KashmirWelcome to Jammu and Kashmir shake hands with happiness, peace and enlightenment; Namaste - Assalam-U- Alikum- Jooley- Sat Sari Akal.
Jammu and Kashmir state consists of the regions of Kashmir(Summer Capital), Jammu(Winter capital) and Ladakh, Zanaskar is a subregion of Ladakh. This state at the extreme north of India.
Situated at the extreme north of India. Kashmir is known all over the world as " The Paradise on Earth" Population Six million.
You will find the people themselves have a natural charm, always friendly and helpful. You enter a new civilization of gentleness beauty and peace, with all the modern amenities of accommodation and transport and much more that you will discover for yourself. Come with any budget; spend as little or as much as you want.
A destination for Tourist of all Ages throughout the year.
Srinagar is Jammu and Kashmir's Summer capital more than 2000 years old in the heart of Kashmir valley spreads out on both side of river Jehlum. Srinagar has been called the "Venice of the orient"
Population one million.
Gateway to Ladakh:
Come to Kashmir for Fishing, vast gardens of flowers.
Come to Kashmir for Rafting/ Para Gliding/ Water Skiing in the Lakes.
Come to Kashmir for Bird Watching and explore the Dachigam Sanctuary
Come to Kashmir for Trekking/Adventure/ Expedition/Mountain Biking.
Come to Kashmir a complete Golf Destination at Royal Spring on the bank of Dal Lake, Srinagar,Gulmarg and Pahalgam Golf Course.
Come to have ski in Gulmarg during winter time.
By Air: All major Airlines are operating daily to Srinagar from all major Cities of India.. 18 kms from the center of city to airport. Taxis are easily available/Pre Paid Taxi counter at the airport.
By Rail: The nearest railhead is Jammu 305 kms away.
By Road: Srinagar being the only major town linked by road to the rest of the country.
The quaint charm of Houseboats of Dal Lake, Nageen Lake and Naseem Lake in Srinagar to stay is MUST .The Houseboats are having with two Bed rooms, three bed rooms and four bed rooms with attached bath, with dining and Sitting room also with Sun deck. Houseboat/Hotels they have their own Power Generator. Voltage 220 Plug All type.
Hot water is supplied in mornings and evenings. In case it is required at any other time please ask the manager or Captain of the houseboat without any extra charge.
Laundry and beverages: We will request you check the price before placing an order.
Food: Each houseboat is having the attendants who can also serve the food Vegetarian and non- vegetarian. Place your order before for breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner. In case you wish anything special for your meals please do not hesitate to inform the attendant .
Transfers by Shikara from Shikara ghat to houseboat and back are provided free of cost, however occasionally during the season you may have to wait for 5-10 minutes for the shikara to come and pick you up as each houseboat has one attached shikara.
NISHAT BAGH :
The Garden of bliss laid down by Asif Khan father of Empress Noorjahan in 1633AD on the bank of Dal Lake with Zabarvan Massif at the back. In Nishat commands magnificent view of the Lake and the Snow capped Pir Panchal Range to the west of the valley.
SHALAMIR BAGH :
The Abode Of Love.' Is said to have been a village, built by Paravarassna II. He used to stay here when on a visit to Sukhswami a saint living near Harwan. In 1619 Jehangir ordered a garden to be laid out this spot, calling it, Ferrah Bakkash (Delightful).
CHASMA – SHAHI :
East of Srinagar. Bulit in 1634 A.D by Shah- Jahan. It commands a superb view of the Dal Lake it has the advantage of having a natural spring of Pure, Cool and Sparking water known as Chasma- Shahi (Royal Spring).
1: PARIMAHAL ( The palaces of Fairies) :
It was a school of Astrology built by Dhara Shikua, Shah Jahan's eldest son for his tutor Muhlah Shah. School of observatory.
The Hill of Hari Parbat crowned by the pathan fort is visible from every part of the city. 400 feet above the plain.
