Dooars or Duars (in Bengali & Nepali) are the floodplains and foothills of the eastern Himalayas in Northeast India around Bhutan. "Duar" means door in Nepali and Bengali languages, and the region forms the gateway to Bhutan from India.
WINTER:The cold season starts by the first week of November and continues upto the end of February. January is the coldest month with the mean daily minimum temperature at 10.7 Celsius (51.3 Fahrenheit) and the mean daily maximum temperature at 23.6 Degree Celsius (74.5 Degree Fahrenheit). Because of cold spell from Himalayas in the north the night temperature may drop to couple of degree above freezing point in January.
SUMMER:Temperature starts rising by March, which continues till October end being June and July the hottest months. But temperature never rises to the unbearable limit because of its location advantage. The mean daily maximum temperature in these months is 31.6 Degree Celsius (82.9 Degree Fahrenheit) and the mean daily minimum temperature is 21.3 Degree Celsius (70.3 Degree Fahrenheit). With the withdrawal of south-west monsoon in September the temperature decreases and weather gradually becom MONSOON:The rainy season in the area starts in the month of July with the arrival of south-west monsoon. The region receives a record rainfall during July-August. The average annual rainfall in the region is around 3500 mm. There are 110 rainy days in Dooars region. The highest rainfall recorded in the region was 900mm in 1998 in Buxa.
Best time To Visit
Though Dooars can be visited almost all throughout the year, the best time to visit is between mid September to May. generally all the forests remain closed during the rainy seasons.
Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary - This Sanctuary is on the National Highway number 31 and nearly 125 kilometers from Siliguri. It is spread over an approximate area of 114 square kilometers at an average elevation of 61 meters. Dooars is home to Sanctuaries, National Parks & Tiger Reserves with a diversified range of flora and fauna. Guest can spot mighty bison, leopard, spotted deer, barking deer, sambar, hog deer, reptiles, herds of elephants, wild boars and the rarest variety of animals and birds. One can also spot pied hornbill, Racket - tailed drongo, Paradise flycatcher, Crested Eagle, Pallas's Fishing Eagle, Shikra, Jungle fowl, Peafowl, Partridges and many other bird species. Seasonal variations are there but the best season to visit is October to May. March and October are by far the best month. The national parks and sanctuary remains closed from 15th June to 15th September each year. One horn rhino are the other attractions. Birding, angling, tribal tours are few of the options for guest to enjoy and there can be other options like religious tour, tribal tour to Cooch Behar and Bhutan.
SANTALEYKHOLA- Mainly written as Suntalekhola / Suntaley Khola / Suntaleykhola is situated at an elevation ranging from 650 meters to 950 meters. A small valley on the in the side of the settlemnt is home to many varities of birds, butterflies.Guest can visit the hydro electric power station constructed on the river Jaldhaka. It is also a place for birding with birds like Pheasants, Cuckoos, Minivets, Flycatchers, Mynas, Orioles, Owls, Parakeets, Partridges, Sunbirds, Swallows, Swifts and Woodpeckers are the easiest to spot. Pond Heron, Black Eagle, Hill Partridge, Red-vented Bulbul, Ashy Wood Pigeon, Bronzed Drongo, White - throated Fantail, Blue Rock Thrush, Scarlet Minivet are rare but can also be spotted.
JAYANTI - This small settlement is situated on the bank of River Jayanti. A spot with natural beauty forms a natural border with Bhutan. A 14 kilometer trek will take you to Buxa. Buxa is known as the Buxa Tiger Reserve. Another option is a short trek to the stalactite cave otherwise known as the Mahakal cave. Jayanti, Buxa and Rajabhatkhawa serves as international corridor for elephant migration between India and Bhutan. Jayanti forest range covers approximately around 780 square kilometers. Migratory birds like Goosanders, Ibis Bill, Fork-tails and many other species of birds visit the swift rivers of Rydak and Jayanti.
BUXA TIGER RESERVE - Buxa Tiger reserve is one of the best and most diversified reserve forests of the region spread over an area of nearly 759 square kilometers. This reserve forest abounds in a fascinating diversity of flora and fauna with the common animal being the tiger, civet, deer’s and red jungle fowl. The river Jayanti separates them. Small ponds / water body on hillock with innumerable numbers of tortoise are a treat to watch. The park was declared a National Park in January 1992 and named after Buxa Fort - a fort at an altitude of 850 meters on the Sinchula Range. The fort was used by the East India Company for detainees during freedom movement of India and the other one was the cellular jail in Andaman Nicobar Island. It presents a plethora of Wildlife. Buxa has a great collection of rare orchids and plants, including medicinal plants. Please note that these places namely Rajabhatkhawa, Jayanti, Buxa, Chilapata, Rashikbill are remote places.
