Kashmir With Vaishno Devi

Kashmir With Vaishno Devi

OVERVIEW- Considered one of the holiest places on earth, Vaishno Devi in Jammu is set at a height of 5300 ft above sea level. People from all over visit the holy shrine to pay homage to Maa Vaishno. The tour takes you to the holy shrine and then to the beautiful hill station, Patnitop. Also famed as the ‘City of Temples’, Jammu has been blessed with natural beauty in abundance. Embracing love in the air, Kashmir is a perfect destination. Jammu & Kashmir is just the perfect destination to enjoy a rejuvenating vacation.

SRINAGAR- Srinagar is the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and is the pride of the beautiful valley of Kashmir. Srinagar is famous for its lakes and the charming rows of houseboats floating on them. It is festooned with wooden Kashmiri mosques and expansive gardens with wide variety of flora species.

GULMARG- Located at a distance of 56 kms from Srinagar is one of the most frequented hill resorts in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is a popular destination for skiing and heliskiing. Many competitions are also held here in winters. The place receives good snowfall in winters. 

SONAMARG- Located at a distance of 79 kms from Srinagar the hill station is one of the popular attractions near the capital city. Surrounded by dense forests of alpine vegetation and with snow -capped mountains standing all along its boundaries, the valley of Sonamarg looks highly captivating. 

PAHALGAM- Pahalgam is one of the most popular tourist destinations of India. The hill town is well-known for its pleasant weather, serene ambiance and green surroundings. Tourists from all over the country and the world visit here to enjoy a holiday set amid natural beauty and tranquility. 

KATRA- The shrine of Vaishno Devi, one of the most important places of worship in India calls the little town of Katra its home. Located in the Uddhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir, Katra is mostly visited by devotees of Lord Shiva. The pilgrimage route is only complete when Shiv Khori, 1.6 km away from Vaishno Devi is also visited. Katra has a large collection of water bodies which can be easily accessed.

MATA VAISHNO DEVI SHRINE- It is one of the oldest and popular shrines of India, located at a height of 5300 feet on the holy Trikuta Hills of the Shivalik Hill Range. The Holy cave is 13 Kms from the Base Camp Katra. The Town Katra is 50 Kms away from Jammu. 

JAMMU- Also famed as the ‘City of Temples’, Jammu has been blessed with natural beauty in abundance. Placed at the base of the mighty Himalayan Mountains, the city was founded by Raja Jamboolochan way back in the 14th century.  As per archaeological indication, Jammu was the part of the Harappa civilization.

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Tour Destination: Srinagar –Sonamarg – Gulmarg - Pahalgam – Katra - Jammu

Travel Duration: 08 nights/09 days

DAY 1: SRINAGAR- Arrival at Srinagar Airport and transfer to hotel. In the evening move around the town and revel in the scenic surroundings. You can take a long ride in the Shikara on the beautiful Dal Lake. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 2: SRINAGAR- After breakfast visit the beautiful city of lakes-Srinagar.

DAL LAKE-This lake is one of the important tourist attraction of Srinagar. The Dal Lake comprises of a number of lakes, including the Nagin Lake which also has many houseboats stationed there. You can enjoy the panoramic view of the mountains surrounding Srinagar from this lake. Later you take on a ride on traditional Kashmiri boats or Shikaras to explore the intricate maze of waterways of this lake. 

MUGHAL GARDENS- These Gardens were laid by the Mughal epitomizing love for mankind. They are located between Dal Lake and Zabarwan Mountain range.

NASIM BAGH- One of the most beautiful Mughal Gardens, Nasim bagh is constructed in 1586 AD by Great Mughal Emperor Akbar. This garden serves as a brilliant example of natural beauty merged with the man made marvelous designs. This is the oldest Mughal garden and has camping facilities in the enchanting lawns of the Gardens.

NISHAT BAGH- It was designed by Asaf Khan, brother of Noor Jehan, in 1633 AD. It is largest of the Mughal gardens and is situated on the banks of Dal Lake. 

SHALIMAR GARDENS- Garden of love was built by Emperor Jehangir for his wife Nur Jehan in 1616.It is 2 major houses which is called the Diwan e Khas and Diwan e Aam.

CHESHMASHAHI- Royal springs are situated in the foothills of the Zabarwan range. It was laid by Ali Mardan Khan in 1632. 

PARI MAHAL- It is a school of astrology built by Prince Dara Shukho eldest son of Shahjahan who had keen interest in astrology and sufisim. One can capture a splendid view of the Srinagar city and Dal Lake.

SHANKARACHARYA TEMPLE-The temple of Shankaracharya is another important place to visit in Srinagar. 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 3: SRINAGAR – SONMARG - SRINAGAR- In the morning drive to the Meadow of Gold-Sonmarg, a valley amongst glaciers and placid lakes. You can view the beautiful flower and laden meadows, panoramic view of the snow covered Himalayan peaks.

WHY VISIT SONMARG?

  • Sonmarg is a trekker’s paradise. 
  • Snow sledging and snowboarding.

SIGHTSEEING SONMARG- Thajiwas Glacier, Kheer Bhawani Temple, Manasbal Lake

Later return back to Srinagar 

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 4: SRINAGAR – GULMARG- Today drive to the Meadow of Flowers-Gulmarg. 

