Total time to reach from Katra to Srinagar, Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Srinagar then Katra

#1 May 18th, 2012, 14:42
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Hi All,

I have been following India Mike since a while. I find very good suggestions from all the members.

I am going to visit Delhi-Vaishno Devi-Srinagar-Gulmarg-Pahalgam-Srinagar-Katra-Delhi from 24th May 2012 Night to 01 June 2012 Morning. We will be 2 adults and 2 children (aged 8 and 3 years old) As this is peak season and I do not have much time so I booked my travel plan through one travel agent (only Katra-Kashmir-Katra).

My itinerary and queries are given below. Based on answers of my queries, I will be able to plan accordingly. Sorry if you find this long post and some of the queries childish but its my first time so I want to take expert advise from all of you.

First of all, what type of clothes should I take with me?

1. 24th May 2012 Night - Start from Delhi to Katra (Planning to take Volvo because there are no tickets of trains).
a. Any suggestion for mode of transport?
2. 25th May 2012 morning/Afternoon - will reach Katra and go for Mata and Bhairav Baba darshan.
a. How much time it should take from Katra to Bhairav baba darshan and back to Katra with 3 years old child, if we go by foot? What will be your suggestions?
Itinerary by travel agent

3. 26th morning - come back to Katra and will stay at hotel in the night.

4. 27th morning - start from Katra to Srinagar. If reach early then we will go for sight seeing else night stay at houseboat.
a. How much time it will take to reach Srinagar? I searched on India mike and other websites, some says 4-6 hrs and some says it may take 10 or more.
5. 28th Morning - Srinagar to Pehelgam. Sight seeing and night stay at hotel.
a. How much time it will take to reach Pehelgam
6. 29th Morning - Pehelgam to Gulmarg. Sight seeing and night stay at hotel.
a. How much time it will take to reach Gulmarg?

b. How early should we start so that we can catch Gondola at 10 am or 11 am?

c. We would like to go for Phase-II also and I heard that if we reach phase II before 2 then we can catch that else not. I want to book tickets from Gulmarg Gondola. Is there anybody who has tried this website? Is there any problem faced at the Gondola spot?
7. 30th Morning - Gulmarg-Sonmarg-Srinagar - Sight seeing and night stay at hotel in Srinagar.
a. How much time it will take to reach from Gulmarg to Srinagar?
8. 31st Morning - Sight seeing in Srinagar and go back to Katra.
a. How early should we start so that we can see maximum spots in Srinagar? We have to catch bus in the evening say 6 or 7 pm.
Can anybody send the website link in which I can see all the sight seeing spots of all the places?[/B][/I]

9. 01 June - Start from Katra at night and reach Delhi in the Morning.

If you see my main queries are time taken from one point to second point.

Waiting for your early response so that I can reserve my gondol tickets online, if response is positive.

Thanks in anticipation.

Suunil
#2 May 18th, 2012, 17:14
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Originally Posted by sunil31 View Post I have been following India Mike since a while. I find very good suggestions from all the members.
First of all welcome to India Mike, Suunil.

But your programming says otherwise. You should have planned your travel on your own! The agency is making you travel a lot and enjoyment very less! You should have planned your tour back to Jammu in stead of Katra.
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First of all, what type of clothes should I take with me?
you , specially the kids would require woolen during nights. The lady may require shawl, and you may require a pull-over. If possible you may also carry rain coat, as you may face occasional ran.
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1. 24th May 2012 Night - Start from Delhi to Katra (Planning to take Volvo because there are no tickets of trains).
It would be okay to take Volvo up to Jammu and then any vehicle to Katra.
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2. 25th May 2012 morning/Afternoon - will reach Katra and go for Mata and Bhairav Baba darshan.
a. How much time it should take from Katra to Bhairav baba darshan and back to Katra with 3 years old child, if we go by foot? What will be your suggestions?
It would take around 8 to 10 hours for upward journey up to Bhawan and around 1 hour from Bhawan to Bhirojee. Return journey would take around 6 to 7 hours
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Itinerary by travel agent
Sorry to dishearten you! The agent has planned your tour badly! Reason mentioned below:
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4. 27th morning - start from Katra to Srinagar. If reach early then we will go for sight seeing else night stay at houseboat.
a. How much time it will take to reach Srinagar? I searched on India mike and other websites, some says 4-6 hrs and some says it may take 10 or more.
Depends upon mode of journey! As you are starting from Katra, there must be arrangement of four-wheeler. It would take around eight to ten hours if started early in the morning!
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5. 28th Morning - Srinagar to Pehelgam. Sight seeing and night stay at hotel.
a. How much time it will take to reach Pehelgam
It would take around 3 hours.

