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:: Amarnath Yatra ::

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Tour Duration: 12 Nights & 13 Days 

Destinations Covered: New Delhi - Jammu - Srinagar - Baltal - Sonamarg - Srinagar - Dal Lake - Mughal Gardens - Shankaracharya Temple - Katra - Vaishno Devi - New Delhi     

Special Features:
1. Yatra of Holi Amarnath Cave.
2. Vaishno Devi Temple Darshan.
3. Panoramic views of the Himalayas.

It is a beautiful trip to visit Shiva's Holy cave and also to enjoy the beauty of Himaliya. 

Legend :- India Holiday Home introduce the most famous and holy Yatra of Amarnath during July/ August. The pilgrims trek from Pahalgam to these caves and worship the great ice Lingam. Legend has it that Shiva recounted to Parvati the secret of creation in a cave in Amarnath. Unknown to them, a pair of mating doves eavesdropped on this conversation and having learned the secret, are reborn again and again, and have made the cave their eternal abode. Many pilgrims report seeing the doves-pair when they trek the arduous route to pay obeisance before the ice-lingam (the phallic symbol of Shiva). This is an event you certainly will talk about for the rest of your life.  

 The Cave :- It is located in a glacial valley at 4,175m (13,700 ft.). The cave is about 150 feet high and 90 feet long. On the full moon day the lingam is about 6 ft high. Within the cave there are four or five ice formations that resemble the figures of different gods. The biggest figures of different gods. The biggest figure is regarded as Siva (Amarnath). On the left side of the lingam is an ice formation called Ganesha, and on the right side is one of Parvati and Bhairava.  

Itinerary 

Best Places To Visit

» JAMMU
» SRINAGAR
» PAHALGAM
» SONMARG
» GULMARG
» KATRA

Day 1 - Arrive Delhi –   Meet our representative at Airport/ Railway station and transfer to the hotel. Check-in time is 12.00 Noon. Latter visit sightseeing of Old \ New Delhi. 

Day 2- Delhi - Jammu-  Start early morning drive to reach at Jammu, While reaching transfer to  Hotel. Evening is free to visit market , Overnight at Hotel. Start early morning drive to reach at Jammu, While reaching transfer to  Hotel. Evening is free to visit market , Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3-  Jammu - Srinagar - On Arrival in Srinagar transfer to Houseboat.  Afternoon city tour. Overnight in Houseboat.   

Day 4-Srinagar -  Local sightseeing , Half day tour of world famous Mughal Gardens visiting the Nishat Bagh (The garden of pleasure) and Shalimar Bagh (Abode of love). Return to houseboat for hot lunch. In the afternoon Shikara ride on The Dal Lake to enjoy the beautiful  view of some very interesting places around the Lake. Overnight at Houseboat. Local sightseeing , Half day tour of world famous Mughal Gardens visiting the Nishat Bagh (The garden of pleasure) and Shalimar Bagh (Abode of love). Return to houseboat for hot lunch. In the afternoon Shikara ride on The Dal Lake to enjoy the beautiful  view of some very interesting places around the Lake. Overnight at Houseboat.

Day 5 - Sringar - Pahalgam - (93 Kms drive) - Start early morning drive after the breakfast , On the way to  Pahalgam (2440 Mtrs)  visit Saffron fields, Avantipur ruins and mattan Temple. On the way see some beautiful more villages. Pahalgam is the most famous place for Indian Film Industry. Enjoy the nature charm of the valley Overnight at Hotel.   

Day 6 -Pahalgam - Chandanwari - & Trek to Sheshnag (16 kms drive & 12 kms trek )- Start early morning drive after the breakfast  to Chandanwani (2895 M). While reaching , immediately start trekking ascending towards Sheshnagh (3377 M) which is 12 Kms trek. steep ascending towards Pishoo Ghati pass 13000 Fts. Overnight in Tents at Sheshnagh.

Day 7-  Sheshnag - Panchtarni -  (14 kms trek) - Start early morning for a steep ascent upto Mahagunas (The great Viper 14500 Ft) then as easy descend upto Panchtarni (3657 M) situated at the foot of mount Bhairva. Overnight in Tents.

Day 8- Panchtarni - Amarnath - Baltal  - ( 6 kms trek and 4\5 hrs walk) - After Breakfast steep ascent towards Amarnath Holy Cave where you can see ICE LINGAM. This is the holy cave for Hindus & thousands of people visit the place during full Moon day. From Amarnath steep descend towards Baltal 3/4 hrs walk. Overnight in Tents.  