CHILAPATA / RAI MATANG- Chilapata Forest is a dense forest close to Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary in Dooars, West Bengal, India. It is nearly 22 kilometers from Alipurduar and just a few minutes away from Hasimara town.This forest is used by the Elephants as a corridor to migrate from between Jaldapara and the Buxa Tiger Reserve and ultimately to Bhutan . Recent initiative is again developing the site for tourists are on. Main attractions are the ruined "Nalraja Garh" or fort of the Nal kings, built in the Gupta period in the fifth century. Nalrajar Garh in Chilapata Forest was supposed to be the earliest capital of Kamatapur as per some historian.
BHUTAN GHAT - Bhutanghat is situated nearly 45 kilometers from Alipurduar and 218 kilometers from Siliguri in West Bengal, India. It is approachable from Siliguri, Alipurduar and Cooch Behar by railway and roadways. Known for its scenic beauty it is idle for leisure holiday and angling. Strategically located near the border with Bhutan the region is blessed by the scenic beauty and the swift flowing River Raidak.>
PHUENTSHOLING-- (alt. 300m / 985 ft) - The frontier town, it is a thriving commercial centre, situated directly at the base of Himalayan foothills. It is a fascinating place where different ethnic groups mingle prominently Indian, Bhutanese and Nepalese. Being the border town, Phuentsholing serves as the convenient entry/exit point for Bhutan and also the - important link to visit the Indian state of West Bengal, Sikkim and Assam. Kharbandi Goemba Founded in 1967 by Royal Grand Mother, Ashi Phuntsho Choedron and situated at the altitude of 400m, this beautiful monastery contains paintings on the life of Buddha, statues of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Guru Rinpoche. From the monastery garden there is a fascinating view of Phuentsholing town and surrounding plains.
GORUMARA NATIONAL PARK - This Park is situated nearly 6 kilometers from the national highway number 31. The entry is nearly 15 kilometers the highway adjacent to a tea estate. Nearly 88 kilometers from Siliguri and can be reached by two approach road one via Jalpaiguri other via Sevoke and Chalsa. Elephant ride can help you spot the mighty bison, leopard, spotted deer, sambar, hog deer, reptiles, huge wild tuskers, wild boars and the rarest variety of animals and birds including plenty of peacocks. Birding, angling, tribal tours are few of the options for guest to enjoy and there can be other options like religious tour, tribal tour to Cooch Behar and Bhutan. The vast texture of massive trees sheltering varieties of orchids and resounded with echo of birds and wild animals make it an ideal place to spend a vacation. The surroundings and the climate make it a veritable paradise for lovers of nature and eco - tourism. There are over half a dozen of watchtower like Medhla, to observe wild animals as animals come regularly to the salt reservoir just below the tower or the water body close to these towers. DUARS DALENNA organizes the stay or safari or visit to watch towers of the park like Jatraprasad Watch Tower, Medhla Tower, Rhino Observation Point, Chandrachur Watch Tower or Chukchuki Bird tower, etc.
CHAPRAMARI FORESTS- Chapramari Sanctuary is 12 kilometers off National Highway 31 from Khunia More on the way to Jaldapara and can also be approached from the meter gauge railway stations to Malbajar or Nagrakata. park is one of the tourist hotspot of the region. The vast texture of massive trees sheltering varieties of orchids and resounded with echo of birds and wild animals make it an ideal place to spend a vacation. The surroundings and the climate make it a veritable paradise for lovers of nature and eco - tourism. There are over half a dozen of watchtower like Medhla, Jatraprasad, Chapramari is the best place to observe wild animals as animals come regularly to the salt reservoir just below the tower.
BINDU / JHALONG- Bindu is a small settlement or a village situated at an altitude of nearly 700 meters on the India Bhutan border. These are lesser known hill stations and offer beautiful landscape and peace It is known for cardamom plantation and the journey through Chapramari Sanctuary is a pleasant experience. Gairibus a small settlement is on your way, Diascorrea - a medicine plant is grown and is also a beautiful place to stop for a while. It is very popular among the tourist. One can visit this places staying at Lataguri Forest area. Staying in Bindu is altogether an experience difficult to explain. It is situated in the Hills on the Himalayan foothills. Scenic beauty of the settlement positioned among the high mountains with the River Jaldhaka flowing through the valley. For birding one can come across local birds like Pheasants, Cuckoos, Minivets, Flycatchers, Mynas, Orioles, Owls, Parakeets, Partridges, Sunbirds, Swallows, Swifts, etc.