3: SHANKRANCHARYA TEMPLE:
This Temple is situated at the height of 1000ft above the plain. The earliest of all the Temples built in 200 BC,. By Jalaka the son of the Great Buddhist convert Ashoka. The temple was subsequently rebuilt and dedicated by Raja Gopadittya in 6th Century. It is said to be that " the Takhut-I-Sulaiman (throne one of the Solomon).From the top one can have Panormaic view of Srinagar City.
4: HAZRAT BAL:
It is the most important Muslim Religious place, situated on the western shore of Dal Lake.
5: JAMIA MASJID:
The largest Masque built by Sultan Sikandar Constructed in 1400 A.D. Enlarged by his son Zain-Ul- Abdin.
6: TOMB OF ZAIN-UL-ABDIN:
The most attractive chapter of Muslim rule in Kashmir (1421-1472) in the reign of Zain- Ul-Abdin
7: PATHER MASJID:
Pather Masjid of the Mughal Mosque built by Empress Noor Jahan in 1620 A.D. wife of Jahangir. Muslims did not however use it for prayers.
8: SHAH HAMDAN:
Originally built in 1953 AD. To commemorate the visit of Mir Syed Ali Hamdan destroyed by fire in 1479 and 1731 AD. It was rebuilt in 1732 by Abdul Barket Khan and since then stand as a land mark in the City. Built of timber, not a nail or Screw was used in the construction.
9: MAKHDOOM SAHIB:
The Ziyarirat of the saint is situated on the southern slope of Hari Paribat. This is one of the most popular Shrines of Muslims.
PAHALGAM : 95 kms east of srinagar, 2400 mts above sea level. Popular holiday resort. It is called "Shepherds village" at the head of the Lidder valley.
Best place for trout fishing. Apart from angling , Pahalgam is also known as the starting point for trekking.
Pilgrims route to Amarnath Cave.
Accommodation: Good Hotels/ lodges and Tourist Bung lows.
AVANTIPUR: 28 kms from Srinagar on the way to Pahalgam, The monument (Temple) founded by Avantivarman who ruled in the 855- 83 AD. Two imposing temples in ruins.
VERINAG:80 kms from Srinagar, altitude 1,876 m, the spring of Verinag is chief source of the river Jhelum, The Pavilion and baths built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.1620 AD
Accommodation: Huts and Tourist Bunglow.
KOKARNAG: 70 Kms from Srinagar, altitude 2,020 mt. Famous for its natural springs at the foot of the forested mountain. It has botanical gardens fragrant with the bloom of thousand flowers. Accommodation: Huts/ Tourist Bunglow
DAKSUN: 85 kms, altitude 2,515 mts,It is also called Bringhi valley, surrounded by dense forest along the river Bringhi. Paradise for walker's and best area for bird lowers.There are fishing beats famous for Trout fishing. From here one can go to Kishtwar over the Simthan Pass, popular trek route.
Accommodation: Tourist Bunglow/Huts
WADWAN VALLEY OF KISHTWAR: From Daksum to Wadwan valley is another 45 kms. This valley runs parallel to the Lidder Valley beyond a high mountain range. From Simthan Pass the road is not through to Kishtwar yet. There are three lakes near the Margan top.
Best area for Adventure loving trekkers, to Suru Valley Kargil, to Tral valley, to Padam.
ACHBAL: 58kms, altitude 1677 mts.Once the enchanted vale of the Mughal Emperors. It has a fine garden in the Mughal style with a row of majestic chinar tress.
Accommodation: Tourist bunglow , ideal for an overnight stay.
MARTAND: 64 kms, 6 kms from Ananthnag . Famous for its impressive ancient ruins, this temple was built by Lalitaditya Mukhtapida 7th-8th centuries, a warrior king of Kashmir. The Temple was devoted to Sun God.
AHARBAL: 55 kms, altitude 2,400 mts, famous for its waterfall formed by Veshav river . The base for trek to Kounsernag 13,500 ft and one can reach from Kounsernag to Ponch. At Arhabal good accommodation in Tourist Bunglow .
