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Beautiful Adventure in Summer- Gulmarg Jammu & Kashmir 


Beautiful Destination In India

Gulmarg :-

Popularly known as ‘the meadow of flowers’, Gulmarg is a valley of unparalleled beauty. Film goers can easily recognize this scenic valley of Baramulla district as it has been the location for several movie scenes like Betab, Tahan etc. But today, apart from filmmakers this place also attracts thousands of tourists and adventure seekers every year.

Sonmarg:

State: Jammu and Kashmir
Location: 80 km from Srinagar in Kashmir Valley
Area: 3 sq km
Languages: Kashmiri and Hindi, English.

Sonmarg, renowned as “The meadow of gold”, is yet another spectacular place to get rid of the scorching heat of summer season. Sonmarg is a tranquil place set amongst the glaciers and azure lakes, Sonmarg is a place adorned with large trees of fir, silver birch, pine and alpine flowers. The turquoise and chilly water of Sind river that meanders through the region, enhance the beauty of Sonmarg. Similar to Gulmarg, Sonmarg is also a paradise for both the tourists and the adventure buffs.Although Sonmarg is also an important travel destination, but in this section we will mainly talk about the Gulmarg Tourism.

Ski Gulmarg

Skiing in Gulmarg

The first thing that comes to mind while planning a holiday in Gulmarg is of course the Gulmarg skiing adventure. This place is one of the most prominent and most popular skiing destination of India. Adventure enthusiasts from all around the world come to Gulmarg for an ultimate thrill and to feel the rising adrenalin rush. The snow covered Himalayan peaks, make skiing in Gulmarg an unforgettable affair, that you will always cherish. Even though you are a professional or an amateur(although you can take some skiing lessons), you can enjoy skiing in Gulmarg without any second thoughts.

Other Adventure Activities In Gulmarg
Besides Gulmarg ski you can also try your hands at different adventure sports like:

Trekking: Gulmarg, offers numerous trekking and hiking sites. Trekkers can opt for Sonmarg to Vishansar, Krishansar and Gangabal lakes.

Golfing: Gulmarg is famed around the globe for having one of the world’s highest green golf course as well as clubhouse. If you are an amateur golfer than you can hire golf sets and also seek the help of an expert golfer to give vital instructions.

Shiva Temple:

Shiva Temple in Gulmarg

It is the royal temple of Dogra rulers of Jammu and Kashmir. Built by Mohini Bai Sisodia, the wife of last king of Kashmir, in 1915, this temple is a unique one. It can be seen from all the corners of Gulmarg.
Apart from them, you can even try out long trail to jungles, mountaineering, white-water rafting, angling, sledging etc.

Best time to visit :

The weather of both Gulmarg and Sonmarg remain very pleasant throughout the year. Light woolen clothes are common in the summer season whereas during winters one has to cover himself or herself with heavy woolen garments. So, the best season to visit these wonderful areas is between April to June. But if you are looking for skiing experience than it is advisable to visit Gulmarg and Sonmarg during winter season, when skiing activity is at its peak.

How To Reach:

By Road: J&k SRTC operates regular deluxe and ordinary bus services to Gulmarg and Sonmarg from Srinagar. Even private transportation is also there to commute to both this town from Srinagar. Avoid roadways during winter season as the roads get blocked.

By Rail:

The nearest railway to Gulmarg is at Jammu, which is well-connected to major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata etc.

By Air:

One can even reach Gulmarg and Sonmarg by air. Srinagar has the nearest airport to both Gulmarg and Sonmarg, which are just one to two hour drive from Srinagar. Regular flights operates between Srinagar and various major Indian cities.

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Posted by on June 8, 2012 in Gulmarg, Travel India

 

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Adventure Activities In India this summer


Geographical regions like the mountain ranges, valleys, desert regions, tropical rain forests, fertile plains and the coastal regions, makes India one of the most attractive adventure destination. Adventure tourism is becoming hugely popular in India these days, as there is so much to do.

