Kashmir Valley trip in mid April 2014

#1 Mar 25th, 2014, 17:30
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Hi All
I am planning to visit Kashmir in mid April(My first trip). following is my initial plan which is of 7N/8D.

Day 1 (Move to Pahalgam) : On the way to Pahalgam, visit
a. Verinag spring and/or Kokernaag
b. Achabal Garden
c. Martand Sun Temple. (Can be moved to day 3)

Overnight Stay in Pahalgam. (Anantnag will be better ??)
Target time of reaching pahalgam 7 PM

Day 2. Pahalgam, visit
a. Chandanwari
b. Betaab Valley
c. Aru Valley

Overnight Stay in Pahalgam.

Day 3. Pahalgam to Gulmarg, visit
a. Avantipur ruins
b. Rest time after lunch
Any other place on the way ????

Overnight Stay in Gulmarg. and rest

Day 4. Gulmarg, visit
a. Cable car ride to Khilanmarg or Apharwat Snow Point
Any other Place ????

Overnight Stay in Gulmarg.

Day 5. Gulmarg - Srinagar, visit few of
a. Tulip Garden
b. Mughal gardens
c. Chashmi-e-Shahi
d. Nishat
e. Shalimar Bagh

Overnight Stay in Srinagar.

Day 6. Srinagar - Sonmarg
Overnight Stay in Srinagar.

Day 7. Srinagar,
Morning ??
Evening for shopping
Any other Place ????
Overnight Stay in Srinagar HouseBoat.

Day 8. Srinagar
a. Shankaracharya Temple
b. Any other place.
Move to Airport after Lunch

can experience people please review it and help me in finalizing this trip plan.
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[quote=sumit205;1725338]Hi All
I am planning to visit Kashmir in mid April(My first trip). following is my initial plan which is of 7N/8D.

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ay 1 (Move to Pahalgam) : On the way to Pahalgam, visit
a. Verinag spring and/or Kokernaag
b. Achabal Garden
c. Martand Sun Temple. (Can be moved to day 3)

Overnight Stay in Pahalgam. (Anantnag will be better ??)
Target time of reaching pahalgam 7 PM
Okay , stay at pahalgam no need to stay at Anantnag. If you want you can stay at Achabal.

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Day 2. Pahalgam, visit
a. Chandanwari
b. Betaab Valley
c. Aru Valley

Overnight Stay in Pahalgam.
Okay

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Day 3. Pahalgam to Gulmarg, visit
a. Avantipur ruins
b. Rest time after lunch
Any other place on the way ????

Overnight Stay in Gulmarg. and rest
Okay

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Day 4. Gulmarg, visit
a. Cable car ride to Khilanmarg or Apharwat Snow Point
Any other Place ????

Overnight Stay in Gulmarg.
Okay

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Day 5. Gulmarg - Srinagar, visit few of
a. Tulip Garden
b. Mughal gardens
c. Chashmi-e-Shahi
d. Nishat
e. Shalimar Bagh

Overnight Stay in Srinagar.
Okay
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Day 6. Srinagar - Sonmarg
Overnight Stay in Srinagar.
Okay

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ay 7. Srinagar,
Morning ??
Evening for shopping
Any other Place ????
Overnight Stay in Srinagar HouseBoat
.

In Morning do Shikara ride or better visit Shankaracharya temple on this day and on day 8 you can do morning shikara ride.

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Day 8. Srinagar
a. Shankaracharya Temple
b. Any other place.
Move to Airport after Lunch
Please leave for airport 3 hours prior to your flight departure time.
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Thanks for reply Mr Gupta.

1. Will JKTDC accommodation in Achabal is OK(Clean, hygiene etc) ?
2. Is it better to pre-book all hotels or can be done after arrival.
3. Is their any place which i have missed in my initial plan.
4. is it better to book Taxi for 8 Days or on the spot taxi booking be cheaper.
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[quote=sumit205;1725515]Thanks for reply Mr Gupta.

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1. Will JKTDC accommodation in Achabal is OK(Clean, hygiene etc) ?
As per feedback from fellow IMErs , Yes it is clean and hygiene.

