Category Archives: Jammu & Kashmir

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

Stok Kangri, High Altitude Climbing, Himalayas

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Stok Kangri is the highest mountain with a height of 6,153 meters or 20,187 feet, in the Himalayan Stok Range. It is situated at a distance 15 kilometers away from Leh, in Jammu and Kashmir state of India.

View of Stok Kangri
View of Stok Kangri

Stok Kangri peak is situated inside the Hemis National Park. Its very popular with High Altitude Climbing community. Base Camp for trekking is at an altitude 4,980 meters or 16,339 feet. Stok Kangri climbing normally takes anywhere between 8 hours to 14 hours to complete the 3,281 feet trekking, depending on the weather conditions.

The shortest route for the Stok Kangri expedition is through Stok Chu and Stok village; often used while descending. Stok Kangri peak can be be trekked even by the non-technical trekkers, from July-August.

Please bear in mind that the this High Altitude Climbing requires a lot of stamina and is not for the mentally weak. Acclimatization is also required in most cases.

How Do I Go to Stok Kangri?

Stok Kangri is situated in Stock village, 15 kilometers southwest of Leh, the second largest district in India.

Leh–Manali Highway National Highway, 1D, connects Leh to Srinagar, the Summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Manali is at 479 kilometers distance from Lah through this highway. National Highway, 1D, is open only for 4 to 5 months in a year, depending on the snowfall.

There is an International airport and railway station at Srinagar.

Hemis National Park, Hemis Monastery

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Hemis National Park is the largest national park of India, spread over 4400 square kilometers and is a world renowned high altitude national park, near Ladakh. Its regarded as the best place to see snow leopards in the wild. Hemis Park is situated in Jammu and Kashmir state of India.

A Snow Leopard in Hemis National Park
A Snow Leopard in Hemis National Park.

The National park is bounded by Indus River on the northern side. Hemis National Park is rich is flora and fauna. A large species of Endangered mammals, including the snow leopard numbering around 200, are found here. Shapo alias Urial or Arkars; a subspecies of wild sheep; are found in this National Park and is the only place to spot them in India. 16 species of mammals and 73 species of birds are found in this park.

Flora consists of alpine vegetation. Hemis National Park is home to around 15 endangered medicinal plants.

Hemis National Park is the lone national park in India, which lies north of the Himalayas.

Hemis Monastery, a 400 year old Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, is situated here at Ladakh.

Hemis Monastery (gompa) at Ladakh
Hemis Monastery (gompa) at Ladakh

How Do I Go to Hemis National Park?

Hemis National Park is situated at around 10 kilometers from Leh, the nearest city. The road routes to Leh are Srinagar-Leh highway and Manali-Leh highway; both these passes through some of the highest passes of the continent.

Srinagar railway station and Jammu Tawi railway station are at around 232 and 253 kilometers distance respectively from Hemis National Park. Kalka railway station in Haryana is at around 326 kilometers away.

Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is at around 5 kilometers from Hemis National Park.

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

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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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 Do 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.