Seek the divine blessings of Mata Vaishno Devi at Katra in Jammu and enjoy sightseeing in Kashmir with our Kashmir with Vaishno Devi Itinerary of 07 Nights 08 Days. Your tour starts from Katra by seeking blessings at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan by trekking for 14 kilometers or by ponies/palki/helicopter ride. The major tourist destinations of Kashmir Valley covered by this tour are Pahalgam, Srinagar & Gulmarg. Major highlights are visiting Betaab Valley in Pahalgam, houseboat stay & sightseeing in Srinagar, horse ride to Thajiwas Glacier in Sonmarg & 8 minutes ropeway ride in Gulmarg, besides other enjoyable activities.
Itinerary (Day Wise)
Day 1: Arrival at Jammu and Transfer to Katra
On Arrival at Jammu Airport / Railways Station meets assistance & transfer to Hotel at Katra, Overnight in the Hotel.
Day 2: Katra - Mata Vaishno Darshan
This early morning start 13 km trek by foot or alternatively take a morning 10 minutes flight by helicopter to reach Vaishno Devi Temple, have Darshan of Mata Vaishno Devi. After having Prasad proceed to Bhairo Baba Temple by horse and reach the helipad by horse to fly down to Katra. You can also walk down by foot to reach Katra. It is approachable on foot along 10 Km path from Shrine, after returning Katra relax in the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Katra - Pahalgam
After breakfast check-out from hotel and drive to Pahalgam (Valley of Shepherds) Pahalgam is situated at the union of the streams flowing from Sheshnag Lake and the Lidder River in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Pahalgam is now Kashmir's premier resort; cool even during the height of summer when the maximum temperature does not exceed 25 degrees Celsius, upon arrival check into the hotel. Overnight in hotel at Pahalgam
Day 4: Pahalgam - Srinagar
After breakfast , check out from hotel & half a day sightseeing by driving to the picturesque Chandanwari and Betaab valley or ride by horseback across the wildlife sanctuary towards Baisaran meadows. After complete sightseeing drive to Srinagar.Arrive Srinagar , check in at the houseboats , In the evening you can go for shopping around the local flea markets and also do window shopping or enjoy yet another short ride of the famous shikara. Overnight stay at Srinagar.
Day 5: Srinagar Local Sightseeing
Afternoon breakfast visit famous Mughal Gardens (Nishat, Shalimar Cheshma Shahi & Shankaracharaya Temple) Later we will go on Shikara ride in the lake. This boat ride glides you past some wonderful vegetable gardens and aquatic life. Dinner and Overnight in Houseboat.
Day 6: Srinagar - Sonamarg - Srinagar
After breakfast we will drive to the majestic mountain resort of Sonamarg. The route towards Sonamarg takes us on a picturesque country side drive where we will come across rolling hills, green forests, clear water streams and blooming rice fields. We will zoom past the town of Kangan which handles all the local needs of this region. From Kangan, we will drive towards Mammar, famous for its trout farm and stopover for a warm cup of tea before we head towards Sonamarg. We will once again alight from our vehicles at the tourist spot of Gagangir. The spot is built in the middle of the river Sindh and looks like an island with snow glaciers covering one or the other spot. In Sonamarg we will take a 3 hour walk or horseback trip to the Thajwas glacier. After our return we will visit the small town market for some snacks or just pay a visit observing the local people going with their daily routine. We will drive back to Srinagar in the evening and transfer to the Houseboat for our overnight stay.
Day 7: Srinagar to Gulmarg
After breakfast in the morning, we will begin our country tour towards Gulmarg. The drive past colorful villages and rice fields, gives you an insight of the rich cultural past of Kashmir. Gulmarg is one of the most beautiful hill stations in this world and also called Meadow of Flowers. It has the world’s highest golf course (World’s Highest) and is also famous for winter sports like skiing etc. You can enjoy a Gondola ride (Cable car, own cost) from Gulmarg to Khilanmarg.
The 08 minutes of ropeway will take you past colorful shepherd hutments to the lower ridge of the Apharwat Peak. From here, you can click lots of photos of the nearby mountain ranges that stand tall like sentinels guarding the rich natural beauty of Kashmir valley. We descend back to Gulmarg base after an hour.
In the evening, return to Srinagar for an overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 8: Srinagar Airport Drop
After morning breakfast, we will drive to the airport for your flight home. At the airport the driver will assist you with the luggage and will later drop you at the terminal.
- 02 Night’s accommodation at Katra in Hotel.
- 01 Night accommodation at Pahalgam.
- 03 Night’s accommodation at Srinagar Hotel
- 01 Night accommodation at Srinagar Houseboat
- Meal Plan MAP (Breakfast & Dinner)
- 1 hour Shikara Ride on Dal lake
- Toll Taxes
- Car Parking
- Driver Expenses
- Wi-fi Facility
- All transfers and sightseeing by Exclusive car as per Itinerary
- Assist on Arrival and Departure
- Air tickets/Train tickets.
- Pony /Horses/ Sledging (it is done by Bargaining)
- Tips to waiters/drivers/any other person
- Monument fees at all places and gardens.
- Thajwas glacier trip at Sonamarg (by ponies and Is on direct payment basis)
- Aru , Betaab valley and Chandanwari trip at Pahalgam (as this sightseeing is done by Local Taxi stand at Pahalgam only and is on direct payment basis)
- Gondola ticket at Gulmarg.
- Any other thing which is not mentioned in inclusions
- Tour Itinerary can be changed depending upon the availability of Hotels/Houseboat