Jammu & Kashmir

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Kashmir's most well known city, Srinagar, stands by the clear waters of the Dal Lake, and the rushing Jhelum. Srinagar is called the city of lakes, which has facinated tourist's from centuries, with its beautiful picturesque Himalayan backdrop, glittering lakes that are surrounded by houseboats and Shikaras and the grandeur of Mughal architectural. Srinagar is abounded by the beauty of Himalayas and nature. Situated on the bank of Jhelum, Srinagar is a treasure trove of beauty and it will be a pleasure for many travellers to explore the bounteous beauty of the city. The major beauty of this city are its waterfalls and gardens which were made by the Mughal emperors. Snow capped mountains, chinar trees and beautiful valleys give a spectacular view to the city.


The meadow of flowers About 50 kms away from Srinagar, it is a cup-shaped meadow 3 kms long, and over 2000 metres high. Then natural beauty of Gulmarg has attracted tourists since long. The snow-clad peaks and the lovely landscapes of Gulmarg have provided background for several Bollywood ventures. The slopes of Gulmarg make it Asia's only heli-skiing resort. There are immense beauty and adventure activities that make Gulmarg much more than a cool hill resort. It is a golfer's paradise in summer and a skier's delight in winter.


The meadow, carpeted with flowers in the spring, is the site for Gulmarg's winter ski runs and offers a fine view of the surrounding peaks and over the Kashmir Valley. It's a 600-metre ascent from Gulmarg to Khilanmarg and during the early spring, as the snow melts, it can be a very muddy hour's climb up the hill.


At an altitude of 2,130m and about 96-km from Srinagar, Pahalgam is probably the most popular hill resort in the Kashmir valley. Pahalgam means a shepherds' village.
The mountain town along the bank of River Liddar is known for its trout, both rainbow and brown and is the starting point of many a trek, excursions to glaciers, shrines and other scenic places.
It is the base for several treks in the region, and for the annual pilgrimage to the cave-shrine of Amarnath. The surroundings are ideal and allow for relaxation and leisure in the true spirit of a traditional hill station holiday


Sonamarg is situated at an altitude of 2740 m above sea level. The adventure destination of Sonamarg lies 80 km northeast of Srinagar in the Srinagar District of Jammu and Kashmir.

Sonamarg (Meadow of gold) is a trekker's heaven and has adventurous routes with beatiful green water and frozen lakes around. The vale is believed to be bestowed with mystical water which turns everything into enternal riches. High altitude makes it cold even during summers. It is advisable to always carry warm clothes and rain proofs.

The everlasting Thajiwas glacier, 3km from Sonamarg, provides a chance to enjoy sledge ride on the snow even in mid Summer. Ponies are available up to the glacier from Sonamarg. Superb campsites in Thajiwas area makes ita a prime location for school camps and trekkers during the Summer. Sind River is a natural hatchery of Trout, where angling is great fun provied the permission is obtained from the fisheries department. Ascending river makes Sonamarg ideal for River Rafting, which is done in full swing by youths, corporate executives and even old members with their familes at different levels in the Sind River Arrangements can be done through travel agents in Srinagar or Sonamarg Development Authority. More adventure sports like Paragliding is getting lots of takers during the Summer. Assistance is available at the tourist office at Sonamarg.


Dal Lake, Mughal Gardens, Shankaracharya Hill, Hazratbal Mosque, Shalimar Bagh, Chashmashahi


Dal Lake, Mughal Gardens, Shankaracharya Hill, Hazratbal Mosque, Shalimar Bagh, Chashmashahi

The state has 02 capitals in summer – Srinagar and in winter – Jammu 

It is very much famous for its Willow cricket bats along with handicraft and apple

It is famous for Walnut Furniture, carpets.

Antique Items Pashmina and Shahtoosh Shawls

Gulmarg has the world\'s highest golf course

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What if I wish to extend my stay at one of the destinations?
You can extend your stay provided you intimate us of such extension at the time of your booking. Additional charges will be applicable and the reservation would be basis the availability. It is recommended not to make any extensions/alterations can be done when the tour is in progress. 

