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Ladakhhhh Trip Details

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North India - Jammu and Kashmir 
 
North India
 
Jammu and Kashmir
, India’s fascinating northernmost state consists of three regions differing
in topography and culture.
Jammu
was the stronghold of Hindu Dogra kings and abounds with
popular temples and secluded forest retreats. Kashmir’s capital city,
Srinagar
offers delightfulholidays on the lakes with their shikaras and houseboats.
 Ladakh
is the northern most province of the state, with a bleak terrain of barren mountains.Hilltop monasteries and a colourful way of life, completely at one with the surroundings, makeLadakh one of the best living traditions of Tibetan Buddhism in the world today.
 
Jammu & Kashmir
 
Amongst the three regions of Jammu & Kashmir State, Jammu, perhaps, offers the widestdiversity of terrain and beauty. The entire region is pocketed with lakes and valleys, some stilllittle explored. The foundation of the settlement of Jammu is attributed to King Jambulochan ofthe 9th century BC. In 1730 AD, it came under the Dogra rule of Raja Dhruv Deva and Jammubecame an important centre for arts and culture, now renwned as the Pahari School. Religion,too, played an important part in its development, so beautifully evidenced in its various shrinesand temples spread throughout the region.
Area :
20.36 sq.km.
Altitude :
305 metres.
Temperature (deg C) :
Summer- Max.39.9, Min.23.4; Winter- Max.20.2, Min.4.5.
Rainfall :
107 cms (June to September).
Clothings :
Summer- Light cottons, Winter- Heavy woollens.
Languages Spoken :
Dogri, Kashmiri, Hindi, English.
Best Season :
Throughout the year.
HOW TO GET THERE
 
 
Air :
Indian Airlines connect Jammu with Delhi, Leh and Shrinagar.
Fare :
Calcutta-Delhi Rs.4797 (J), Rs.3445 (Y). Delhi-Jammu Rs.2865 (J), Rs.2065 (Y).
 
Rail :
Jammu Tawi, the railway station to reach Jammu, is connected by rail toCalcutta, Delhi, Bombay, Madras and other main cities in India.
Fare :
(Approx)Calcutta- Jammu Tawi Rs.2900 (AC-I), Rs.1300 (I), Rs.350 (II).
 
Road :
Jammu, on N.H.no 1A, is connected by good all-weather roads to all parts ofIndia. Some of the road distances are:- Amritshar 243 kms, Chandigarh 436 kms, Delhi
 
586 kms, Katra 48 kms, Shrinagar 305 kms, Manali 428 kms.
 
Bus :
J & K State Road Transport Corporation as well as some other State RoadTransport Corporations (Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh)service Jammu to and from various major places in North India providing deluxe &ordinary buses.
 
Local Transport :
Coaches, Tourist Taxis, Other Taxis, Scooter Rickshawas, Tongas,Matador Mini Buses and City Bus Services available.
WHAT TO SEE
 Ranbireshwar Temple; Raghunath Temple (Raghunath Bazar); Raghunath Temple (PuraniMandi); Ranbir Canal (3.5 kms); Bahu Fort (5 kms); Bage Bahu (5 kms); Amar Mahal PalaceMuseum (Ramnagar, Tel.45676, Timming: 1000-1200 & 1500-1700 hrs for six days and 1000-1200 hrs only for Sundays, Closed on State holidays, Entrance Fee: Rs.5); Dogra Art Gallery(Gandhi Bhawan, Opp. New Secretariat, Timmings: 1100-1700 in winter & 0730-1300 hrs insummer, Closed on Mondays).
EXCURSIONS
 Akhnoor: 32 kms. Regular bus-services available from Jammu. Batote: 113 kms, 1560 metres.Health Resort on the Jammu-Shrinagar highway. Accommodation is available in huts (Rs.200for double) and Tourist Bungalow (Rs.175 for double & Rs.25 per bed in dormitory). Kud: 106kms, 1738 metres. Resort on Jammu-Shrinagar highway. Accommodation available at TouristBungalow (Rs.175 for double, Rs.250 for suites). Mansar Lake: 80 kms. Regular bus-servicesavailable from Jammu. Accommodation is available in huts (Rs.325 for double) and in TouristBungalow (Rs.175 for double, Rs.325 for suites). Purmandal (Chhota Kashi): 39 kms. Religiousplace connected by bus with Jammu. Accommodation is available in pilgrim shelters. Patnitop:112 kms, 2024 metres. A resort & picnic spot on the Jammu-Shrinagar highway.Accommodation available in huts (Rs.475 for double, Rs.300 for single), Tourist Bungalow(Rs.250 for double, Rs.325 for suites) and Youth Hostel (Rs.40 per bed in dormitory). Ramban:148 kms. Accommodation available in Tourist Bungalow (double Rs.150). Ramnagar: 102 kms.Regular bus-services available from Jammu. Sanasar: 129 kms, 2079 metres. 19 kms fromPatnitop, slightly away from the National Highway. Accommodation available in huts (Rs.250),Tourist Bungalow (Double Rs.150, Rs.15 / head in dormitory without bedding). Sudhmahadev:120 km, 1225 metres. Accommodation available at pilgrim shelters. Surinsar Lake: 42 kms.Picturesque spot. Accommodation available in huts. Kishtwar High Altitude National Park: 248kms.
 
