Katra and Kashmir – Vaishno Devi, Pahalgam, Srinagar, Sonamarg, Gulmarg, Jammu Tour Code – KIS/08/KnK
KASHMIR
MUGHAL GARDENS - KASHMIR
GONDOLA - GULMARG
MUGHAL GARDENS - KASHMIR
LAKE - KASHMIR
PARBHAT TEMPLE
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Tour Summary

An Ideal itinerary combining Pilgrimage and Pleasure with a very well balanced leisure pace, capturing Mata Vaishno Devi Temple along with the beauty of Kashmir for the travelers who wish to combine the two, and a beautiful Jammu to Kashmir drive is also an added highlight which will take people through the Mountains and Pastures – Mustard and Saffron fields all in one.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Jammu – Katra
Arrival Jammu our rep will be waiting for you and will assist you in Transfers to Katra – Check into hotel.
Katra is the base town for starting the Pilgrimage to Mata Vaishno Devi, located in the foothills of Trikuta Mountains, where the holy shrine of Vaishno Devi is located. It is located 42 km from the city of Jammu.
(Depending on whether you have confirmed helicopter tickets or not – you can proceed for pilgrimage the same evening to return back to hotel by next day morning or afternoon)
Meals – Dinner

Day 2

Katra – Holy Temple – Back
Day free for Heli Darshan of Mata Vaishno Devi, (for people with pre booked Helicopter Tickets)
And for the people taking the Yatra by foot the previous evening – they will arrive back to hotel by mid morning or afternoon and rest of the evening free to relax and refresh after a long walk. Evening you can explore the market and do some shopping.
Meals – Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3

Katra – Pahalgam (254kms/6-7 hrs approx)
Drive to Pahalgam (located at an altitude of 7200 ft famously known as village of shepherds & the most famous place for Indian Film Industry; enroute visit famous Jawaharlal Lal Tunnel 2504 mtrs long, Martand Temple (sun temple) the journey will take you through some very lovely scenery along the way.
Arrive Pahalgam by evening and check in to the hotel, Rest of Evening Free to enjoy the beauty of Pahalgam.
Meals – Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4

Pahalgam – Local sightseeing:
After Breakfast visit famous sights from Indian film industry (bollywood), Baisaran view point, Aru village and Chandanwari by horses or car (own expenses). Pahalgam is also famous for trekking routes and base camp for Amarnath Pilgrimage. Day is at leisure enjoy the natural beauty and river Lidder. Evening at Hotel in Pahalgam
Recommended Optional tours locally available (Baisaran view point, Betaab valley or Aru Valley among others)
Meals – Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5

Pahalgam – Gulmarg (150kms/3-4hrs approx one way)
After breakfast proceed for full day excursion trip to Gulmarg (8700 ft) also known as meadow of flower. En-route sees the world famous Saffron Fields, Awantipura Ruins (9th century temples housing temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu & Lord Shiva) and Martand Temple (Sun temple).
Day is at leisure to enjoy this charming valley, evening stay at Hotel in Gulmarg
Recommended Optional Activities locally available (Gondola** (cable car), Horse ridding, Nature walk and activities like Skiing, Snowboarding & Sledging during the winter months.
**We highly recommend booking Gondola Ticket from Srinagar TRC itself to avoid heavy rush of tourists at Gulmarg
Meals – Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6

Gulmarg – Srinagar (56kms/2hrs approx one way)
After breakfast proceed to Srinagar (one of several places that has been called the "Venice of the East" notably famous for its lakes and Mughal gardens). Check into hotel and afternoon free for personal activities.
Optional Activities – Shikara Rides in Dal Lake to Char Chinari or Trip to Local Market for Shopping
Meals – Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7

Srinagar Local Sightseeing
Today you will start early after breakfast and visit the Mughal Gardens (Nishat, Shalimar and Chaishmai Shahi, Pari Mahal), Shankracharya Temple, Hazrat Bal Mosque and later return back to your hotel /Houseboat activities.
Meals – Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8

Srinagar to Jammu Railway or Bus Station (300kms/8hrs approx one way)
After early breakfast you will depart for Jammu and reach by afternoon to take your onwards Train/Bus
Meals – Breakfast
Or optionally you add a day to your itinerary and do
Srinagar to Sonamarg Excursion A full day excursion to the Golden Meadow of Sonamarg – an area full of lush green meadows and a cool small Glacier called Thajiwas. Day at leisure – our car will take you to spots and to the starting point of Thajiwas trek, if you want you can hire ponies to see the Glacier.
Meals – Breakfast and Dinner