Day 9-  Baltal - Sonmarg -Srinagar - (113 Kms drive) - From Baltal it is 15 Kms drive to Sonamrg. Sonmarg (2690 Mtrs) which is the most beautiful spot of Kashmir valley. Sonmarg is known as Gateway of Ladakh. Continue drive to Srinagar which takes 3 Hrs from Sonmarg. Overnight at Houseboat.

Note :   We can finish you tour here and can book your Air tickets to reach at Delhi. Or we can also make this tour for 6- 7 days , Please ask for the new Itinerary according to your choice.

Day 10- Srinagar - Katra - Start early morning drive after the breakfast to reach at Katra. While reaching transfer to Hotel, Evening is free to explore market , Overnight at Hotel. 

Day 11- Katra- Vaishno Devi Temple -Katra - Start your trek to visit Vaishno Devi Temple and while reaching  visit temple , Latter trek down to katra, Overningt at Hotel.

Day 12 - Katra - Delhi - Start early morning drive to reach at Delhi. While reaching check in at the Hotel , Overnight at Hotel.

Day 13- Delhi - Home - After an early morning breakfast , we transfer you at Airport \ Railway Stations to reach at your home. Tour Ends.

Note : We can also make this tour for 8- 9 days , Please ask for the new Itinerary according to your choice.

:: Useful Tips on the Yatra ::

The Yatra is organized by the Jammu & Kashmir Govt., in the month of Shravan, and commences mainly from Pahalgam on specified dates. In recent years the route from Baltal has also been thrown open for the pilgrims to approach the holy Cave.

Dress: Pilgrims are advised to carry sufficient wollens such as sweaters, drawers, wollen trousers, monkey cap etc. Other items could include wind cheaters, rain coat, sleeping bag or blankets, umbrella, waterproof boots/shoes, walking stick, torch etc. Ladies are advised not to go on the trek in saris, instead pants or Salwar suits with drawers should be used.

Medical Assistance:Medical posts manned by qualified doctors and nursing staff are established enroute to cater to the needs of the pilgrims, free of cost. However, pilgrims are advised to carry along any medicines specifically prescribed for them.

Provisions: Essential rations are available at fair price rates from the specially established Govt. Depots at Chandanwari, Sheshnag and Panchtami, Numerous wayside tea-shops and small restaurants are set up by private parties. However, pilgrims are advised to carry with them biscuits, toffees, tinned food etc. to cater to their immediate needs. Firewood or gas can be obtained at Chandanwari, Sheshnag (Wawajan), Panchtami and near the Cave.

Insurance: In view of the hazardous nature, pilgrims are advised to insure themselves before proceeding on the Yatra.

Accommodation: Good tented accommodation with allied facilities are set-up during the Yatra period by the J&K TDC as well as private parties. These are provided on the basis of payment of rates fixed by the State authorities. Facilities for booking of such accommodation will be available at the base camps.

Registration: Registration of pilgrims are undertaken about a month ahead of the date fixed for commencement of Yatra. The dates are generally notified through press advertisements. No Yatri will be allowed to proceed on the journey without a Registration Card.

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 :: Mata Vaishno Devi Yatra ::

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Tour Duration: 10 Nights & 11 Days 

Destinations Covered: New Delhi - Jammu - Srinagar -  Sonamarg - Srinagar - Dal Lake - Mughal Gardens - Shankaracharya Temple - Katra - Vaishno Devi - New Delhi. 

Special Features:
1. Yatra of Holi Vaishno Devi Temple.
2. Enjoy the Beautiful Kashmir. 
3. Panoramic views of the Himalayas.

It is a beautiful and holy trip of Vaishno Devi. 

Legend :- Legend has it that while Vaishnavi was in the forest she encountered Lord Rama, prince of Ayodhya, who was in exile. Recognizing him immediately as an avatar of Lord Vishnu she begged him to merge with her, but Lord Rama, knowing that the time was not ripe promised her that on the completion of his exile he would again pass that way. If she recognized him then he would fulfill her wishes. True to his word he returned in the guise of an old man, but Vaishnavi failed to recognize him. Rama consoled her and advised her to set up an ashram at the base of the Trikuta Hills and continue with her penance.  

