Kashmir Break with Vaishnodevi Extension(7 Nights)

Srinagar, Pahalgam, Katra, Jammu

for Family Traveller, Honeymooner

Holiday Overview

View of the Vaishnodevi from Katra
Snow peak views from Katra
Vaishnodevi (Photo Courtesy: Raju hardoi)
Zorbing at Baisaran
Riverside Pahalgam
Betaab Valley
Views while Trekking around
Trekking route to Kashmir Valley
Trekking route to Baisaran Valley
Green Tunnel enroute to Pahalgam
Pahalgam Valley (Photo Courtesy: KennyOMG)
Locals moving around in the Nasim Lake
Views of Hari Parbat
Nishat Garden
Chashma Shani Garden
Houseboats by the Boulevard
Nagin Lake Views
Floating Market
Nasim Lake Views
Views from Shankracharya Hill

Kashmir Break with Vaishnodevi Extension is an itinerary that combines two most visited destinations of Kashmir i.e. Srinagar (Lakes, Houseboats) and Pahalgam (Riverside Himalayan beauty) alongwith pilgrimage of Vaishnodevi along with a day visit to Gulmarg.


Srinagar(3) - Pahalgam(2) - Katra(2)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrival at Srinagar
  • Day-2 Sightseeing in Srinagar
  • Day-3 Gulmarg Gondola Visit. Possible excursion to Khilanmarg
  • Day-4 Srinagar - Pahalgam via Martrand
  • Day-5 Pahalgam Sightseeing
  • Day-6 Pahalgam - Katra
  • Day-7 Vaishnodevi Darshan
  • Day-8 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Katra - Vaishnodevi Temple (13.00 kms)

Pahalgam - Baisaran (3.00 kms), Betaab valley (7.00 kms), Aru (10.00 kms), Chandanwari (16.00 kms), Tulian Lake (16.00 kms), Martrand Sun Temple (35.00 kms)

Srinagar - Hari Parbat (4.00 kms), Shikara ride in Dal Lake (5.00 kms), Jama Masjid Srinagar (5.00 kms), Shankaracharya Temple (10.00 kms), Chashma Shahi (10.00 kms), Nishat Bagh (14.00 kms), Shalimar Gardens (16.00 kms), Gondola Ride in Gulmarg (50.00 kms), Martrand Sun Temple (60.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Srinagar Departure - Jammu
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
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  • Aug
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  • Nov
  • Dec
Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Overnight in Gulmarg is recommended to fully experience close range Himalayan views. Additional night in Srinagar will allow guests time to visit Sonamarg (85 kms - 3 hours - 8500+ ft asl, a destination renowned for its close range Himalayan views).

  • Srinagar to Pahalgam -100 kms (3 hrs)
  • Pahalgam to Katra -270 kms (9.5 hrs)
  • Katra to Jammu -50 kms (1.5 hrs)

Srinagar(3) - Pahalgam(2) - Katra(2) - Jammu

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrival at Srinagar Arrival at Srinagar. Visit Dal Lake and enjoy a Shikara ride in the evening. If time permits, visit some local markets.

Day-2 Sightseeing in Srinagar Day sightseeing in Srinagar visiting Mughal Gardens (Chesmashahi, Nishat and Shalimar), Jama Masjid, Shankaracharya Temple, Hari Parbat etc.

Day-3 Gulmarg Gondola Visit. Possible excursion to Khilanmarg Go for the famous Gondola Ride (Asia's highest and longest cable car where online booking in advance is recommended). It’s a two-stage ropeway. The first stage transfers from Gulmarg to Kongdoori Station. The second stage takes skiers to a height of 3,747 m (12,293 ft). The timing of the Gondola is 10 AM to 5 PM (It's highly dependent upon the weather at both stages). Return in the afternoon to enjoy Pony ride and walking around the area OR visit Khilanmarg (nearby picnic spot) a fragrant valley, full of color and charm).

Day-4 Srinagar - Pahalgam via Martrand Proceed to Pahalgam (100 kms - 4 hrs - 7000+ ft asl). Enroute visit Matrand Sun Temple. On arrival, if time permits walk around the area to local markets.

Day-5 Pahalgam Sightseeing Undertake sightseeing around Pahalgam to spots like Baisaran, Tulian Lake, Chandanwari (16 kms - 8000+ ft asl - close range views) where you find snow even during summers, Betaab Valley and Aru Valley etc.

Day-6 Pahalgam - Katra Proceed to Katra (254 kms - 9 hrs), a base point to visit renowned Vaishnodevi Pilgrimage, one of the most revered and visited temples in India.

Day-7 Vaishnodevi Darshan Early morning starts for Vaishnodevi climb (Total 13 kms walk to the temple that takes about 4-5 hours). Enroute stops at Adhkwari Temple and darshan at Baba Bhaironath Temple is recommended). During summer and peak travel season it may be advisable to start the climb the previous evening. Once queue tickets are purchased the wait period could be half an hour to 3 hours depending on the rush. During season Yatra Parchi (entry tickets required to begin the uphill walk), it is better to purchase the tickets in advance to avoid time delay. Guests looking for Helidarshan (Helicopter ride, darshan and back), morning flights are recommeded for best weather and least uncertainty. Return by late evening.

Day-8 Departure Depart for the onward journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

Katra :

  • Vaishnodevi Temple - Vaishnodevi is one of the most visited temples in India. Its accessible via a 13 kms arduous climb or on a palanquin or via a helicopter ride. Enroute to Vaishnodevi temple following temples are also visited by Devotees * Banganga - 01 Km * Charan Paduka - 2.5 Kms * Adhkuwari - 6 Kms * Himkoti - 8.5 kms * Sanjichhat - 9.5 Km * Bhawan - 13.0 Kms * Bhairon Ghati (Via Bhawan) - 14.5 Kms

Pahalgam :

  • Baisaran - Baisaran (3 kms away from Pahalgam) is a lush green meadow surrounded by thick forest. One can trek to Tulian Lake from here (day trip).

