Adventure Tourism In J&K

 Adventure Tourism In J&K and Why is it so popular in J&K?


Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh are one of the most sought-after adventure tourist destinations in Asia. Apart from natural beauty, the unique landscape of J&K encourages tourists to find out their inherent sporting caliber. Jammu and Kashmir is an ideal place for skiing.  In fact, Gulmarg is one of the best skiing resorts in Asia. During winter, Gulmarg turns into the country's premier arena for action-packed skiing.

Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh are one of the most sought-after adventure tourist destinations in Asia. Apart from natural beauty, the unique landscape of J&K encourages tourists to find out their inherent sporting caliber. Jammu and Kashmir is an ideal place for skiing.  In fact, Gulmarg is one of the best skiing resorts in Asia. During winter, Gulmarg turns into the country's premier arena for action-packed skiing. A new Gondola takes skiers to the heights where crisp snow makes skiing a delight. Skiing equipment is easily available on hire from the ski-shops. Gulmarg hosted the first winter games held in the year 1998. Besides skiing, snow scooters, tobogganing, and snow bobbing facilities are also available here.



Adventure in Jammu and Kashmir has increased manifold in recent decades. Some of the greatest adventure sports activities undertaken by tourists here are cycling, kayaking, canoeing, or rafting which often require guides to take them through various levels so that you can get your dose of thrill without straying too far off track. The upper mountainous regions in Ladakh peak at an altitude above 5000 meters where you hardly find any oxygen and gliding in Jammu & Kashmir are not only are popular in the state but is also a famous adventure sport in India that falls under the paragliding activity.

The main adventure sports activities undertaken in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh are: 


MOUNTAINEERING WINTER SPORTS



In Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, there are several mountain ranges including the Pir Panjal, Zanskar, Ladakh, and the Karakoram. Climbing in these mountains is very stimulating and typically an expedition takes a month from Srinagar and back. The summits of most peaks provide an exhilarating experience. Recently, the peaks in the restricted area of the Nubra valley in the Indian Karakorams have also been opened for mountaineers.

The rugged peaks of the Himalayas provide endless experience, social learning, and freedom of sports. Mountaineering in the Himalayas is a lifelong experience on one of the world's most notable and highest peaks. Kashmir, Zanskar, Kishtwar, and Ladakh are the four zones of Jammu and Kashmir that are important for mountaineering. Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, and some other places fill up as the headquarters for visiting the mountain peaks. Climbing high mountains is becoming popular among young people. In fact, even novice hikers want to appreciate the mountaineering journey and endeavors. A condition for mountaineering in Kashmir is to get permission from the Government of India through the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF).



TREKKING




In Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh union territories, the ideal trekking months are from April to November. For trekking, no special permits are required, though registration with the nearest tourist office is mandatory. Srinagar is a good take-off point for trekking in the Kashmir valley, whereas, in the Ladakh region, which is known as trekker s paradise, Leh is the best point for base camp.

Jammu and Kashmir travel courses have been arranged as short-term tracks and long-term tracks. Each uneven course that takes place in low-altitude areas is subject to short-term travel. The journey starting from Kishtwar, or the journey to Sonmarg-Thajiwas, or the two tours starting from Gulmarg are ideal for short and novice. In contrast, the Amarnath Yatra is one of the most famous long journeys in the state. The duration can be adjusted depending on the amount of money one needs to travel. In addition, Gulmarg - Ferozepur Nala, Sadrani - Jungle Gali - Jasar Kot - Sanasar Course in the Jungle Gali area, and the journey to Zanskar from Chala Pass and Old Karsha Gompa is similarly the best long journey.






WATER SPORTS



Water sports can be enjoyed in Kashmir and Ladakh regions.In Ladakh, the Indus river begins its 2000 miles long Journey. Navigation can be enjoyed in her Ice-cold transparent water. Water-skiing on Dal and Nigeen lakes is a popular sport and for the beginners ten-days water ski courses are available.

Water sports can be enjoyed in Kashmir and Ladakh regions. In Ladakh, the Indus river begins its 2000 miles long Journey. Navigation can be enjoyed in her Ice-cold transparent water. Water-skiing on Dal and Nigeen lakes is a popular sport and for the beginners ten-days water ski courses are available.