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2. Is it better to pre-book all hotels or can be done after arrival.
If you want to stay at JKTDC accomodation then pre booking to be done. Otherwise you can book onspot. Plenty of choices are there. For Gulmarg if you have any particular hotel in mind then prebook the same.

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3. Is their any place which i have missed in my initial plan.
No you cover almost all tourist place in the case you plan to stay at Achabal, then my recommendation is you can also plan to visit Aharbal waterfall or Kokernag / Daksum area, by cut short one day at Srinagar.

Or the other option are day trip to Yusmarg / Doodhpathri.

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. is it better to book Taxi for 8 Days or on the spot taxi booking be cheaper.
Book on spot as it will be cheaper and do not book taxi for Pahalgam phase. For airport just take a taxi to cover all these spots and drop you at Pahalgam, because on day 2 it will be idle or in case you want to keep then negotiate accordingly with the driver.
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As per your suggestion, If i change the plan to something like below (for Ist 2 days)
Day 1 : Reach Airport@10AM. Visit Verinag spring, Kokernaag, Achabal Garden/spring. (Stay JKTDCAccomodation@Achabal)
Day 2 : Visit Chandanwari, Betaab Valley, Aru Valley (Stay OnSpotBooking@Pahalgam)

For the 3rd day, i should take rest in Pahalgam or move to Gulmarg or Srinagar ??
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Mid April is a very good time to visit kashmir,,,,,
Keep extra time for srinagar.
Good luck.
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Mr Gupta,
Based on tour feedback, i am thinking of modifying my plan as

Day 1 : Visit Srinagar Airport->Yusmarg->Aharbal Waterfall->Achabal. (Stay JKTDCAccomodation@Achabal) ( Hire Taxi@airport)
Day 2 : Visit Achabal->Verinag->Kokernaag ->Daksum ->Pahalgam. (Stay OnSpotBooking@Pahalgam)(Releas e Taxi@airport) (Which places are Worth Travel, Please comment??)
Day 3 : Visit Chandanwari, Betaab Valley, Aru Valley (Stay OnSpotBooking@Pahalgam)(LocalT axi)
Day 4 : Visit Pahalgam->Martand Sun Temple->Awantipora->Gulmarg (Stay OnSpotBooking@Gulmarg)(Hire Taxi@Pahalgam for Gulmarg)
Day 5 : Cable car ride to Khilanmarg or Apharwat Snow Point (Move to Srinagar??)(Stay OnSpotBooking@Gulmarg/Srinagar)
Day 6 : Gulmarg(??)->Srinagar->Sonmarg->Srinagar( Hire Taxi)(Stay OnSpotBookingSrinagar) (Shall i omit trip@Sonmarg and keep this day for Srinagar)
Day 7 : Visit Shankaracharya temple, Srinagar Local Sight Seeing. (May be night Stay @HB)
Day 8 : Shikara Ride , Shopping. Move to Airport after Lunch (Flight@3:40PM)

Now i have following questions.
1. Is the plan looks ok ? (Not very hectic)
2. For eight days i am getting quote of 14.5K for 8 days for Taxi. can you please estimate, How much difference will it make, if i book taxi on the spot.
3. Please suggest places worth visiting on day 2, so that i can reach pahalgam at late afternoon.
4. Can Trip to Sonmarg be skipped to spend more time @srinagar.
5. Any suggestion for do and dont during trip.
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[quote=sumit205;1725821]Mr Gupta,
Based on tour feedback, i am thinking of modifying my plan as
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Day 1 : Visit Srinagar Airport->Yusmarg->Aharbal Waterfall->Achabal. (Stay JKTDCAccomodation@Achabal) ( Hire Taxi@airport)
You are planning too much for a day and not possible to cover all spots as all are in different route. For Yusmarg it is complete one day trip., so better make it Arinagar airport - Avantipur ruins - Aharbal waterfalls - Achabal.

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Day 2 : Visit Achabal->Verinag->Kokernaag ->Daksum ->Pahalgam. (Stay OnSpotBooking@Pahalgam)(Releas e Taxi@airport) (Which places are Worth Travel, Please comment??)
Okay. Daksum is a place where you can walk in the woods fro 1 or 2 hr and feel the nature.
Martand sun temple can be covered while going to Pahalgam from Achabal.