  • Betaab valley - Betaab valley (7 kms from Pahalgam) is named after bollywood movie Betaab which was extensively shot here. The valley is characterised by picture perfect views and is a kind of popular picnic spot for tourists to arrive.

  • Aru - Aru is a sleepy village 10 km from Pahalgam, is the first step on the way to Kohlai glacier. From here one can also trek to Tarsar, Marsar lakes and Sonamarg. Aru offers picture perfect views and is a popular tourist visit option.

  • Chandanwari - Chandanwari (16 km away also motrable) is the starting point for the annual Amarnath Yatra. One can go upto Sheshnag Lake in a days return trek.

  • Tulian Lake - Tulian Lake a high altitude lake near Pahalgam at an altitude of 11,000 ft asl. The lake is surrounded on three sides by snow covered mountains. It is located in a meadow dotted with pine forests.The lake lies between the two Himalayan mountain ranges of Pir Panjal and Zanskar and presents spectacular views. The area is accessible via a trek.

  • Martrand Sun Temple - Matrand Sun temple near Anantnag is a temple complex built around ancient temple ruins and visited enroute Pahalgam while arriving from Srinagar / Katra / Patnitop via Anantnag.

Srinagar :

  • Hari Parbat - Hari Parbat or Koh e Maran is a hill overlooking Srinagar. It is the site of a Durrani fort (1808) and home to Shakti Temple and Muslim shrines of Khwaja Makhdoom Sahib and Akhund Mullah Shah. There is also a Gurudwara, which commemorates the visit of Guru Hargobind.

  • Shikara ride in Dal Lake - Shikaras are narrow boats to ferry guests from Houseboats to the banks of the lake. Its also the vehicle to ferry supplies. Shikara rides in Dal Lake has been one of the romantic experiences even since Kashmir has been visited by tourists. Shikara ride offers guests a leisurely lakeside experience. Vastness of the lake being such that guests can spend a couple of hours moving around the area into different corners of the lake. Some areas around Boulevard around are very busy and where Shikaras literally jostle for space. Whereas ones a bit away from Boulevard especially around Nagin is quiet and serene.

  • Jama Masjid Srinagar - Jamia Masjid is a mosque in Srinagar in the middle of the old city built in 1400 AD. The mosque has Indo-Saracenic architecture, a large courtyard and 370 wooden pillars.

  • Shankaracharya Temple - An ancient temple dating back to 250BC where the philosopher Shankaracharya is believed to have stayed here when he visited Kashmir ten centuries ago to revive Sanatan Dharma

  • Chashma Shahi - Chasma Shahi, originally designed in 1632 are a set of Mughal Gardens situated at 10 kms from town centre (5 kms from Boulevard) in Srinagar, overlooking Dal lake.

  • Nishat Bagh - Nishat Bagh are a set of Mughal gardens at 14 kms and is characterised by terraced lawns, cascading fountains, paint-box-bright flowerbeds with the panorama of the Dal Lake and Pir Panjal mountain range in front of them. Nishat was designed in 1633 AD by Asaf Khan, brother of Nur Jehan.

  • Shalimar Gardens - Shalimar Gardens are a set of Mughal Gardens at 16 kms from Srinagar and are popularly visited by tourists. Shalimar Gardens (or Shalimar Bagh as its popularly known locally) were built by Mughal Emperor Jehangir for his wife Nur Jehan. The Gardens are characterised by terraced lawns, cascading fountains, paint-box-bright flowerbeds with the panorama of the Dal in front of them.

  • Gondola Ride in Gulmarg - Gondola ride in Gulmarg is perhaps the most awesome when it comes to views. The ride is split in two stages and both require diff tickets. Tickets can be sourced online. Both stages are a must do. The Gondola ride is subject to weather.

  • Martrand Sun Temple - Matrand Sun temple near Anantnag is a temple complex built around ancient temple ruins and visited enroute Pahalgam while arriving from Srinagar / Katra / Patnitop via Anantnag.

Destination Overview

Jammu - Jammu is a point of access for visiting Vaishnodevi Temple, which is 13 km walk from Katra (50 km from Jammu) and home to Raghunath Temple.

Srinagar - Srinagar is the summer capital city of Kashmir. Srinagar is a city famous for its lake experience. Houseboats, Shikaras and Mughal gardens, Handicraft shops all combine to give a unique holiday experience.

Pahalgam - Pahalgam (100 km from Srinagar) is originally a Shephards Village and is now a premier holiday destination and a Hill Station at 7200 ft above sea level.

Katra - Katra, is base town to visit Vaishno Devi temple which is 13 kms walk (or a helicopter ride) away from here.

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  • Srinagar to Pahalgam -100 kms (3 hrs)
  • Pahalgam to Katra -270 kms (9.5 hrs)
  • Katra to Jammu -50 kms (1.5 hrs)

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Travel Ideas incorporated in the itinerary

Pahalgam Experience

Pahalgam (7,200 ft asl) is characterised by views of gurgling river criss cross across the town more

Vaishnodevi Darshan

Katra (50 kms from Jammu) is visited for Vaishnodevi temple and the town is base camp for visiting more

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  • Srinagar to Pahalgam -100 kms (3 hrs)
  • Pahalgam to Katra -270 kms (9.5 hrs)
  • Katra to Jammu -50 kms (1.5 hrs)

Expert Speak

Patnitop is a stopover on the Jammu - Pahalgam / Srinagar route and recommended for guests not looking to undertake hectic 9 hour Pahalgam - Katra ride.

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