JAMMU & KASHMIR
Jammu and Kashmir is a state in northern India, often denoted by the acronym J&K. It is located mostly in the Himalayan mountains, and shares borders with the states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab to the south.
Set like a jewelled crown on the map of India, Kashmir is a multi-faceted diamond, changing its hues with the seasons - always extravagantly beautiful. Two major Himalayan ranges, the Great Himalayan Range and the Pir Panjal, surround the landscape from the north and south respectively. They are the source of great rivers, which flow down into the valleys, forested with orchards and decorated by lily-laden lakes.
The Mughals aptly called Kashmir ‘Paradise on Earth’ where they journeyed across the hot plains of India, to the valley’s cool environs in summer. Here they laid, with great love and care, Srinagar’s many formal, waterfront gardens, now collectively known as the Mughal Gardens. They also patronized the development of art & craft among the people of Kashmir, leaving behind a heritage of exquisite artisanship among these people and making the handicrafts of the land prized gifts all over the world.
Kashmir is a land where myriad holiday ideas are realised. In winter, when snow carpets the mountains, there is skiing, tobogganing, sledge-riding, etc. along the gentle slopes. In spring and summer, the honey-dewed orchards, rippling lakes and blue skies beckon every soul to sample the many delights the mountains and valleys have to offer. Golfing at 2,700 m above the sea, water-skiing in the lakes and angling for prized rainbow trout, or simply drifting down the willow fringed alleys of lakes in shikaras and living in gorgeous houseboats are some of the most favoured ones.
Regions: The state consists of three regions:
- Kashmir Valley and
Jammu is situated on a Shivalik hillock with the river Tawi flowing by at the foot of the hill. The mountain ranges and valleys of Kashmir are a rare beauty. Buddhist Culture is widespread in Ladakh and it also known as “Little Tibet”.
Name: The name Srinagar means the “City of Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth”. It was founded by Ashoka the Great. The present city of Srinagar was built by Pravarsena II adjoining the old city.
Existence: Jammu is said to have been founded by Raja Jambu Lochan some 3000 years back. Capital: Jammu is the Winter Capital of the state whereas Srinagar is the Summer Capital of it. Srinagar is the Largest City of the State Jammu and Kashmir.
Boundary: Jammu and Kashmir has an International Border with China and also Line of Control (LOC) separates Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan.
Population: As per Census 2011, the total population of this state is 12,548,926. Population wise, it holds 18 th position.
Land Area: Its land area is 222,236 sq. km. Land Area wise, it holds 6 th rank.
Language: Its Official languages are Kashmiri and Hindi. But there are several other languages which peoples of Jammu and Kashmir like to speak are Dogri, Urdu, English and Ladakhi.
Literacy: Its literacy ratio is 66.7%.
Districts: There are 22 districts present in this state.
Climate: Jammu City is hot in during summer and the temperature reaches up to 40 degree Celsius. The Ladakh region is very cold.
Connectivity: Jammu and Kashmir is well connected with railways, roadways and airways.
Places of Interest: Raghunath Temple is the heart of the city Jammu. Jammu is especially famous for its exquisite Pahari School of Miniature Paintings.
Best Time: The Best times to visit this state are April to October and December to January.
SRINAGAR – GULMARG – PAHALGAM – KATRA – VAISHNO DEVI – JAMMU
DAY 01: ARRIVE Srinagar
On arrival Srinagar meet for assistance and transfer to Houseboat OR HOTEL. Afternoon enjoy ride on a Shikara ONE HOURS, - a Kashmiri gondola - to the watery vegetable markets and see the mountains mirrored in the lakes. You will get a view of some very interesting places around the Lake. In the evening return to Deluxe Houseboat for overnight.
