Amritsar & Jammu & Kashmir : a journey through the Paradise on Earth (with itinerary)

Tripoto
17th Oct 2012
Photo of Amritsar & Jammu & Kashmir : a journey through the Paradise on Earth (with itinerary) by Indrarup Saha
Day 1

Amritsar

Jalliwanwala Bagh

Entrance to the Jalliwanwala Bagh Memorial

Photo of Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, Punjab, India by Indrarup Saha

Revisiting history - the Jalliwanwala Bagh Memorial

Photo of Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar, Punjab, India by Indrarup Saha

Harmandir Sahib (The Golden Temple)

Golden frame - The Harmandir Sahib

Photo of Harmandir Sahib, Golden Temple Road, Amritsar, Punjab, India by Indrarup Saha

The Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple)

Photo of Harmandir Sahib, Golden Temple Road, Amritsar, Punjab, India by Indrarup Saha

Wagah Border (Attari-Wagah Border)

Flag lowering ceremony at the Attari-Wagah border

Photo of Attari, Punjab, India by Indrarup Saha
Day 2

Katra

Day 3

The road to the Vaishno Devi shrine on top of the Trikuta mountains

Photo of Vaishno Devi, Katra by Indrarup Saha
Day 4

Anantnag (the gateway to Kashmir valley)

Anantnag - the gateway to the Kashmir valley; seen from the Titanic view point

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Close-up of the terraced fields at Anantnag

Photo of Anantnag by Indrarup Saha
Day 5

Pahalgam

Mesmerizing Pahalgam

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Misty mountains

Photo of Pahalgam by Indrarup Saha

Cloud-capped

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View from our hotel window - Pahalgam

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Day 6

Aru Valley

Way to Aru valley from Pahalgam

Photo of Aru Vally, Pahalgam by Indrarup Saha

Exquisite scenes at the Aru valley

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Hotel in the lap of nature - Aru valley

Photo of Aru Vally, Pahalgam by Indrarup Saha

Road to Betaab valley from Aru

Photo of Aru Vally, Pahalgam by Indrarup Saha

Betaab Valley

View of the Betaab valley (Hajan); the Lidder river passing through it

Photo of Betaab Valley, Hajan by Indrarup Saha

Chandanwari

Majestic mountains at Chandanwari

Photo of Chandanwari, Pahalgam by Indrarup Saha

"V"iew of the mountains, Chandanwari

Photo of Chandanwari, Pahalgam by Indrarup Saha
Day 7

Baisaran

Baisaran - "mini Switzerland of Kashmir"

Photo of Baisaran Pahalgam, Baisaran Road, Forest Block by Indrarup Saha
Day 8

Srinagar

Reflections on the Dal Lake - from the Boulevard Road, Srinagar

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Misty Dal Lake scenes

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Houseboats at the Dal Lake

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Mini markets on the Dal Lake

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Hari Parbat as seen from the Dal Lake

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Houseboats at the Dal Lake

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Shikara - Dal lake

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Shikara(s) lined along one of the many Dal Lake ghats

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Peaceful evening, Dal Lake

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Day 9

Sonamarg

Road to the Mountain - Sonamarg

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Awe-inspiring Sonamarg valley

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Mountain and valleys , Sonamarg

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Close-up of mountain peaks, Sonamarg

Photo of Sonamarg by Indrarup Saha
Day 10

Gulmarg

Dreamy Gulmarg

Photo of Gulmarg by Indrarup Saha

Someone clicked me...amidst the slippery snow

Photo of Gulmarg by Indrarup Saha

Snowy Gulmarg scenes

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Enjoying ski-ing in the Gulmarg valley

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Father and daughter

Photo of Gulmarg by Indrarup Saha

Gondola ride in Gulmarg

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View of Apharwat Peak, Gulmarg

Photo of Gulmarg by Indrarup Saha
Day 11

Char Chinar, Dal Lake

The Char Chinar amidst the Dal Lake

Photo of Dal Lake by Indrarup Saha

Nishat Bagh & other Mughal Gardens, Srinagar

Nishat Bagh

Photo of Nishat Garden, Srinagar by Indrarup Saha

Misty Dal lake near Nishat Bagh

Photo of Nishat Garden, Srinagar by Indrarup Saha

Shalimar Gardens

Photo of Nishat Garden, Srinagar by Indrarup Saha

Chashme Shahi

Photo of Nishat Garden, Srinagar by Indrarup Saha
Day 12

Overnight stay at Dalgoma Houseboat, Dal Lake

Dining space in the Dalgoma houseboat

Photo of Dal Lake by Indrarup Saha

Interiors of the Dalgoma houseboat

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Rooms inside the Dalgoma houseboat

Photo of Dal Lake by Indrarup Saha

View from the balcony of the Dalgoma houseboat

Photo of Dal Lake by Indrarup Saha

Itinerary

Day 1 - Amritsar: We reached Amritsar early morning; post-breakfast visited Jallianwalah Bagh and Golden temple and nearby market 

 Next, to Wagah border to witness the flag lowering ceremony at dusk (had lunch in a road-side dhaba mid-way);back to hotel at Amritsar

Day 2 - Early morning started for Katra (Jammu); Rested in a  hotel at Katra for at least 4-5 hrs 

Started for the Vaishno Devi Shrine on foot, around 8.30 pm night

Day 3 - Reached the Shrine around 1.30 am ; started our descent downhill around 2.30 am - back to hotel around 8.00 am in the morning

Day 4 - Started for Kashmir valley post-breakfast; entered Anantnag after a long drive (~6 hrs) - this is the gateway to the valley;

After a halt at Titanic View Point, started for Pahalgam; checked in a budget hotel at Pahalgam around evening

Day 5 - Explored the mind-boggling beauty of Pahalgam on foot; interacted with locals, visited a small market nearby

Day 6 - Took a rented car (from local car renting stand) for a day tour to nearby Aru Valley, Betaab Valley and Chandanwari

Day 7 - Visited the Mamal Temple (near the banks of Lidder river), next - went to Baisaran on horseback - it is often called the mini Switzerland of Kashmir; came back to hotel in the evening

Day 8 - After an early breakfast, left for Srinagar - en route we halted at Awantipora or Avantipura to witness the remains of the ancient Avantiswami Temple; reached Srinagar at dusk

Day 9 - Had breakfast in hotel and started for Sonamarg; the beautiful valley was totally awe-inspiring - reaching there, we began our journey on foot towards the Thajiwas glacier; mid-way had to return to starting point due to snowfall & bad weather

Returned to our hotel in Srinagar, in the evening

Day 10 - Went for Gulmarg post breakfast; reaching Gulmarg, took the Gondola ride to Kongdori ; view from the gondola is the one to die for

After a blissful day, returned to our hotel at Srinagar

Day 11 - Visited the Mughal Gardens throughout the day; went for Shikara ride on the Dal lake ; did some shopping at the local market

Day 12 - Went for Shankaracharya Temple and Pari Mahal; view of Srinagar from both these places are extraordinarily beautiful

Put up at the Dalgoma Houseboat at evening; was unique & great experience staying on the Dal Lake

Next morning, we left Srinagar for our journey back home.

NOTE : All images used in this blog are captured by me.
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