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6. 29th Morning - Pehelgam to Gulmarg. Sight seeing and night stay at hotel.
a. How much time it will take to reach Gulmarg? b. How early should we start so that we can catch Gondola at 10 am or 11 am?
The planning should have been night stays at Srinagar and day trips to Gulmarg and Sonmarg, because Srinagar is in center of the circuit. Too much of travelling would be involved in your programme. Start early at 5 AM to enjoy Gulmarg (in case change in programme is not possible)!
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I want to book tickets from Gulmarg Gondola. Is there anybody who has tried this website? Is there any problem faced at the Gondola spot?
You may give a try to it.

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7. 30th Morning - Gulmarg-Sonmarg-Srinagar - Sight seeing and night stay at hotel in Srinagar.
a. How much time it will take to reach from Gulmarg to Srinagar?
Programme should have been planned as Gulmarg-Srinagar-Sonmarg, as Srinagar is in center. Again it is not possible to do everything in one day.

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8. 31st Morning - Sight seeing in Srinagar and go back to Katra.
Never keep any programme on the return journey day.
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9. 01 June - Start from Katra at night and reach Delhi in the Morning.
Will have to catch bus from Jammu again.

Once again sorry!
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Prakaant, thanks for your reply.

I agree that I should have planned my own but I got leave in this month for 2 weeks. Earlier my plan was only for Vaishno Devi but suddenly I changed my mind and booked my Kashmir tour. You may be knowing the May and June are very peak season.

I also feel that travel time is more and enjoyment is less. If I feel in between the tour I may cancel one sight seeing. Yes this may be a loss to me.

When I come back from my tour, if everything goes perfect, I will post my TR and in this I will let you know the travel agent name.

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It would be okay to take Volvo up to Jammu and then any vehicle to Katra.
From Delhi I can get Volvo till Katra so thats not a problem. Even I find it better than train so that I don't have to get down to Jammu and again take vehicle but exact picture will be after the tour.

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It would take around 8 to 10 hours for upward journey up to Bhawan and around 1 hour from Bhawan to Bhirojee. Return journey would take around 6 to 7 hours
I taken 24 hrs into my account.

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Depends upon mode of journey! As you are starting from Katra, there must be arrangement of four-wheeler. It would take around eight to ten hours if started early in the morning!
It is told to me that we will have Indica car for our tour. It means if we start our journey 6-7 am, we will reach 4-5 pm in Srinagar. I do not think we will have much time to go anywhere in Srinagar. Can you suggest where we can go in the evening after taking rest?

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The planning should have been night stays at Srinagar and day trips to Gulmarg and Sonmarg, because Srinagar is in center of the circuit. Too much of travelling would be involved in your programme. Start early at 5 AM to enjoy Gulmarg (in case change in programme is not possible)!
Now program is fixed. I may have to take loss to change the program.

You mean to say it will take 5-6 hrs to reach Gulmarg from Pahalgam?

Could you tell me how much time it will take to reach from Gulmarg to Srinagar?

Should I book Gondola tickets from http://www.gulmarggondola.com website?

Can you or anybody send the website links in which I can see all the sight seeing spots of all the places?

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Never keep any programme on the return journey day.
Yes, I agree with you in this. Lets see how my tour goes. By the way I can get Volvo from Katra to Delhi.

Thanks again Prakaant.

Sunil
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First, please check the quality of bus being provided by the operator. As you are from Delhi, you may visit the originating point and have a look. As it would be a long journey, bus should be of good quality.

Also, please share your experience after the journey for the benefit of other IMikers.

Generally people stroll on the Bank of Dal Lake on the date of arrival and enjoy the refreshing breeze of Srinagar!

For other points I would better wait for the opinion of other members as I am not finding very much comfortable in this programme.

Let's see what other members advise! And don't worry for the site seeing, the driver would take care!
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I am also visiting Kashmir in June. While going through the web pages I found this site for the sight seeing. May be you can have a look
http://www.jammu.com/kashmir/sights.htm
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Originally Posted by cgxindia View Post I am also visiting Kashmir in June. While going through the web pages I found this site for the sight seeing. May be you can have a look
http://www.jammu.com/kashmir/sights.htm
Thanks for the link.
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Hi,

Travel agent has changed my itinerary from Katra to Kashmir without telling me. Please let me know how it is and also try to reply my queries which are in bold and italics:

After darshan, we will take cab for Srinagar on 27th May, 2011.

