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Title: Locating BeautyCanon EOS 1000DJammu and Kashmir is the northernmost state of India. It is situated mostly in the Himalayan mountains. Jammu and Kashmir shares a border with the states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab to the south and internationally with the People's Republic of China to the north and east and the Pakistaniadministered territories of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, to the west and northwest respectively. Formerly a part of the erstwhile princely state of Kashmir and Jammu, thisterritory is disputed among China, India and Pakistan. Jammu and Kashmir is referred to in Pakistan as Indian-occupied Kashmir.


Jammu and Kashmir consists of three regions: Jammu, the Kashmir valley and Ladakh.Srinagar is the summer capital, and Jammu, its winter capital. While the Kashmir valley, often known as Paradise on Earth, is famous for its beautiful mountainous landscape, Jammu's numerous shrines attracts tens of thousands of Hindu and Muslim pilgrims every year. Ladakh, also known as "Little Tibet", is renowned for its remote mountain beauty andBuddhist culture.

Title: Under CoverCanon EOS 1000DPlaces of Interest in Jammu-Kashmir

Gulmarg

Gulmarg Travel GuideGulmarg is surrounded by dense forests of tall conifers ,Gulmarg is known for unparalled beauty nad is rated as one of the matchless tourist spots of the world.It is famous for Golf hikes and boasts of a beautiful highland golf course. It is premier resort for winter sports in the country.The meadow of Flowers is a world famous tourist spot in the Baramulla Distt of Kashmir. The altitude of Gulmarg is 2730 meters.

How to Reach Gulmarg: Gulmarg is in Baramula Distt and is 57Kms from Srinagar District .The nearest Airport in Badgam Distt.This Airport is connected with major cities of country. The nearest Rail Head is at Jammu . The journey from Srinagar to Gulmarg takes approx. 2 hours in bus and may take short time by chartered conveyance. The road to gulmarg is very beautiful and is lined with poplar trees all through. All sorts of transport is available to Gulmarg from Srinagar bus stand at Batmallo and from various tour and travel opeartors at the prices fixed.

Gulmarg TourismWhere to Stay in Gulmarg: Gulmarg boasts of a number of Hotels of various standards which offer good accomodation and meals. Hotels of international standards are also available. JKTDC has huts on the offer at Gulmarg and all these properties require advance booking from Srinagar when the season is on. Assistance for bookingaccomodation can be had from the booking manager at Tourist reception centre Srinagar. The accomodation available there suits all budgets.

Recreational Activities in Gumlarg:

Gulmarg offers a beautiful Golf Course where equipment is also available on hire.
A Cable Car(Gandola) is also installed which is great hit with tourists and it takes tourists upto Kongdori.

Trek to Alpather Lake can be undertaken which is lake 13 Kms away from Gulamrg. This lake remains frozen even in June
There is another spot called Khilanmarg which offers unparalled view of the Himalayan peaks .
The famous shrine of Baba Reshi is also located near Gul Marg noted muslim saint who is revered by all faiths.

Jammu Travel GuideGulmarg-Khilanmarg-Apharwat-Alpather is one of the important trekking routes.

Jammu

The City of Jammu is popularly known as the "City of Temeples". innumerable temples and shrines with glittering "Shikhars" soar into the sky, like caretakers of the city, creating the ambience of a truly holy city.

Tucked away in the foothills of the Himalayas, with the picturesque river Tawi flowing alongside, stands the land that Raja Jambu Lochan discovered one day while he was hunting. Legend has it that he suddenly came upon a clearing where he saw a sight that left him speechless.

General Information:
Temperature

Summer: Max. 43.0, Min. 23.4
Winter : Max. 26.2, Min. 4.3

Clothing
Summer : Light cottons
Winter : Woollens

How to Reach Jammu
By Air: Indian Airlines operates scheduled service from Jammu to Delhi and Srinagar/Leh.Jammu. Airport is 8 Kms. from the city centre. Jet Airways also operates service between Jammu-Delhi and Jammu-Srinagar.

By Rail: Jammu Tawi is an important railhead of the Northern Railways serving the Jammu and Kashmir State.

Kargil Travel GuideBy Road: Jammu falls on Natinoal Highway 1-A and is connected by national highway network to all parts of the country. Some important road distances are : Amritsar - 243 kms, Chandigarh - 436 kms , Delhi - 586 kms., Katra - 48 kms, Srinagar - 305 kms, Manali - 428 kms, Patnitop - 112 kms. Mansar - 60 kms.

Kargil

Kargil district carved out of erstwhile district Ladakh came into existence in July 1979.It lies in the North-east Of Kashmir Valley at a distance of 205 Kms. from Srinagar with a geographical area of 14,036 Sq.Kms. The whole area is of high rocky mounatins which is devoid of any natural vegetation. The population of the district is above one lakh having density of 7 persons per Sq.Kms. against the average of 59 persons per Sq.Kms.at State level.99% of population is schedule tribe. The district has high altitude area in the Country ranging from 8,000 fts.to 18,000fts.above sea level.

