Jammu and Kashmir Hills

Jammu and Kashmir Hills

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Jammu and Kashmir, the northernmost state of the Indian union consists of three divisions -Jammu, Kashmir Valley and Ladakh. It has two capitals- Jammu, the winter capital and Srinagar, the summer capital. The state is almost mountainous with stretches of valleys and some mountain lakes. Jammu and Kashmir has been famous for its natural beauty since time immemorial and has been aptly described as "heaven on earth". The state has some of the best tourist spots in the entire country. Tourists from not only India but also the world over come to enjoy the scenic beauty of the state. The tourism industry has greatly benefited the state economy. Some of the major tourist attractions in the state are Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Leh, Patnitop, and Ladakh. The city of Jammu is popularly known as the City of temples. Srinagar is famous for its lakes and houseboats while Kashmir, known for its scenic natural beauty and rich cuisine is quite popular among tourists. The Dal Lake houseboats are one of the major attractions of Kashmir. Another major tourist attraction is the Mughal Gardens of Srinagar. While on a visit to Kashmir one should also not miss some of the various adventure

prospects available, like trekking, rafting and skiing. Kashmir also has some of the best handicrafts in the entire country. Srinagar is known for its traditional crafts.
Some of the major pilgrimage centers of the nation are located in the state, the two most important being the Amarnath Caves and the Vaishnodevi Shrine. Jammu and Kashmir has some of the best hotels to cater to its ever-growing tourism industry. There are hotels of various ranges. Even the Dal Lake houseboats are of all categories, like deluxe and economy. Cattle rearing and Farming are the major contributors to the economy of Jammu and Kashmir. Real Estate and Mortgage also constitute a considerable part of the service sector.

Country India
Area 222,236 km2 (85,806 sq mi)
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)
Languages spoken Urdu, Hindi & English
Currency Indian Rupees
Visa requirements No Visa needed for Indians

Places of interest

Srinagar

SRINAGAR :
Srinagar is located in the heart of the Kashmir valley at an altitude of 1,730 m(1530 feet) above sea level, spread on both sides of the river Jhelum. The Dal and Nagin lakes enhance its picturesque setting, while the changing play of the seasons and the salubrious climate ensures that the city is equally attractive to visitors around the year.
Kalhana, the author of 'Rajtarangini', states that Srinagar was founded by Emperor Ashoka (3rd Century BC). The present city of Srinagar was founded by Pravarasena-II, and Hiuen Tsang, who visited Kashmir in 631 AD, found it at the same site as it is today. Laltaditya Muktapida was the most illustrious ruler of Kashmir in the Hindu period, which ended in 1339 AD. King Zain-ul-Abidin (1420-70 AD), popularly known as 'Budshah', was a great patron of Sanskrit. Akbar captured Kashmir valley for the Mughals, who endowed Srinagar with beautiful mosques and gardens. The Sikhs overthrew the last Muslim ruler in the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1819. In 1846 the Dogras secured the sovereignty of Kashmir from the British under the Treaty of Amrjtsar, and in 1947 the state of Jammu and Kashmir with Srinagar as its capital, became part of the Indian Union.

Initially, the valley of Kashmir used to be vast Lake, mythologically called Satt e Sar, which in course of time got drained by deepening of the Baramulla - Khadiniyar gorge. The valley is distinctively marked by breath-taking lakes, fresh water streams, luscious fruits, magnificent forests, mighty mountains and lush meadows which makes it a paradise on Earth. The mountain-downs or "margs" are numerous on the tops of the hill ranges prominent being Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Yousmarg etc.

Famous valleys of Kashmir include:
Lidder Valley, Sindh Valley, Lolab Valley, Bangus Valley, Dachigam Valley, Gulmarg Valley, Gurez Valley, Yousmarg Valley etc

GULMARG
Gulmarg reinforces its position as a PrimeWinter Destination( 2,730 m/56 km) from srinagar. Gulmarg's legendary beauty, prime location and proximity to Srinagar naturally make it one of Asia's premier hill resorts. Originally called 'Gaurimarg' by shepherds, Gulmarg was discovered in the 16th century by Sultan Yusuf Shah, who was inspired by the sight of its grassy slopes emblazoned with wild flowers. It was also a favourite resort of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. Today, Gulmarg is not merely a mountain resort of exceptional beauty but also the country's premier ski resort in winter when it is covered in snow and takes on the appearance of a picture postcard.
Gulmarg was first established as a ski resort by the British who had set up the Ski Club of India here in 1927. Skiing at Gulmarg had become very popular during the pre-independence years. The resort used to host two major skiing events, one each during Christmas and Easter. In 1938-39, about 500 skiers are said to have participated in Christmas and Easter ski races. Gulmarg's atmosphere was identified with European ski resorts of the 1940's and 50's - the 'Alps of good old days'. It has good sunshine as well as good snow.