LAVA & LOLEGAON- Lava is situated at an altitude of 7200 feet, it is
famous for its proximity to the Neora Valley National Park and its
beautiful view of the Jelep La and Rechi La passes. Lava is about 32
km east of Kalimpong. Oak and fir trees welcome the visitor at Lava.
Lava is also known for its leaches. During the rainy season,
vegetation around the place gets covered with leaches.Common tourist
places around Lava include Ratnarishi Gumpha, Neora Lake, Silviculture
Research Centre, and Chhangey falls. Treks to the Neora valley starts
from Lava. Apart from long treks across the valley, small treks are
also possible in the region. Common treks include trek to Tiffin Dara,
Aluabari etc. The small town is located at a distance of 12 km from
Lava at an altitude of 5,500 ft. A spectacular view of the Himalayan
snow will take you to a different world. Loleygaon offers panoramic
view of the Kanchenjunga. The tranquility of the surrounding area
remains unfazed by the increase in tourist influx. Nearby hilltop,
Jhandi Dara offersbeautifulviewsatsunrise. Accommodation for tourists
is available at both the places . The ideal time to visit is anytime
except the monsoons (July - August). Suggested clothing is light
woolen clothes in summer and warm clothes in winter. A foldable handy
umbrella may be useful.
BHUTAN - A country resting peacefully in the lap of eastern Himalayas, is one of those very few places that can probably take you back in time. Bhutan indeed offers some mystical , magical places to visit for the intrepid traveler.
PHUENTSHOLING is a gateway of Bhutan . A nice and small town at the Indo- Bhutan border.
THIMPU is a capital of Bhutan. TASHICHHO DZONG is the largest DZONG in Bhutan. That built in 1641 and rebuilt by king JIGME DORJI WANGCHUCK in 1960s.
NATIONAL MEMORIAL CHORTEN was built in 1974 in the memory of the late king JIGME DORJI WANGCHUCK. It was originally the idea of Bhutan's third king , H. M. JIGME DORJI WANGCHUCK to erect a monument for world peace and prosperity but cloud not be done due to his untimely death. So after his death , it was built to in his memory and to serve as a monument for world peace.
PUNAKHA is located at an alleviation of 1250m and played a very important role in history. it had been the capital of Bhutan for over 300 years. PUNAKHA DOZONG is the 2nd oldest DZONG in Bhutan and was built in 1637. There is also a set of 108 volumes of the KANJUR(words of lord BUDHHA) written fully in gold. The first king was corneted in this DZONG.
NATIONAL LIBRARY was established in the late 1960s and its houses an extensive collection of budhhist literature mostly in block printed format and some works are several hundred years old. There is also a small collection of books in English on the ground floor mainly on Buddhism , Bhutan.
INSTITUTE FOR ZORIG CHUSUM- commonly known as the painting school is an institute established primarily to preserve and promote Bhutan's unique artistic tradition which played a vital role in molding its distinct heritage. The Institute offers a six years course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan and on a visit one can see students learning the various skills taught at the school.
CHANGANKHA LHAKHANG -is one of the oldest temple in the Thimpu. It was built in the 12th century by NYIMA the son of PHAJO. Drugon the founder of Drukpa school of Buddhiism in Bhutan. The temple is highly revered by the Bhutanese especially.
PARO- is the gateway into the mystical kingdom. An airport is located here.
Wangdue Phodrang It is the district of central Bhutan. This is also the name of the Dzong (built in 1638) which dominates the district, and the name of the small market town outside the gates of the Dzong. The name is said to have been given by the Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal who was searching for the best location for a Dzong to prevent incursions from the south. The Population is 34,300. The word "Wangdue" means unification of Country, and "Phodrang" means Palace in their national language dzongkha. Places of interests in Wangdue are :
Wangduephodrang Dzong It is the highlight of the last town of western Bhutan. It was built in 1638 and is perched on a spur above the confluence of the Punakha Chu and Dang Chu rivers. It played an important role in our history because the location of this Dzong commends an impressive view over both north-south and east-west highway. The Dzongpon (governor of the region) was the third most powerful in Bhutanese history after the Tongs and Paro Penlop.
Gangtey Gompa / Phobjikha Another highlight of Wangdue is the beautiful Phobjikha Valley or “the valley of black necked cranes”. This valley is the winter home of black necked cranes that migrate from Tibet. This valley is one of the most beautiful and scenic ones in Bhutan.
On the slope overlooking the valley is the Gangtey monastery built in 17th century and is one of the oldest and biggest monastery of the Nyingma (red hat sect) school of Buddhism.
