Kashmir - Itinerary - June 2013

#1 May 2nd, 2013, 15:21
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Hello!

Fellow IM's glad to have our first post here. We have been following this thread for quite some time now. We are really excited to hear the Kashmir travel diaries of many fellow IM’s:

Ashishdas Sir, Manas Ji, Alok Ji, Vijay Mishra sir, Neeraj Chowdhary Ji and other IM contempories like Sunny Kashmir. Your travel reports, experiences, suggestions have been very valuable in coming up with a draft Itenary.

Reading your travelogues my fiancÚ almost felt that we were actually exploring Kashmir live

As a couple we are extremely passionate about photography (and look to explore Kashmir for this) and excited about our Kashmir Honeymoon trip. Need kind suggestions of fellow IM’s on the Itenary and some questions that we have. Thanks!

27/5 – Bangalore (Our D-Day)

TRIP:
30/5 - Bangalore to Jammu (Stay at Katra)
31/5 - Vaishnodevi Trip (Stay at Katra)
01/6 - Travel to Srinagar (Stay at houseboat)
02/6 - Local sightseeing in Srinagar (Stay at Hotel)
03/6 - Srinagar – Sonemarg (Stay at Hotel)
04/6 - Srinagar – Gulmarg (Stay at Gumarg)
05/6 – Gulmarg (Stay at Gumarg)
06/6 - Gulmarg – Pahalgam (Stay at Pahalgam)
07/6 – Pahalgam (Stay at Pahalgam)
08/6 - Pahalgam – Patnitop (Stay at Patnitop)
09/6 – Srinagar: Catch 2:00 PM flight back to Bangalore

Details:

30/5- We will arrive at Jammu by 12:30 PM. We plan to roam around Jammu and then proceed to Katra.
Places to Visit: Bagh-E-Bahu, Amar Vilas, Raghunath Ji temple
Questions:
1. Would it be a good option to hire a Cab to Roam around Jammu and also use the same Cab to Travel to Katra
2. Any other must see's that fellow IM's would like to recommend in Jammu?

31/5: - We plan to start towards Bhawan by 4:00 AM in the morning
Questions:
We have a one-way helicopter booked between Sanjichat and Katra at 2:00 PM. We are supposed to report there by 1 PM. Given this timeline would it be feasible to start at 4 AM in the morning, finish the darshan (incl Bairon Baba) and head back to Sanjichat by 1 PM?

1/6: - Plan to travel to Srinagar by a private Cab – The intention being explore nature and photo shoot options enroute – Any suggestions by fellow IM’s extremely welcome on the mode of transport / know Cab drivers. We plan to hire a houseboat for our stay overnight (Any recommendations on the Price / Houseboats?)

2/6 – Local sight-seeing at Srinagar
Places to Visit: Pari Mahal, Chasme Shahi Garden, Shanakarcharya temple

3/6 – Travel to Sonemarg
Planned Visits: Thejiwas Glacier (Any other recommendations?)

4-5/6 – Travel from Srinagar to Gulmarg and stay at Gulmarg on 4th and 5th
Planned Visits: Gondola Ride, Local sight seeing (If any). Any recommendations on specific activities in Gulmarg / Places to Stay (Currently we are exploring JKTDC Huts)
Questions:
Is it worthwhile to stay in Gulmarg for couple of days?

6-7/6 – Gulmarg to Pahalgam, Stay at Pahalgam on 6th and 7th
Planned Visits: Explore country side roads to Anantnag, Visit Betab Valley, Chandanvari, Aru Valley

8/6 – Pahalgam to Patnitop; Stay overnight at Patnitop

9/6 – Patnitop to Srinagar (Reach airport by 12 PM to catch the 2:00 PM flight back to Bangalore)
#2 May 2nd, 2013, 18:00
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Hello Abhi,

Good to hear that the reports are helping. My Vaishnodevi trip was 10 years back so cant comment much on it but I have some suggestions for your Kashmir trip.

I see you have a return flight from Srinagar, in which case you should do Patnitop in the beginning, which means 01st June night in Patnitop
Dont stay in HB the same day you reach Srinagar, you may miss the sunset. Sitting in the HB and watching Dusk is a good experience.
It is advisable to have a car for your entire journey, since more than half the time is spent outside of the hotel. I have mentioned the driver number in my Trip report, plus a few more travel agent.
Otherwise I see you have paced it very well. A honeymoon trip just does not ends up in seeing locations, but sparing time with each other in the lap of nature.

All the best with your preparation and travel.
#3 May 2nd, 2013, 23:29
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Thanks Vijay for the clarifications. Your cheat sheet, detailed info at the end of the thread has been very helpful. I think i will modify my trip accordingly and include Patnitop in the beginning post vaishnodevi.
#4 May 11th, 2013, 23:35
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Abhi

As per my experience,
- no need of night stay at Sonmarg, you can make it a day trip from Srinagar.
- instead of 2 nights at Gulmarg, make it one night. You can easily cover everything in that time.

Rest all looks fine to me. Please refer to my trip report for more details.
#5 May 14th, 2013, 18:21
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Originally Posted by params View Post Abhi

As per my experience,
- no need of night stay at Sonmarg, you can make it a day trip from Srinagar.
- instead of 2 nights at Gulmarg, make it one night. You can easily cover everything in that time.

Rest all looks fine to me. Please refer to my trip report for more details.
Thanks Params.. Your trip report was very helpful.. Based on your reviews can I go ahead and book Chicago House boats?.. What were you charged and any do's and dont's while choosing a house boat?.. Your information will be very helpful (I am going to finalize my Itenary today)

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