Adventure tours in Kashmir are increasingly attracting
Indian and overseas lovers of the outdoors.
With the mighty ranges of the Himalayas towering 10,000
to 28,000 feet above the sea level, mountaineering
options in Kashmir are almost unlimited. The Pir Panjal,
Karakoram and Zanskar ranges are the mountaineer's
delight. Add to that the charm of the green pine
forests, the rich plant and animal life on the
mountains, and mountaineering has never looked so good!
The peaks of Sonamarg facilitate quick ascent and
decent, while the lower peaks of Kishtwar are more
challenging owing to their ruggedness.
The nature trails of Kashmir make it a trekker's
paradise. Any adventure tour to Kashmir is incomplete
without trekking the alpine meadows, high mountain
passes and rugged cold deserts of the state. Most
trekking expeditions in Kashmir start from the capital
Srinagar, and move on to the Kashmir or Zanskar Valley.
Adventure tours like trekking and mountaineering are
offered by Taj Mahal Tours.
The snowfall of Kashmir Valley means boom time for
winter sports lovers from around the world. The mountain
resorts of Gulmarg are transformed from a sleepy
agricultural town to a winter wonderland during this
time. With chair lifts, and ski slopes of varying
gradients, Gulmarg offers you the best winter sport
facilities on your adventure tour to Kashmir. Pahalgam
is another destination you can head to for winter sports
Para Gliding is the latest among the long line of
adventure sports facilities to be made available in
Kashmir. Adventure tours to Kashmir are incomplete
without a view of the green valleys and majestic
mountains from the air, as the wind rushes past you.
Adventure clubs in Jammu and Sanasar offer paragliding
facilities to adventure sports lovers. Batote is another
good site for paragliding
With many mountain brooks, rivers and lakes dotting the
fertile state of Kashmir, you are at a loss to select
the best fishing spot. The abundant fish in the clear
freshwaters, as well as the breathtaking beauty of the
fishing spots, are an added attraction of your Adventure
Tour to Kashmir. The lakes like Vishansar, Gangabal and
Kishansar are known for an abundant fish population. A
permit is needed from the authorities before you can
fish, and Taj Mahal Tourism helps you with the details
of applying for one.
J&K Tourism has introduced Equipment can be hired from
the Tourist Office in Jammu city. May-June and
September-October are suitable months for paragliding at
Sanasar. 19 kms from Patnitop with a good approachable
road and transport links. You can reach Sanasar from
Jammu via Kud and Patnitop by bus or taxi. Accommodation
is available in J&K TDC huts for aero-sport enthusiasts.
Shortly, other aero-sports like Parasailing and Hot-Air
Ballooning will also become operational in the area.
At Patnitop, ski courses are conducted in
months of January and February. During the winter
months, there are introductory courses for tourists. The
gently graded ski slopes of Patnitop are ideal for
beginners. Madha Top (5-6 kms. from Patnitop on the
Sanasar Road) has excellent possibilities for all levels
of skiing. After the newly planned ski-lift becomes
operational, Madha Top will offer a range of skiing
options for both professional skiers biggners.
For tourists taking the J&K TDC package tour, 40 sets of
ski equipment are available at Patnitop and Sanasar.
Also available are wooden sledges locally. For beginners
and for people who want to brush up their skills, the
J&K Tourism Department Ski Instructors are at your
service. Accommodation for skiers is available in huts
of J&K TDC at Patnitop, Kud and Sanasar. There are also
several private hotels at Patnitop and Kud. Restaurants
and 'Dhabas' (roadside eateries) serve tourists
A range of trekking options is available in the Jammu
area. Ask for a free copy of our trekking brochure for a
detailed description of the many short and long treks
you can take. Summer is the season when all the routes
are open but some trekking routes are open in winter.
There are excellent camping sites in the wilderness
where you can camp when you are trekking for 2-3 days.
The Sudarani-Jungal Gali- Jasar Kote-Sanasar route in
the jungal gali area lets you choose from any of the
three exciting treks.
The Tourism Department has Trekking Equipment Hire Shops
at Jammu, Kud and Rajouri. These stock local and
imported trekking gear. Trekking parties and trekkers
can hire the equipment at fixed rates.
Equipment available: are as under: Tents (Indian and
Imported); 4-man tent (Indian); 2-man tent (Imported);
Sleeping Bags (Imported); Carry mat (Indian & Imported);
Jackets (Indian & Imported); Windcheaters (Indian);
Rucksack (Indian & Imported); Trekking Boots (Indian &
Imported). The equipment is issued against a cash
security deposit equivalent to the cost or on a
guarantee letter from any Officer of the rank of Deputy
Director, Tourism/Deputy Secretary of State Government
or Central Govt. If you are a foreign tourist, your
passport will be held as security deposit against
equipment taken on hire. Some Travel Agencies in the
city can also organise trekking on different routes in