PHOBJIKA VALLEY: The Phobjika Valley (also spelt Phobjika, the suffix kha means valley in Dzongkha) is a vast U- shaped glacial Valley. Also known as Gantey Valley named after the impressive Gantey Monastery of the Nyingma sect in Central Bhutan, where the graceful Black- necked Cranes in Bhutan (Grus nigricollis) from the Tibetan Plateau visit the valley during the winter season to roost. On arrival in the Phobjika Valley in the Last week of October, the Black- necked Cranes circles the Gantey Monastery three times and also repeats the process while returning back to Tibet. The Population is 4,716.
The broad valley with it best – known marshland in the Bhutan is Popular for its scenic splendor and cultural uniqueness. The Valley is rich in faunal biodiversity and has, apart from the globally threatened Black-necked Cranes Grus Nigricollis, 13 other globally threatened species. Within the ambit of the valley, an area of about 163 Square Kilometers ( 63 Sq mi) has been devlared a protected areas, which is manages by the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature (RSPN) for the protection of nature authorized to manage, on lease basis, by the Ministry of Agriculture.
TRONGSA - "NEW VILLAGE"
Chendebji Chorten - En route to Tongsa is the Chendebji Chorten, patterned on Kathmandu’s Swayambhunath Stupa, with eyes painted at the four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot. The Population is 13,428.
Tongsa Dzong-Built in 1648, it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan. Both the first and second kings of Bhutan ruled the country from here. The dzong is a massive structure with many levels, sloping down the contours of the ridge. Because of it’s highly strategic position and being on the only connecting route between east and west, the Tongsa Penlop (the Governor) was able to control effectively the whole of the central and eastern regions of the country during olden times.
Ta DzonG-This watchtower guarded Tongsa Dzong from internal rebellion in olden days. This “Tower of Trongsa” has now been converted into a high-end museum dedicated to the Wangchuckdynasty. It has two lhakhangs and 11 multi-layered galleries displaying ceremonial and personal belongings of Bhutan’s monarchs and the royal family, as well as priceless treasures from Bhutan’s pass.
SWITZERLAND OF BHUTAN
Bumthang It is one of the 20 districts comprising Bhutan. It is the most historic dzongkhag if the number of ancient temples and sacred sites is counted. Bumthang consists of the four mountain valleys of URA, Chumey, Tang and Choekhor (also known as Bumthang valley), although occasionally the entire district is referred to as Bumthang valley. The population is 21,658.
"Bumthang" directly translates as "beautiful field". "Thang" means field or flat place, and "Bum" is said be an appreviation of either "bumpa" (a vessel for holy water, thus describing the shape and nature of the valley), or "bum" ("girl", indicating this is the valley of beautiful girls). Bumthang farms yield buckwheat, dairy products, honey and apples among other products.
Bumthang is also called Switzerland of Bhutan
Jakar DzongConstructed in 1549 by the great grandfather of the first Shabdrung, the dzong was initially built as a monastery. It was upgraded in 1646 after Zhabdrung firmly established his power. Jakar Dzong is now used as the administrative center for Bumthang valley, and also houses the regional monk body.
Jambey LhakhangThis temple was built in the 7th century by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo. It is one of 108 monasteries which he built to subdue evil spirits in the Himalayan region. Its present architectural appearance dates from the early 20th century. This temple is considered one of the most sacred ones in Bhutan and the main altar has the jowo which is the image of Buddha at 8years and is similar to the one which is present in the Jokhang temple in the Potola Palace in Lhasa, Tibet.
Kurje-Located further along the valley, Kurje Lhakhang comprises three temples. The one on the right was built in 1652 against the rock face where Guru Padmasambhava meditated in the 8th century. This place considered to be the most holy and also historically significant as Buddhism in Bhutan started from here.Three to five minute up from the gate is the “Drup-chu” or holy water and is considered the holiest water in Bhutan.
Tamshing - Located across the river from Kurje Lhakhang, is the temple founded in 1501 by Terton Pema Lingpa the famous treasure discoverer. There are very old religious paintings around the inner walls of the temple. There is also an iron jacket made by the great tertoen himself and at your visit you would probably come across pilgrims circulating the main altar with the jacket as it is believed to wash away sins.
Koenchog Sum Lhakhang - located few minutes from Tamshing is this temple and it dates back to 7th century. This temple is famous for its giant bell which bears an antique inscription. Legends say that the bell was stolen from a Tibetan royal family and transported to Bhutan. Tibetan armies were sent to fetch the bell back but because of its immense weight, the soldiers could not carry it and dropped it that made the crack which is still visible. The bell was taken to the national museum in Paro, but misfortune fell on the locals and the bell was returned to the temple. Besides the bell, the temple also houses statues of the three past, present and future Buddhas from which the temple derives its name- “Koenchog” means divine / buddha and “sum” means three.
