Category Archives: Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu & Kashmir tourism related information including its hill stations, pilgrimage centers, wildlife sanctuaries, trekking destinations, falls, etc.

Nubra Valley, Maitreya Statue,Wild Bactrian Camel, Himalaya, Trekking

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Nubra Valley is a tri-armed valley at an average altitude of 3048 meters or 10,000 feet, located along the Himalayan mountain ranges, in Ladakh district of Jammu and Kashmir state in India.

Maitreya statue in Nubra Valley
33 meter tall Maitreya statue, a symbol of peace, facing Pakistan, in Nubra Valley.

Nubra Valley is situated to the north-east of Ladakh valley. Buddhists constitute majority of the population. Lower altitude and western end of the Valley has Muslim populated areas.

Shyok River, a tributary of the Indus River, meets the Nubra river (which originates in the Siachen glacier), in Nubra valley and then the widened river flows from here. Siachen Glacier is situated to the north of Nubra valley.

Diskit town in the valley is the main town here. Diskit Monastery, established in 1420 A.D, is situated here. The 33 meter tall Maitreya Buddha statue, facing Pakistan as a symbol of peace, is maintained by the Diskit Monastery inside the Monastery premises.

Baktrian Camel
A Baktrian Camel.

Wild Bactrian Camels are seen here. They have two humps on their back. (There are wild Bactrian camels and domesticated Bactrian camels). Known for its tolerance for cold conditions as well as drought conditions and high altitudes, people here use thse domesticated Bactrian camel for riding.

Due to the rivers that flows through the valley, the villages along the valley are fertile. Many a fruits, nuts and pulses are grown in the valley.

How Do I Go to Nubra Valley?

Nubra Valley can be accessed from Leh town, through the Khardung La pass, which was once regarded as the highest motor-able road in the world and is open all through the year. Diskit town is the main town in the valley which is connected to Leh.

In 2008, an alternative route was built from Sakti, connecting the main Nubra road, via Agham and Khalsar, along River Shyok. For the trekking enthusiasts, there are many passes over the Ladakh Range of mountains, from the Indus Valley.

Leh is connected to Srinagar, the state capital, by buses. There is an airport and a railway station at Srinagar.

Inner Line Permits to Nubra Valley

Foreigners are required to get the Inner Line Permits to visit Nubra Valley. Indian citizens are not required to get this permits from 1st May 2014.

Dachigam National Park

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Dachigam National Park alias Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary is located near to Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir state, India.

Sarband Lake with Dachigam National Park in the background
Sarband Lake with Dachigam National Park in the background

Dachigam National Park is spread across an area of 141 square kilometers. Dachigam in local language means 10 villages; named in memory of the ten villagers that were forced to move out of this protected national park.

Dachigam National Park is a protected area from 1910. Initially, the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir declared this as a protected area. Later on, the concerned government authorities took charge of the area. Though the area was first created as a a game preserve and for the drinking water needs of Sri Nagr city, in 1981 the area was declared as a National Park.

Dachigam National Park is part of the Zabarwan Range of Mountains, which is part of Western Himalayas. It is located at an altitude of 5500 feet to 14000 feet. Marsar lake is located deep inside the National park. This lake is the source of Dagwan river.

This National Park is rich in flora and fauna. Meadows of Dachigam National Park is known for its brightly coloured flowers. The forests are heavily wooded.

How Do I Go to Dachigam National Park?

Dachigam National Park is at a distance of around 22 kilometers from Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir state in India. National Highway 1A and National Highway 1D passes through Srinagar. Srinagar railway station is the nearest railway station to Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary. There is an airport at Srinagar which is connected to other parts of the country and abroad.

Aharbal Waterfalls, Photography, Skiing, Trekking, Horseback Riding

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Aharbal Waterfall is a beautiful falls in Kulgam district, in Jammu & Kashmir state of India.

Aharbal Waterfalls near SriNagar, Kashmir.
Aharbal Waterfalls near SriNagar, Kashmir.

The fall is known as the ‘Niagara of Kashmir’. Aharbal falls lies on Veshu river, a tributary of River Jhelum. The falls is in an Alpine valley famous for its pine & fir trees and the area is part of the “Pir Panjal mountains”.

Aharbal town is famous for Adventure tourism. Veshu river is rich in Trouts and fishing permit needs to be taken for the tourists to go for fishing here. The area is famous for trekking also. Other activities includes Horseback riding, skiing and photography.

How Go I Go to Aharbal Waterfalls?

The falls is situated at around 65 kilometers south of Srinagar. Its at a distance of 8 kilometers from the Mughal Road, which connects Srinagar with Poonch. Srinagar is connected to other parts of India and rail, road and flights. Awantipora railway station is the nearest railway station at around 25 kilometers away. Srinagar is the nearest major railway station. There is an International airport at Srinagar, Sheikh ul Alam Airport.

The falls is at around 18 kilometers south of Shopian, the nearest town. Kulgam town is at around 28 kilometers away.

