The State of Jammu & Kashmir has main three geographical regions known as The Lesser Himalayas or the Jhelum Valley (Kashmir), The Inner Himalayas or The Indus Valley (Ladakh & Frontier areas) also called Trans-Himalayas, and The Outer-Himalayas or The Southern mountain range (Jammu). The area of Jammu & Kashmir is 2, 22,236 square kilometers.
Srinagar is a unique city with breathtaking physical environment, lakes, mughal gardens, springs, golf course, hills & mountains,cycling tracks, trekking opportunities, angling ,water sports, indoor sports, world class hotels and an international conference centre, restaurants, traditional and continental foods. Besides, it is endowed with spiritual places , exquisite arts and crafts and rich heritage. Neolithic age ruins (Burzhama site) & Budhist era ruins ( Harwan) are an archeologists delight.
5 Nights 4 Days
Shillong is an exquisite hill station, at an altitude of 1500 meters above sea level, nestling on a plateau of the Khasi and Jaintia hills os Assam. Romantic and picturesque with abundance of natures gifts, Shillong is described as Scotland of the East because of its striking similarity with that of the Scottish highlands and has been attracting indigenous and foreign tourists for decades.
Also enjoy the conducted tours organized by Assam Tourism on every Saturday and Sunday to Shillong and around Guwahati city and on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays during season (November-April) to Kaziranga National Park. Avail also the opportunity to enjoy the River Cruise on the mighty river Brahmaputra everyday onboard Jolpree from Sukreswar Ghat, Guwahati.
Dehing Patkai Festival (16th - 19th January)
This festival in eastern Assam derives its name from the lofty Patkai range and the playful Dehing river. It is a heady cocktail of ethnic fairs, golfing, tea heritage tours, adventures sports, wildlife excursion and down-memory-lane trips to World War II cemeteries and the Stilwell Road, once the passage to the golden land of Myanmar. It is organized in the month of January every year.
4 Nights 5 Days
We travelled far way to Bhutan, a land locked country at eastern end of the Himalayas and sharing border with our country India.
The easiest way to reach Bhutan is by flight, they have an airport at Paro. Druk Air is the only carrier.
What we did was to reach Hashimara from Howrah by Kanchankanya Express that departs from Howrah daily at 8.30PM. Going this way is rather very easy because Phuntsholing is only 30min by road from Hashimara station.
From Hashimara, if you already have the permit can straight go to Phuntsholing terminus from where you can catch a bus/cab to Thimphu.
Getting the Permit : People leaving in and around Kolkata can go to Bhutan house at 6 mal Road, Dum Dum. The place is near to Nagerbazar. The process is simple, go there fill up the form and submit it along with your voterid card, one photo. The permit will be given to you in 2 days time. Remember one thing, here you will get permit for only Thimphu and Paro. The office is closed on Saturday and Sunday. If you can get the permit from Kolkata then no need of giving one extra day in Hashimara.
Currency : You have to carry Rs.100 currency notes. Rs.500 may not be acceptable in Bhutan. Indian cards are not acceptable in Bhutan.
Phone : You have to have international roaming in Bhutan and it is very costly for all incoming/outgoing. I suggest you take a Bhutan sim card with you. What we did was to tell our travel agent do it for us (Jaigaon Tour & Travels just beside the Bhutan gate). I gave one photo and voteid zerox and the guy came up with a Tashi cell sim card. He took Rs.250 for it, and its amazing cheap to make calls, From Bhutan I called up India and it is Rs. 5 /min and local calls within Bhutan is probably Rs. 1 min. Local calls are very important because you have to call your cab driver arrange the trip, and also you may call up your hotel for any emergency.
Train : The best train on this route is Kanchankanya express, rather this is the only express train from Howrah (HWH) to reach to Hashimara (HSA). The normal timing of the train is from Howrah it will start at 8.30..