The lakes and waterways of Jammu and Kashmir are usually maintained by liquefying the ice mass. At higher altitudes, these rivers move faster. Some of these couples clear their way through the rugged landscapes of Zanskar and Ladakh, ideal for white water rafting. The Indus and Zanskar rivers are important waterways used for wild water rafting, parasailing, and swimming. Pahalgam is one of the areas where offices for angling, canoeing, and kayaking are provided. The most popular practice in the ponds of Jammu and Kashmir is trout fishing. When one is looking for relaxing and relaxing opportunities, Dal Lake and Nagin Lake offer a wonderful combination of accommodation on nearby houseboats and hunting rides for sightseeing.







FISHING


Kashmir has been rightly called anglers paradise, with a network of rivers and streams, as well as, high-altitude lakes all abounding in trout both brown and rainbow. Various well-known fishing spots include Sind and Lidder rivers, their tributaries, and a silvery network of smaller rivers and streams.

Kashmir has been rightly called anglers paradise, with a network of rivers and trout streams, as well as, high-altitude lakes all abounding in trout both brown and rainbow. Various well-known fishing spots include Sind and Lidder rivers, their tributaries, and a silvery network of smaller rivers and streams.

Kashmir's trout fishing is slightly less expensive than other parts of the world. In addition, the Department of Fisheries seeks to stem the tide of fish stocks through unpredictable fishing. The main fishing business starts with the onset of spring and summer (the season is from April to October). Close assistants accompany the hunters on beginner fishing and show them how to make fishnets. After an amazing trout fishing match, one can complement the big fire with late evening camping and a tasty dinner near the waterways/lakes.


RIVER RAFTING

Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh are famous for their rivers and lakes. Indus and Zanskar are the two most famous rivers for rafting. River Lidder also has a few stretches that are good enough for this adventure sport. 

There are a few waterway boating clubs in the state that offer the excitement of boating in the fast-flowing mountain rivers. Experienced coaches are also accessible. Summer is the best time to try this game. As the snow melts in summer, the volume of river water increases. Rivers like Beas, Sutlej, Chenab, and Spiti are great for boating. A requirement for prior consent from public authority experts to go on stream boating locally. The difficult objections of sailing in Jammu and Kashmir are similar to the best objections on the planet.



GOLF



The 'Switzerland of the East', Jammu and Kashmir, usually offers significant freedoms for golfers during the middle of the year (April to November). Playing golf in Jammu and Kashmir has always been a joy and one of the main attractions for vacationers. Along with various experimental sports, Kashmir is proud to be one of the most notable green festivals in the world, as a clubhouse in Gulmarg.

The 'Switzerland of the East', Jammu and Kashmir, usually offers significant freedoms for golfers during the middle of the year (April to November). Playing golf in Jammu and Kashmir has always been a joy and one of the main attractions for vacationers. Along with various experimental sports, Kashmir is proud to be one of the most notable green festivals in the world, as a clubhouse in Gulmarg. Kashmir is known for the most prestigious and most acclaimed festival on the planet, surrounded by poplar and pine trees.

Golf tourism is one of the main attractions of the Kashmir valley in the summers. There are many spectacular golf courses throughout J&K like one in Pahalgam and another at Srinagar. At Gulmarg, there is the world's highest green golf course. The Royal Springs Golf Course at Chashmeshahi, Srinagar is regarded as one of the best golf courses in entire India. It was laid out by world-renowned Golf Architect Robert Trent Jons. 




AERO SPORTS






Paragliding is the most popular aero sport in Jammu and Kashmir. There are a number of adventure clubs in Jammu, Srinagar, Batote, and Sanasar that offer paragliding facilities.


Sports like paragliding, hot air ballooning, air surfing, and sky diving are slowly gaining popularity among the youth. Zanskar, Sanasar, and hardly any different parts of Jammu are a problem for the spread of hot air. Anyone can check out some of the teaching courses that are ready for paragliding.


These experimental exercises can be supported in any season. Jammu and Kashmir, paradise on earth, is not only a place of regular virtue and hearty climate but also the best experience of sports.








Conclusion


The tourism industry is the backbone of J&K's economy. Its full and proper exploitation will lead to mass employment, thereby, eradicating poverty from the region. However, one should not forget the ill effects of tourism like environmental pollution, health hazards, loss of social values, etc. Be aware - the unique traditional identity of Jammu and Kashmir should be kept intact without any distortion. It is apt here to, conclude with Mahatma Gandhi's statement: "The earth has enough for man's need but not for his greed”




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