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Kashmir

Country
India
State
Jammu & Kashmir
City
Jammu
Type of Location
Hill Station
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Srinagar now has an International Airport and direct weekly flights are operating from Dubai. All major airlines operate regular daily flights to here from New Delhi and other major cities in India. Srinagar Airport is 14 kms from the city



 
 
 
Ladakh
 
 By Air
 
Indian Airlines and Jet Airways operate regular flights to Leh from Delhi and Shuttle services to Srinagar & Jammu (thrice weekly to each city) and to Chandigarh (twice weekly). Leh airport is 6 kms. away from City centre.



 
 
 

 Jammu

 By Air

Jammu airport is 8 kms from the city centre.Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Kingfishers operate scheduled services between Jammu & Delhi and Jammu & Srinagar/Leh.



Road

Kashmir

By Road

National Highway, 1-A, connecting Srinagar with Jammu (300 kms) is an all-weather road. Jammu in turn is connected to many parts of Northern India, including New Delhi. Buses and all types of Taxis to Srinagar are available from Jammu railway station and city centre. Various Tourist Taxi Strands, in the Srinagar City, have recently upgraded their fleet, and taxis can be hired for touring Srinagar city or various resorts in Kashmir.

Also visit www.jksrtc.nic.in


 
 
Ladakh
On the road to Leh
On the Kargil-Leh highway

By Road:-
The main overland approach to Ladakh is the 434 Kms Srinagar-Leh highway (open May/June to October). This historic road passes through Kashmir’s picturesque countryside till Sonamarg (86 Km) before ascending the Zojiala pass (3,529m). It connects the most populous parts of Ladakh including Kargil Town (205 Km) where the journey has to be

broken for the nigh. The other land approach is the 473 km Manali-Leh road (open July-September) which runs across 5 passes, the lowest being Rohtang-La (3,878 m) and the highest Taglang-la (5360-m). J&K State Road Transport Corporation (J&K STRC) operates regular bus services between Srinagar and Leh/Kargil while HP Tourism Operates coaches on the Manali-Leh route. Taxis are easily available from Srinagar and Manali for visiting Ladakh.
Highway near Lamayuru
Highway near Lamayuru
InternalTransport:- Main public transport is provided by coat and mini bus services. Tourist transport is essentially by 4-wheel drive taxi vehicles which are easily available at Leh at specific fixed rates.


 
 
Jammu

By Road

Jammu is on National Highway 1-A and is connected by the highway network to all parts of the country. Some important road distances from Jammu are:

Amritsar- 243 kms Chandigarh- 436 kms Delhi- 586 kms
Katra- 48 kms Srinagar- 305 kms Manali- 428 kms
Patnitop - 108 kms Mansar - 62 kms

Bus Service

Daily bus services of all classes operate to and from Jammu to Delhi, Amritsar, Ambala, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Pathankot, Shimla, Manali and Haridwar.

Besides the J&K State Road Transport Corporation (J&K SRTC) the road transport corporations of Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Chandigarh also operate bus services between Jammu and various cities in north India. All interstate bus services operate to and from the Jammu General Bus Stand. Super deluxe, deluxe/ video coaches and A-class buses to Srinagar operate from the railway station and the Tourist Reception Centre. B-class buses to Srinagar leave from the General Bus Stand. Besides, some travel agencies also operate deluxe / video coaches on the main routes.

J&K SRTC, TRC, Vir Marg, Tel: 576562; Gen. Manager, 435262
Railway Station, Tel: 476078 (PP); General Bus Stand, Tel: 577475 (Open 4 AM - 8 PM)

Punjab Roadways, Tel: 542782.

Taxis

Special Tourist Taxi Association, Tourist Reception Centre, Tel: 546266, Railway Station, Tel : 476078

Coaches

The J&K Tourism Development Corporation (J&K TDC)and the J&K State Road Transport Corporation (J&K SRTC) operate luxury coaches. For reservation and bookings, contact the J&K TDC/SRTC offices at:

a. Tourist Reception Centre: SRTC Tel: 576562 J&K TDC Tel: 579554; Fax: 546412, 549065.
b. Railway Station, Jammu: SRTC - PP: 476078 J&K TDC - PP. 476078.

Tourist Taxis

On way to Katra

Tata Sumos operate between Jammu and Srinagar on shared seat basis. These are mostly run by private Tour operators.

Taxis for local sightseeing or to visit any tourist destination can be hired at Jammu from the Special Tourist Taxi Association, Tourist Reception Centre,
Tel: 546266/575380.

