Trip to Kashmir in Jan 2010

#1 Dec 11th, 2009, 15:06
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Hi folks,

I am planning to visit J&K in Jan 2010 me and my wife.

We will reach Jammu on 19th morning at around 10am as per the train timing.

Our plan unfolds as below:

Immly after reaching Jammu leave for Katra.

I am planning to book a helicoptor to reach the shrine from Katra.

My query 1 : Is it possible to reach Katra on time to board the helicoptor say if I book it by 5:30pm on the same day. Or why to take risk in Jan and shall i book the helicoptor on the next day early morning say 10am 20th Jan.

How about the average room rent in Katra for a day, any suggestions.

Hopefully we will return back by walk after the shrine visit within evening of 20th Jan or 21st Jan.

My query 2 : Do we get direct bus/taxi service from Katra to Srinagar if possible their avg rates please. Or should I have to come back to Jammu to get taxi/bus to Srinagar. Do Taxi ply in the night or do they travel only in the day time in Jan as its winter?

As per the above plan we should be in Srinagar by 21st/22nd Jan and we have got 4 to 5 days .i.e till 26th Jan 2010 as we have booked the return flight from Srinagar.

We are planning for day trips to Gulmarg and Sonamarg, taking room at Srinagar.

My query 3 : Can we takeup the taxi for Gulmarg if their avg rates will be? What are the tourist activities possible in there.
Do we need special permits to go to Gulmarg.

My query 4 : What are the sites at Sonamarg and suggestions please and taxi charges to reach there from Srinagar and time it takes.

We have made our plans flexible as to meet the climate and political situation in the valley.

All your valuable suggestions and recommendations will be highly helpful.

Regards,
Raj
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Welcom to IM Raj,

Find sum answer about your queries:

1: It is very low chance that you train will arrive on time @jammu bcoz of heavy fog in jan month, so b prepared for it.

2: About helicoptor service, very high chance for flight cancel bcoz of weather.

3: In katra you can find delux room @600 or less in jan month bcoz of very low yatris & off season.
Recommonded SuperDelux Hotel: Hotel Maa, on the way of Baan Ganga.
An advice: Book room or dormatry at bhawan in advance thru shrine's website.

4: As per my information, there r no bus service from katra to srinagar in off season but you can hire a personal cab for this route. the day journy will b the best.

5: For gulmarg, you can find private taxi @1200-1250 & no need for any permit for gulmarg/sonmarg. but in Jan u will not b able to reach Sonmarg.

Hope this will help...
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Many thanks for your response.

Any info on the taxi rates (instead of sharing) between jammu and srinagar.

The places or activities in the TO DO list in Gulmarg, if sonamarg is out of the radar due to weather.

Also anyother place which is worth a visit around srinagar please.
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The Total nett cost per person = Rs 4800 /- ( min 06 person )

Srinagar 4 nights = Deluxe Houseboat.

Rooms Provided = Three Double Rooms.

Meal Plan : (M.A.P) - ( ROOM + B.FAST + DINNER )

Sightseeing Include : - By Qualis.

( In case passengers do not fit in the given vehicle , Extra charges for the suitable vehicle would have to be paid by the guest ).
Arrival pickup Katra airport & transfer to Srinagar /Houseboat .
Shikara ride on Dallake.
Mughal garden sightseeing.
Full day trip of Pahalgam.( Sight seen in Pahalgam by pony at own cost )
Full day trip of Gulmarg. ( Sight seen in Gulmarg by pony / Gandola at own cost )
Departure transfer to Jammu airport.

I got this plan from one travel agency in Delhi Travel Date: 24to 31st Jan 2010
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Originally Posted by mathanrajp View Post Many thanks for your response.

Any info on the taxi rates (instead of sharing) between jammu and srinagar.

The places or activities in the TO DO list in Gulmarg, if sonamarg is out of the radar due to weather.

Also anyother place which is worth a visit around srinagar please.
Taxi rates depends on the rush. i think you can get Rs. 2500-3000 in jan from jammu to srinagar & from katra also.

There r approx 3-4 sight scences points in gulmarg, where you can reach buy pony or taxi.

If you need any taxi man, let me know. He is very honest person & have new sumo.
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Originally Posted by rahulmig View Post The Total nett cost per person = Rs 4800 /- ( min 06 person )

Srinagar 4 nights = Deluxe Houseboat.

Rooms Provided = Three Double Rooms.

Meal Plan : (M.A.P) - ( ROOM + B.FAST + DINNER )

Sightseeing Include : - By Qualis.

( In case passengers do not fit in the given vehicle , Extra charges for the suitable vehicle would have to be paid by the guest ).
Arrival pickup Katra airport & transfer to Srinagar /Houseboat .
Shikara ride on Dallake.
Mughal garden sightseeing.
Full day trip of Pahalgam.( Sight seen in Pahalgam by pony at own cost )
Full day trip of Gulmarg. ( Sight seen in Gulmarg by pony / Gandola at own cost )
Departure transfer to Jammu airport.

I got this plan from one travel agency in Delhi Travel Date: 24to 31st Jan 2010
Rahulmig, I never suggest package tours to anyone. you can save approx half your money if you manage all things by yourself. if you find this package is suitable for you.....thn go with it.
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Yes Vivek go please share few of them if possible.
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Originally Posted by mathanrajp View Post Yes Vivek go please share few of them if possible.
Ahmad Bhai @ 09419729634 & 09796151982 talk him with refrence of vivek from bareilly
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Is there any appx rate for Jammu to srinagar taxi without sharing please....
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Originally Posted by mathanrajp View Post Is there any appx rate for Jammu to srinagar taxi without sharing please....
You can get Jammu to srinagar approx Rs. 2000-2500
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Sonamarg in winter

Hi Guys,
I need your inputs, I have got great help from this forum.

Is Sonamarg open in Feb?

I am going to srinagar with my parents around feb second week, My Plan is to cover Srinagar and all places around. And in return I would go for VishnoDevi Darshan.

My another question is travelling from Srinagar to Jammu/Katra by road (Innova) is tiresome (bit aged parents) ?
If it is tiresome I would prefer flight.

Please suggest.

Thanks in advance
Kaarthiik
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hi

any info on how to reach gulmarg frm srinagar airport
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Can't go directly, unless you book a taxi in advance.

Come to Srinagar and hire a taxi or take a bus from Batmaloo bus stand.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes - Marcel Proust
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Isn't there any pre paid taxi service which we cld use...

any estimate on the travel via pre paid taxi to gulmarg
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Originally Posted by mathanrajp View Post Isn't there any pre paid taxi service which we cld use...

any estimate on the travel via pre paid taxi to gulmarg
The Taxi union price is Rs.1250 for gumarg & return from srinagar & prepaid taxi facility available on airport only.
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