Kashmir "The Paradise On Earth", a
destination for Tourists of all ages throughout the year.
Land of High Passes
also as Little Tibet is one of the oldest tourist destinations.
winter capital of the state, is known as the "city of temples".
The shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi nestles in a cave of
Himalayan Mountains in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Despite being an extremely difficult trek, millions of devotees come to pay
homage to Shiva in one of his Himalayan abodes.
Jammu, the winter
capital of the state, is known as the "city of temples". It is
believed that the city was originally founded by Raja Jamboo Lochan
who lived in fourteenth century B.C. The Raja had gone out one day
for hunting when he happened to witness a tiger and a goat drinking
water from one and the same pond. This extraordinary phenomenon set
him thinking and he decided to build a city at this site so that the
strong and weak could live together in peace and mutual tolerance.
Eventually, he founded the city which came to be known as "Jamboo"
after his own name. With the passage of time and due to its frequent
use the pronunciation of the name got slightly distorted and the
city, came to be known as 'Jammu' as it is called now.
Places to visit:
- Mata Vaishno Devi Temple :
The holy shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi
here attracts more than 4.5 million pilgrims every year. Katra
Town, lying in the foot of Trikuta Mountains, 48 kms. from Jammu,
serves as the base camp for visiting the famous shrine of Shri
Mata Vaishno Devi, which is accessible on foot along a 13 kms long
well laid footpath. The cave shrine of Mata Vasihnodeviji or
Trikuta Bhagwati at an altitude of 5,200 ft. holds great
significance for the pilgrims.
- Raghunath Temple :
Situated in the heart of the city and
surrounded by a group of other temples, this temple dedicated to
Lord Rama is outstanding and unique in Northern India. Work on the
temple was started by Maharajah Gulab Singh, founder of the
Kingdom of Jammu and Kashmir in 1835 AD.
- Ranbireshwar temple :
Built by Maharaja Ranbir Singh in 1883 AD,
Ranbireshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is located
on the Shalimar Road near the New Secretariat. It has one central
'Lingam' rising 7.5 ft.upwards.
- Amarmahal :
Amarmahal is a beautiful palace of red sand
stone which stands amidst the most enchanting surroundings of
Jammu. From here you will find a scenic view of the Shiwaliks at
the north and the beautiful River Tawi, which flows down below.
The Valley of Kashmir is full of the mighty
mountains, Lush Greenery , blossoms of pinks , whites, yellows and
flowers of all the rarest varieties. Rainbows spread across the
blue skies. Meadows are spangled with daisies , flower beds with
pansies, primroses, hyacinths and daffodils grow all over. Almond,
cherry, apples strawberries are in abundance.
Rivers, Lakes, snow-caped mountains, dense forests, Hill stations
you can't think of any heavenly beauty which is missing in this
piece of heaven !
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”
The quaint charm of Houseboats of Dal Lake, Nageen Lake and Naseem
Lake in Srinagar to stay is a MUST .The Houseboats are having two
Bed rooms, three bed rooms and four bed rooms with attached bath,
with dining and Sitting room also with Sun-deck. Each houseboat is
having the attendant who can also serve the food. Explore lapping
journeys on a Shikara in the lakes, past floating gardens.
Places Of Interest:
- Pahalgam :
95 km. east of Srinagar, 2400 mt. 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.
- Gulmarg :
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.
Ski in the winter. There are cable cons that ferry the tourists
up to the height of 3095 mts. (Gondola)
- Yusmarg :
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.
- Sonmarg :
87 km. 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
Ladakh is one of the most exotic
destinations; Buddhism in central Ladakh has shaped the whole
culture. Every few villages have their own monasteries with
Ladakh has extensive potential for adventure such a
Mountaineering, Trekking, Rafting, Mountain Biking and so on.
The Landscape of Ladakh is adventurous, barren mountain. The
altitude ranges from 10000 ft to 24,000 ft from Sea level.
Atmosphere is generally dry.
Places of Interest
Capital of Ladakh, elevation 3500mts,
population 35,000, majority Buddhist.
It is divided into several regions and such regions, is at the
cross-road of central Asia and still retains powerful traces
of its history. The people have a deep traditional society and
a strong sense of culture. Music and dancing is their great
past-time and “CHANG” is their locally prepared drink, similar
People are very friendly and helpful , you will find every one
greets you with “Joo-Lay", which means Hello, Goodbye, Please
and Thank you.
Ladakh is also known for the spectacular Monastic Festivals
major events in the evolution of Tibetan Buddhism. Thousands
of people turn out in their colourful dress, best making every
festival a “ CARNIVAL” of colors.