For information and tariff, check with the Tourism Department information centre, J&K TDC offices and J&K SRTC offices, all in the TRC complex.

There is a sightseeing tour of 2-3 hours available for tourists, which cover Amar Mahal Museum, Dogra Art Gallery, Ranbireshwar Temple, Raghunath Mandir, Bahu Fort and Bagh-e-Bahu.

By Rail

Jammu Tawi, a major railway junction of North India, and Udampur in Jammu province, Srinagar’s nearest railhead (202 kms) receive a large number of trains from most parts of India. Trains are operating within Kashmir valley from Anantnag to Baramulla. Kashmir is being connected by rail with Jammu and the project is expected to be commissioned within the next 5-7 years.


 
 

Jammu

By Rail

Jammu Tawi is an important railhead of the Northern India. The main trains operating to/ from Jammu are:

Malwa Express, Super Fast, Jammu Mail, Jammu Express, Shalimar Express, Sealdah Express, Jhelum Express, Himgiri Express, Himsagar Express, Lohit Express, Sarwodaya Express, Sarvodaya Rajkot Express, Happa Express, Navyug Express, Gorakhpur Express, Barauni Express, Madras Express, Rajdhani Express and Ferozpur Express.

Key places to visit
Katra, Amar Mahal, Mubarak Mandi Palace , Akhnoor, Jhajjar Kotli, Sruinsar Lake, Mansar Lake, Mantalai


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Places to Visit

Katra

50 kms from Jammu. This small town serves as the base camp for visiting the famous shrine of Vaishnodeviji in the Trikuta Hills. The shrine is approachable on foot along a 12 kms. Long well laid foot-path. Every year, nearly 4 million pilgrims pass through Katra on their way to Vaishnodeviji. Accomodation is available in Tourist Bungalows, Yatrika and a number of private hotels, beside
pilgrims''sarais'.

How to Reach

By Air/Road/Rail upto Jammu and by road from Jammu. J & K SRTC runs buses and Luxury Coaches from railway station toi Katra. JKTDC has also similar arrange ments. Taxis in form of Maruti Vans, TATA Sumos and Ambassdors are also available for tourists.

Facilities

Accomodation
Tourist Banglow      Telno: 01991-32009
i.     New Block (Saraswati)     Rs. 300.00
ii.     Old Complex     Rs.250.00
iii.     VIP Delux Room     Rs. 400.00
Tourist Retiring Center      Telno: 01991-32309
i.     Double Room Sakshi Inn      Rs. 350.00
ii.     Eight Bedded room     Rs. 300.00
iii.     Four Bedded Room     Rs. 200.00
iv.     Dormitory (for 10 PAX)     Rs. 250.00
Yatri Niwas     Telno: 01991-33261
i.     Double bedroom     Rs. 250.00
ii.     Four Bedded Room (Attached bath)      Rs. 350.00
iii.       4 bedded room
8 bedded room
20 bedded room
40 bedded room     Rs.175 to 1200/- or Rs.35/- per head
iv.     Large hall for 60 persons     Rs. 20/- per head

Note: Tarrifs are subject to change.

Private Hotels

Several hotels in private sector are also offering excellent facilities for boarding and lodging. Information regarding these hotels can be acquired from Travel agents in Jammu city and JKTDC assistance at TRC counters Jammu, Katra and Railway Station Jammu.

106 kms from Jammu. This popular resort is situated on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, at an altitude of 1738 metres. An ideal picnic spot this place has a bracing climate. Heavy woolens are required in winters while as light/medium clothing is required in summers. It is a very well developed hill station in Udhampur District.It also experiences heavy rainfall in rainy season.
    Kud

Food and Beverage Services :

Restaurant serving Indian food of choice.

Accommodation :
Tourist Bungalow No I     
i)     Suite     Rs. 600/-
ii)     V.I.P. room     Rs. 400/-
iii)     Double Bedroom      Rs. 300/-
Tourist Bungalow No. II     
i)     Double bedroom with attached kitchen       Rs. 300/-

Private Hotels :

Several hotels in the private sector are also available. They provide good accomodation as well as restaurant services. Boarding and lodging tarrifs are subject to change and should be confirmed before leaving.The information about these properties can be ascertained from JKTDC counters at TRC Jammu and at Railway station Jammu.

How to Reach

Regular transport is available from Jammu. Buses are available from General Bus stand Jammu. JKTDC also makes available chartered luxury coaches and buses. Alternatively Taxis can also be hired from scores of Tour/Travel operators from across the city. Similar services towards Kud are available from Railway Station. Fares are pre determined by the Govt.  and are subject to change.

