The town of Pahalgam (Village of Shepherds) offers breathtaking views. One can just relax in one of the many hotels in Pahalgam, or trek on some of the many mountains. One can trek to Lidderwat, Kolohoi Glacier or to Sonmarg. Snow skiing is an attraction during the winter months (from December to late February/early March).JKTDC offers tourist cottages at very reasonable rates for a leisurely stay at Pahalgam.
Wild bears still roam much of the area, and local villagers are on constant alert for their presence. Due to the constant threat of illegal border crossings, the Indian army is always patrolling the area and is on constant high alert. As the local population can’t carry firearms, this has saved the bears from being hunted to extinction. With the abundance of fresh trout in the rivers and local farm animals, they have plenty to eat. Monkeys also populate the area, most monkeys are quiet and shy, but given an opportunity they will steal food from visitors; campsites.
Day 01: Arrive Jammu – Katra
Today you arrive at Jammu Airport / Railway Station and are greeted by our local representative. You are driven by an air conditioned car to visit the Raghunath Mandir, situated in the heart of Jammu, it is one of the most revered temples of North India dedicated to Lord Rama. Later you are transferred to Katra (approx 47.20 Km / 1-2 hrs). Upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure.
Day 02: Katra
Today early in the morning after breakfast you visit the Vaishnodevi Temple (approx 13 kms one way). After darshan return back to the hotel and rest.
Day 03: Katra – Patnitop
In the morning after breakfast you are driven to Patnitop (approx 98.71 km / 2-3 hrs). Upon arrival check in at the hotel. You will be taken for a trek (approx 5 kms) which shall get you to Madhatop. The mighty mist clad mountains form the backdrop to the Chenab basin and is a fabulous place to holiday at. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 04: Patnitop
In the morning after breakfast you are driven to Sanasar – A haven for adventure sports. Here you can opt for parasailing and paragliding (optional on your own). The scenic views and vast open space against the blue sky is tempting that even the un-adventurous would want to take a flight to view the valley below. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 05: Patnitop – Srinagar
Today morning after breakfast you are driven to Srinagar (approx 187.77 Km / 5-6 hrs). Upon arrival you are driven by car to your hotel for check in. The Mughal Emperors love for land can be seen through the illustrious gardens here. You are driven by car to Cheshmashahi Garden, Nishal Bagh and Shalimar Garden. The creative use of plantings and mixture of colours provides the beholder with a sense of bliss.
Day 06: Srinagar
In the morning after breakfast you are driven by car to the Shankaracharya Temple, which is thought to be the oldest shrine in the Kashmir valley. Later enjoy the beautiful Shikara ride on the Dal Lake. In the evening you can enjoy shopping
Day 07: Srinagar – Gulmarg
Today after breakfast you are driven by car to Gulmarg – ‘Meadow of Flowers’ (approx 49.69 kms / 1-2 hrs). Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Gulmarg has one of the best Ski slopes in the world and highest golf course of the world with 18 holes. The most unique feature of the golf course is that it has open temporary memberships so you can get a membership for even a day!
Day 08: Gulmarg
In the morning after breakfast you are free to enjoy adventurous trekking in the hilly terrains of Gulmarg. You can also enjoy the the amazing Cable Car to Kongdoor. It is also popularly known as the Gondola Lift.
Day 09: Gulmarg – Sonamarg – Pahalgam
Today morning after breakfast you are driven by car to Sonamarg (approx 112.88 km / 3-4 hrs). The beautiful mountains around Sonamarg are covered with several glaciers, one of the most famous being the Thajiwas Glacier. Later you are driven to Pahalgam (approx 9.94 km / 30 mins). Rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 10: Pahalgam
Today after breakfast you can enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Or optional you may enjoy a walk in the mountains; enjoy horse riding or river rafting all on your own.
Day 11: Pahalgam – Srinagar
In the morning after breakfast you are driven to Srinagar Airport / Railway Station for you flight to Delhi Airport where you will catch your flight back home with beautiful memories of your holiday.