Kashmir, known to be the “Heaven on Earth” is frequented by tourists from around the world for its unmatched natural beauty. The northernmost Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir is abound with unparalleled beauty everywhere hardly found anywhere in the world. Kashmir is also rich in historical and cultural heritage, that makes it a sought after tourist destination all the year round.
Here is an exhaustive guidance on Kashmir tour that can be accomplished in just eight days. The tour itinerary has been prepared keeping in mind the comfort of the visitors and the aspect of relaxation, which every tourist wishes to have during holidaying.
Reach Jammu by air, rail or road according to your convenience and proceed to Katra which is at a distance of about 50 Km from Jammu. Check into one of the numerous hotels that are available at Katra.
It is highly advisable to reach Katra by noon. After checking into a hotel, take a short nap in the noon. Then get ready and start for the Darshan of the holy shrine of Vaishno Devi which is known to be one of the “Shakti Peeths” of goddess ‘ Durga’. This holy shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi which is situated in the folds of mighty ‘Tirkuta’ Hills’ attracts lakhs of devotees from all parts of India and abroad.
From Katra, after getting the ‘Yatra Parchi’ (Journey Slip) for “Darshan”, proceed towards the temple of Mata Vaishno Devi. The way to the temple at a distance of about 13 Km from the foothills is steep and requires a long walk uphill. Alternatively ponies and palanquins are also available. Helicopter service can also be taken for a large part of the trip.
If you start by 5 pm you must comfortably return back to your Katra hotel by 2 am next day. However the time can increase immensely on those days that are considered as holy according to Hindu calendar.
Leave Katra by 11 am and proceed towards Patnitop at a distance of about 80 Km. In roughly 2 hours you will reach Patnitop. Check into one of the hotels and after having lunch get ready to soak in the mesmerizing beauty of the hill station of Patnitop lying at an altitude of 2,024 m above sea level in the Lower Himalayan Ranges of the Pir Panjal Mountain.
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After having breakfast leave Patnitop by 9 am and proceed towards Pahalgam at a distance of about 175 Km. you will reach Patnitop comfortably in four hours and in the way you will cross the historic Jawahar Tunnel.
Check into one of the many hotels. You can take leisurely stroll in the Pahalgam town and soak yourself in the basking beauty of the place. The rest of the day you are at your liberty to move freely in and the Lidder River that flows through Pahalgam.
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This day is dedicated for Pahalgam Sightseeing. In the morning after breakfast, hire a pony and travel to the lush green meadow of Baisaran surrounded by thickly wooded forests of pine at a distance of about 5 Km from the Pahalgam Taxi Stand. Return back by 11 am and have your lunch early.
In the second half hire a cab according to your need for travelling to Aru, Betab Valley and Chandanwari. You must leave Pahalgam to cover all the above three destinations by 1 pm.
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Have your breakfast and give adieu to Pahalgam by 9 am. Your next destination is Srinagar, the summer capital of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. You can reach Srinagar from Pahalgam in just 2 hours as the distance is a little less than 90 Km. However, don’t miss out the numerous Apple Orchards in the way. Take your time and reach Srinagar by 1 pm.
Check into one of the hundreds of available hotels here. For the next 4 days, you will be staying at Srinagar. Get fresh, have your lunch and get ready for the “Shikara” ride in the Dal Lake in afternoon.
Have your breakfast early, hire a car of your choice and start for Sonmarg. You will reach Sonmarg in less than 2 hours covering a distance of about 80 Km. You must try to reach Sonmarg by 11 am.
As you are on a day trip of Sonmarg, so you must book your lunch at the hotels near the Sonmarg Taxi Stand. Remember, your car won’t move anywhere ahead of the taxi stand of Sonmarg. For visiting the incredibly beautiful sightseeing spots of Sonmarg you need to hire pony or another car from Sonmarg.
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After spending the whole day in Sonmarg, return to your hotel in Srinagar. Retire early for Gulmarg tour, the very next day.
Leave Srinagar for a day trip of Gulmarg after having your breakfast. Gulmarg, the premier skiing destination of Kashmir nestled within the imposing Himalayan peaks is just 55 Km from Sringar.
Hire a car from Srinagar and try to reach Gulmarg by 11 am. From the Gulmarg taxi stand, you can walk to the Gondola Cable Car ticket counter, or can hire a cab. From the Gulmarg taxi stand, beyond which your hired car from Srinagar won’t move the Gondola Cable Car ticket counter is just about 3 Km.
This land of white powdery snow, reckoned to be one of the best skiing destinations of the world will mesmerize you by its heart stopping beauty.
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This eighth day is dedicated for the city tour of Srinagar. Start early and begin with the Shankaracharaya Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Don’t miss out the incredible view of the entire Dal Lake from the temple.
After that, one by one visit the Nishat, Shalimar and Chashma Shahi, the three famous Mughal gardens situated around the Dal Lake. You can also visit the Hazrat Bal Mosque.
In the evening you can indulge yourself in shopping and collecting tour memoirs. Kashmiri Shawls and Phirans are extremely popular worldwide. You can buy some for your family and friends.
And here you are at the end of your Kashmir tour. Depart for your home the very next day with lifelong cherishable memories.
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