Lack of Food Stalls Near Aharbal Waterfalls

There are no food stalls or hotels near the falls. You need to get the food packed and then go to Aharbal Waterfalls.

Baglihar Dam across Chenab River

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Baglihar Dam is a 144 meter high Dam built by India across Chenab River in southern Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir state.

Panorama of Baglihar DamPanorama of Baglihar Dam

Baglihar Dam’s Stage-I of 450 megawatt Baglihar Hydel Power Project was inaugurated in October 10th, 2008; Nine years after the starting of construction work in 1999. Stage-II of 450 megawatt Baglihar Hydel Power Project was inaugurated in November 2015 by the PM Narendra Modi. Also known as Baglihar Hydroelectric Power Project, this dam has now a total power production capacity of 900 MW.

Pakistan has initially raised some disputes related to this Dam, at various international forums like World Bank. Professor Raymond Lafitte, a Swiss civil engineer appointed by World Bank to resolve the issue, declared his final verdict on February 12, 2007; forcing some changes like reduction in the height of dam structure, pondage capacity, and raising of power intake tunnels.

On 1st June , 2010, both India and Pakistan has resolved the issues at the meeting of the Permanent Indus Water Commission and agreed not to raise the issue further, ending years of dispute, once for all.

Phugtal Monastery

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Phugtal Monastery is one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh, in Kargil district, Jammu & Kashmir state. Phugtal Monastery is located in the remote Lungnak Valley in south-eastern Zanskar taluk. The Phuktal Monastery is built like a honeycomb around a natural cave, which is believed to have been in existence for more than 2,550 years. The present Phuktal Gonpa of the Gelug lineage was established here in the 14th century by Jangsem Sherap Zangpo.

Phugtal Monastery
Phugtal Monastery
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Phugtal Monastery is also known as Phuktal Monastery or Phugtal Gompa and the Monastery can only be reached by foot. Supplies to the Phuktal monastery are brought on donkeys, horses, and mules in the warmer months. In the frozen winters, supplied are brought through the frozen Zanskar River.

Monastery here houses about 70 Buddhist monks. The monastery is built on a cliff, right under a cave entrance. The foundation is built with clay and twigs. The earliest inhabitants of the cave were the 16 followers of Gautama Buddha, whose images are there on the cave walls of the Phugtal Monastery.

How do I Go to Phugtal Monastery?

Phugtal Monastery is very difficult to reach . One can drive up to Zanskar from Padum by road and then need to trek. the remaining part. It requires lot of trekking (anywhere around 7 to 9 hours trekking alone) and its not a place for ordinary tourists. You need to cross many a Himalayan mountain passes to reach the Monastery via villages of Anmu and then Cha. A few houses offer home stay facility in Cha.

Another option is to go to the village Purne, on the opposite side of the river Lungnak and you need to cross wooden bridges en route. The second route is wider and not so high as mentioned in the first option.

Its advisable to opt for a group tour package from any reliable tour operator.

Wular Lake, the Largest Fresh Water Lake in India

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Wular Lake in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir state is the largest fresh water lake in India. Jhelum River feeds Wular Lake. The size of the lake varies according to seasons; from 30 square kilo meters to 260 square kilo meters (or from 12 sq. miles to 100 sq. miles). Wular Lake was known by name “Mahapadamsar ” in ancient times.

Wular LakeWular Lake in Jammu and Kashmir state, India.

The Jhulam river feeds the Wular lake. The Jhulam river flows into the Wular lake at around 40 kilometers down from Srinagar city, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir state. The Jullam river flows out of Wular lake at the southern part of the lake in Sopur, at around 35 kilometers North – West of Srinagar. Sopur is at around 16 kilometers South – West of Baramulla city. National Highway, NH 1, connects Sopur with Srinagar.

Government of India jointly with Jammu & Kashmir State Tourism department and Kerala State Tourism department have recently introduced water ski and water sports along with boating facilities in Wular Lake.

Wular lake is designated as a “Ramsar site” as per the “Ramsar Convention” held at Ramsar (Iran) in 1971, where an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands, was signed initially by 21 counties. Currently, 168 countries are signatories to this treaty and around 2000 ‘Ramsar sites’ exists internationally, United Kingdom leads the list with 170 ‘Ramsar sites’. Bolivia has the Largest Area (140,000 square kilometers) in terms of ‘Ramsar sites’.

There was an artificial island in the middle of the lake built in the 14th century. Later on, this island has joined with the lake shores due to slitting and is a picnic spot now.

The Tulbul Project, (work was started in 1984) is a barrage (partly constructed by India) at the mouth of Wular Lake. Tulbul Project was planned to control the flow of water into the the Jhulam river to maintain the required water level, mainly for navigational purpose (boating). The project work was suspended in 1987 due to objection from Pakistan on grounds of violation of the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty.

What is the ideal time to visit Wular Lake, the Largest Fresh Water Lake in India?

Wular lake is known for dangerous winds and waves! Tourism is at its peak during the months of June, July and August and these months are considered as the ideal time to visit the Wular lake.