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Day 3 : Visit Chandanwari, Betaab Valley, Aru Valley (Stay OnSpotBooking@Pahalgam)(LocalT axi)
Okay

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Day 4 : Visit Pahalgam->Martand Sun Temple->Awantipora->Gulmarg (Stay OnSpotBooking@Gulmarg)(Hire Taxi@Pahalgam for Gulmarg)
Spend first half in pahalgam and afternoon drive to Gulmarg.

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Day 5 : Cable car ride to Khilanmarg or Apharwat Snow Point (Move to Srinagar??)(Stay OnSpotBooking@Gulmarg/Srinagar)
Full day sightseeing at Gulmarg and O/N I recommend at Srinagar as next day you have to go to Sonmarg.

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Day 6 : Gulmarg(??)->Srinagar->Sonmarg->Srinagar( Hire Taxi)(Stay OnSpotBookingSrinagar) (Shall i omit trip@Sonmarg and keep this day for Srinagar)
Sonmarg I recomemnded as drive along this route is most beautiful.

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Day 7 : Visit Shankaracharya temple, Srinagar Local Sight Seeing. (May be night Stay @HB)
Day 8 : Shikara Ride , Shopping. Move to Airport after Lunch (Flight@3:40PM)
Okay, keep atleast 2 to 3 hour for Tulip garden, because you may not like to leave that place.


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2. For eight days i am getting quote of 14.5K for 8 days for Taxi. can you please estimate, How much difference will it make, if i book taxi on the spot.
If it is for Indica then definitely costly. Try to negotiate and make it around 11 K.
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3. Please suggest places worth visiting on day 2, so that i can reach pahalgam at late afternoon.
With the places you mention you can comfortably reach Pahalgam late afternoon.

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4. Can Trip to Sonmarg be skipped to spend more time @srinagar.
No ,2 days are good for Srinagar
Even though you again find snow only at Sonmarg , but the route is good and nature changes color after few kms. However if you feel that you need to relax then can drop the same or you can try day trip to Doodhpathri or Yusmarg.

5. Any suggestion for do and dont during trip.

Bargain is key in Kashmir whether its ponywallh, Shikarwallah or hotels.
Do not discuss political issues with locals.
Clearly explain your tour program to driver
Everyone there expect tips so while negotiating with driver, shikaraguy, Pony guy keep some provision for that in back of your mind.
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Hi sumit,

My suggestions are below:

I am planning to visit Kashmir in mid April(My first trip). following is my initial plan which is of 7N/8D.


Day 1 (Move to Pahalgam) : On the way to Pahalgam, visit
a. Verinag spring and/or Kokernaag
b. Achabal Garden
c. Martand Sun Temple. (Can be moved to day 3)

Even considering you take early flight from Delhi all the above will be very hectic (airport to pahalgam is 3.5 hrs drive & you will not enjoy much)

Overnight Stay in Pahalgam. (Anantnag will be better ??) There is no suitable accomodation in Anantnag have to stay in Pahalgam
Target time of reaching pahalgam 7 PM

Day 2. Pahalgam, visit
a. Chandanwari
b. Betaab Valley
c. Aru Valley

Overnight Stay in Pahalgam.

Day 3. Pahalgam to Gulmarg, visit
a. Avantipur ruins
b. Rest time after lunch
Any other place on the way ???? From pahalgam drive straight to Gulmarg via the bye pass road, on way stop in Tangmarg, nice & scenic place

Overnight Stay in Gulmarg. and rest

Day 4. Gulmarg, visit
a. Cable car ride to Khilanmarg or Apharwat Snow Point
Any other Place ???? Enjoy the gulmarg valley, arrange for gandola ride early morning so you can stay in khilanmarg or kongdoori till afternoon but take some pack snacks

Overnight Stay in Gulmarg.

Day 5. Gulmarg - Srinagar, visit few of
a. Tulip Garden
b. Mughal gardens
c. Chashmi-e-Shahi
d. Nishat
e. Shalimar Bagh

Overnight Stay in Srinagar. Try this day also in house boat 2 nites is gud experience in houseboat as you always stay in hotels

Day 6. Srinagar - Sonmarg
Overnight Stay in Srinagar.