56 kms from Srinagar, one and a half hour journey, 2690 mts above sea level. .It is called "Meadow of flowers".
In summer best for trekking, golfing and pony rides . One can have beautiful walk around and can see in good weather the high mountains like Naga Parbat(In Gilgit) 7650mts high, Kolohi and Harmukh which are 5425 and 5124 mts high.
Gulmarg has the world's highest green golf course in the world.
There are Gondola cable cars that ferry the tourists upto the height of 4605 mts in the Apharwat Range from Gulmarg, throught the year
The famous resort for skiing in Winter, commences from December to March end. There is sufficient equipment available for skiing on hire basis. Also Ski professionals are available for guiding and training.
Accommodation: Plenty of hotels/Huts/lodges with reasonable prices.
Taxis and Deluxe buses are running from Srinagar.
50 kms southeast of Srinagar, one and half hour journey through pine and fir forests. On the way to Yusmarg is the shrine of famous Kashmiri sufi saint : Sheikh Noor-ud-din, popularly known as Nunda Rishi. One can go up to Nilnag Lake either by foot or on a pony back. There is Tourist huts available.
87 kms from srinagar, 3 hours journey, 2800mts above sea level. It is called:Golden meadow" at the head of the river sind with beautiful mountains and glaciers.
Base for the treks to Harmukh range via Nichnai, Vishensar Lake, gangabal and to Nara Nag . Also the Pilgrim route to Amarnath Cave , which can be done in one day from here. Famous for Trout fishing.
Gateway to Leh(Ladakh).Accommodation: Few Hotels/ Huts and Lodges . Taxis and Deluxe buses are running from Srinagar.
46 kms from Srinagar on the way to Sonamarg.The ruins of the temple at Naranag are situated at the head of the Wangat Valley and the foot of Butsher mountain, trek from here to Sacred Gangabal Lake. It is 10 kms to the North of Kangan. It is said to have been built by Jaluka, the son of Ashoka. There is spring where Rishi Vaisishta is said to have his Ashram. Khalana compiled the Rajatarangini at ths Tirtha. One structure having been identified as Jyeshthesa temple of Lalitaditya 8th century.
It is worth to stay one or two nights in tents, to explore this un-known area.
8,000 ft. Summer Resort New Destination
Season Mid June to September, need woolen clothes 140 kms from Srinagar via Bandipur over Razdan Pass 1,726 ft.. 6 hours drive.One can stay in log huts or in tented accommodation. The most beautiful valley located at an altitude of 8,300 ft, surrounded by the mountains ,lush green meadows pine forests, the highest peak Habba Khatoon along river krishanganga. Historically Gurez has played a very important role in the Kashmir's history. The last sovereign king of Kashmir, Yousuf Shah Chak came from this area The Gateway to central Asia from Kashmir and formed the old slik route, connected to Gilgit and to Kashgar. In the 2 century AD first Buddhist council held in Gurez valley and spread Buddhism across the borders in the 6th century. Also the ancient Capital of the Dards, Dawar .Best place for trout fishing and camping .
For Adventure lovers, with immense possibilities of Adventure could promote trekking through this valley connected with Pahalgam / Ern/ Sonamarg / Drass .
New Destination: 128 kms from Srinagar via Kupwara, west of Srinagar. This area called Lolab valley One of the most pretty valley in the whole state, huge meadow is 6 kms wide and 19 kms long surrounded on all sides by pine forests with a stream flowing through . It was one of the popular valley for British Tourist upto 1947. This valley is also famous for caves of Kala Roos and one can see stone age wall paintings. There is legend that some of the caves go right up to Russia. Bears are a great attraction for big game hunters.There are forest rest houses or one can stay in tents.
New Destination: 50 kms from Srinagar, one of the most beautiful hill resort with lush green meadows. Best picnin spot on the bank of the stream surrounded by thick forest, it is quite and charming and refreshing spot.
