (Chhota Kashi) :
39 kms. Religious place
connected by bus with Jammu. Accommodation is available in pilgrim shelters.
» Patnitop :
112 kms, 2024 metres. A resort &
picnic spot on the Jammu-Shrinagar highway. Accommodation available in huts
(Rs.475 for double, Rs.300 for single), Tourist Bungalow (Rs.250 for double,
Rs.325 for suites) and Youth Hostel (Rs.40 per bed in dormitory).
» Ramban :
148 kms. Accommodation available in
Tourist Bungalow (double Rs.150).
» Ramnagar :
102 kms. Regular bus-services available
» Sanasar :
129 kms, 2079 metres. 19 kms from
Patnitop, slightly away from the National Highway. Accommodation available
in huts (Rs.250), Tourist Bungalow (Double Rs.150, Rs.15 / head in dormitory
» Sudhmahadev :
120 km, 1225 metres. Accommodation
available at pilgrim shelters.
» Surinsar Lake :
42 kms. Picturesque spot.
Accommodation available in huts.
» Kishtwar High Altitude National Park :
The holy cave shrine of Vaishno devi is situated in a beautiful ranges of
the Trikuta Mountains forming a part of the lower Himalayas as in the state
of Jammu & Kashmir at an altitude of over 5000 feet. In the cave there
are images of three dieties viz. the Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and
Mahasaraswati. The shrine can be visited throughout the year, but during the
winter season the route is often blocked by snow-fall.
Places of Interest
Bhumika Temple, Darshani Darwaza, Ban Ganga Temple, Charan Paduka,
Adhkunwari Temple, Kalika Temple, Ram Mandir, Shiva Goompha.Note: All
pilgrims/tourists require a pass to enable them entre to the shrine. The
pass is to be collected at Katra as it will be required at Ban Ganga and
later at the shrine itself
Beyond the Kashmir valley lies Ladakh, the land of unsurmountable
mountains, and fascinating monastries. Ladakh is the abode of rare Kiang &
highland Yak. Leh its capital city lies at the Tri junction of the historic
silkroute from Sinkiang to West Asia and to the plains of India.
Places of Interest
Leh Khar Palace, Leh Monastery, Leh Mosque, Tsamo Gompa.
Kargil has beautiful Imambaras at Trespone and Sankho representing Turkish
architecture. Attached to these Imambaras there are famous Arabic and
Persian speaking Muslim divines known as ghas.
Mulbak Monastary 190 kms, Lamayura 125 kms, Alehi Gompa 135 kms, Likir
Gompa 140 kms, Phiyang Gompa 20 kms, Spitak Monastary 8 kms, Snaker Gompa 3
kms, Shey Palace Monastary 15 kms, Thiksey Monastary 19 kms, Hemis 49 kms.
Ladakh is a virtual paradise for Adventure sports-Mountaineering, trekking
White water rafting / canoeing etc. For mountaineering the Zanskar Range,
the Ladakh range and recently opened Karakoram range offer some of the
finest challenges and schedule for reservation is available with Indian
Mountaineering Foundation, Banito Juaraz marg, New Delhi, Tel: 671211.For
Trekkers, Ladakh has immense possibilities.
Some well known treks around Leh are :
1. Leh-Lamayuru-Wanla-Ursi-Tar La-Mangyur-Saspol-Leh (7 days)
3. Padam-Tongde-Zangla-Sher Sher La-Chup Cha-Shang Kong Ma-Kurna Sumdo-Nari
Narsa-Lang Tan-Hankar-Nima Ling-Shakdo-Hemis (14 days) Trekking equipment
can be hired from Leh Tourist Office, on nominal charges and its recommended
that they should be consulted for information & guidance. Indus and its
tributaries provide exciting opportunities for rafting/caneoing.
The Mughals aptly called Kashmir, Paradise, and they journeyed across the
tortuously hot plains of India,to spend summer in the cool environs of
Srinagar. And here they laid, with great love and care, Srinagar's many
formal, water-front gardens, now collectively known as the Mughal Gardens.
Today's Srinagar is a pleasure resort for the tourist who can experience, at
first hand, the peculiar beauty of the valley that has attracted the
Chinese, the Mughals and the British to it.
Places of Interest
Pather Masjid 6kms, Shah Hamdan Mosque 5 kms, Jamia Masjid 5 kms, Hari
Parbat Fort 5 kms, Nagin Lake 8 kms, Hazratbal 9 kms, Shalimar Bagh 15 kms,
Harwan 19 kms, Nishat Bagh 11 kms, Cheshma Shahi 9 kms, Pari Mahal 11 kms,
Shankaracharya Temple 5 kms, Daal Lake 0.5 km and Shri Pratap Singh Museum
at Lal Mandi.
» Pampore :
13 kms. The only place in the world,
where saffron is grown.
» Mattan :
61 kms on Pahalgam road. Accommodation
available at a Tourist Sarai.
» Martand :
64 kms on a plateau,has the most
impressive ancient ruines in Kashmir
» Achabal :
58 kms via Anantnag, altitude 1677
metres. Accommodation available at Tourist Huts and in a Cafteria.
» Kokernag :
70 kms, altitude 2020 metres.
Accommodation available at Tourist Hut , Tourist Bungalow and in Cafteria.
» Verinag :
80 kms, altitude 1876 metres.
Accommodation available at Tourist Bungalow and in Cafteria `Qahwa-Khana'.
» Daksum :
85 kms, altitude 2513 metres.
Accommodation available at Tourist Bungalow and in a Cafteria.
» Yusmarg :
40 kms, altitude 2377 metres.
Accommodation available at Tourist Bungalow and Rest House .
» Acharbal :
51 kms, altitude 2400 metres. Famous
for Waterfall falling from a height of 24.4 metres. Accommodation available
at Tourist Bungalow and PWD Rest House. Kounsernag Lake,11 kms away from
Acharbal, remains frozen and covered with icebergs till late June.
» Manasbal :
32 kms, altitude 1560 metres. Lake with
flowering lotus plants and is a bird-watchers paradise. Accommodation
available at Tourist Huts and Rest House .
» Burzahon :
24 kms. Excavations reveal settlements
dating back to about 2500 BC.
» Ganderbal :
19 kms. Situated on the bank of the
River Sindh (Indus).
» Wular Lake :
60 kms, altitude 1580 metres, area
125 sq.km. Lagest in India.
» Charari-Sharif :
30 kms. On the road to Yusmarg.
» Dachigam National Park :
21 kms, altitude 2400
metres. Accommodation available at Tourist Huts .