HELP:Honeymoon hotels in Gulmarg and Pahalgam

#1 Feb 9th, 2013, 12:09
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Hello friends,

I will be on a Honeymoon tour in Mid-May. I request members to please suggest me good hotels in Gulmarg and Pahalgam & Houseboat in Srinagar. Considering its a Honeymoon which hotels would be better at all the three places viz Srinagar, Gulmarg and Pahalgam..?? I am planning to be in Srinagar for 3 nights, Gulmarg for 2 nights and Pahalgam for 2 nights. Budget being around Rs.2500/- per night.

Ashish da and other experienced members.. Please Help..!

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Sandeep
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#2 Feb 9th, 2013, 17:15
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Well am still awaiting expert replies.

In the meanwhile this is the Honeymoon itinerary I am planning:

16th May - Flight-Jet airways from Pune (dep 7:45 am) to Srinagar (arr 11:50 am)

16th May - Local Sight seeing in Srinagar and check-in Houseboat (Peacock or Chicago group)

17th May - Mughal Gardens, Shikara Ride and leisure time in Srinagar

18th May - Sonmarg day trip. Return to Srinagar. Check-in Houseboat.

19th May - Leave for Pahalgam via hired taxi. Pahalgam arrival in 3 hrs (travel time as per posts). Local sight-seeing. Check-in at hotel.

20th May - Pahalgam sight-seeing. Aru valley, Betaab valley, Chandanbaari. Check-in hotel.

21st May - Early morning leave for Gulmarg by taxi (travel time as per posts-4 hrs). Gondola cable-car ride and local sight seeing. Check-in hotel.

22nd May - Leave for Srinagar. Shikara ride or Shankaracharya temple and local sight-seeing in Srinagar. Check-in houseboat.

23rd May - 12:30 Jet airways flight from Srinagar to Pune.

Will this be suggested..? One night in Gulmarg is enough or should I make it 2 night stays in Gulmarg.
This being Honeymoon tour, I want it to be cool and calm without any hassles. Please suggest hotel stays at Gulmarg and Pahalgam.

Thanx
#3 Feb 9th, 2013, 18:27
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Originally Posted by sandeepgupta View Post Well am still awaiting expert replies.

In the meanwhile this is the Honeymoon itinerary I am planning:

16th May - Flight-Jet airways from Pune (dep 7:45 am) to Srinagar (arr 11:50 am)

16th May - Local Sight seeing in Srinagar and check-in Houseboat (Peacock or Chicago group)

17th May - Mughal Gardens, Shikara Ride and leisure time in Srinagar

18th May - Sonmarg day trip. Return to Srinagar. Check-in Houseboat.

19th May - Leave for Pahalgam via hired taxi. Pahalgam arrival in 3 hrs (travel time as per posts). Local sight-seeing. Check-in at hotel.

20th May - Pahalgam sight-seeing. Aru valley, Betaab valley, Chandanbaari. Check-in hotel.

21st May - Early morning leave for Gulmarg by taxi (travel time as per posts-4 hrs). Gondola cable-car ride and local sight seeing. Check-in hotel.

22nd May - Leave for Srinagar. Shikara ride or Shankaracharya temple and local sight-seeing in Srinagar. Check-in houseboat.

23rd May - 12:30 Jet airways flight from Srinagar to Pune.

Will this be suggested..? One night in Gulmarg is enough or should I make it 2 night stays in Gulmarg.
This being Honeymoon tour, I want it to be cool and calm without any hassles. Please suggest hotel stays at Gulmarg and Pahalgam.