DAY 02: SONMARG DAY TOUR
After having breakfast in the hotel, In the morning, you will be driven for full day excursion trip to Sonamarg. Sonamarg is a place of enthralling beauty, lies in Sindh Valley, streamed with flowers, surrounded by mountains and perched at an altitude of 2690 m above sea level. Visited less frequently by tourists, it has as its backdrop, snowy mountains against a clear sky. It is a quiet alpine retreat surrounded with sycamore, silver birch, fir and pine trees. In late, Afternoon drive back from Sonamarg to Srinagar, overnight stay at the houseboat
DAY 03: GULMARG DAY TOUR
Morning proceed for a picturesque drive to Gulmarg. Gulmarg was discovered as a tourist destination by the British in the 19th century. Prior to that, Mughal emperors vacationed in the Gulmarg valley which is about 03 Kms long and up-to 01 km wide. It is exquisitely situated in a pine surrounded basin of the Pir Panjal range at an altitude of 2,730 meters above sea level and one of the most famous tourist destinations of Kashmir. It also has one of the world’s highest green golf courses with 18 holes, as well as a clubhouse, which is a historical building in its own right. In late, Afternoon drive back to Srinagar, overnight stay at the houseboat
DAY 04: SRINAGAR - Pahalgam
After breakfast at the house boat, you will be driven from Srinagar to Pahalgam, en-route visit Saffron fields of Pampore, see the beautiful countryside, lots of rice fields and Awantipora ruins on the way, Later continue your drive to Pahalgam through the pine forest, the confluence of the streams flowing from the river Lidder & Sheshnag Lake which are famous for their scenic beauty. On arrival proceed for check-in. Overnight stay at the hotel
DAY 05:PAHALGAM – KATRA
After early breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven from Pahalgam to Katra on arrival proceed for check-in. Katra City (The Pilgrim Base) – Katra Town, lying in the foot of Trikuta Mountains, it serves as the base camp for visiting the famous shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi, which is approachable on foot along a 13 Kms long well laid footpath. Overnight stay at the hotel
DAY 06 In Katra
Morning proceed for a pilgrimage to the Holy Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji (Mother who fulfills whatever her children wish for) – A pilgrimage to the Holy Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji is considered to be one of the holiest pilgrimages of our times. The cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi Ji or Trikuta Bhagwati is located at 5,200 ft. above the sea level. It has been a beacon of faith and fulfillment to millions of devotees from all over the world. Overnight stay at the hotel
DAY 07:Katra – jammu drop
Morning you will be transferred to Jammu airport / railway station in time to board flight / train to back home.
COMMON INCLUSIONS OF ABOVE PACKAGES:
- Accommodation at the above mentioned Hotels /Houseboat basis of sharing Double room (2 Pax in a Room), single room supplement on request
- Assistance on arrival and departure at airports/station
- Transfers and sightseeing as per programme by A/c vehicle INNOVA/TAVERA/XYLO/ETIOS/INDICA/WINGER/Tempo Traveller.
The Above Packages Does Not Include:
- Flights, Drinks, Meals other than mentioned,
- Tips, Monuments fee,
- Gondola Cable Car tickets at Gulmarg,
- Pony Rides,
- Visits in Pahalgam and Sonamarg if desired to visit Chandanwari & Betab, Aru valley in Pahalgam and Thajwas glacier, fish point in Sonamarg (need to pay directly to local vehicles) ,
- Traveling Insurance, Medical facilities and any other services not mentioned in programme.
- HELICOPTER TICKETS
- 4.50% GST extra
PACKAGE INCLUDES FOR BIKE RIDE USE:
- 350cc Royal Enfield’s for riders, tour leader and tour guide
- Backup pickup Tempo or Bolero pickup and mechanic
- First aid kit and oxygen cylinder & Helmets
- Bikes will be provided in Leh.
- 2 nights in Srinagar at Deluxe Houseboat/Hotel, Half Board MAP
- 1 Night in Kargil at Hotel, Half Board MAP
- 1 Night in Uletokpo at camp, Full Board AP
- 4 Nights in Leh at Hotel, Half Board MAP
- 1 Night in Hunder at camp. Full Board AP
- 1 Night in Pangong at camp, Full Board AP
- 1 Hour Shikara ride at Dal lake Srinagar.
Arrival and departure transfers.
The Above Packages Does Not Include:
# Flights, Drinks, Fuel for bikes, Gloves, Jackets, boots, strap. Medical Insurance Medical facilities, meals other than mentioned, Gratuities and any other services not mentioned in inclusion