Jakar Lhakhang It is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. Ashi Peldon, the lineage of Jakar built this in the 14th Century as her private residence but was later converted into a temple as legends say that Ashi Peldon found the main statue of the temple in the ground floor. This lhakhang houses some very fine paintings of the Goddess of Victory and Long Life.
Wangdue Choling Palace - Built in 1658 by Tronsga Penlop Jigme Namgyel, the founder of our present monarchs, this palace is one of the oldest palaces in Bhutan. It was the seat of Bhutan’s reigning Wangchuk Dynasty and one of the finest examples of domestic architecture in the Country.
Mebar-tsho Mebar-tsho or “The Burning Lake” is one of the most sacred pilgrim sites in Bhutan. It is a narrow gorge in the Tang River and is believed to be the place where the saint Tertoen (treasure discoverer) discovered religious treasures hidden by Guru Padmasambhava. There is great legend of how the saint discovered the treasures.
HAA VALLEY - "BORDER OF BHUTAN & CHINA"
Haa Dzongkhag lies along the western border of Bhutan. To the northwest it is bounded by the Tibet. To the southwest it is bounded by Samtse Dzongkhag, to the southeast by Chukha Dzongkhag, and to the northeast by Paro Dzongkhag. The Population is 13,401.
Local historians maintain that two important temples in Haa district, the Black Temple and the White Temple were built at the same time as Kyerchu Temple in Paro in the 7th century AD. The two temples can be found near each other at the sacred site known asMiri Phunsum, or "The Three Brother Hills." A third temple, Haa Gonpa, was built at further up the valley at the site where a lame pigeon, actually a bodhisattva in disguised form, was found by a local farmer who was drawn to the spot by a mysterious fire seen on several successive nights and by the unexplained sounds of oboes and trumpets (musical instruments closely associated with Bhutanese and Tibetan monasteries).
During the 10th day of the 11th month of the Bhutanese calendar (see Tibetan calendar) liturgical ceremonies worshipping Amitabha Buddha are held at Haa Gonpa temple.
RISHYAP- ' RI' stands for mountain peak (some say it 'lofty') and "SH-YAP" means age old trees in tibetan is an ideal destination for a peaceful getaway. Situated over the NEORA VALLEY in NORTH BENGAL at a height of 8,500 ft, best known for its panoramic view of point only 180* Mt. Kanchenjungha but also Mt. Kabru , KOKthang , Pandim, and the Mt. Kharg, Rathung, Kabru ( North , South , Dome and Dome & Fourth), Talung, Pandim, Simvo, Narshing, Siniolchu. One can expect himself to be kissed by the clouds and inhale tons of fresh unadulterated air.
KOLAKHAM , a paradise for bird lovers and adventure seeking tourists, located at an altitude of 6,500 ft in the Kalimpong Hills of Darjeeling District, on the fringe of Neora Valley National Park. just admist the clouds , natural surroundings and facing the majestic Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest peak , can be seen atop the lush green valleys. one can enjoy the beautiful range of snow peaks, the never ending green forest and variety of birds from this place. Enthusiasts can go for a walk on the jungle train. The chance of coming across wildlife is quite high here . A trek of 5 km will take to the beautiful CHANGEY FALLS.It is only 8 km away form Lava & a village of 60 Nepali families belonging to the 'Rail' community.
Nepal is where the ice-cold of the mountains meets the steamy heat of the Indian plains. It's a land of yaks and yetis and the stupas. Nepal is a landlocked country in Southern Asia, between the Tibet autonomous region of China and India. It contains eight of the world's 10 highest peaks, including Mount Everest - the world's tallest on the border with Tibet, and Lumbini - the birth place of the founder of Buddhism, Gautama Buddha. The overwhelming majority of the Nepalese population follows Hinduism. Shiva is regarded as the guardian deity of the country.
To the east of the Indian mainland, in the blues of the Bay of Bengal, floats the splendid archipelago of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The erstwhile ‘Kalapani’, translated as ‘black waters’ from back in the day when the islands were the graveyards of martyrs, has now transformed into one of India’s best tourist spots. Forever scarred by the atrocities of the British regime, the islands retain an exciting aura that satiates the young adventure junkie in us all.
Once a hill range extending form Myanmar to Indonesia, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands today are a group of 572 near deserted islets (small islands). The majestic forests, and the sun beaming on exotic flora and fauna take your breath away. More than 86% of the islands’ area is forest cover which is home to animals like the spotted deer, wild boar, gecko crab-eating macaque and pythons. The glistening white beaches are nesting homes to turtles.
