Day 01: Jammu to Katra to Vaishno Devi
After arrival in Jammu , pick up will be done from railway station/ airport. Drive to Katra, check in hotel. Later proceed further to visit the Holy temple of Vaishno Devi. This temple is situated on the top of the hill. To visit this temple one has to hire a pony or travel by foot. From Katra the Vaishno Devi pilgrimage is about 12 kms. After visiting the temple, return back to Katra on the same day. Overnight stay at hotel in Katra.
Day 02: Katra -Srinagar
Early morning leave for Srinagar. Enroute enjoy Kashmir Valley view. On the way you will stop Patnitop sightseeing. You will also be able to see the exceptionally beautiful Jawahar Lal Tunnel, the breath taking views of Ram Ban & Kud. Arrive Srinagar in the evening and check into hotel.Dinner and Overnight in hotel in Srinagar.
Day 03: Srinagar – Baltal (Distance: 115kms.) (Driving Time (App.): 3-4 hrs)
Arrive Srinagar by air and then drive direct to Baltal via Sonamarg. The distance of about 115 kms will be covered in about 3½ hrs. Rest of the day free at Baltal for acclimatization and prepare for next day's trek to Amarnath Cave. Dinner overnight in tents at Baltal.
Day 04: Baltal - Amarnath Cave (Distance: trek*14 kms)
After very early breakfast trek upwards to Amarnath Cave for darshan. The route is ascending right up to the cave. Have a dip in the ice-cold water of Amarnath Stream, which flows, outside the cave. Inside the cave there is scenery of calm tranquility of white and glistering three massive Lingmas stand erect symbol of Lord Shiva, Parvathi and Ganesh. Dinner overnight in tents.
Day 05: Baltal - Srinagar(Distance: trek*14 kms)
After darshan trek back towards Baltal. Drive back to Srinagar. On arrival in Srinagar, transfer to houseboat. Dinner overnight Houseboats.
Day 06: In Srinagar: Local sightseeing:
Today we will do some local sightseeing that includes a visit to the famous Mughal gardens of Nishat and Shalimar. Built in between a period of 14 years the two gardens are a heritage left behind by the erstwhile Mughals, whose taste for laying exquisite gardens was fascinating. With a backdrop of the sprawling Zabarwan mountains, the gardens boast of green turfs, blooming flowers and cascading water fountains. We will explore the gardens and later drive back to the hotel for check out. We arrive at hotel and check in. You will have shikara ride in the lake. This boat ride glides you past some wonderful vegetable gardens and aquatic life. Dinner and Overnight in hotel in Srinagar.
Day 07: Srinagar to Gulmarg(Day Trip): (56 kilometers / 2-3 hrs drive):
After breakfast in the morning, we will begin our country tour towards Gulmarg. The drive past colorful villages and rice fields, gives you an insight of the rich cultural past of Kashmir. We arrive at a small picturesue market town of Tangmarg and drive ahead on a scenic drive of 14 kilometers to Gulmarg. We arrive in Gulmarg early in the afternoon Later we will begin a short tour around the meadow familarising ourselves with the beauty. In Gulmarg you can board the Gondola cable car system on your own, and ascend towards the Afarwatt Mountain range. The 08 minutes of ropeway will take you the lower ridge of the Afarwatt peak. From here you can click lots of photos of the nearby mountain ranges that stand tall like sentinels guarding the rich natural beauty of Kashmir valley. We descend back to Gulmarg base after an hour and drive towards Srinagar. We will stay at the hotel for overnight in Srinagar.
Day 08: Srinagar to Pahalgam: (97 kilometers / 3-4 hrs drive):
We will begin our trip towards Pahalgam and drive on the National Highway 1A. This road connects the Valley to the rest of the country. We drive past the saffron fields of Pampore, the marvellous ruins of Avantipura and the village of Bijbehara which remains famous as the bread basket of Kashmir. You can even sample a few exotic breads sold by vendors near the road. We switch the the national highway at Khanabal and drive through the second largest city of Anantnag. From here the road turns scenic as we drive parallel on the Lidder river flowing from the opposite direction. In Pahalgam we check in at the hotel and later do some nature walks to unwind ourselves. Overnight in hotel in Pahalgam.
Day 9: Pahalgam to Jammu Railway station:( 250 Kms / 7-8 Hrs):
After breakfast, we will drive to Jammu for your return journey.