Curfew in Kashmir’s Buddhist Town

Monday July 22nd, 2013 in India, News, Travel Tips | Be the first to Comment »

SRINAGAR: A curfew has been imposed in Zanskar town of Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir following clashes between members of the majority Buddhist community and police.

The Buddhists are fuming over the elopement of a girl of their community with a Muslim boy.

The duo were captured by the police in Srinagar, nearly 200 kms away from their home.

Today, while the police took the girl back to Zanskar, a mob of around 500 people stopped the vehicle at Padam, demanding that she be handed over to them.

The police used force to disperse them. The girl was later handed over to her parents.

Later hundreds of protestors gathered at Phutang where they again clashed with the police. Two protesters were wounded, one of them having received a bullet.

Senior officers of the district administration have rushed to the town.

Tension has prevailed between the Buddhists and the minority Muslim community in Zanskar since a few Buddhist families converted to Islam last fall.

Source: Free Press Kashmir

Amar Mahal, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir

Friday March 2nd, 2012 in India, Places to Visit | Be the first to Comment »


Amar Mahal, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir

Amar Mahal, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir

* The Amar Mahal Palace is a palace in Jammu, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, India, which has now been converted into a Museum.

* It was built in the nineteenth century for Raja Amar Singh, a Dogra king by a French architect on the lines of a French Chateau.

* The palace was donated to the Hari-Tara charitable trust by Dr. Karan Singh for use as a museum.

* It has many exhibits including a golden throne weighing 120 kg, Pahari miniature and Kangra miniature paintings, a library of 25,000 antique books and many rare art collections.

* The palace was the last official residence of the Dogra Rajas, Suryavanshi Rajputs, and a large collection of portraits of the royal family are also on display in the Museum.

* situated on the right bank of the Tawi River, on a bend of the river, in Jammu. Jammu, once a princely city, is also famous for forts, palaces and temples.

* The Amar Mahal Palace was planned by a French architect, in 1862. However, it was not built until the 1890s.

* The palace built in red sandstone with red bricks is in a picturesque environment on a hillock overlooking the Tawi river valley.

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‘Bara-lacha la’ or ‘Bara-lacha Pass’, Zanskar range, connecting Lahaul district in Himachal Pradesh to Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.


'Bara-lacha la' or 'Bara-lacha Pass', Zanskar range

'Bara-lacha la' or 'Bara-lacha Pass', Zanskar range (Picture : Copyright Dj DeepS)


* The Baralacha Pass is a unique high mountain pass in Zanskar range situated at a spectacular 16,400 ft above sea level.

* The pass itself is 8 kilometers long, and is literally the pass “where many roads meet”.

* Here, routes from Zanskar, Ladakh and Lahaul meet which have for centuries been used by ancient travelers and crossed in all directions.

* The two great rivers of Lahaul, the Chandra and the Bhaga, also arise from the huge snowfields on opposite sides of the pass.

* The Bhaga river, a tributary of the Chandrabhaga or Chenab river, originates from Surya taal lake, which is situated a few of kilometers from the pass towards Manali.

* The other major tributary of the Chandrabhaga, the Chandra also originates from glacier in this region.

* The pass also acts as a water-divide between the Bhaga river and the Yunam river.

* In Rudyard Kipling’s novel Kim, there is a reference to Bara-lacha la pass the source of the Suraj Tal having been used by Kim’s Lama to enter India from Tibet.

* A trekking route leads from Bara-lacha la to Chandra Taal, situated by the bank of Chandra River in the Spiti.
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Mulbekh Chamba, Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir


Mulbekh Chamba, Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir

Mulbekh Chamba, Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir

* It is a 9-metre high rock sculpture of Maitreya, Buddha of future ages.

* Its execution combines esoteric Shaivite symbolism and early Buddhist art.

* The statue, carved on a hillside in the Suru Valley, belongs to 9th century.

* This imposing sculpture depicts a standing Bodhisattva with 4 arms and a headdress. It is adorned with jewels.

* Evidences reveal that this sculpture was made when Kashmiri Buddhist missionaries came traveling east of the Himalayas.

* Mulbekh in Jammu & Kashmir is a small sleepy village on Srinagar-Leh highway yet very very very beautiful, some 45 kilometers from Kargil towards east and 190 kilometers to reach Leh.

* The village resembles as it is sitting on the lap of barren mountains with some green toppings.

* Mulbekh Gompa is a nearby attraction.

* The thing to notice about the place is, if you are ascending to Leh from Srinagar side you will feel the presence of Buddhism from here only.

* Accommodation is not at all a problem with a JKTDC guest house and some other private options.

* Power or electricity is definitely a problem here. Only source is Diesel Generator which supplies power from 8-11 in night and 4-7 in the morning for prayer purposes.

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Gulmarg (means Meadow of flowers), Baramula, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Saturday February 11th, 2012 in Adventure Sports, India | Be the first to Comment »

Gulmarg in Summer (Picture: Copyright shahbasharat@flickr)


* It is a majestic hill station in the district of Baramula of Jammu and Kashmir in India.

* The hill station, at an altitude of 2730 m, was earlier known as Gaurimarg, where Gauri stands for Goddess Parvati the wife of Lord Shiva. The name Gulmarg was given to this place by the King Yousuf Shah Chak.

* Nestled with stunning peaks in the Himalayan ranges, Gulmarg is a spectacular picnic spot attracted by all kinds of tourists with its lush green backdrop, beautiful landscapes, flowering gardens, serene lakes and pleasant climate during the summers and falls.

* This imposing hill station was a pleasure resort for kings and royal family members and a summer retreat for the British officers during the British rule in India.

* Gulmarg is an eye catching place with picturesque surroundings, beautiful gardens with mind blogging flowers and fragrance.

* This is one of the best ski resorts in India as it gets heavy snowfall, especially during winter.

* Some of the highest ski slopes in India lies in the sloppy Himalayan regions in Gulmarg.

* Gulmarg is credited with the longest and highest cable car project in Asia.

* The experience in this cable car is breathtaking and really memorable.

* Gulmarg was spotted as one of the potential location for 2010 Winter Commonwealth games.