Vaishno \ Vaishnavi - The Manifestation of Goddess Shakti
The temple of Vaishno Devi is dedicated to Vaishnavi, the human manifestation of Goddess Shakti. Within the temple is the deity in the form of a five and half feet tall rock with three Pindies or heads. It is written that the goddess to achieve her destiny of finally merging with Lord Vishnu assumed the form of a human and was born as Vaishnavi, in the household of one Ratnakar. Even as a young girl, Vaishnavi displayed an immense thirst for knowledge that soon out thought her teachers. Soon she started to search within herself for the answers that she couldn't find elsewhere and learnt the art of meditation. Realizing the importance of Tapasya (meditation) Vaishnavi renounced all worldly comforts and betook herself to the forest to meditate in peace.

The Other Pilgrimage Attractions at Vaishno Devi

Ban Ganga Temple
After the goddess left the Bhumika Temple, she went to the Trikuta Hills passing through here. At this time, Langoor Vir (Veer Langur) felt thirsty. The goddess shot an arrow into the stone and a holy river was produced, now known as Ban Ganga. It is called Ban Ganga because the goddess washed her hair at this place. Most pilgrims take bath here. You must show the slip you got near the Bus Stand in Katra to pass this point. Ban Ganga is about 3 km from Katra.

Charan Paduka Temple
This is where the goddess stopped for some time while Bhairon was chasing her. Her footprints are supposed to be visible on a stone at this place. Charanpaduka means "holy footprints". It is about 1.5 km from Ban Ganga at 3,380 feet.

Ardh Kuwari
Ardh Kuwari is the halfway point, and some pilgrims stay here for the night. There is a 15-foot-long cave called Garbha Joon where the goddess hid herself for nine months and showed herself to a saint. The cave is narrow, and you have to almost crawl all the way through it. When Bhairon entered the cave, the goddess made a new opening with her trident and ran away. Ardh Kuwari is 4.5 km from Charan Paduka and 4,800 ft above sea level.                                                                                                             

Itinerary

DAY 01: New Delhi-Jammu -Early morning departure from New Delhi. Towards Jammu on arrival transfer to Hotel. Breakfast / lunch en route. Dinner at hotel.

DAY 02: Jammu - Full day Jammu Local sight seeing.

DAY 03: Jammu- Srinagar -Early Morning Departure from Jammu. Towards Srinagar on arrival transfer to House Boat. Breakfast / lunch en route. Dinner at hotel.

DAY 04: Srinagar - After breakfast proceed by cars to visit the famous Mughal Gardens “NISHAT BAGH“ and “SHALIMAR BAGH”. Then proceed to visit Shankaracharya Temple on a hilltop. Evening back to the boats followed by Dinner and Over night stay.

DAY 05: Sringar- Gulmarg- Srinagar - (56 Kms. one way)- Morning after breakfast departs by surface to visit Gulmarg. Full day to enjoy Gulmarg on your own. One can enjoy horse riding / Cable car ride (to be paid directly by the guest) in Gulmarg Evening return back to boats for dinner and over night stay.

DAY 06: Srinagar- Sonmarg- Srinagar (85 Kms. one way)- Morning after breakfast drive from Srinagar to Sonamarg. Full day to enjoy at Sonamarg Evening return to Srinagar for dinner and overnight stay at houseboats.

DAY 07: Srinagar- Phalgam- Srinagar (96 Kms. one way)- Morning after breakfast departs by surface to Pahalgam. Full day at Pahalgam to enjoy. Evening return to Srinagar for dinner and overnight stay at houseboats.

DAY 08: Srinagar - Boat Ride & Shopping - Morning after enjoying your breakfast proceed by Shikaras to have a long boat ride on Dal Lake visiting Char Chinar Island, Bathing boats, Kabutarkhana, floating gardens, floating shops (a nice experience for shopping on the Dal lake), Afternoon return back to the boats then free time for personal activities. Dinner and Overnight stay at the boats.

DAY 09: Srinagar- Katra - Early Morning Departure from Srinagar. Towards Katra on arrival transfer to Hotel. Breakfast / lunch en route. Dinner at hotel.

DAY 10: Katra- Vaishno Devi Temple- Katra - Early morning departure to Jai Mata Di Temple on Your own. Break fast / Lunch on enroute & Dinner at Hotel.

DAY 11: Katra- New Delhi - After breakfast leave for New Delhi. On arrival at New Delhi transfer to Airport / Railway Station towards onward Journey.

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