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Jammu & Kashmir Tour Package

Situated at an altitude of 305 meters, surrounded by Pirpanjal and Sivalik mountains, Jammu, the summer capital of J&K, has climate similar to northern India . It is the second largest city of Jammu and Kashmir. Bestowed with innumerable temples, this city has people of several races and mixed culture spreading from Chenab to Ravi. Jammuites are friendly in nature and born warriors. For decades, they have paved the way for the tourists into the State.

It is Situated on the banks of Tawi River and on the foot of Shivaliks. Its history dates back to 9th century and was built by Raja Jambu Lochan. One day when he was hunting in the woods, he saw the most astonishing and the most inspiring sight of his life. He saw a tiger and a lamb drinking water from the same spot by the banks of river Tawi. At that moment, he decided that he would build a city where all kinds of people will live together with peace and harmony. The city was named Jambu, but later came to be known as Jammu . The city is the southern most part of the state. The temperature in the city during the winters is quite pleasant, whereas the summer capital Srinagar becomes extremely cold, due to which the every winter the capital was shifted to Jammu, thus making it the winter Capital of the state. The city is famous for the numerous temples that dot the face of the land, specially the biggest temple complex in north India, Raghunath Temple and the holiest shrine of Vaishno Devi.

Jammu City experiences a sub tropical climate. The summer days are hot and dry whereas in winters, the temperature is quite pleasant. Jammu serves as a home to many communities like Dogras, Gujjars, Gaddis and Bakkarwals. The languages spoken here are Dagri, Hindi and Urdu. The city has grown leaps and bounds in terms of development. The once sedate land of Jammu is now one of the most bustling cities of the state. And as far as shopping is concerned, the city is a real treat. What you will get elsewhere in the state, here you will get it more and better. The markets here give you best feel of new and old together. The decade old shops here stand wall to wall with the trendiest of international showrooms. The Shahtoosh and Pashmina shawls with the exceptional embroidery work are the best buy. The most preferred shopping places in the city are Vir Marg, Hari Market and Raghunath Bazaar.

Getting There National Highway 1A connects Jammu with rest of India & Jammu - Tawi is the rail head for the Travelers to Jammu . There are overnight trains operating from Delhi to Jammu : Shalimar Express / Jammu Mail / Jhelum Express / Pooja Express / Uttar Sampark Kranti Express, besides day trains Viz. Malva Express / Super fast Express. Jammu is also connected by train with Bombay, Calcutta, Madras and other cities in the Country.

Jammu connected by direct flights operated by Indian Airlines / Jet Airways / Sahara Airways/Kingfisher/Go Air / Spice Jet /Air Deccan, etc. There are daily direct flights from Delhi / Srinagar / Mumbai / Ahmadabad to Jammu.

Kashmir the Paradise on Earth

Set like a jeweled 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. Anecdotes of four and five centuries ago describe their love for these gardens, and the rivalries that centered on their ownership. 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 realized. 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 2,700m 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 favored ones.

How to reach Kashmir 

Srinagar : the summer capital of State is connected by direct flights operated by Indian Airlines / Jet Airways / Sahara Airways/ Kingfisher/ GoAir/ SpiceJet/ AirDeccan, etc. There are daily direct flights from Delhi / Jammu to Srinagar.

Daily Super Deluxe / Sleeper buses also run from Delhi to Srinagar.

Jammu - Tawi is the nearest rail head for the Travelers to Srinagar. There are overnight trains operating from Delhi to Jammu : Shalimar Express / Jammu Mail / Jhelum Express / Pooja Express / Uttar Sampark Kranti Express, besides day trains Viz. Malva Express / Super fast Express. Jammu is also connected by train with Bombay , Calcutta , Madras and other cities in the Country.

LADAKH - the land of celebration

Ladakh the abode of Dalai Lama is set in a gigantic and extravagant environment. It is bordered by two of the world's monumental mountain ranges the Karakoram in the north and the Himalayas in the south.

Ladakh is a sight of tranquility, beauty and peace. A number of different festivals celebrated in ladakh add energy and excitement to its calm and serene environment. These traditions give a good contrast to its modern ambience.

The wintry weather, the beautiful environment and the dazzling physical features of the land make it closest to the nature and naturally scenic. Ladakh is traversed by parallel chains, the Ladakh range and the Zanskar range.

Ladakh was once covered by a massive lake system, the signs of which still exist in the south-east plateaus of Rupshu and Chushul and in the lakes of Tso-moriri, Tso-kar and Pangong-tso. The Himalayan range protects the region from the Indian monsoons making the winter snowfall their only source of water. Dras, Zanskar and Suru valley receive heavy snowfalls melting the glaciers and carrying the water in the form of streams in summers to irrigate the fields. For the rest of the region, the snow on the peaks is the only source of water.

Ladakh lies at an altitude ranging from about 2,750 meters at Kargil to 7,672 meters at Saser Kangri, in the Karakoram Range. The weather is so unique that a man can get both sunstroke and frostbite at the same time. The maximum temperature in summers can be around 25 degree Celsius while the minimum in winters can be around -25 degree Celsius.

Historical Background

For nearly 900 years, Ladakh was an independent kingdom, its ruling dynasties descending from the kings of old Tibet. The kingdom attained its greatest geographical extent in the early 17th century under King Singge Namgyal, whose territory extended across Spiti and western Tibet right up to the Mayum-la, beyond the sacred sites of Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar . Ladakh became recognized as the best trade route between Punjab and Central Asia . For centuries it was traversed by caravans carrying textiles, spices, raw silk, carpets, dyestuffs, narcotics, etc. Leh was a middle route for the tradesmen hence leading to the establishment of the markets over there.

The famous Pashmina (better known as cashmere) came down from eastern Ladakh and western Tibet to Srinagar through Leh. Pashmina was converted into shawls known for their softness and warmth. The trade attracted the attention of Gulab Singh, the ruler of Jammu in the early 19 th centrury who sent his general, Zorawar Singh to invade Ladakh. However, a decade of war ended in the supremacy of British power in north India incorporating Ladakh and Baltistan into Jammu and Kashmir . However, Ladakh and Baltistan were separated after the partition of India as Baltistan was made a part of Pakistan and Ladakh was in India .

The spoken languages in Ladakh are Balti, Shina, Dardic, Urdu and Hindi. Leh is connected by direct flights from Srinagar, Delhi and Jammu. It is also connected by road from Srinagar and Manali.

Vital Statistics

Area: 97,000 sq kms out of which nearly 38,000 sq. kms are under Chinese Occupation since 1962.

Altitude: Leh 3505 m, Kargil 2750 m

Temperature: Max Min

Summer: 25°C 10.6° C

Winter: (-) 5°C -20°C

Rainfall: 15cm, 6" (annual average)

Population: Approx. 2.40 lakh in the 2 districts of Leh & Kargil.

Best Season: Throughout the year, though the winter months can be quite cold.

Clothing: Cotton & light woollens in summer and heavy woollens including down-filled wind proof upper garments in winter.

Languages: Ladakhi including Balti / Purgi, Shina or Dardic, Urdu / Hindi.

How to reach Ladakh 

Leh: is connected by direct flights operated by Indian Airlines / Jet Airways /Air Deccan, etc. There direct flights from Delhi / Jammu / Srinagar to Leh, Ladakh is connected by Road from Srinagar and Manali.

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