Kargil TourismThere are 7 rural development blocks comprising of 129 villages and 461 habitations as per 1981 Census which comprise a number of households settled near available irrigation facilities.District has two tehsils and on Sub-division at Zanskar.The district remains cut off from the rest of country from November to May in view of heavy snow fall on National Highway at Zojila pass.People mostly live in rural areas and only 5.3 percent reside in the town.

The majority of population is Muslim.The Budhists come next with their concerntration in Zanskar tehsil and Shargol block.A few families of Sikhs and Hindus also live in the district.The cultivated area in the district is 10,000 hectares as against19,437 hectares of reporting area.The soil is generally coarse, mixed with stones and gravels. It is alkine in reaction and organic matter content is very low.The fertility of the soil varies from place to place and the growing season is short.The avearge rainfall in Kargil is 26 cms only. The district gets snowfall varying from 2ft.to 5ft.The Kargil town,Suru Valley and the villages around the Wakha and Kanji Nallah record a snowfall upto 3ft while in Drass and some parts of Zanskar it is 5ft.Drass is the second coldest inhabited place in the world after Siberia in Russia.

Ladakh & Leh TourismThe areas of Karkitcho,Kargil town,Hardass to Saliskot and the villages from Silmo to Garkone get a double crop of barley, wheat,peas,bajrah and vegetables while other areas of the district get only single crop of wheat,barley,peas and some varieties of vegetables. The barley is the staple crop of the district. The district presents a composite culture of Balti, Ladakhi, Purki, Dardi,Zanskari and Shia cultures. Irrespective of ethenic identities,all speak the Kargali language with ease.

Ladakh - Leh

in geological terms, this is a young land, formed only a few million years ago by the buckling and folding of the earth's crust as the Indian sub-continent pushed with irresistible force against the immovable mass of Asia. Its basic contours, uplifted by these unimaginable tectonic movements, have been modified over the millennia by the opposite process of erosion, sculpted into the form we see today by wind and water.

Yes, water! Today, a high -altitude desert, sheltered from the rain-bearing clouds of the Indian monsoon by the barrier of the Great Himalaya, Ladakh was once covered by an extensive lake system, the vestiges of which still exist on its south -east plateaux of Rupshu and Chushul - in drainage basins with evocative names like Tso-moriri, Tsokar,a nd grandest of all, Pangong-tso.

Ladakh & Leh Travel GuideOccasionally, some stray monsoon cluds do find their way over the Himalaya, and lately this seems to be happening with increasing frequency. But the main source of water remains the winter snowfall. Dras, Zanskar and the Suru Valley on the Himalaya's northern flank receive heavy snow in winter; this feeds the glaciers whose meltwater, carried down by streams, irrigates the fields in summer. For the rest of the region, the snow on the peaks is virutally the only source of water. As the crops grow, the villagers pray not for rain, but for sun to melt the glaciers and liberate their water. Usually their prayers are answered, for the skies are clear and the sun shines for over 300 days in the year.

Ladakh lies at altitudes ranging from about 9,000 feet (2750m) at Kargil to 25,170 feet (7,672m) at Saser Kangri in the Karakoram. Thus summer temperatures rarely exceed about 27 degree celcuis in the shade, while in winter they may plummet to minus 20 degree celcuis even in Leh. Surprisingly, though, the thin air makes the heat ofthe sun even more intense than at lower altitudes; it is said that only in Ladakh can a man sitting in the sun with his feet in the shade suffer from sunstroke and frostbite at the same time!

Pahalgam

Pahalgam TourismPahalgam has a golf course at 2400 meters above the sea level. Camping equipment, ponies and skiing equipment is readily available. Kolahoi is a popular destinantion via Aru a charming meadow. Pahalgam is base camp for the pilgrims of Amarnath.

Pahalgam is in Anantnag District and is about 96 Kms from Srinagar. The nearest Airport is in Badgam Distt. This Airport is connected with major cities of India.The nearest Rail Head is at Jammu and from there National Highway NH1A connects the Kashmir valley with India. The road to Pahalgam takes from Khannabal or alternatively from Bijbehara villages from this National Highway. Pahalgam Travel GuideEvery sort of transportto suit every budget from Buses to Taxisply on this Highway. It Takesaround 10 to 12 hours to cross this mountaineous road which crosses some beautiful spots andthe famous Jawahar Tunnel linking Kashmir Valley with India. Bus service is available from Srinagar and Anantnag which leave at fixed time from the Bus stands.Taxis and other sort of transport can be hired from Srinagar at pre-fixed rates.Assistance isavailable at Tourist Reception Centre Srinagar. On Road to Pahalgam one comes across the beautiful Lidder Valley with important spots of Mattan and Aishmuqam.

Where to stay in Pahalgam?
Pahalgam has a number of Hotels and lodges of various types which are open only during summer months.Accomodation needs to be booked well in advance from srinagar.