Thanx
Dear Sandeep,
Your itinerary should be as follows as you are going for your Honeymoon in a life time. Make it memorable.
16th May - Flight-Jet airways from Pune (dep 7:45 am) to Srinagar (arr 11:50 am)
16th May – After Reaching at Srinagar depart for Gulmarg 60Km. only.
17th May - Enjoy Gondola Ride to Khilanmarg back to Gulmarg and Stay Overnight at Gulmarg.
18th May – After Breakfast leave for Pahalgam 160Km. 5.5 hrs. drive posts). Check-in at hotel. Stay Overnight at Pahalgam.
19th May – Enjoy Pahalgam sight-seeing. Aru valley, Betaab valley, Chandanbaari. Stay Overnight at Pahalgam.
20th May – Leave for Srinagar 96 Km. 3 hrs. drive.Check in hotel/houseboat Shikara ride, visit Shankaracharya temple.
21st May - Sonmarg day trip. Return to Srinagar. Check-in hotel/houseboat
22nd May – Enjoy Mughal Gardens, Hazratbal
23rd May - 12:30 Jet airways flight from Srinagar to Pune.
Increase your budget a little for Gulmarg.
Wish you best.
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Probably you have to increase your stay in pahalgam by 01day you can not visit ARUvalley & Chandanbari in one day. For Gulmarg one day is sufficient. you can visit sonemarg during day & return to Srinagar by the evening
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thanx Vermasanjay & Somenath Bose for your advice..

and now to the horror for all of us.. Srinagar has been put up on indefinite curfew..! Coz of hanging of parliament attack mastermind militant Afzal Guru..!!! I am in a total fix as to continue with our Kashmir Honeymoon plan or to change the destination itself..!! Hope the situation becomes normal by May.. but still uncertainty prevails...! what to do guys... please help..!!!
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Sandeep

everything will be okay by May... dont worry
Kashmir is the best place for HM..have a great time


In Pahalgam, I would suggest you hotel Pahalgam which is excellent. But it may not be withing your budget. Just check once.
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Sandeep,

If you prefer a little adventure try to take long horse ride treks in both Pahalgam and Gulmarg. It gives you a completely different view. I had been to Kashmir last June on my Honeymoon and found these really worth it. You can use the Gandola to go from stage 1 to stage 2. After this, Betab valley felt like a garden !! Also, you can try water rafting in Pahalgam in ice cold waters
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Originally Posted by params View Post Sandeep

everything will be okay by May... dont worry
Kashmir is the best place for HM..have a great time


In Pahalgam, I would suggest you hotel Pahalgam which is excellent. But it may not be withing your budget. Just check once.
thanx Params & Zin.

Params: Thank you for your motivation.. and just absolutely wonderful fantabulous trip report. while reading one can indeed imagine himself/ herself to b along d b'ful Kashmir journey..! I am more dan delighted to get your reply to my post. You would be happier to note that I have booked Chicago Houseboats too for our Honeymoon tour and Mr.Ajaz Khar will be taking care of the whole trip of ours.. I sincerely hope our experience will be at par, rather more exciting.. would like to know few things from you Params:

1. What was the total cost paid to Mr. Ajaz Khar? How was the payment done? My Honeymoon is scheduled for 8 days too i.e from 16th May-23rd May.

2. Did you hire local taxis at Aru and Betaab valley (or any other place) or it was Ajaz's taxi itself for the entire Kashmir tour?

3. Any useful tip you would like to give while on a Honeymoon tour?

Once again thank you very much for the reply and wonderfully fabulous trip report and heavenly pics..

@ Zin: Thank you.. will surely keep your advice in mind
#9 Feb 13th, 2013, 20:24
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sandeep, I am really happy to know that you have booked with Ajaz. He will take care of everything and it will be worth every penny.

We paid 25k per person, but that was a year ago and also for our choice of hotels. Ajaz will never quote high.
You will have to use local taxis in Aru and Betaab, outside taxis are not allowed.

I dont have any specific tip as you have already gone through my report. And I completely trust Ajaz, he will ensure that you have a very nice trip
Hope weather doesnot play a spoil sport, as weather is unpredictable in Kashmir.

Try water rafting at Pahalgam, which we missed.
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params, yeah sure wil sure try ourselves at water rafting..hope my soon-to-b-better half doesnt get scared..!

yeah.. with respect to Mr.Ajaz, I too am completely relaxed.. I have booked with him solely on the feedbacks and the reviews I have read on this and many other good forums.. and going through your total trip review which was so very nicely managed, I am more than satisfied now.. word-of-mouth is the best publicity for sure.. thanks once again..
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params, u know something.. I was initially thinking of Andamans as our HM destination.. this was perhaps without thinking about the prevailing climatic conditions in the month of May. And as it was from the acquired info and reviews about May officially being the off-season to visit Andamans, I had to cancel the plan.. may be it happened for good.. as now its the Paradise on Earth platform we've got to start-off a new life.. but Andamans... we sure coming your way..come Fall '13..
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Hi Sandeep,
I guess we will be going around same time.....here is my Itinerary.
Hotel that i have booked in Pahalgam is Woodstock , rate i got is Rs 7480/- MAP plan. Srinagar, Gulmarg and houseboat booking are still in progress. Would suggest you to book Pahalgam early as hotels there are less compared to Srinagar. Iam going through tripadvisor ratings and suggestions to shortlist a hotel.