Day 7. Srinagar,
Morning ?? Go to shankaracharya temple which is on the Dal Lake & try if u can go to Nigeen & Hazratbal nice place
Evening for shopping
Any other Place ???? enjoy walk on the Bund near residency road
Overnight Stay in Srinagar HouseBoat.

Day 8. Srinagar
a. Botanical garden & tulip park (DO NOT MISS) morning 9am
b. Any other place.
Move to Airport after Lunch

can experience people please review it and help me in finalizing this trip plan.
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One more question, will it be good to stay in ARU valley (when i have 24 hour hired taxi along with me) . May be on day 2 or 3. ?
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Originally Posted by sumit205 View Post One more question, will it be good to stay in ARU valley (when i have 24 hour hired taxi along with me) . May be on day 2 or 3. ?
Sumit,

I visited Kashmir in April 2012. I would strongly suggest you to stay in ARU VALLEY. JKTDC is there. It's heavenly. Better than Pahalgam in terms of beauty. But obviously as it is a very remote and small village you will not get a market place or restaurants there like Pahalgam Town.
I personally found ARU Valley the most beautiful place in Kashmir. You can see the pics in my TR.
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Update Plan for travel from April 12 to 19

Based on the feedback, My updated plan is

Day 1 : From Srinagar Airport->Aharbal Waterfall->Kokernaag . (Stay JKTDCAccomodation@Kokernaag ) (No 1 room of JKTDCAccomodation@achabal )
Day 2 : Visit Kokernaag ->Daksum ->Achabal->Pahalgam->ARU. (Stay JKTDCAccomodation@ARU) (Martand sun temple is optional, if time permits)
Day 3 : Visit Chandanwari, Betaab Valley, Aru Valley (Stay JKTDCAccomodation@ARU)
Day 4 : Enjoy Morning@Pahalgam then Visit->Martand Sun Temple->Awantipora->Gulmarg Or Srinagar (Stay OnSpotBooking@GulmargORSrinaga r)
Day 5 : Cable car ride to Khilanmarg or Apharwat Snow Point (Move to Srinagar)(Stay OnSpotBookingSrinagar)
Day 6 : Srinagar->Sonmarg->Srinagar(Still undecided)(Stay OnSpotBookingSrinagar)
Day 7 : Visit Shankaracharya temple, Tulip Garden , Any Garden (Nishat / Chashme Shahi / Shalimar) (Stay OnSpotBookingSrinagar)
Day 8 : Shikara Ride , Shopping. Move to Airport after Lunch (Flight@3:40PM)

1. Pre-booking taxi Indigo for 8 days. getting quote of 1600 per day.
2. JKTDC Accomodation@Kokernaag(1 Day)
3. JKTDC Accomodation@ARU Valley(2 Days)
4. Srinagar Stay (4 Days) with budget of 2K per day
a. 1 Day trip to Gulmarg
b. 1 Day trip to Sonmarg

Is there any thing i am missing, which i should have planned.... ?
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Day 2 : Visit Kokernaag ->Daksum ->Achabal->Pahalgam->ARU. (Stay JKTDCAccomodation@ARU) (Martand sun temple is optional, if time permits)
Martand sun temple is near to Achabal and its on the way to Pahalgam from Achabal. You have to spend only 5-10 mins there

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Day 4 : Enjoy Morning@Pahalgam then Visit->Martand Sun Temple->Awantipora->Gulmarg Or Srinagar (Stay OnSpotBooking@GulmargORSrinaga r)
Via Martand sun temple make route longer, so better visit it while coming from Achabal.

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1. Pre-booking taxi Indigo for 8 days. getting quote of 1600 per day.
Almost okay try for 1400/-
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2. JKTDC Accomodation@Kokernaag(1 Day)
Try for Achabal
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the whether prediction is showing heavy rain for the next week( when i am scheduled to travel).
1. Request you to please guide what are the precautions i should take now,
2. Will it be safe to travel in such conditions.
3. Do i need to change my plan because of rain.
4. Will it be worth travel in such conditions. ?
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It is really difficult to predict weather in Kashmir valley. Yes it is the rainy season there but I do not think a long spell of rain unless some major western disturbances are there. Normally in this period of time intermittent rain happens but it does not affect much to visit the places.

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