27 May 2012 - Start from Katra to Srinagar - Sight seeing and stay in House Boat. How much time and km will take to reach Srinagar from Katra?

28 May 2012 - Srinagar - checkout from houseboat and go to hotel in Srinagar. Sight seeing. It was told to me that booking was done late and by the there was no room available in Houseboat so we are shifting to you in hotel.

Earlier in my itinerary, Sonmarg was added. In this itinerary Sonmarg is not there. Travel agent told me that you can go to Sonmarg on the second day of Srinagar. Is it correct? If yes, how much time and km will take to reach to Sonmarg from Srinagar?

29 May 2012 - Srinagar to Gulmarg - In my itinerary, it says hotel in Tangmarg.

a. How much time and km it will take to reach to Gulmar or Tangmarg from Srinagar?

b. Can any body tell me hows Tangmarg and will we be able to go for sight seeing in Gulmarg mainly Gondola?


30 May 2012 - Gulmarg to Pahalgam - How much time and km it will take to reach to Pahalgam from Gulmarg?

31 May 2012 - Pahalgam to Katra / Jammu - In the evening, will catch bus for Delhi. How much time and km it will take to reach to Katra / Jammu from Pahalgam?

Thanks

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Originally Posted by sunil31 View Post ...How much time and km will take to reach Srinagar from Katra?
It would be wonderful if you ask the agent to give you approximate times being taken. Then bring it to the Forum. The members would inform you whether he is giving you correct time or not. You would how reliable the agent is.
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Earlier in my itinerary, Sonmarg was added. In this itinerary Sonmarg is not there. Travel agent told me that you can go to Sonmarg on the second day of Srinagar. Is it correct?
Ideally it should be on the third day.
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I asked my travel agent and he has given below time:

Katra to Srinagar - 8-10 hrs

Srinagar to Gulmarg - 2.5 hr

Gulmarg to Pahalgam - 3.5 hr

Pahalgam to Katra - 6 hrs
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Please revise the timings in following way:
Gulmarg to Pahalgam - 4.5 hr
Pahalgam to Katra - 7.5 hrs

It should take around 2 and a half hours to reach Jammu from Katra, as you would have to reach the Bus stand.

You may ask the Katra Jammu Bus conductor to drop near Bus Stand or from wherever you would be catching bus to Delhi.

Rest seems to be okay.
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Thanks Prakaant,

Can you reply for given below query?

Earlier in my itinerary, Sonmarg was added. In this itinerary Sonmarg is not there. Travel agent told me that you can go to Sonmarg on the second day of Srinagar. Is it correct? If yes, how much time and km will take to reach to Sonmarg from Srinagar?

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Distance between Srinagar to Sonmarg is around 85 kms and it would take around 2 and a half hours to 3 hours to reach there.

You may reach TRC at Srinagar and get the information about conducted tour bus. In my opinion, it would be better opinion. Else, you may book a cab for the day. Please do not keep another programme during the day.

There are shared taxis also for Sonmarg.
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Thanks Prakaant for the information.

Based on the information provided by you, I have booked gondola tickets online.

I hope everything will be fine.

Sunil
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Need Help

Dear Friends....

I need a small help from you guys...

i m planning to visit kashmir in April 2014

My arrival date is 13/04/2014 (Jammu 6.30 A.M) or ( Udhampur @ 8.00 A.M)

I want to do sight seen for following Places
( Jammu - Srinagar- Gulmarg - SonMarg - Pahalgam - Katra -Patni Top)

Departure Date 19/04/2014
Drop @ Jammu @ 10.00 - 10.30 in the morning. (Swaraj Exp)
or
Drop @ Jammu @ 7.00 pm in Night


Please suggest me the best places to see as well as day wise initiatory
for 6night / 7 days

please tell with the traveling timing also....
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You have very limited time and then your arrival and departure is from Jammu.
My suggestion is book taxi from Jammu on Jammu to Jammu basis.
13th - After arrival move to Srinagar, can cover some spot enroute. O/N at Srinagar
14th - Local sightseeing at Srinagar
15th - day trip to Gulmarg, O/N at srinagar
16th - Day trip to Sonmarg, O/N at Srinagar
17th - Move to Pahalgam, Sightseeing O/N at Pahalgam
18th - Local sightseeing and depart afternoon, O/N at patnitop
19th - Patnitop to Jammu

It is hectic but the time available with you you can do in this way.
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