"The Himalayan pilgrimages are the oldest organised travel system, evolved over time by Hindu sages and embodying the spirit of wander, adventure and spirituality" Shiva, in the form of a lingam, is formed naturally of an ice - stalagmite One of the holy trinity, Shiva is a living god. The most ancient and sacred book of India, the Rig Veda evokes his presence in its hymns. Vedic myths, ritual and even astronomy testify to his existence from the dawn of time. Shiva is known to have made his home in the Himalayas. He built no house nor shelter, not for himself or his bride. He was an ascetic, and yet married; he could be both for "he was the wild god sporting in the forest or taking his ease on a cloud." Legend has it that Shiva recounted to Parvati the secret of creation in the Amarnathji cave. Unknown to them, a pair of mating pigeons 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 pigeons-pair when they trek the arduous route to pay obeisance before the ice-lingam (the phallic symbol of Shiva).
ITINERARY Day 01: Srinagar -Pahalgam Distance: 110kms. Driving Time (App.): 3-4hrs. On arrival at Srinagar airport met and transfer to Pahalgam. On arrival at Pahalgam transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02: Pahalgham - Chandanwari - Sheshnag Distance: 16 kms+trek*13 kms Driving Time (App.): 6-7hrs. Leave Pahalgam (Valley of Shepherds) drive for Chandanwari. Pahalgam is the best base for most of the treks. Chandanwari (2896 Mts.) is a small shut off vale, at the junction of Sheshnag stream and the stream for Astanmarg. On arrival to Chandanwari, trek to Sheshnag which is about 13 kms (3576 Mts.). The trial climbs the Pissu Ghati and then climbs gradually to the Sheshnag Lake. Sheshnag is one of the windiest places in this valley. . Dinner and overnight stay in tents at Sheshnag.
Day 03: Sheshnag - Panchtarni - Amarnath -Panchtarni Distance: Trek*17kms +DARSHAN OF HOLY CAVE+trek*6kms Driving Time (App.): 11-12hrs Start trek from Sheshnag to Panchtarni (3657 Mts.) The walk is through Mahagunas Pass (3200 Mts), and then a gradual walk to Panchtarni. Further trek Panchtarni to Amarnath cave. Amarnath is only 6 kms away from Panchtarni. 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. Later trek back towards Panchtarni. Dinner and overnight stay in Panchtarni.
Day 04: Panchtarni - Chandanwari - Pahalgam - Srinagar Distance: 16 kms+trek*24 kms Driving Time (App.): 10-12hrs Trek down to Chandanwari. On arrival in Chandanwari, drive to Srinagar. Transfer to Houseboats. Dinner and overnight stay in Houseboats.
Day 05: in Srinagar Morning sightseeing of Mughal Gardens visiting Nishat Bagh (Abode of pleasure, built by Asif Khan brother in law of Jehangir in 1632 A. D) And Shalimar Bagh (Abode of love built by Jehangir fro his wife Empress Noor Jehan). All the gardens are situated on the bank of Dal Lake with the Zabarwan Mountains in the background. Enroute visit carpet - weaving factory. After lunch Shikara ride on Dal Lake visiting floating and vegetable gardens etc. Dinner and overnight stay in Deluxe Houseboats.
Day 06: Srinagar - Jammu-Delhi Departure transfer to airport to connect flight for Jammu or Delhi. (OR) Early morning drive back to Jammu. A distance of about 300 kms will be covered in about 9 hrs. On arrival to Jammu, transfer to Railway station to board the train for onward destination.
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