It is believed that Bhutan was inhabited as early as 2000 B.C. The country came to be known as Druk Yul or The Land of the Drukpas sometime in the 17th century. Initially Bonism was the dominant religion in the region that would come to be known as Bhutan. Buddhism was introduced in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. The country was first unified in 17th century by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. In 2008 Bhutan enacted its Constitution and converted to a democracy in order to better safeguard the rights of its citizens. Later in November of the same year, the currently reigning 5th Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck was crowned. While Bhutan is one of the smallest countries in the world, its cultural diversity and richness are profound. The climate in Bhutan is extremely varied. Southern Bhutan has a hot, humid sub-tropical climate. Temperatures can vary between 15-30 degrees Celsius. In the Central parts of the country the climate cools a bit. In the far Northern reaches of the kingdom the weather is cold during winter. Mountain peaks are perpetually covered in snow and lower parts are still cool in summer owing to the high altitude terrain. The Bhutanese Tourism Industry was first opened in 1974. Since then it has grown to become, a major contributing factor to the Bhutanese economy creating countless employment opportunities and generating additional revenue for the government. To this end efforts have been made to ensure that even remote areas are publicized and able to reap the benefits of tourism while still respecting their traditions, culture and natural environment.
Places Covered : Srinagar, Dal Lake, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Pahalgam.
Best Time to Go : March to November.
Duration : 7 Days.
Kashmir is northernmost state of India. It is located mostly in the Himalayan mountains. Kashmir is home to several valleys such as the Kashmir Valley, Tawi Valley, Chenab Valley, Poonch Valley, Sind Valley and Lidder Valley. The Jhelum River, The Indus, Tawi, Ravi and Chenab are the major rivers flowing through Kashmir. Tourism formed an important part of the Kashmiri economy. Wide mesmerizing valleys of Kashmir is very popular among the tourist. The soul of Kashmir is Dal Lake - “Jewel in the Crown of Kashmir”, a lake complete with the reflection of majestic snow-covered mountains, floating garden, houseboat & Shikara. Gulmarg is a sheer beauty of Kashmir. Gulmarg - "Meadow of Flowers" is a pristine town, situated in the Pir Panjal Range in western Himalayas. It's one of the most popular Ski destination in India & also home to the world's highest green Golf course. Sonamarg or "Meadow of Gold" is a another sheer beauty of Kashmir, an alpine valley is situated at the bank of Nallah Sindh - a tributary of the Jhelum River. This is the home of Kolhoi Peak, Amarnath Peak and Sirbal Peak etc. Lots of trek starts from here, like Vishansar Lake, Krishansar Lake, Gangabal Lake & Gadsar Lake etc. Pahalgam or "The Valley of Shepherds" is another popular tourist destination & picturesque hill station, situated beside the Liddar River. It’s associated with the annual Amarnath Yatra. Three main tourist spots in Pahalgam are - Chandanwari, Betaab Valley & Aru Valley.