What to Do ?

Trekking

A range of Trekking options is available here.Ask for a free Trekking Brochure. There are excellent camping site in the adjoining areas in the widerness. the Sundarani-Jangal Gali-JasarKote-Sanasar route can be taken from here. The tourism Department has Trekking equipment Hire shop here. These Shops stock local and Imported trekking gear.Equipment is available against a security deposit. If you are a foregn national then your passport will be kept as deposit. Some travel agencies also organise trekking around this area. Patnitop

112 kms from Jammu. This famous hill resort is perched on a beautiful plateau, at an altitude of 2024 metres across which the Jammu-Srinagar Highway passes. Enveloped by thickly wooded forests, Patnitop offers beautiful picnic spots, peaceful walks and breathtaking views of the   mountainscape of the Chenab basin. In winter, the resort is generally covered with a thick mantle of snow thus
    Patnitop
providing opportunities for   various snow games  including skiing. It is the best developed tourist spot of Jammu and is second to none in its natural charm, climate, pine forests and lush green cover. The occupancy of the huts and Dak Banglow is full in summer months. There is ambitious plan of Patnitop Development Authority to develop Patnitop, Kud, Sud-Mahadev, Mantalai circuit. The costruction work of Mall Road at Kud is also proposed to be taken up. Trekking route from Kud to Patnitop-Sanasar has already been completed. The complete tourist circuit covers Jammu-Katra-VaishnoDeviji, Kud-Sanasar, Patnitop-Gourikund, Sudmahadev, Mantali, extending upto Latti-Dhuna.
Patnitop     

Facilities :

Accommodation :

There are a large number of huts and Tourists Bunglows, all managed by J&K TDC, Having facilities of Drawing room/Dining room and fully equipped kitchen in all huts and LPG facility.
Tariff:     
1.     Patni Enclave     
    i) Delux two double bedroom hut    Rs. 2500/-
    ii) Two double bedroom hut with attached bathroom    Rs. 1600/-
    iii) Two double bedroom hut with one bathroom    Rs. 1500/-
    iv) Single double bedroom hut with attached bathroom    Rs. 800/-
2.     Huts in Padora Village (Two kilometres from Patni Enclave)
    i) Double bedroom hut with with attached bathroom    Rs. 1600/-
3.     Tourist Bunglalow No. I & II Double bedroom     Rs. 600/-
4.     Tented accommodatiom for economy class (Summer months only)
Per Tent with allied facilities     Rs. 100/-

Food and Beverages Services :

Well stocked bar serving imported wines & liquor

    * Ice cream Parlour
    * Chinese Corner
    * Restaurant serving Indian food of choice including authentic Kashmiri cuisine.

    Patnitop

Other Facilities :

    * Well stocked library
    * Indoor games including Billiads, Table Tennis, Carrom, Cards etc.
    * Conference hall facilities having capacity of 150 persons.
    * Skiing during winter months.
    * Several private hotels also provide rooms to suite every pocket and preference.

What to Do ?

Trekking

A range of trekking options is available here. Summer is the season when all trekking
    Patnitop

Patnitop
    routes are open while some are open in winter too. There are excellent camping sites also enroute.The Sundarani- Jungal Gali-Jasarkote-Sanasar route in Jangal Gali area lets you choose any of three exciting treks. For more details check the Jangal Gali trek route in trekking brochure available from JKTDC(Free). There are Trekking equipment hire shops of tourism Deptt. at Jammu and Kud. They stock imported and local gear. These rae available for fixed prices.

Equipment available
1.     Tents :
    i)  4 man tent (Indian)
    ii) 2 man tent (imported)
2.     Carry mat (Indian and Imported)
3.     Sleeping bags (Imported)
4.     Jackets (Indian and Imported)
5.     Windcheaters (Indian)
6.     Rucksacks, Boots(Indian and imported).

The equipment is issued against cash receipt or on Guarantee letter from Dy.Dir Tourism/Dy.Secy of State or central govt. For a foreign tourist Passport is held as security deposit. Some travel agencies in Jammu city also organize Trekking in the area.

Skiing

Skiing courses are conducted at Patnitop in the months of January and Feburary. During winter mionths there are introductory courses for tourists/beginners at gentle gradient slopes of Patnitop. At Madhatop (5/6 Kms from Patni top on Sanasar Road) excellent possibilities for all kind of skiing exist.  A ski-lift in the area is also proposed.