The jewel in the crown, however, is the marine life. The elegance of the crystal clear, blue waters, incredible corals, and the myriad creatures that inhabit the ocean leave you spellbound. Exploring the marine life first-hand through activities like scuba diving and fishing guarantee an enriching experience of coming an inch closer to nature.
The capital city of Port Blair houses majority of the mainland settlers on the island today. Prior to the colonial rule, however, the islands were home to indigenous tribes, some of who still populate pockets of the archipelago.
Tourist infrastructure development has been on the rise over the year, citing rising tourism, but the islands still remain virgin with untouched natural beauty and unexplored marine life. If you wish to visit these islands, now would be a good time.
Kashmir- the "Paradise on Earth", is known for its captivating beauty. It is encircled by three mountain ranges of the Himalayas- Karakoram, Zanaskar and Pir Panjal, running from northwest to northeast. Forming the backdrop of Kashmir, these snow-capped ranges make Kashmir look like a picture straight out of a fairytale. Dazzling rivers, serene lakes, splendid gardens, flowering meadows, etc are some other features of the landscape of the Kashmir valley.
The breathtaking beauty of Kashmir has earned it the name of the - Switzerland of the East. Nothing describes the beauty of Kashmir better than the following words of a Mughal emperor: "Gar Bar-ru-e-Zamin Ast; Hamin Ast, Hamin Ast Hamin Ast". It means that if there is paradise on this earth, this is it, this is it, and this is it. It is impossible to overstate the beauty of Kashmir. The gushing rivers, sparkling waterfalls, scenic surrounding and the lush green forests of Kashmir add to its splend
Jammu and Kashmir is the northernmost state in India. In the seventeenth century the Mughal emperor Jahangir set his eyes on the valley of Kashmir. He said that if paradise is anywhere on the earth, it is here, while living in a houseboat on Dal Lake. "Gar firdaus, ruhe zamin ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin ast." If there is ever a heaven on earth, its here, its here, its here. In Jammu and Kashmir the most important tourist places are Kashmir, Srinagar, the Mughal Gardens, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Jammu, and Ladakh. Some areas require a special permit for non-Indians to visit.
Gulmarg - (literary means a meadow of flowers), a beautiful hill station that lies at a distance of 56 kilometers from Srinagar, is among the most favourite holiday destinations. Gulmarg is located in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir at an altitude of 2730 meters above sea level. The snow-capped peaks add to the grandeur of the land
Sonamarg - (literally, the meadow of gold) is a tranquil place set in a valley amongst glaciers and placid lakes. The flower laden meadows, panoramic view of the lofty snow covered Himalayan peaks and a number of trekking and hiking trails have made Sonamarg a popular tourist destination.
Pahalgam - The Valley of Shepherds, is situated at the confluence of the streams flowing from Sheshnag Lake and the Lidderriver, Pahalgam was once a humble shepherd's village with breathtaking views. Now it is one of the famous and most visited spot among the traveller in Kashmir. Around Pahalgam are many places of interest and the most beautiful of these is the huge, undulating meadow of Baisaran, surrounded by thickly wooded forests of pine. Hajan, on the way to Chandanwari, is an idyllic spot for a picnic.
LEH - Ladakh Part of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh is the third division. Each of the divisions, Jammu , Kashmir and Ladakh, has distinct cultures geographical terrain, religion and life style. It is often called â€œLITTLE TIBETâ€ . Ladakh derives its name from Tibetan â€œLa Tagsâ€™ the land of high pass. Ladakh in the western Himalayas form the vast Tibetan plateau, a high altitude desert, Karakoram Ladakh and Zanaskar range. Ladakh is divided administratively into 2 districts Kargil and Leh.
The Landscape of Ladakh is adventurous, barren mountain. The altitude ranges from 9000ft to 24,000ft from Sea level. Atmosphere is generally dry.
Ladakh is one of the most exotic destinations; Buddhism in central Ladakh has shaped the whole culture. Every few villages have their own monasteries with prayer flags
It is one of the most sparsely populated regions in India. Historically, the region included the Indus Valley, the remote Zanskar to the south, and Nubra valleys to the north over Khardung La in the Ladakh mountain range. Ladakh borders Tibet to the east, the Lahul and Spiti to the south, Kashmir to the west, and Central Asia to the north.
Ladakh is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and Buddhist culture which was established as early as the 2nd century. This has given rise to the appellation "Little Tibet", as it has strongly been influenced by the culture of Tibet.
Despite its rugged terrain and remoteness explorers, preachers, spies, soldiers and tourists have traversed the region for centuries. Many of them have written books based on their observations and experiences which provide wealth of information about social , cultural and political life of the region for different periods.
