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Trekking in Kashmir Valley
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& Kashmir, Northern Himalayas
Gulmarg & Sonamarg
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Trekking is a major part of Jammu-Kashmir's
adventure sports, but usually its Ladakh, that usually takes away the fame of
being a trekker's paradise. Tourists are aware of Kashmir as a tourist
destination, but take a closer look and you'll know what an important adventure
centre this valley makes.
Jammu and Kashmir is India’s northernmost state,
and the one which is best-known for trekking. It is an extravagantly beautiful
land of flower-spangled meadows, wild orchards, spectacular coniferous forests,
icy mountain peaks and clear streams and rivers. The capital, Srinagar, is the
base for many treks, notably to the blue Zabarwan Hills and Shankaracharya Hill.
The three other main bases in Jammu & Kashmir are
Pahalgam (100km/62 miles from Srinigar) in the Lidder Valley, the base for treks
to sacred Amarnath, Aru, Lidderwat and the glacial lakes of Tarsar and Tulian;
Gulmarg (51km/32 miles from Srinagar), from which treks can be made to the
crystal tarns of Apharwat and Alpather, the upland lakes of Vishansar and
Gangabal and the Thajiwas Glacier; and Sonamarg, in the Sindh Valley, the base
for treks into the surrounding mountains. 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. The Kashmir Treks Are : -
This is one of the revered pilgrimage sites
of India tucked away in the mighty Himalayas. Open only for a few months
during the year, Amarnath
enshrines a natural Shivalingam of ice, and is reached after an arduous
trek through the mountains of Kashmir.
46km from Pahalgam, the
sacred Amarnath Cave (3962m) where a natural ice lingam forms at the time
of full moon in the months of July-August every year. Thousand of
pilgrims from all over India trek to Amarnath cave. The ideal trekking
months stretch from April to November; no special permits are
required, though registration with the nearest tourist office is necessary.
The state affords some spectacular contrasts in
nature with its alpine pastures,barren wastelands and rugged mountains. Srinagar
is a good take off point for trekking in the Kashmir valley or in Zanskar(by
road to kargil).In the Ladakh region,Leh is the best point for base camp.Mules
and porters charging approximately $ 4 per day can be engaged from the area's
nearest tourist office. Guides are also available and there are several
specialised agencies in Srinagar and Leh dealing in trekking tours.
Amarnath is an ancient pilgrimage center. The
Amarnath cave is located at a distance of 86 miles north east of Srinagar, at a
height of 13000 feet above sea level. Shiva is worshipped here in the form of a
Shivalinga shaped ice block, made by
drops of water oozing naturally in the cave.
The first stage of the trek is to Chandanwadi, the
second to Sheshnag and the third over the Mahagunas Pass to Panchtami. Many
pilgrims visit the cave from Panchtami and return to Sheshnag the same day,
walking back to Pahalgam on the fifth day.
Location : -
46km from Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir
Mid-June to Mid-October
How To Reach There
The nearest airport Jammu is connected with Delhi, Shrinagar and Leh.
The Nearest railway station Jammu is connected with all the main cities in
Trekking in Gulmarg
Gulmarg or "The Meadow of Flowers," is a charming
hill station at 2,653 m, situated at a distance of 51 km from Srinagar, amidst
tall pines, gigantic firs and the snow-moulded mountains. Gulmarg makes an
excellent base for trekking in the northern Pir Panjal Range. Nanga Parbat can
be seen to the north from several view points, including Khilanmarg, west and
over 1,500 feet up the forested hillside from Gulmarg. From a distance, the Pir
Panjal appears somewhat rounded, but when you are actually walking up its
slopes, you will find that its smoother peaks rise above evergreen clad slopes
that seem quite equal in steepness to those of the main Himalayas.
To the south of Gulmarg, a pleasant trek would be to walk up the Ferozepur Nala
and beyond to the hamlets of Danwas, Tejjan, and to Samaidan. For this you will
need a porter who knows the way because many stock trails intersect the route.
The walk from Gulmarg to Tosamaidan is considered to be three stages long. You
may return by way of Riyar and Khag villages or continue south toward Sunset
Peak and then walk into the foothills along the Romushi Nala to Yusmarg, where a
road and bus service connect with Srinagar.
Click to Skiing Adventure in Gulmarg
Gulmarg is also considered among the best skiing resorts in India. Ski
enthusiasts can easily find out all required gear and equipments as well as
professional ski instructors in Gulmarg, to try out a hand on skiing. The
longest ski run in Gulmarg is provide by the Gondola Cable Car, where skiers can
swoosh down the slopes from the height of 2, 213 meter.
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