Ladakh
 
Beyond the Kashmir valley lies Ladakh, the land of unsurmountable mountains, and fascinatingmonastries. Ladakh is the abode of rare Kiang & highland Yak. Leh its capital city lies at the Tri junction of the historic silkroute from Sinkiang to West Asia and to the plains of India.
Altitude :
3500 metres.
Temperature (deg C) :
Summer - Max , Min ,; Winter - Max , Min
Best Season :
May to November.
TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION
 
 
Air :
The nearest airport is Leh, which is connected by Indian Airlines to Delhi,Shrinagar and Jammu.
Fare :
Delhi - Leh Rs.2787 (J), Rs.2002 (Y).
 
Rail :
Nearest railhead Jammu (690 kms) is connected to all parts of India. Fare(approx) : Calcutta-Jammu Rs.1271 (AC-2A), Rs.1057 (I), Rs.324 (II)
 
 
Road :
Leh-Shrinagar National Highway officialy opens from 15th May to 15thNovember every year (depending on weather condition). By road Leh to Shrinagar 434kms, Kargil 230 kms, Manali 497 kms, Keylong 380 kms.
 
Bus :
Jammu Kashmir Road Transport Corp. operates buses between Srinagar & LehFare (approx) : Super Deluxe- Rs.225, A Class- Rs.125, B Class- Rs.100.
PLACES OF INTERESTAt Leh
Leh Khar Palace, Leh Monastery, Leh Mosque, Tsamo Gompa.
 At Kargil
 Kargil has beautiful Imambaras at Trespone and Sankho representing Turkish architecture.Attached to these Imambaras there are famous Arabic and Persian speaking Muslim divinesknown as ghas.
 EXCURSIONS
 Mulbak Monastary 190 kms, Lamayura 125 kms, Alehi Gompa 135 kms, Likir Gompa 140 kms,Phiyang Gompa 20 kms, Spitak Monastary 8 kms, Snaker Gompa 3 kms, Shey PalaceMonastary 15 kms, Thiksey Monastary 19 kms, Hemis 49 kms.
 SPORTS ACTIVITIES
Ladakh is a virtual paradise for Adventure sports-Mountaineering, trekking White water rafting / canoeing etc. For mountaineering the Zanskar Range, the Ladakh range and recently openedKarakoram range offer some of the finest challenges and schedule for reservation is availablewith Indian Mountaineering Foundation, Banito Juaraz marg, New Delhi, Tel: 671211.ForTrekkers, Ladakh has immense possibilities.
Some well known treks around Leh are :
 
 Leh-Lamayuru-Wanla-Ursi-Tar La-Mangyur-Saspol-Leh (7 days)
 
 Leh-Stok-Zachan-Runbagh Pass-Shingo-Skiu-Shaluk-Markha-Nimaling-Longmaru-La-Churkirmo-Shang-Hemis-Leh (14 days)
 
 Padam-Tongde-Zangla-Sher Sher La-Chup Cha-Shang Kong Ma-Kurna Sumdo-NariNarsa-Lang Tan-Hankar-Nima Ling-Shakdo-Hemis (14 days) Trekking equipment canbe hired from Leh Tourist Office, on nominal charges and its recommended that theyshould be consulted for information & guidance. Indus and its tributaries provideexciting opportunities for rafting/caneoing.
 
POLO :
Ladakh has its own version of polo which is played during the summer months in Leh.
 MISCELLANEOUS
 
 Tourist Information Centre Jammu & Kashmir Department of Tourism, Leh, Tel: 95/97.
 Jammu & Kashmir Tourist office, 12 Jawahar Lal Nehru Road, Calcutta, Tel: 248-5791.
 
Vaishno Devi
 
The holy cave shrine of Vaishno devi is situated in a beautiful racess of the Trikuta Mountainsforming a part of the lower Himalayas as in the state of Jammu & Kashmir at an altitude of over5000 feet. In the cave there are images of three dieties viz. the Mahakali, Mahalakshmi andMahasaraswati. The shrine can be visited throughout the year, but during the winter seasonthe route is often blocked by snow-fall.
 

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