Day 11- May: Arrival in Srinagar
Local site seeing – Mughal gardens + 2
12 May: Sonmarg (2740 mts 82 kms/ 3 hours)
After early breakfast at the hotel, proceed on a day excursion to Sonmarg, the ‘Meadow of Gold’. Enjoy a pony ride on the glacier (ponies can be hired directly). Stay overnight at the hotel in Srinagar.
13 May : Srinagar to Gulmarg (2650 mts | 52 kms/ approx 2-3 hrs)
After breakfast, proceed to Gulmarg. Spend the day sightseeing the picturesque locales. One can take the exhilarating cable car ride to Khilanmarg or Apharwat Snow Point (Cable car ride and Pony ride are not included in the package). Stay overnight at the hotel in Gulmarg.
14 May : Gulmarg to Pahalgam (2195 mts | 152 kms/ approx 5-6 hrs)
After breakfast, proceed to Pahalgam. On the way visit the Avantipur Ruins – the 1100 year old temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Check in at the hotel followed by hot lunch. Explore the market of Pahalgam at your own leisure and retreat to the warmth of the hotel for a sumptuous dinner. Stay overnight at the hotel in Pahalgam.
15 May -Pahalgam (2195 mts | 152 kms/ approx 5-6 hrs)
After breakfast, proceed to Pahalgam. On the way visit the Avantipur Ruins – the 1100 year old temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Check in at the hotel followed by hot lunch. Explore the market of Pahalgam at your own leisure and retreat to the warmth of the hotel for a sumptuous dinner. Stay overnight at the hotel in Pahalgam.
16 May - Pahalgam
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy an excursion to Chandanwari (3288mts) and Betaab Valley. Drive back to the hotel for Lunch. Evening free for leisure. Stay overnight at the hotel and enjoy the serene Pahalgam.
17 May- Pahalgam to Srinagar
Stay at Dal Lake + local site seeing + shopping
18 May – checkout
Local site seeing

Cheers
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hi Amol,

thats almost similar itinerary as mine.. nice.. Just the difference being, I have added Yousmarg in the itinerary and am giving 4 nights to Srinagar, 1 night to Gulmarg and 2 nights to Pahalgam. On the basis of reviews and suggestions on IM, Trip Advisor I have booked Hotel Pine Spring in Pahalgam and Gulmarg.

One thing to notice is that yours 14th and 15th May itinerary is the same..! Seems you have accidentally made the mistake in mentioning.
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Originally Posted by sandeepgupta View Post thanx Vermasanjay & Somenath Bose for your advice..

and now to the horror for all of us.. Srinagar has been put up on indefinite curfew..! Coz of hanging of parliament attack mastermind militant Afzal Guru..!!! I am in a total fix as to continue with our Kashmir Honeymoon plan or to change the destination itself..!! Hope the situation becomes normal by May.. but still uncertainty prevails...! what to do guys... please help..!!!
It happens for a few days in kashmir. Do n't worry. I have been to kashmir twice in last 06 years & enjoyed my trips as never before. So don't panick
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Originally Posted by sandeepgupta View Post hi Amol,

thats almost similar itinerary as mine.. nice.. Just the difference being, I have added Yousmarg in the itinerary and am giving 4 nights to Srinagar, 1 night to Gulmarg and 2 nights to Pahalgam. On the basis of reviews and suggestions on IM, Trip Advisor I have booked Hotel Pine Spring in Pahalgam and Gulmarg.

One thing to notice is that yours 14th and 15th May itinerary is the same..! Seems you have accidentally made the mistake in mentioning.
Hi Sandeep,

Can you please share the details of the itinerary.

Thanks

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