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Splendour of Kashmir. Vaishno Devi – Achabal – Pahalgam – Srinagar – Gulmarg


Splendour of Kashmir

Vaishno Devi – Achabal – Pahalgam – Srinagar – Gulmarg. (8N/ 9D)


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Day 1

Distance – 50 Km, Transfer Time – approximately 2 hrs. Arrival at Jammu Airport/Railway station, transfer to Katra by AC cab or coach. Check in Hotel. Katra (762 mts/ 2500 ft) is the base for Vaishno Devi climb. Unwind & relax. Evening free to explore the town, O/n Hotel.

Day 2

Distance – 26 Km, Flight & Pilgrimage devotion Time – approximately 8 hrs.
After breakfast, transfer to Katra Helipad, take helicopter flight to the Shrine. Whole day dedicated to Vaishno Devi Yatra. Fly back to Katra by evening. Priority Darshan at Shrine, Parshad packet and Mata Souvenir on departure is what we ensure as an extended courtesy. O/n Hotel at Katra.

Day 3

Distance – 235 Km, Journey & Sight-seeing Time – approximately 10 hrs.
Early morning Checkout, Sojourn & have Breakfast at beautiful Patnitop (2024 mts/ 6640 ft). Drive on and enter Kashmir valley after crossing Banihal. Reach Verinag (1851 mts/ 6100 ft), major tourist attraction of this place is Verinag Spring, for which this place is named. An octagonal stone basin here and an arcade around it were built by Mughal emperor Jahangir in 1620 A.D. Later, a beautiful garden next to this spring, was laid out by his son Shah Jahan. This spring is known to never dry up or overflow. The whole monument is of national importance declared by Archaeological Survey of India. Drive on to Kokernag (2012 mts/ 6650 ft), a collection of many small springs and their collective appearance resembles to the claws of a Koker (cock). Kokernag is the largest fresh water spring of Kashmir and its water has many curative and digestive properties. Reach Achabal (1936 mts/ 6350 ft) by late afternoon, Achabal Garden is one of the most important and splendid tourist places in the state of Kashmir. The Mughal style gardens were brought to perfection and Achabal is one such masterpiece. This place is famous all over due to an ancient spring surrounded by a terrace garden. Once the pleasure retreat of the Mughal Empress Noor Jahan, its picturesque beauty makes it one of the best Mughal gardens of the Indian subcontinent was developed by Empress Noor Jehan Begum in 1620 A.D. The garden created at the site of a forceful spring, which enters the garden as a waterfall is located at the foot of a hill covered with dense forest. O/n Tourist Bunglow/ Tourist Hut at Achabal.

Day 4

Distance – 47 Km, Journey & Sight-seeing Time – approximately 6 hrs.
Check out after Breakfast. Enjoy the magnificent beauty of Mughal Gardens. There is also a trout fish farm nearby. Drive and reach Pahalgam (2130 mts/ 7050 ft) by afternoon. Check in Hotel. In the afternoon sightseeing of 11th century old Mamleshwar temple and Club Park. One can also opt for a session of River rafting or try your hand on trout fishing with help of local guides. Spend evening walking by Lidder River. O/n Hotel at Pahalgam.

Day 5

Distance – 130 Km, Journey & Sight-seeing Time – approximately 9 hrs.
Check out after Breakfast. Drive to Aru, a tourist spot 11 kms upstream Lidder River. Noted for its scenic meadows, lakes and mountains, it is a base camp for trekking to the Kolhoi Glacier, the largest glacier in Kashmir valley and Tarsar Lake. The beautiful village of Aru (2414 mts/ 7920 ft) dotted with wooden house lies of the left bank of the Aru River, which is a tributary of the Lidder River. Take a pony ride to Baisarn meadows and Dhabyan view point for the magnificent views of Lidder valley. By late afternoon, leave for Srinagar, three hours drive which takes you through world famous Saffron fields of Pampore and Awantipura ruins (1100 years old temple of Lord Vishnu built by King Awantiwareman), Reach Srinagar (1585 mts/ 5200 ft) by late evening. O/n Hotel/ Houseboat at Srinagar.

Day 6

Distance – 30 Km, Journey & Sight-seeing Time – approximately 5 hrs.
After Breakfast, Visit Mughal Gardens. Shart with Chashme-Shahi followed by Nishat Bagh (Abode of pleasure) built by Asif Khan brother in law of Jehangir in 1632 AD and Shalimar Bagh (Abode of love) built by Jehangir for his wife Empress Noor Jehan. Gardens provide splendid picture perfect view of Dal Lake with backdrop of snow clad Zabarwan Mountains. Proceed to famous Shankaracharya temple on a hillock and Hazratbal mosque which houses a hair of the prophet Muhammad. Explore local market in the evening. O/n Hotel or Houseboat.

Day 7

Distance – 56 Km, Journey & Sight-seeing Time – approximately 7 hrs.
Breakfast followed by Shikara ride on Dal lake in the late afternoon, Visit Char Chinar in the middle of the lake, floating gardens & vegetable market. Check out and Set off for a beautiful drive to Gulmarg. After Tangmarg, the climb to Gulmarg begins through fir-covered hillsides. The view en route provides fascinating panorama of snow covered mountains. Reach Gulmarg by late afternoon. Afterwards, walk down to visit 110 years old St Mary's Church which looks like a countryside chapel built in Victorian style and Rani temple which is actually a Shiva temple situated in the middle of Gulmarg meadow, is visible from almost every point of this beautiful town. The temple was actually built by erstwhile ruler of Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh’s wife Rani Mohini Bai. Evening free to stroll around and explore on your own. O/n Hotel at Gulmarg.

Day 8

After Breakfast, leave for sightseeing of Gulmarg- which is rightly called 'meadow of flowers'. This picturesque mountain resort town is 2653 mts/ 8700 ft above sea level and is famed for its 18 hole golf course and Gondola ride up to Mt. Affarwat (4200 mts/ 13780 ft). It's a beautiful saucer shaped valley girdled with poplars. In the winters this is a paradise for skiing and snow related sports. One has the option to hike back to Gulmarg from halfway Gondola ride while coming back from Mt Affarwat. Get off Gondola at second phase to visit breathtakingly beautiful Khilanmarg. Hike back to Kongdoori, get into Gondola to return to Gulmarg. Evening free at leisure. O/n stay at Gulmarg.

Day 9

Distance – 50 Km, Transfer Time – approximately 2 hrs. After an early morning Breakfast, drive back to Srinagar and take flight back to Delhi.


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