During its long history, Ladakh was exposed to the cultures of its neighboring regions and its centuries of composite culture has found expression in its monuments, monasteries, folklore, oral literature, art forms and festivals. With the passage of time, it evolved its own unique culture and it possesses a vigorous cultural identity.
The monasteries of Ladakh are treasure-house of rare statues exquisite wall paintings, ancient thankas (Painting on cloth) , precious antique pieces and artifacts.
Kargil This area lies just behind the Zoji La Pass, and the center is Kargil, a small town with cobbled streets surrounded by apricot groves. Good panoramas of the Himalaya can be obtained on 03-04 day treks from Sanko to Drass via Umba, and on the more demanding Sanko to Mulbek via the Wakka La Pass at 4,930m.
Indus Valley Indus Valley, At an average elevation of 3500 m is sand-witched between the Zanskar Range on its South and the Ladakh Range on its North, This is the geographical backbone, and the historical heartland of Ladakh. All major sites connected with its dynastic history are here, starting with Leh, the capital city. The bulk of the population resides along the Indus. Its main attraction are the numerous Buddhist monasteries, quaint villages, fairs , festivals and bazars. Air and road communications converge at Leh.
One of Ladakh's remotest regions. A 300 km long valley ringed by mountains, only accessible by high passes. The Valley of Zanskar is situated in the inner Himalaya and is higher than most areas of Ladakh. The climate is very Harsh and receives very little rain fall. The twin peaks of Nun-Kun, its Monasteries and its extremely rugged, awe-aspiring landscape are its main attractions.
Suru Valley, One of the most beautiful regions of Ladakh , the Suru Valley forms the mainstay of Kargil district. Lying nestled along the north-eastern foothills of the great Himalayan Wall, it extends from Kargil town, first southward for a length of about 75 Kms Upto the expanse around Panikhar, thence eastward for another stretch of nearly 65 kms upto the foot of the Penzila watershed where the Suru valley rises. Its composite population of about 30,000 -- mainly of Tibeti-Darad descent -- are Muslims who had converted their Buddhist faith around the middle of the 16th century. The upper valley reaches of the valley, particularly around the Sankoo bowl, the Panikhar expense and the higher stretch beyond, present a spectacle of breathtaking features-majestic mountain ramparts crowned by snow capped peaks, undulating alpine slopes draining into wild mountain streams of foaming cascades of pristine water, awesome glaciers descending along the Himalayan slopes to the river bed in riverine formation, Quaint villages of adobe houses straggling dry hillocks surrounded by large tracts of lush crops downward the patches of alpine pastures uphill. The beauty of this region is further enhanced by the sheer contrast provided by the towering peaks of Kun (7035 m) and Nun (7135 m) which loom over the skyline in their crystalline majesty.
How to reach ?
Sankoo, Panikhar and Parachik are connected with Kargil with regular bus services, in summer even twice a day. A bus ride from Kargil takes 2 hours to Sankoo, 3 hours to Panikhar and about 4 hours to Parkachik. Rangdum is serviced by the BI-week bus service to Padum, which increases according to demand. Some trucks plying between Kargil and Padum also offers a lift in the cabin for the price of a bus seat. Cars and jeeps taxis can be hired from Kargil for visiting different places in the Suru Valley, including Rangdum and Penzila.
The 160 km trip to Pangong Lake from Leh is a wonderful experience. It begins with Thiksey village famous for its huge monasteries covering an entire mountain ridge. Beyond this remote village there is nothing but the extreme mountain ridge. Beyond this remote village there is nothing but the extreme mountain ranges for company. The topography throughout the journey shoots up so abruptly that they throw off all calculations of distance - what looked to be a ten-minute crossing easily required an hour or more. At times, it appeared as if so many of nature's forces were warning us away at the steep slopes and uneasy bends and not to forget the great chunks of ice appearing static and frozen in time. At Darbuk village near Tangste Valley stood a chain of war memorials with Regimental Insignias in commemoration of the soldiers who lost their lives during the Indo-Chinese war of 1962. Some of the army bunkers and trenches are still in use. Villagers can be seen here along with their large herds of Pashmina sheep and long tailed yaks.
The placid Pangong Lake is not just a tourists paradise but a geologist's domain too and if one is to brush up with political history, the place is a melting pot of confusion and for sure it in no fun for the army in the biting cold to take care of the strategic landscape.
