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Best of Kashmir with Vaishnodevi(8 Nights)

Srinagar, Gulmarg, Srinagar, Pahalgam, Katra, Jammu

for Family Traveller, Honeymooner

Holiday Overview

View of the Vaishnodevi from Katra
Vaishnodevi (Photo Courtesy: Raju hardoi)
Zorbing at Baisaran
Baisaran
Betaab Valley
Mustard Fields Enroute Pahalgam
Views while Trekking around
Trekking route to Kashmir Valley
Trekking route to Baisaran Valley
Green Tunnel enroute to Pahalgam
Hot Air Balooning in Srinagar
Hazratbal Mosque
Khanqah Shah Hamadan Mosque
Locals moving around in the Nasim Lake
Floating Garden
Views of Hari Parbat
Nishat Garden
Shalimar Garden
Chashma Shani Garden
Houseboats by the Boulevard
Floating Market
Views from Shankracharya Hill
Shikara ride in Dal Lake (Photo Courtesy: Basharat Shah)
Views from Golf Club in Winter
Dhabas and Shops in Market Centre
Horses for moving around in Gulmarg
Outside Phase I Gondola base station
Skiing at Phase II (Gondola)
Gulmarg Gondola
Gulmarg in Summer (Nivalink Trip Dated - 8 May 2006)
Gulmarg in Summer (Nivalink Trip Dated - 8 May 2006)

This is an itinerary that combines three most visited destinations of Kashmir i.e. Srinagar (Lakes, Houseboats), Gulmarg (Himalayan views) and Pahalgam (Riverside himalayan beauty) alongwith pilgrimage of Vaishnodevi.

Route

Gulmarg(1) - Srinagar(3) - Pahalgam(2) - Katra(2)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrive at Srinagar - Gulmarg
  • Day-2 Gulmarg - Srinagar
  • Day-3 Sightseeing in Srinagar
  • Day-4 Excursion around Srinagar
  • Day-5 Srinagar - Pahalgam via Martrand
  • Day-6 Pahalgam Sightseeing
  • Day-7 Pahalgam - Katra
  • Day-8 Vaishnodevi Darshan
  • Day-9 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Gulmarg - Gondola Ride in Gulmarg (1.00 kms)

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), 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), Manasbal Lake (30.00 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
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

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).

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

Srinagar - Gulmarg(1) - Srinagar(3) - Pahalgam(2) - Katra(2) - Jammu

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrive at Srinagar - Gulmarg Arrive at Srinagar (5000+ ft asl) and transfer to Gulmarg (50 kms - 1.5 hrs - 8000+ ft asl). Possible evening visit to Khilanmarg (View point), time permitting.

Day-2 Gulmarg - Srinagar Go for famous Gondola Ride (Cable Car. Online booking in advance is recommended), Asia's highest and longest cable car. Its a two-stage ropeway. The first stage transfers from Gulmarg to Kongdoori Station. The timing of the gondola is 10 AM to 5 PM (It's highly dependent upon the weather at both stages). Return after visiting first stage and proceed for Srinagar(50 kms - 1.5 hours).

Day-3 Sightseeing in Srinagar "Day sightseeing in Srinagar visiting Mughal Gardens (Chesmashahi, Nishat and Shalimar), Jama Masjid, Shankaracharya Temple, Hari Parbat etc.

Day-4 Excursion around Srinagar Full day excursion to Sonmarg (85 kms - 3.5 hours - 8500+ ft asl) and Baltal valley. Alternatively guests have an option to visit Manasbal lake (30 kms) where there are watersports on offer. Back to Srinagar in evening.

Day-5 Srinagar - Pahalgam via Martrand Proceed to Pahalgam (100 kms - 4 hrs - 7000+ ft asl). Enroute visit Matrand Sun Temple. On arrival time permitting walk around the area to local markets.

Day-6 Pahalgam Sightseeing Undertake sightseeing around Pahalgam to spots like Baisaran, Tulian Lake, Chandanwari (16 kms - 8000+ ft asl - close range views) where you can find snow even in summer, Betaab Valley and Aru Valley etc.

Day-7 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-8 Vaishnodevi Darshan Early morning start 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 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 beging the uphill walk), it is recommended to purchase in advance to avoid delays. Guests looking for Helidarshan (Helicopter ride, darshan and back), morning flights are recommeded for best weather and least uncertainity. Return by late evening.

Day-9 Departure Depart for the onward journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

Gulmarg :

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

  • Manasbal Lake - The Manasbal lake is located at 30 kms from Srinagar. Road to Wular Lake, the largest lake in Kashmir, passes through this lake. The Mughal garden, called the Garoka, built by Nur Jahan overlooks the lake. The lake is a good place for birdwatching as it is one of the largest natural stamping grounds of Aquatic birds in Kashmir. The rootstocks of lotus plant which grows extensively in the lake are harvested and marketed, and also eaten by the local people. Other Tourist attraction in the lake area are the Manasbal Temple, the ruins of a terraced Mughal garden and sculptured stones of some Buddhist shrines on the banks of the lake.

  • 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.

Gulmarg - Gulmarg is a ski resort and summer holiday destination situated 46 km southwest of Srinagar and is about 8000 ft asl.

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.

Access
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Prefered Departure : No ImageJammuNo ImageJammu
Distances
  • Srinagar to Gulmarg -50 kms (1.5 hrs)
  • Gulmarg to Srinagar -50 kms (1.5 hrs)
  • 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

Gulmarg in Summer

Gulmarg (8,000 ft asl) is a mountain resort of exceptional beauty. Snow peak views are all over more

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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Distances
  • Srinagar to Gulmarg -50 kms (1.5 hrs)
  • Gulmarg to Srinagar -50 kms (1.5 hrs)
  • 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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