One can do trekking 5 days from here to Yousmarg Lakes
In Srinagar's Aquatic Plaza around the lake. Villages and Orchids and the Famous gardens built by the Moghul Emperors famous for Shikra ride. Most of the House Boats around in Dal Lake.
Popular for water sports like water skiing, swimming, diving and sailing.( Paste Lotus Flower)
This Lake is famous for Lotus flowers during summer and Paradise for Bird Watchers,. Between the river and foot of the Mountains of the Sind valley famous for Picnic spot. Explore the lake by Shikara(Gandola)
The Largest fresh water Lake in India 26 Kms long and 8 Kms wide. Surrounded by the mountains. The river Jehlum pases right through the Lake the deepest part is near the Hill Called BABA SHUKR-UD-DIN on the north west side.
GRAVE BIRDS: For Bird Lovers.
1: Snipe, woodcock September to March.
2: Geese Duck and Teal September 15 to April 15
3: Chikor, Pheasant Partridge (Grey Black) Oct to Feb. and jungle fowl.
4: Snow Cock (Rain Chikor) Oct to April and Snow Partridge.
5: Quail and Rufous Sep to May.
Best place for game viewing 25 kms from Srinagar . One of India's most scenically beautiful park. The Maharaja of Jammu & Kashmir Who initiated steps for the preservation of this environment. Maintaining the well wooded and grassy slopes. In 1981 it was upgraded to National Park status. Between 1910 and 1934, 10 villages were relocated outside the boundaries of this reserve, hence the name " DACHI-GAM", a word which translate " 10 villages". Lower and upper Dachigam, spread over 55 sq miles(140 kms), a variety of vegetational types, rive rain forest, grassland, broadleaved woodland , coniferous forest, alpine pastures and scrub, height ranging from 1700 to 4300 mts above sea level. Home of the Hangul: The Dachigam area has been protected to preserve its unique Himalayan range of Flora and Fauna. Hangul are Kashmir stag one of the most endangered species of Red Deer in the world, this is the only place in the world with a viable Hangul population.
Paradise for bird lovers. In the Park Leopard, Jackal, Hill fox, Himalayan Griffon, Lammergeyer, Long Tailed Blue Magpie, Jungle Cat, Leopard Cat, Himalayan Weasel.
Trekking Routes From PAHALGAM:
SEASON JUNE TO SEPETEMBER
1: Ledderwat 2 Days.
2: Kolahoi Glacier 4 Days.
3: Kolehoi Glacier and Tarsar 5 Days.
4: Kolehi Tarsar Lake and Mansar Lake 7 Days.
5: Top of Kolahoi 5450mtrs 10 Days.
6: Pahalgam To Sonmarg 7 Days.
7: Pahalgam To Panikhar 7 Days.
8: Pahalgam To Amarnath 5 days.
Trekking Routes From SONMARG:
SEASON JUNE TO SEPETEMBER
From Sonamarg or From Pahalgam
• Due to bad weather Helicopter flight is cancelled, next day's accommodation has to be taken care by the guest directly. Transportation Supplement cost would be charged extra per day .
• The schedule flight is cancelled due to bad weather or technical reason, advance booked passenger would get the priority next day.
• A Helicopter ticket has to be stamped & signed by the officials of Helicopter Services at Baltal or Srinagar for full refund.
1. From Baltal(Sonamarg) to Panchtarni instead to Cave: Elevation at Panchtarni is 11,500 ft and elevation of Holy Cave is 13,000. 5 kms ascend trek one way to Cave 2 hours walk and after Dharshan again 5 Kms down hill to Panchtarni Helipad. Since the Yatra time, including Dharshan takes 6 hours
2. At Panchtarni there is Basic Tented accommodation with charpai and facility of food. One need to carry woolen clothing/sunglass/Umberala/rain Coat/ sun hat/sunburn cream/ first aid
3. From Panchtarni to Holy Cave:
To hire Riding Pony Govt rate is Rs 1,500 return Dandi(Palki) Rs 2500 return.