The Himalaya region of India is a major hub for adventure traveler in India. However, there are plenty of options for adventure travel in India’s south as well!

Mountain adventure, water sports or beach fun, you can indulge yourself in fun adventure tours in India.

If you are adventure traveler and planning to India, here is a list 10 best adventure which you can plan.

1. Paragliding

Paragliding is a mixture of hang gliding and skydiving. It is also the best way to overcome your aerophobia (fear of flying) or alto phobia (fear of height). The 4 major paragliding destinations in India are Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Uttaranchal.
In Himachal Pradesh – Solang, Billing, Lahul and Spiti, Kullu & Manali
In Rajasthan – Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Pushkar, Bikaner, Udaipur and Kota
In Uttaranchal – NarendraNagar, Dhanaulti, Bedni Bugyal and Nainital
In Maharashtra – Mahabaleshwar, Deolali, Singhgad, Matheran, and Panchgani

2. Para Sailing

If you have ever been to a beach resort, you must’ve seen para-sails lifting riders up to skyward and the tail tied to speed boats. The major spots for parasailing are Goa, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Pune.

3. Hot air ballooning

There’s none other option better than hot air ballooning available for you without paying too heavily to fly high in the sky. This is a lesser expensive sport & adventure activity compared to other countries Destinations for hot air ballooning are Solang, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Delhi, Guwahati, Dehradun, Nagaur, Jaipur, Agra, Pushkar and Bangalore.

4. Mountaineering

India’s giant snow covered mountain peaks and green mountains ranges have been alluring mountaineers from all over the world for a long time now. Mountaineering is one of the famous adventure sports in the world. India offers mountaineer a sheer chance to explore the flora and fauna in the rugged terrains, dense forests, and snow tipped mountains of Himalayas. Some of the mountaineering destinations in India which are frequented by mountaineers are Sikkim, Leh-Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal where you enjoy the lush green dense forest with breathtaking scenery.

5. Trekking

This is certainly one of the most enjoyed adventure sports in India and is being promoted largely in Jammu & Kashmir. Besides mountaineering, trekking destinations are also spread all over the country. The famous treks in India are Zangskar valleys in Ladakh and Himalayan terrain in Gangotri, Chamoli in Uttaranchal. In India there are other famous for amazing and most adventurous treks like Kufri and Narkanda near to Shimla and Solang few miles away from Manali are the best places to opt for trekking as well as mountaineering. The apt time for trekking differs depending upon the places. Well you can ask for your trekking trip from our 24/7 online support team which is there to guide and help you.

6. White water rafting

Certainly one among the most sought after and extreme adventure sports to try out in summer. White water rafting in India is a mixture of spectacular natural scenery. Rishikesh is the favorite north Indian rafting destination in the wild Ganges river. The Indus river and Zangskar river in Jammu & Kashmir, Brahmaputra in Assam, Chandrabhaga in Himachal, and Teesta and Rangit rivers in Sikkim are other fantastic river rafting destinations in India. After your thrilling white water river rafting trail you can rest in the river side camps on pristine banks and in the evening, enjoy the night under starry sky roof.

7. Mountain Biking

Just ask the adventure lovers what they feel while riding through rugged mountains & foothills. They will tell you that it provides a special kind of fun and pleasure. The varied topography of India has great opportunities for mountain biking. No matter whether you long for a group ride or an individual tour, your senses are going to be filled with the everlasting thrill. You can also look for mountain biking tour in Kerala, Himachal, Sikkim and Garhwal(Uttaranchal).

8. Autorikshaw tour

Unlike other adventure sports Autorikshaw tour is just an activity which is full of enjoyment. Also famous by the name Tuk-Tuk, Autorikshaw is a nice and small three wheel carriage in which 3 -4 average sized people can sit and enjoy their journey. Autorikshaw tour can be taken as fun-filled and unusual way of experiencing India as well as visiting the beautiful Indian cities.

