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Trekking in Jammu

September 2, 2023
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There has been a lot of focus on trekking activities in the Kashmir valley in recent times.  However, the trekking routes of the Jammu region have not received the required attention. Jammu region boasts of breathtaking natural beauty with lush green meadows, dense forests, sparkling rivers and panoramic views of the Himalayas. Trekkers can immerse themselves in the serene surroundings and enjoy the pristine environment. The region offers a variety of trekking terrains, from gentle slopes to challenging high-altitude routes. Treks can range from easy walks suitable for beginners to strenuous climbs for experienced trekkers, ensuring options for all skill levels. Several trekking routes in Jammu lead to historical and religious sites, such as ancient temples and monasteries. These sites add depth to the trekking experience, providing a cultural and spiritual dimension. In this regard, authorities in Poonch on Thursday flagged off a trekking expedition aimed at promoting adventure tourism in the district. The trekking expedition, organized in partnership with Indiahikes, saw the participation of trekkers from different states. The group started its journey to Peer Panjal Lakes from Noorichamb Behramgala, near Chandimarh Tourist Park. A total of 14 trekkers will explore the seven famous lakes as well as other nearby lakes in the region. In Jammu region, Udhampur, Patnitop, Kishtwar, Bhaderwah, Bani-Basholi and Sarthal areas offer limitless possibilities for trekking tours and among trekking enthusiasts. The popular trekking routes include: Pancheri-Sankhpal-Sanasar-Patnitop, Patnitop-Sudh Mahadev-Mantalai-Patnitop, Sandhari-Jungle Gali-Jassarkote-Pancheri-Landhar-Sanasar, Paddar-Padam Trek, Kishtwar to Bhrama Peak, Kishtwar to Rangdem via Marwah, Devigole-Padder (Atholi), Bunjwah-Devigole-Bhalessa, etc. Some of the notable treks in Jammu are Kishtwar to Padum, which is in Zanskar. The trek from Kishtwar to Srinagar that passes through Banderkot, Dadhpeth, Mughal Maidan, Chhatru, Sinthan and Daksum is also an enchanting journey of 5-6 days.These trekking routes, if promoted properly, have the potential to attract adventure tourists from all over the globe. Also, trekking and pilgrim tourism go hand-in-hand in Jammu. The 13 kilometer trek to the shrine of Vaishno Devi from Katra is just a matter of a couple of hours. Further, the low undulated terrain, which is covered with a thick forest, surrounding the Mansar Lake, may also fetch travellers for trekking in Jammu. Steering towards Gulabgarh, the trek to the shrine of Machail Mata is yet another divine opportunity for trekking in Jammu. It is approximately a 2 days trek that covers a distance of 32 kilometers from Gulabgarh. Pertinently, J&K Tourism is actively promoting 75 new trekking routes. Efforts are also underway to popularize aero adventures, providing visitors with a variety of exhilarating options to explore the region. It is no secret that J&K’s diverse topography offers a plethora of trekking opportunities for all levels of adventurers. From easy day hikes to challenging multi-day expeditions, the region boasts an extensive network of trails that wind through picturesque mountains, pristine forests, and charming villages. The development of trekking tourism in J&K holds immense economic potential. It can serve as a catalyst for job creation, entrepreneurship and skill development within the local communities.

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