PAHALGAM

PAHALGAM
" The Valley of Shepherds" Situated at the confluence of the streams flowing from Sheshnag Lake and the Lidder river, Pahalgam (2,130 m) was once a humble shepherd's village with breathtaking views. Now it is Kashmir's premier resort, cool even during the height of summer when the maximum temperature does not exceed 25 deg C. A number of hotels and lodges cater to all preferences and budgets.
Around Pahalgam are many places of interest, and because the resort is set between fairly steep hills, it is worth hiring a pony rather than walking. Pony fares are posted at prominent locations.

AMARNATHJI YATRA - A JOURNEY INTO FAITH
Every Year Shri Amarnathji Yatra will commence from both the routes, of Pahalgam and Baltal. The Antm Darshan will held on Raksha Bhandhan.
Lord Shiva is known to have made his home in the Himalayas. He built no house nor shelter, not for himself or his bride. He was an ascetic, and yet married; he could be both for "he was the wild god sporting in the forest or taking his ease on a cloud."
Legend has it that Shiva recounted to Parvati the secret of creation in the Amarnathji cave. Unknown to them, a pair of mating pigeons eavesdropped on this conversation and having learned the secret, are reborn again and again, and have made the cave their eternal abode. Many pilgrims report seeing the pigeons-pair when they trek the arduous route to pay obeisance before the ice-lingam (the phallic symbol of Shiva).
Situated in a narrow gorge at the farther end of Lidder valley, Amarnathji stands at 3,888 m and is 45 km from Pahalgam and 141 km from Srinagar. Though the original pilgrimage subscribes that the yatra be undertaken from Srinagar, the more common practice is to begin the journey from Pahalgam, and cover the distance to Amarnathji and back in four or five days. Pahalgam is 96 km from Srinagar.
Since the base point for the pilgrim's trek is picturesque Pahalgam, a large tented township springs up to accommodate the pilgrims. The conduct of the yatra is a gigantic task in which the State Government takes the assistance of the security departments for providing security and helping to keep the route open. All intermediate halting places have the same kind of facilities as are provided at Pahalgam, and a Yatra Officer is appointed to conduct the pilgrimage.

SONAMARG

SONAMARG
SONAMARG - The Meadow of Gold.
Sonamarg is situated at a distance of 84 kms from Srinagar, on the Srinagar-Ladakh Road. The route passes through the picturesque town of Ganderbal (21 kms), Kangan (40 kms) and Gund of the SindhValley, before reaching the resort. Spectacular views of the Harmukh range dominate the horizon. The drive to Sonamarg is through the SindhValley which presents yet another spectacular facet of countryside in Kashmir. Situated at an altitude of 2730 m, Sonamarg ('The meadow of gold') has, as its backdrop, snowy mountains against a cerulean sky. The SindhRiver that meanders through the valley abounds with trout. Ponies can be hired for the trip up to Thajiwas glacier, which is a major local attraction during the summer months.
Sonamarg is the base of a major trek that passes along several mountain lakes –Vishansar, Kishansar, Gadsar, Satsar and Gangabal. Sonamarg is also the take off station for the drive to Ladakh across the Zojila, a major pass in the GreatHimalayanRange, through which the Srinagar-Leh Road passes. Sonamarg is also a base for undertaking the yatra to the holy Amarnath cave, Accommodation in Sonamarg is available.

Culture and history

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The population of Jammu and Kashmir has the highest proportion of Muslims of any Indian state, about two-thirds of the total. Hindus constitute most of the remaining third, and there are small minorities of Sikhs and Buddhists.

Urdu is the state's official language. Jammu and Kashmir has the distinction of having multifaceted, variegated and unique cultural blend, making it distinct from the rest of the country, not only from the different cultural forms and heritage, but from geographical, demographically, ethical, social entities. Its different cultural forms like art and architecture, fair and festivals, rites and rituals, seer and sagas, language and mountains, embedded in ageless period of history, speak volumes about the unity and diversity with unparalleled cultural cohesion and cultural service. While Kashmir has been the highest learning centre of Sanskrit and Persian where early Indo-Aryanic civilization has originated and flourished, it has also been the embracing point of the advent of Islam in India.

Ladakh on the other hand, has been the highest and living centre of Tantrayan Buddhism. Jammu, the same way, has been the seat of Rajas and Maharajas which have cemented and enriched the cultural, historical and social bonds of all these diverse ethnic and linguistic divisions of the state. The ancient archeological monuments and remnants bear testimony to the distinct cultural traditions of the state.

The state of Jammu and Kashmir which had earlier been under Hindu rulers and Muslim Sultans became part of the Mughal Empire under Akbar. After a period of Afghan rule from 1756, it was annexed to the Sikh kingdom of Punjab in 1819. In 1846 Ranjit Singh handed over the territory of Jammu to Maharaja Gulab Singh. After the decisive battle of Sabroon in 1846, Kashmir also was handed over to Maharaja Gulab Singh under the Treaty of Amritsar.