What's Included In Your Package
  • Welcome drink on Arrival
  • 2 nights stay at Srinagar using / luxurious houseboat
  • 2 night stay at Pahalgam using Hotel Baisaran / Hotel Tulyan or Similar
  • 1 night stay at Gulmarg using Hotel Florence / Hotel Gulmarg resorts or Similar
  • 2 night stay at Srinagar using Hotel Zabarvan/ Hotel Newpark or Similar
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis for the duration of itinerary
  • 1 Shikara Ride
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All sightseeing & transfer as per Itinerary using an SUV ( Non A/C )
  • Services of Driver cum Guide for any assistance or information
  • All Taxes & Tolls are included

What's Excluded In Your Package
  • Expenses of personal nature like water, food other than mentioned in itinerary, other personal expenses like laundry, wines & alcoholic beverages, telephone charges, shopping and other personal items.
  • Entrance fees of the sightseeing places mentioned in the itinerary, Cable Car, Ponies, Water sports or winter sports.
  • Stay Extension or Room Upgrades
  • Private Guide if required.
  • Any add-on sightseeing/activities along with transfers if done other than mentioned in the tour program.
  • Any extra expenses incurred for changing the route due to any unforeseen circumstances, forced majeure instances, natural calamities, political disturbances, strikes etc.
  • Extra cost incurred due to illness, accident, hospitalization or any Individual unforeseen cost incurring incidence.
  • Cost of Porter, Pony Ride, Carriage ( Doli or Pithu ), Helicopter Tickets (unless specifically mentioned in your package)
  • Any Increase in the fuel surcharge or any kind of taxes levied by the respective government or statutory bodies or additional tax increases in Hotel/Houseboat.
  • Tips and Gratuities to Guides and Drivers
  • Anything not specifically mentioned in ( What’s Included Section )

Cancellation Policy
  • 30 days prior to arrival: 10% of the Tour Cost
  • 30 to 20 days prior to arrival: 25% of the Tour Cost.
  • 20 to 10 days prior to arrival: 50% of the Tour Cost
  • 10 to 05 days prior to arrival: 75% of the Tour Cost
  • Less than 5 days prior to arrival or No Show: 100% of the Tour Cost
  • No refund for any unused tour inclusions such as missed meals, tour as per Itinerary or Transportation.

Terms & Conditions
  • Check In / Check Out time is – 12:00 noon.
  • Car on disposal – as per the itinerary (9:30 to 6:00 pm)
  • Guide Service additional @ INR 800/-
Limitations and Liability
  • While as we keep the guest comfort as our prime priority and work in all possible manner and resources towards that, there at time things beyond our control; hence
  • If there are any Hike in entrance fees of monuments / museums, Taxes, fuel cost or guide charges – by Govt of India, the same would be charged as extra
  • Additional Charges arising due to Local strike, Medical Emergency or Govt regulation will be billed additionally.

Tour Pricing
Category 2 person 4 person 6 person 8 person
Deluxe 25800 22400 20500 19300
  • Tour Pricing per person on Twin Sharing
  • Govt. Applicable Taxes @ 3.09% additional on the total Package
  • Valid Till 31th October, 2013

Hotels
  • 02 nights stay at Katra using Hotel Varun / Vishal
  • 02 night stay at Pahalgam using Hotel Baisaran / Hotel Tulyan or Similar
  • 01 night stay at Gulmarg using Hotel Florence / Hotel Gulmarg resorts or Similar
  • 02 nights stay at Srinagar using / luxurious houseboat

Katra
Hotel Varun or Hotel Vishal – Hotel Varun or Hotel Vishal – Both are part of leading group of Hotels, the Varun Group; one is 42-room hotel and Vishal is 40 Rooms hotel; with sheer luxury with all personally attended rooms where elegance and excellence stand not only for motto of personalized but courteous and smiling services. We are not only magnificently located near Historic and ancient Bhoomika Temple, where Mata Vaishno blessed Her devotee Shree Dhar but also at the footsteps of Trikuta Hills, but in an absolute calm, refreshing, soothing serenity and in a harmonious atmosphere over looking whole Trikuta Range.
SRINAGAR

Deluxe House Boat in Dal or Nagin Lake as per availability


GULMARG
Gulmarg Resort – One of the premiere holiday resorts in the area, Gulmarg Resorts has the best view of pines and meadows. The hotel is situated at just five minute walk from the Gandola cable car. Known for its warm hospitality and courteous staff, the resort is a must stay destination for tourists visiting Gulmarg.

