j & K
Set like a jewelled crown on the map of India, Kashmir is a multi-faceted diamond, changing its hues with the seasons – always extravagantly beautiful. Two major Himalayan ranges, the Great Himalayan Range and the Pir Panjal, surround the landscape from the north and south respectively. They are the source of great rivers, which flow down into the valleys, forested with orchards and decorated with lily-laden lakes. The Mughals aptly called Kashmir ‘Paradise on Earth’ where they journeyed into, across the hot plains of India, to the valley’s cool environs in summer.
Marking out Every Stop on the Way
These will be marked on the GPX as legends which can be referred to the list below. This list will be populated by people riding the trails as and when they send us updates and suggestions. We can start with a basic list to trigger it off. Also keeping in mind with IDTMT (I DONT TRASH MY TRAVEL) principles of contributing to local economy of the area – specifically LOCAL)
From the Cliffhanger route of Kishtwar the trail then makes it’s way south towards Jammu and gets on the Mughal road. Closing in towards Srinagar it traverses through Gulmarg region of J & K and makes its way to the isolated and extremely beautiful Gurez Valley. Be very cautious and please enquire with the local authorities and then travel this region as it is really sensitive and is prone to curfews and roads are closed most of the time, but you will meet some lovely generous locals in this region. Post this the Trail makes it’s way to the HQ of the Ladakh region, Leh, through some treacherous and beautiful roads of Zanskar Valley. Turtuk, the last Indian Village before POK, the High Lakes and Hanle some major stops before the Great Indian Trail joins the Himachal track near Sarachu. Plan your fuel stops smartly as the fuel is scarce in the Eastern region of J&K.
Total Length of the trail in Kms
|Expected time to ride the trail;||15- 30 days|
|Best time of the year;||Jun- Sep|
|Emergency Telephone; State services (police and ambulance services)||100 – Police
108 – Ambulance
jammu and kashmir
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