In 1947, the state became the subject of an armed attack from Pakistan and Maharaja acceded to India on 26th October, 1947 by signing the instruments of accession. India approached the then UN in January 1949. Kashmir has been the centre of contention between India and Pakistan ever since. Separatist movements have torn the peaceful fabric of the state for over a decade.

SITT KASHMIR TOURS PACKAGE : 001 (08 NIGHTS / 09 DAYS)

DAY 01: ARRIVAL JAMMU
On arrival at Jammu, meeting with representative and transfer to Katra. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 02: VISIT VAISHNAVDEVI
Today visit Vaishnadevi, stay at Katra.

DAY 03: KATRA - SRINAGAR
After breakfast transfer to Srinagar.

DAY 04: MUGHAL GARDENS
Visit famous Mughal gardens (Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, Botanical Garden, Cheshma Shahi and Shankaracharya Temple, Gandhi's Monument, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Seven Bridges, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Museum – night stay at Srinagar hotel.

DAY 05: SRINAGAR – SONMARG – SRINAGAR
After breakfast full day excursion of Sonmarg which is one of the most beautiful drives from Srinagar. Sonmarg also called Meadow of Gold is located at a height of 2690 meters. You may take a pony ride to Thajiwas Glacier where snow remains round the year. Overnight in the Houseboat/hotel.

DAY 06: SRINAGAR – GULMARG
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Gulmarg .Half day free for Gondola ride and Horse riding .Enjoy nature at its extreme in the forest rest of the day at leisure. Night stay at Gulmarg.

DAY 07: GULMARG – PAHALGAM
Morning drive to Pahalgam one of the most scenic saucer shaped Plateau and is surrounded by dense pine and deodar forests, its beauty has further been enhanced by a Saffron fields in the center Pampora and 1100 years old Vishnu temple, Continue drive through leaser river golf course here are the other interesting Overnight stay in pahalgam.

DAY 08: PAHALGAM - PATNITOP
Transfer to Patnitop, night stay at Patnitop.

Day 09: PATNITOP - JAMMU
Patnitop to Jammu Transfer for departure train.
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Cost Includes:

1. On arrival Meet and Greet at the airport.
2. Sightseeing and transportation as per the itinerary by Non-Ac Sumo/Indica.
3. Accommodation in Jammu with Breakfast & Dinner.
4. Accommodation in Katra with Breakfast & Dinner.
5. Accommodation in Srinagar with Breakfast & Dinner.
6. Accommodation in Srinagar with Breakfast & Dinner.
7. Accommodation in Pahalgam with Breakfast & Dinner.
8. Shikara Ride over the Lake.

Cost Dose Not Includes:

1. Air Fare/Train fare.
2. Parking, Entry fee, Toll tax not included.
3. Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips. Liquor, boating & joy rides.
4. Any other item not specified in "Cost Includes".
5. Additional sightseeing or usages of vehicle not mention in the itinerary.
6. Guide charge not include.
7. Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blocks etc (to be borne by the clients directly on the spot).

Cancellation / Prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to package type.
We are not responsible for tour cancellation due to Force Majeure clause (Expenses / Cancellations incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc.) Additional expenses incurred due to Force Majeure Clause on the ongoing tour shall be borne by the guest on actual.
We hope that the tour itinerary and the cost are acceptable to you. Please contact us on the specified address in case of any alterations. Please reply soon so as to enable us to provide efficient services.

SITT KASHMIR TOURS PACKAGE : 001 (06 NIGHTS / 07 DAYS)

DAY 1 : ARRIVAL SRINAGAR
On arrival at srinagar airport, meeting with representative and transfer to houseboat. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 02: MUGHAL GARDENS
Visit famous Mughal gardens (Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, Botanical Garden, Cheshma Shahi and Shankaracharya Temple.

DAY 03: SRINAGAR – SONMARG – SRINAGAR
After breakfast full day excursion of Sonmarg which is one of the most beautiful drives from Srinagar. Sonmarg also called Meadow of Gold is located at a height of 2690 meters. You may take a pony ride to Thajiwas Glacier where snow remains round the year. Overnight in the Houseboat/hotel.

DAY 04: SRINAGAR – PAHALGAM
After breakfast drive from Srinagar to Pahalgam (Valley of Shepherds). Enroute you will have an rare opportunity to visit the Saffron fields. Also visit Awantipura Ruins & Anantnag Sulphur Springs enroute, Enjoy the bounty of Nature at Pahalgam, located on the bank of beautiful Lidder River. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 05: Pahalgam – Srinagar.
Drive from Pahalgam – Srinagar. On arrival transfer to Houseboat. Thereafter Shikara Ride Over the Lake.

