Need Help - 10 Days Kashmir Valley Trip with Family - Mid October

#1 Mar 20th, 2014, 18:37
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Dear All,

I'm planning 10 days trip along with my 2 yo daughter and better half to cover Vaishno Devi, Srinagar and places around, mid of October this year. I will be starting from Bangalore, taking flight to Delhi. I would also like to visit Taj Mahal while returning since I heard it is a day trip from Delhi.

Preferences:
  • Avoid staying in house boats. I have read many stories recommending against staying in house boat..
  • I like to stroll around in evenings to see the local market and do some shopping so would prefer to stay close to market place.

Plan so far (based on a lot of googling):

Day 1: Arrive Delhi and catch train (preferred) or bus to Jammu.
Day 2: Reach Jammu, take cab/bus to Katra and start for Bhawan. I'm not sure how much time it takes to reach Bhawan. Also, is there a cloak room or similar place where I can keep the luggage? I would love to stay overnight after reaching to the top. Are there any arrangements of such sort?
Day 3: Darshan in early morning before leaving for Bhairo Ghaati. Come down to Katra and depart for Srinagar.

Not sure how tiring this will be. Specially since I will be carrying my daughter all the time. What's the best mode of travel to Srinagar from Katra? Google maps say it takes around 5 hours.

As I have mentioned above, I would like to stay in place which is close to market for evening walks, shopping etc.. From another thread, recommendation is to stay in Bloomingdale. I'm planning to make Srinagar as my base camp and visit Gulmarg, Sonmarg and Pehelgam (1 day each). I will be hiring a taxi for next three-four days to visit the places in and around.

Day 4: Srinagar - Gulmarg - Srinagar
Day 5: Srinagar - Pehalgam - Srinagar
Day 6: Srinagar - Sonmarg - Srinagar
Day 7: Shankaracharya temple and Dal lake boat ride
Day 7/8: Head back to Delhi, stay in Delhi
Day 9: Delhi - Agra - Delhi
Day 10: Return to Bangalore

Let me know your suggestions on itinerary, Dos, Don'ts, places to visit and stay.

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