As for facilities 40 sets of equipment is available at Patnitop and Sanasar. Also available are wooden sledges locally. For beginners Instructors are also available.

Accomodation for Skiers is also available in Huts of JKTDC at Patnitop,KUD and Sanasar.Private Hotels around the area also offer accomodation.

Restarurants and Dhabas serve tourists round the year.

Aero sports

Paragliding has been introduced at Sanasar and Jammu. Equipment is available on Hire from tourist office in Jammu city. May-June and Septemer October are best suited for paragliding. Other aero sports like Parasailing and Hotair ballooning are also becoming operational shortly.

Sanasar

119 kms. from Jammu and only 17 kms. from Patnitop, Sanasar is cup shaped meadow surrounded by gigantic conifers. A place for a quite holiday, the meadow has now been developed as a golf course. It also provides opportunities for para-gliding.

 
    Sanasar

SansarAccommodation :

Self contained huts in various cost ranges having facilities of Drawing/Dining room and fully equipped kitchen with LPG facilities.

 

Facilities :

Accommodation :

Tariff:
i)     Two double bedroom hut (Delux)     Rs. 1000/-
ii)     Two double bedroom Hut     Rs. 900/-
iii)     Tourist Bungalow : Double bedroom     Rs. 400/-

Food and Beverage Services :

Restaurant serving Indian food of choice

Other Facilities :

    * Golf Course.
    * Opportunities of para-gliding
    * Skiing during winter at Madha top on Patnitop-Sanasar Road.


Batote

125 kms from Jammu  Situated at an altitude of 1560 metres on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, this resort straddles the forested slopes of the Patnitop mountain range, overlooking the
spectacular lie of the Chenab gorge. This place is a very well developed tourist resort with lots
of commercial activity and facilities.

Accommodation

Self contained huts having facilities of Drawing/Dining room and fully equipped kitchen with LPG facilities.
Tariff  (Subject to change without prior notice)     
    Two bedroom hut    Rs. 700/-
Tourist Bungalow     
i)     Double bedroom with T.V     Rs 300/-
ii)     Double bedroom     Rs 225/-

Food and Beverage Services :

Restaurant serving Indian food (Veg./Non-veg) of choice.

How to Reach

This place is one the National highway connecting Jammu and Srinagar and is well connected thus. Buses plying to all Destinations viz. Srinagar,Doda Bhaderwah,Kishtwar etc. pass through this resort. The buses are available from General Bus Stand Jammu. One can also hire taxis from Jammu which ply on predetermined rates. Ideally one can visit this resort while visiting Patnitop. This place is approx 15 Kms beyond Patnitop on the National Highway.

What to do ?

One can enjoy the beauty of Chenab gorge from this place. Take long walks in deep jungles and enjoy the beauty of coniferous forests camping in the jungles Trek upto Sanasar and Patnitop.

Mantalai

Situated a few kilometers further away from Shud Mahadev, Mantalai is surrounded by lush deodar forests, at an altitude of over 2000 metres. It is believed that Lord Shiva had got married to the Goddess Parvati here.
Mansar Lake

60 kms. A beautiful lake fringed by forest-covered hills. Boating facilities are available on the spot. Every year around Baisakhi, a food and crafts festival is organised here by J&K Tourism.

Mansar LakeFacilities :

Accommodation :
1.     Tourist Bunglow and huts of J&K TDC
2.     i) Double bedroom     Rs. 250/-
    ii) Suite/Hut    Rs. 500/-

 

Food and Beverage Services :

Restaurant serving Indian food of choice.

Surinsar Mansar Wildlife Sanctuary

Named for the two lakes on each corner of it, this sanctuary comprises an area of 98 sq.km and supports a mammal population of 8 species and 15 species of birds.
Approach :     Airport      Jammu (58 Kms)
    Railhead    Jammu (56 Kms)
    Road    Jammu (42 Kms)
Area :     97.82 Kms
Accomodation :     Check with Regional wildlife warden.
Flora :      The mixed scrub forest comprises mainly of broad leaved species which are mixed with stands of Pinus gerardiana. The common broad leaved species are  Acacia spp., Mallotus phillipensis, dalbergia sissii, ficus religiosa, bahunia variegata.
Fauna :      There are eight species viz., Goral, wild boar, barking deer, leopard.
Avifauna :      There is multitude of birds viz., black partridge, red jungle fowl, peafowl, grey partridge, green pigeon, blue rock pigeon, rufus turtle dove.
Visit :      Mammal viewing
Bird Viewing     September to March
March to May
Dress :     Spring/Summer     Trekking Shoes , Raincoat, and light clothing
    Winter    Trekking shoes, Heavy woolens, waterproof windcheaters.