Tsomoriri or "Mountain Lake" is situated in the middle of the elevated valley of Rupshu surrounded by 6000 m peaks which completely surrounds the lake. This valley is inhabited by a small scattered population of "Changpas" nomadic shepherds who also engage in trade and work in caravans in Ladakh, Lahaul and Spiti. The Area is rich in wildlife including the "Kyang" (wild ass), red fox and the rare, highly endangered, snow leopard. Black necked cranes and geese flock to the lakeside for breeding during the summer months. It also houses 350 years old Karzok monastery which has about 33 resident monks.
Rajasthan - The Land of King is one of the most Popular Travel Destination in India for domestic as well as foreign traveller. Every year millions of foreign tourists throng to Rajasthan for its rich Cultural Diversity, Historical Monuments, Palaces, Temples, Desert Safari, Desert Camp experience, Tribal Dance, Folk Dance and Folk Song, Rajasthani Music, Rajasthani Costumes, Religion, Rajasthani Cuisine, Rajasthani Spices, Rajasthani Bhujia, Rajasthani Boondis etc etc. Modern Rajasthan Tourism is standard for the warm hospitality and Internationally Awarded Hotels and Resorts. Here you'll see a perfect amalgamation of ages old Traditional Culture, modern Luxury and Comforts. Touring Rajasthan is a unique experience which leaves you spell bounded as you explore it more and more. The major Tourist Destinations in Rajasthan are Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Bikaner, Pushkar. Rajasthan is wel connected to other popular places like Agra, Khajuraho and Varanasi.
Jaipur , popularly known as the Pink City, is the capital of Rajasthan and one of the fastest emerging metropolises of the nation and also world-famous for its beautiful tourist destinations. Owing to a good urban planning, sound infrastructure and modern amenities, Jaipur is a perfect destination suited for business and living. The unique old-world charm co-existing with its modern counterpart makes it a paradise for business and leisure alike. Close proximity to Delhi and Agra forming the famous Delhi-Jaipur-Agra golden triangle, further adds to the several advantages Jaipur possesses over other cities.
Bikaner is a desert city located in north-west of Rajasthan. This city is famous for its jazzy palaces, magnificent fortress, Karni Mata Temple, Camel Festival, Junagarh Fort, Devi kund, Bhandeshwar and Sandeshwar Temples, richly sculptured temples of red and yellow sandstone that exemplify some of the finest creations of Rajput culture and tradition.
Jaisalmer is popularly known as the “Golden City of India” for its mighty gold coloured sand stone fortress - Sonar Qila. The Golden Fortress of Jaisalmer with its intricately, elaborate and exquisitely carved Palaces, Temples and Haveli’s stands tall, reminiscent of the past grandeur and the rich heritage of this desert outpost in the Indian Thar desert. The Jaisalmer fort is a living fort and even today its markets, haveli’s, houses are inhabited by artisans, merchants and families most of whom have been living here for generations.
Jaisalmer hosts the annual Desert Festival which is more popularly known as the Jaisalmer Desert festival in the month of February every year.
Darjeeling- Often referred to as the "queen of the hills" incredibly alluring with its waterfalls, mountainous villages and the world heritage site. The darjeeling himalayan railway, lovingly called the toy train, surrounded by verdant tea gardens and snow capped mountains. Darjeeling remains one of the most preferred destinations for nature lovers and honeymoons. This darjeeling package tour is best offer by duars dalenna.
GANGTOK - Located in the eastern himalayan range. Gangtok is a popular hilly destination for intrepid traveler, nature lover, trekkers and honeymoons in summer. This serene picturesque beautiful town will be definitely add some zeal and oxygen in your life. Mount kanchanjungha is visible for every corner of the city.
Kamakhya temple is situated at the top of the " Nilachal Hill" at
about 800 feet above the see level. It comprisess of some other major
temples of many goddess.
In short distance the hills of eastern sub- Himalayas is Meghalaya , one of the most beautiful state in the country. Nature has blessed her with abundant rainfall, sun -shine, virgin forests, high plateaus, tumbling waterfalls , crystal clear rivers, above all with sturdy and hospitable people.
- Sikkim- Gangtok,Lachung, Chhangu Lake, Babamandir, Yumthang ,Lachen, Gurudongmar Lake,Pelling,Ravangla (NJP to NJP)
- Rajasthan- Jaipur,Ajmer, Puskar, Udaipur, Mt. Abu. Jaisalmer, Jodhpur
- Kasmir - Katra,Srinagar,Gulmarg,Sonmarg,Pehelgaon,Jammu
- Andaman & Nicobar - Portblair,Jolly Bay,North Bay,Vampire Redskin Jarawa Reserve Island, Bara Tang Ross Island, Havlock, Cellular Jail, Museum ,Waterbeach,Blue Island, Dighlipur, Lime Stone Cave,Baratang, Coral, Mayabandar,Chidiya Tapu, Marina Park