9. Safari

When you come to India for holidays and leisure, it is impossible for you to avoid the any such safari – Camel, Elephant, Double hump camel Safari. There are some famous safari and is a major tourist attractions. You can try Camel safari in Rajasthan mostly during the famous Pushkar fair, Desert festival, Bikaner festival and Marvar festival. Elephant safari can be enjoyed during the Elephant festival in Jaipur. The feeling of a royal rider on the back of a beautifully decorated elephants. In the extreme North of India the state of Jammu & Kashmir invites you to experience the nature’s unique double hump camel safari. In Ladakh you can ride on beautiful long haired double hump camels which are small in height in comparison to the average plains’ camels.

10. Aqua diving (Scuba diving)

Explore the unseen world under water in the transparent emerald and blue waters of the pearl islands of Indian subcontinent . Goa, Lakshadweep, Andaman & Nicobar islands have tremendous opportunities and charm for the breathtaking water sports which have a large numbers of fans in the world. Go through a splendid marine life and witness the sparkling waters and amazing sea animals and flora. Play with the wild sea waves while you wind surf and fight with the frolic waters during water surfing.

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2012 in Travel India

 

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Adventures in Leh & Ladakh


Ladakh Culture

Mesmerizing Leh & Ladakh :-

Snow Covered boulevards, massive mountains, rushing rivers and verdant valleys together crafts a landscape in northernmost region of India known to world as “Ladakh”. Ladakh lies between Karakoram Mountain & Himalayan range, because of which Ladakh has got the breath taking views.  Ladakh is a place that is more oftenly visited by Adventurers as Adventure tourism in Ladakh is very popular all over the world. Ladakh is place that  has most beautiful High Altitude Lakes(HAL) such as Pangong Lake and Tosmoriri lake.

Climate Of Leh & Ladakh:-
Climate is the most  important point that is to be considered before planning trip to places like Leh and Ladakh. It not only allows you to plan you trip accordingly but makes you aware of uncertainties that might take place during you stay. Summer are the best time to visit Leh Ladakh that offer a pleasant and dry weather with temperature ranging from -3 to 30 and in winters temperature ranges between -20 to 15 degrees. If you are planning a trip to Leh Ladakh, June – September is the ideal time for the visit.

Best Time to Visit Leh Ladakh:-

Time period from June to September is ideal time for Leh Ladakh Tour  because of warm bright days and pleasant nights. Although summer is the best season to visit Leh and Ladakh, it still gets a bit chilly in the night and temperature can go down to less than 10 degree. Visitors can access this place by plane and by road and also by motorcycle. However the roads here are only open for few months in the year due to heavy snowfall. So best time to visit Leh ladakh is during summer.

Culture of Leh & Ladakh:- 

The culture of Ladakh is very similar to Tibetan culture that is why Ladakh also called “The Little Tibet” of India. Most of the people living in Ladakh follow Tibetan Buddhism. Travellers keep hopping from one place to another to discover the real essence of life, more than that they get to know about culture and heritage sites in Leh Ladakh. Beside the advantage of old civilization, its culture and traditional beliefs of this place that keeps tourist attracted, and the credit for this goes to several traders, monks and rulers who keep on visiting this land .Every Year several festivals take place in the courtyards of various monasteries like Ladakh festival, Hemis festival and Sindhu Darshan.  The festival in Ladakh are full of colors, music, dance performances  with the essence of Ladakhi Culture.

Adventures in Leh & Ladakh:–Bike tour

Geographical features of the region throws several challenges in front of backpackers which allow them to explore their daring side, they have to trek, survive in the freezing cold winds etc. The adventurers go for  mountaineering at world’s greatest mountains ranges in Leh ladakh. The places like Zanskar and Markha valley has got enough for the trekkers . Professional bikers take on adventures bike rides over Zigzag yet well maintained roads not once but several times.They come here repetitively to achieve next level of adventure. Yak Safaris, jeep safaris, white river rafting, cycling and paragliding are other adventurous activities one can indulge into.

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2012 in Travel India

 

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