DAY 06: SRINAGAR – GULMARG – SRINAGAR
Morning after breakfast, depart by car to visit Gulmarg. Gulmarg has one of the best ski slopes in the world, and one of the highest golf courses in the world. Overnight at Houseboat.

DAY 07: DEPARTURE
After breakfast drop to Srinagar airport for your onward destination.
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Cost Includes:

1. On arrival Meet and Greet at the airport.
2. Sightseeing and transportation as per the itinerary by Non-Ac Sumo/Indica.
3. 03 Nights Houseboat accommodation in Srinagar with Breakfast & Dinner.
4. 02 Nights Hotel accommodation in Srinagar with Breakfast & Dinner.
5. 01 Night Hotel accommodation in Pahalgam with Breakfast & Dinner.
6. Shikara Ride over the Lake

Cost Dose Not Includes:

1. Air Fare/Train fare.
2. Parking, Entry fee, Toll tax not included.
3. Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips. Liquor, boating & joy rides.
4. Any other item not specified in "Cost Includes".
5. Additional sightseeing or usages of vehicle not mention in the itinerary.
6. Guide charge not include.
7. Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blocks etc (to be borne by the clients directly on the spot).

Cancellation / Prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to package type.
We are not responsible for tour cancellation due to Force Majeure clause (Expenses / Cancellations incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc.) Additional expenses incurred due to Force Majeure Clause on the ongoing tour shall be borne by the guest on actual.
We hope that the tour itinerary and the cost are acceptable to you. Please contact us on the specified address in case of any alterations. Please reply soon so as to enable us to provide efficient services.

SITT - GREEN DOOARS PACKAGE : 002 (06 NIGHTS/07 DAYS)

DAY 01: ARRIVAL SRINAGAR
On arrival at srinagar airport, meeting with representative and transfer to houseboat. Enjoy the dinner and spend the night in the Deluxe Houseboat.

DAY 02 : SRINAGAR TO GULMARG
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Gulmarg .Half day free for Gondola ride and Horse riding .Enjoy nature at its extreme in the forest rest of the day at leisure. Night stay at Gulmarg.

DAY 03 : IN GULMARG
Explore Gulmarg and spend the day by individual activities. Stay overnight in the hotel in Gulmarg.

DAY 04 : GULMARG – PAHALGAM
Morning drive to Pahalgam one of the most scenic saucer shaped Plateau and is surrounded by dense pine and deodar forests, its beauty has further been enhanced by a Saffron fields in the center Pampora and 1100 years old Vishnu temple, Continue drive through leaser river golf course here are the other interesting Overnight stay in pahalgam.

Day 05 : PAHALGAM
Spend the day in Pahalgam in a relaxed mood and stay overnight in a hotel there.

DAY 06 : PAHALGAM - SRINAGAR
Drive back to Srinagar from Pahalgam and you will be transferred to a Deluxe Houseboat. Stay overnight in the Deluxe Houseboat.

DAY 07 : SRINAGAR - SONAMARG
Go for a full day excursion to Sonamarg by car. The distance of about 83 kms will be covered about 2.5 hrs. Streamed with flowers and surrounded by mountains, Sonamarg is also the base for some interesting treks to the high altitude of the Himalayas. Drive back from Sonamarg and you will be transferred to the Deluxe Houseboat for dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 08 : IN SRINAGAR
Enjoy the day by shopping and other individual activities. Stay overnight in the Houseboat.

DAY 09 : DEPARTURE
After breakfast drop to Srinagar airport for your onward destination.
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Cost Includes:

1. On arrival Meet and Greet at the airport.
2. Sightseeing and transportation as per the itinerary by Non-Ac Sumo/Indica.
3. 03 Nights Houseboat accommodation in Srinagar with Breakfast & Dinner.
4. 02 Nights Hotel accommodation in Srinagar with Breakfast & Dinner.
5. 01 Night Hotel accommodation in Pahalgam with Breakfast & Dinner.
6. Shikara Ride over the Lake

Cost Dose Not Includes:

1. Air Fare/Train fare.
2. Parking, Entry fee, Toll tax not included.
3. Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips. Liquor, boating & joy rides.
4. Any other item not specified in "Cost Includes".
5. Additional sightseeing or usages of vehicle not mention in the itinerary.
6. Guide charge not include.
7. Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blocks etc (to be borne by the clients directly on the spot).

Cancellation / Prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to package type.
We are not responsible for tour cancellation due to Force Majeure clause (Expenses / Cancellations incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc.) Additional expenses incurred due to Force Majeure Clause on the ongoing tour shall be borne by the guest on actual.
We hope that the tour itinerary and the cost are acceptable to you. Please contact us on the specified address in case of any alterations. Please reply soon so as to enable us to provide efficient services.