Or

Hotel Florence – Star rated hotel offers a fine blend of modern comfort in amazing beauty of Gulmarg, This 22 Deluxe rooms property has an efficient house-keeping and room service between 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM. An Indoor restaurant offers multi-cuisine dishes along with some local delicacies to its guests; other essential services such as taxi services, sightseeing and guide service to make outing convenient and hassle free. Hotel Facilities include Cable Television, Intercom Facility, Travel Desk, Doctor on Call (on request) Chargeable.

Or Similar

PAHALGAM
Hotel Baisaran - homes 26 rooms that are fully spacious and centrally heated with every other basic amenity. At hotel Baisaran, every room is the abode one wishes to enter after a long tiring day. We at hotel Baisaran make sure that quality rules our service. Efforts are taken to make our guests feel at home. The hotel restaurant can always be seen bustling with people who crave the home made like food served there. 

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Hotel Tulyan - The 28 rooms small property offers a comfortable stay and rooms have wall-to-wall carpeting and other contemporary amenities such as television and telephone, other facilities such as laundry and dry cleaning services, car rental and power backup. The hotel has a beautiful terraced garden as well. If required the Hotel can also make arrangements for trekking, sightseeing and picnics.

Or Similar

Areas Visited

Srinagar City – The summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is situated in the Kashmir Valley and lies on the banks of the Jhelum River; the city is famous for its gardens, lakes and houseboats. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dry fruits. Srinagar is one of several places that has been called the "Venice of the East" notably famous for its lakes, which include Dal Lake and Nagin Lake and Mughal gardens such as Cheshmashahi (the royal fountains); Pari Mahal (the palace of the fairies); Nishat Bagh (the garden of spring); Shalimar Bagh and the Naseem Bagh and most recently opened Tulip Gardens.

Gulmarg – (Meaning; Meadow of Flowers) is a hill station and a very popular skiing destination. Easily accessible from Srinagar in under 2 hours by car or bus. The peak season starts with the snowfall in December and lasts until March and the summer (April till Sep) is equally busy with tourists. Gulmarg is very famous because of its "Gulmarg Gondola," one of the highest cable cars in the world, reaching 3,979 meters. Besides that Gulmarg has the highest green golf course in the world and outdoor sports like trekking, mountain biking and horse riding and places of religious importance like BABA RESHI.

Pahalgam - is a town located on the banks of river Lidder at an altitude of 7200 ft. from sea level. It is a world famous hill station and popular tourist destination, the area holds a rich cover of vegetation and the dominant forest consisting of conifers. Every year, thousands visit Pahalgam. A number of treks in this region begin from Pahalgam, like the Kolahoi Glacier, situated up the Lidder Valley; another important places likes Betaab Valley; is a very famous tourist spot situated at a distance of 15 kilometers from Pahalgam and Aru valley noted for its scenic meadows, lakes and mountains is located around 12 from Pahalgam, it is a base camp for trekking to the Kolhoi Glacier and Tarsar lake.

Pahalgam is also associated with the annual Amarnath Yatra. Chandanwari (2,895 m), is the starting point of the yatra that takes place every year in the month of Sawan (July to August).

Katra – Katra Vaishno Devi as it is popularly known, is a small town in Reasi district of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir situated in the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains, where the holy shrine of Vaishno Devi is located. It is located 42 km from the city of Jammu. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, one of the leading technical university of India is also located here.

Sonamarg – 'meadow of gold' is a snow covered beautiful flower-laden meadow in the majestic Himalayan mountain region, A town surrounded by breathtaking glaciers and serene lakes, located at a hefty altitude of 2,740 m above sea level. In late April when Sonamarg is open for road transport, the visitors can have access to snow which is furnished all over like a white carpet. Ponies can be hired for the trip up to Thajiwas glacier a major attraction during the summer months.
Sonamarg is the base camp for various trekking routes that lead to the Himalayan lakes of Vishansar, Krishansar, Gangabal and Gadsar Lake, stocked with Snow trout and Brown trout and Satsar, glacier-fed and surrounded by banks of alpine flowers. 15 km north of Sonamarg lays Baltal. This is the alternate route to Amarnath Yatra and a base for all Amarnath Yatra Helicopter Packages.