What to do in Pahalgam?
Lots of recreational activities are on the offer
Patnitop TourismPahalgam offers trekking adventure. Trekking can be undertaken to Kolahoi Glacier which is very beautiful via Aru village. Sledging at the frozen Glaciers is also offered by locals. Angling ( a license is required) You can take long walks in the jungles and explore rich flora and fauna. Pahalgam is the main base camp to Amarnath Cave. Alpine Skiing is also available at high altitudes. A Popular trek from Sonamarg to Pahalgam and trek to Chandanwari and Sheshnag lake can also be undertaken. Some probability of white water rafting is also available downstrean from Pahalgam in the Lidder river.

Patnitop

Patnitop is enveloped by thickly wooded forests,Patnitop offers beautiful picnic spots, peaceful walks and breathtaking views of the mountainscape of the Chenab basin. in winter, the resort is generally covered with athick mantle of snow thus providing opportunities for various snow games includingskiing. It is the best developed tourist spot of Jammu and is second to none in its natural charm, climate, pine forests and lush green cover.

Title: DawnCannon Powershot Sx100This famous hill resort is perched on a beautiful plateau, at an altitude of 2024 metres across which the Jammu-Srinagar Highway passes.

The occupancy of the huts and Dak Banglow is full in summer months. There is ambitious plan of Patnitop Development Authority to develop Patnitop, Kud, Sud-Mahadev, Mantalai circuit. The costruction work of Mall Road at Kud is also proposed to be taken up. Trekking route from Kud to Patnitop-Sanasar has already been completed. The complete tourist circuit covers Jammu-Katra-VaishnoDeviji, Kud-Sanasar, Patnitop-Gourikund, Sudmahadev, Mantali, extending upto Latti-Dhuna.

There are a large number of huts and Tourists Bunglows, all managed by J&K TDC, Having facilities of Drawing room/Dining room and fully equipped kitchen in all huts and LPG facility.

MUGHAL GARDENS

Nishat Shalimar

Just on the out-skirts of Srinagar lie Chashmashahi ("The royal spring"), Nishat ("abode of peace") and Shalimar ("abode of love") where Mughal emperors once relaxed with their exquisite queens.

SONAMARG:

On the Way to Sonamarg Sonamarg

(9100 ft): This golden meadow is about 100 kms from Srinagar. A gushing river Sindh is the highlight of this meadow, flowing down from snowy heights into the dense woodlands of fir and silver birches. Glaciers pour down this river from Himalayas on to the many camping sites in Sonamarg. Also famous for trout fishing.

YUSMARG (8900 ft):
One hour drive from Srinagar, this idyllic meadow is ideal for a day's picnic or a short walk along the mighty 'Doodh Ganga' river, its name deriving from its milk white foam. Picnic on its banks or simply doze in the sun. A starting point for many peaks like 'Trata Kutti' and 'Sang-safed' - this is a trekkers base.

On the Way to Yousmarg Yousmarg

SHIKARA RIDES:
You can enjoy beautiful rides on shikaras; visiting Nehru park, Kabutur Khana, Charchinari, Floating Islands and typical vegetable farmer villages on the Dal lake. The canals are spectacular.

Shikaras Shikara Ride

DAKSUM (8500 ft):

A trekker's paradise (2 hours very scenic drive) swathed in coniferous forests, gurgling streams, hidden grassy meadows, where your only company is the sound of the gushing Bringhi river or an occasional shepherd tending his flock. Daksum is also famous for its trout - an angler's heaven.

Daksum Daksum

DACHIGAM NATIONAL PARK
At one time the exclusive hunting preserve of the local Maharaja and now a beautiful sanctuary spread over an area of 141 sq.kms owing to a strict conservation programme. Dachigam is the home of 20 mammal specials including the Kashmir Hangul, Snow leopard, black bear and over 15 species of avifauna (18 kms drive).

Dachigam Dachigam

AHARBAL
As on approaches the great waterfall of Aharbal, the distant rumble turns into a roar. Dotted with delighful picnic spots this waterfall is also the starting point for intresting treks. (1½ hour drive).

Aharbal Waterfall Aharbal Waterfall

Aharbal Waterfall

WULAR AND MANASBAL LAKE
Wular is Asia's largest fresh-water lake, formidable in its size is like a chameleon with every mile of its strectch.The calm waters of Manasbal lake are retreat for bird watchers. Glide on a shikara on the lake with only gentle sound of the water and the birds to break the silence (2 hours round trip).

Mansbal Lake
Wular Lake
Wulnar lake
Manasbal Lake Srinagar

VAISHNO DEVI
1 hour drive from Jammu via Katra, this temple town over-hangs the cliffs about Tawi where millions journey to pay homage at the cave shrine.One of several surprises in the sanctuary of Gods.

Way to vaishno devi shrine
Vaishno Devi
Vishno devi shrine
Vaishno Devi

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