For Reservations Contact :

The Regional Wildlife Warden Jammu Region
Near Jammu Ashok Hotel Manda (Ramnagar)
Jammu, (Jammu and Kashmir)
 

Jhajjar Kotli

35 kms. On the National Highway leading towards Srinagar is the Jajjar Kotli Tourist Complex, built on the banks of Jujjar rivulet. The crystal clear, cool water of Jajjar attracts picnickers in large numbers during the summer. A Tourist Cafetaria, a Bar and a small Tourist Bungalow are the facilities provided here by JKTDC.

Accommodation :

Tourist Bungalow
i)     Double Bedroom (delux)     Rs. 300/-
ii)     Double Bedroom     Rs. 225/-

Food and Beverage Services :

    * Well Stocked Bar
    * Restaurant Serving Indian food of choice.


Akhnoor

32 kms. south west of Jammu situated on the banks of mighty Chenab river is the historic town of Akhnoor. This town is associated with the legend of Soni-Mahiwal. Ruins of the Indus-Valley Civilization are to be seen along the river bank commanding a panoramic view all around.

Mubarak Mandi Palace

The oldest building in this Palace complex date to 1824. The architecture is blend  of Rajasthani, Mugal and even Baroque European influences. The most stunning segment is the Sheesh Mahal. The Pink Hall now houses of Dogra Art Museum which has miniature paintings of the various Hill Schools. The Complex has a history which i 150 years old. It was royal residence of Dogra Kings. The location was carefully
    

Mubarak Mandi Palace
selected for having a commanding view of river Tawi on one side and the City on other side. The Palaces are built as a group of buildings around a courtyard.

The Complex has halls and Galleries which were used for official functions and ceremonies. As the time passed the need was felt to have separate buildings to house full fledged Royal Secretariat. These buildings were constructed around a garden cum courtyard which ultimately beacme the venue for important events for Royal audience for comman man.

Dogra Art Gallery

This is located in the erstwhile Pink Hall of the old Mubarak Mandi Palace Complex. This museum houses 800 rare and exquisite paintings from different schools of paintings viz:Basohli, Jammu and Kangra. Gold painted bow and arrow of Shah Jehan and a number carpentary tools make an important section of the display. The museum also has Shahnama and Sikandernama hand written manuscripts in Persian.
Open in Winter :      10.30 a.m. - 04.30 p.m.
Summer :     08.00 a.m. - 01.30 p.m.

Fine miniatures of the Jammu and Basohli Schools. Closed on Mondays.

How to Reach ?

This is situated right in the heart of the walled city. You can take an Auto Rickshaw from almost anywhere in the city as well as common mode of transport in form of the minibuses can take you there for the payment of nominal fare.

What to Do?

    * Take a panoramic view of the Raiver Tawi.
    * Visit Dogra Art Gallery
    * See all the halls and galleries and relive the Royal splendour.

Amar Mahal Palace Museum

This is a beautiful palace of red sand stone which stands amidst the most pictursque environments of Jammu. There is beautiful view of the Shivaliks at the north and the River Tawi flows down below. adding to the Grandeur. This was once the residential palace of Raja Amar Singh. the palace has been converted to a museum and is looked after by Hari-Tara Charitable trust. The museum has a golden throne made of 120kg pure
    Amar Mahal Palace Museum
gold sofa and has golden lions embedded into it. The thore is placed in a hexagonal room

The museum has a gallery of paintings of paintings known as NAL DAMYANTI. It has a library of around 25000 books on various subjects and disciplines. This is really a beautiful spot to be visited
Amar Mahal     round the year in Jammu. Hotel Hari Nivas Palace Hotel :A heritage Hotel is also located adjacent to this.

How to Reach

Auto Rickshaws from anywhere in the Jammu city can take you to this place on payment of nominal charges. Minibuses do also ply but are not allowed to enter the Palace complex so you have to walk upto the palace .

General information
Ramnagar,     Tel : 5676     Amar Mahal
    Open in Winter :    1000 to 1200hrs. and 1500 to 1700 hrs.
    Summer :    1700 to 1900 hrs.
    Sundays :    1000 to 1200 hrs.
    Closed :    State Holidays and Mondays.
    Exhibits :    Pahari paintings, family portraits of rulers of Jammu and Kashmir, a library. Of interest by itself is the building, a former palace desiged like a French Chateau, in which the museum is housed.

 

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