WHY VISIT GULMARG?

  1. Green meadows, Blue Skies, Flowers in full bloom in spring and summer. 
  2. Asia’s highest cable car ride the Gulmarg - Gondola. 
  3. Gulmarg is considered Asia’s Best ski resort, famous amongst skiers for its unique powder snow which form the perfect slopes for skiing, sledging and snowboarding. 
  4. Gulmarg boasts of Highest Golf course in the world club established in 1902 which has an 18 whole golf course par 72 where competitions are held each year. 
  5. Gulmarg is one of the best summer and winter resorts in the world. In summers, the meadows of Gulmarg are laden with flowers whereas in winters, the snow-covered slopes of Gulmarg turn into a skiing resort, for adventure and thrill. 

SIGHTSEEING GULMARG- Gondola Ride (Asia’s highest ski lift), Maharani Temple, St Mary’s Church, Maharaja Palace, Children’s Park, Baba Reishi Shrine, Drand a famous picnic spot, Khilanmarg, Ningal Nullah, Trek to Alpather Lake and visit Tanmarg

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 5: GULMARG – PAHALGAM- Today morning drive to the Valley of Shepards-Pahalgam. You can move around the place hiring a pony rather than walking. Visit the huge, undulating meadow of Baisaran, surrounded by thickly wooded forests of pine. Next move around the Village of nomad is un-spoilt by the ravages of progress. 

WHY VISIT PAHALGAM?

  • Pahalgam has an astounding golf course open to tourists. 
  • Rout fishing is a popular sport here "an anglers paradise" 
  • Pahalgam is known as the base camp for famous treks to Aru, Chandanwari, Tulian lake and the famous Amarnath trek via Sheshnag and Panchtarni. 
  • Pine trees, Cedar Forests, flora and fauna of Pahalgam are a major attraction here.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 6: PAHALGAM- You can enjoy lots of recreational activities in Pahalgam starting form Horse Riding, Golf, Fishing, and Trekking. Later you can enjoy shopping for the products made of wool.

SIGHTSEEING PAHALGAM- Baisaran, Shikargha, Betaab Valley, Tulian Lake, Mamal Temple, Phrislan, Aru and Chandanawari, Mattan Temple, Aishmuqam, Sun Temple, Avantipur Temple, Kolahoi Glacier, Tarsar Lake.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 7: PAHALGAM - KATRA- Today continue your drive to Katra. After relaxing some hours, start your trek towards the Mata Vaishno Devi Temple. The Yatra begins at Katra from where you can go bare foot, horses or palki for the Darshan.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 8: VAISHNO DEVI SHRINE - KATRA- Today continue with a 16 km journey that covers Banganga, the Adhkawari cave, Sanji Chhat, Bhawan, the shrine and the Bhairon temple. 

MATA VAISHNO DEVI- The Goddess Mata Vaishno Devi's abode is in 100 feet long cave with a narrow opening. The holy cold and crystal clear water washes the lotus feet of the Mata's "Pindian". There are three natural ‘Pindies’ representing Maha Saraswati, Maha Lakshmi, Maha Kali, which represent creative, preservative, and destructive aspects of the Super Power. It is an ancient shrine whose reference is found in the Vedas and ancient scriptures.

After the divine blessings of Mata Vaishno Devi  return back to Katra. Take rest at the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 9: KATRA - JAMMU- Today drive back to Jammu. Enroute visit the famous Raghunath Temple.

RAGHUNATH TEMPLE- Situated in the heart of the city and surrounded by a group of other temples, this temple, dedicated to Lord Rama is outstanding and unique in Northern India. 

Later departure at Jammu station/airport to catch train/flight towards onward destination.

Distance & Time (Approx)

  • Srinagar - Sonmarg: 90 kms/02 hrs
  • Srinagar - Gulmarg: 55 kms/1.5 hrs
  • Gulmarg – Pahalgam: 150 kms/04 hrs
  • Pahalgam – Katra: 250 kms/07 hrs
  • Katra – Jammu: 50 kms/02 hrs

Jammu & Kashmir at a Glance

  1. Population: 1,255,678
  2. Area: 222,236 sq kms
  3. Geo Location: North India
  4. Average Climate: 5°C - 45°C
  5. Best time to visit: October - April
  6. STD Code: 0191
  7. Airport: Jammu Airport

Srinagar at a Glance

  • Population: 1,250,173
  • Area: 103.3 sq kms
  • Geo Location: Jammu & Kashmir (North India)
  • Average Climate: -2°C - 30°C
  • Best time to visit: March - October
  • STD Code: 0194
  • Airport: Srinagar Airport

Gulmarg at a Glance

  • Population: NA
  • Area: NA
  • Geo Location: Jammu & Kashmir (North India)
  • Best time to visit: March - October

Sonmarg at a Glance

  1. Population: NA
  2. Area: NA
  3. Geo Location: Jammu & Kashmir (North India)
  4. Best time to visit: March - October
  5. STD Code:  NA

Pahalgam at a Glance

  • Population: 5,922
  • Area: NA
  • Geo Location: Jammu & Kashmir (North India)
  • Best time to visit: March - October

Katra at a Glance

  1. Population: 10,000
  2. Area: NA
  3. Geo Location: Jammu & Kashmir (North India)
  4. Best time to visit: March - October

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