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.
DAY 01 SRINAGAR – SONAMARG
On arrival Srinagar meet for assistance and transfer to Sonamarg. Boasting snow-clad peaks, Sonamarg is surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the world. Glistening in the sun, the peaks, serene meadows and flower beds seem bathed in golden hues, thus justifying the name, Sonamarg, which means the meadow of gold. Mighty glaciers and lakes add stars to the ever-pleasant aura of the valley. After covering a distance of about 94 km, arrive at your destination .Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 02 SONAMARG – BALTAL 15 Kms DRIVE AND AMARNATH 24 Kms RETURN
Early morning leave and drive Upto Baltal and Trek to Amarnath cave. After darshan return to Baltal late evening Upto pick-up point and return to hotel for overnight.
DAY 03 SONAMARG – SRINAGAR
After breakfast drive back to Srinagar and continue sightseeing of Mughal gardens Shalimar (abode of love), Nishat (garden of pleasure) and cheshma-shahi (royal spring). Overnight stay at houseboat/hotel.
DAY 04 SRINAGAR / GULMARG / SRINAGAR
After breakfast at Houseboat, depart by surface for Gulmarg. Gulmarg - one of the most beautiful summer resorts in the valley. It is also popular for its golf course during summer season, take Gondola chair car (pay directly ticket charges) and as a ski resort during the winter season. In the late afternoon return back to Srinagar, time for shopping and overnight at hotel/houseboat.
DAY 05 SRINAGAR / PAHALGAM / SRINAGAR
After breakfast at Houseboat, depart by surface for Pahalgam, enroute visit Awantipora temples and Mattan temple. On arrival check-in hotel and afternoon proceed for horse ride (optional) and enjoy the most beautiful scenic view of Himalayan Mountains. About 11 km from Pahalgam, the Aru Valley offers an eclectic view and calm environs to tourists. Next, take a tour of the Betaab Valley, set amidst pine trees. It has been a favorite shooting location for many Bollywood directors. Being at a walking distance from Pahalgam, this valley is the base camp for various adventure activities, such as mountaineering. Later, trek to Chandanwari, which is the starting point for the Shri Amarnath Yatra; it is approximately 16 km from Pahalgam. Being almost on the edge of the tree line, you will see trees giving way to alpine grasslands here. Take a pony ride to one of the many beautiful spots around Pahalgam. Return to the Hotel by the evening for overnight stay. (IN PAHALGAM, Pony Rides and Jeeps to be hired for Chandanwari or Aru Valley, have to be paid directly. In late afternoon drive back to Srinagar for overnight stay.
DAY 06 DEPART SRINAGAR
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your onward flight 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