Will there be any change in itinerary or date of tour as we need to plan our leaves and make necessary arrangements accordingly?
We do not change the itinerary or date of the tour, however in case of force majeure events; circumstances force us to change the routing or date of the tour, as the case may be, just for your safety. 

Can I make changes in my travel plan once the booking is done?
Yes, you can modify your booking or travel plan. There may be certain charges for modifications or for canceling the old booking and making new arrangements. The travel consultants at our offices will assist you for the same. 

Due to some reasons if I cancel the tour then will I get my money back?
Cancellation of tour will attract certain cancellation charges. The travel consultant will give you the details about such cancellation at the time of booking 


Can I upgrade my class of travel or airline?
Yes, you can upgrade your class of travel or airline as per the availability and on an additional cost. Please inform the same at the time of booking.

Can I request for a window seat or seat with more leg space?
Yes, you can request for a window seat or seat with more leg space or an aisle seat at the airport check in counter. It will be provided by airline as per the availability.

Does airline have provision of wheelchair?
Yes, airlines have provision but it is limited hence you need to inform us at the time of booking. Few airlines also have certain charges for wheel chair. Wheelchair is subject to availability and at the discretion of the airline.

How much baggage is allowed per ticket?
At present for most of the destinations, it is 20 to 25 kg for cargo and 6 to 7 kg for handbag per ticket but it does vary with the airline. For guest traveling to US at present baggage is controlled by Piece Concept. Under the Piece Concept, passengers are permitted per ticket to check two bags with a per-bag weight of up to 23 kg for Economy Class. However for internal flights there is no free baggage allowed, your 1 check in baggage cost is paid by Gilpin but the second checkin baggage if any has to be paid by guest. Also due to security reasons during internal flight the bags cannot be locked, same will be timely instructed by the Tour Leader on tour. Hand baggage of 7 kg is allowed for both international and internal flights.

Can I do telephonic or internet checks in on the day of departure?
Most of the airlines in case of groups prefer checkin at the airport check in counter only.


What categories of hotels are offered? 
The hotels are usually 3* / 4* category with basic amenities.

Are the hotels located in the city? 
The hotels are booked as per the availability and are located at convenient locations.

What is the basic accommodation type? 
For all packages, accommodation is generally provided on Twin sharing basis. Other room types like Single room, Double Room or Triple Room can be provided as informed at the time of booking.

What does Twin Sharing mean? 
Twin sharing means two adult share 1 room with two separate beds.

What does Double Sharing mean? 
Double sharing means two adult share 1 room with one queen / king size bed .

What is a Triple room?
Triple room is when 3 adults share 1 room. Usually, a family with 1 child or friends prefers this type of room. The room size is same as that of a twin room and the third bed is often a roll - away mattress.

What if I and my child want to share a room? 
Within India, if child is below 12 yrs of age and sharing a room with an adult then child has to pay adult tour price. International tours, child below 12 years of age sharing room with an adult needs to pay 75% of tour price and 12 years and above adult tour price.

Can 3 adults and 1 child share a hotel room?
At most of the destinations around the world, if you are a family of four then you are given 2 rooms. As per the safety norms, 4 people are not allowed in one room. In this case, if you have a child then s/he has to pay adult 75% or adult tour price depending on age as mentioned.

Is it safe to keep our belongings in the hotel room when we go for sightseeing? 
We recommend that you should not carry many valuables on tour. However, many hotels do have safe deposit lockers which you can make use of. Handle the locker keys and password with caution as a fine can be levied if the password / keys are forgotten / lost. Kindly do not keep any valuable unattended in the hotel.

Is porterage service available in all hotels on tour?
Porterage service is subject to availability on prior request with certain charges. In most of the countries, porters are not available as in India so we recommend that you carry stroller bags or four wheeler bag which you can handle yourself instead of porterage service and is faster and convenient.


Do I need a passport for travel? 
Yes, Passport is mandatory for any international travel.

If I do not have a passport, will Gilpin assist for the same? 
If you do not have a passport you can apply for the same online on www.passportindia.gov.in if you are an Indian National, however Gilpin will only guide but does not assist in the processing as recommended to apply by self

With my maiden name reflecting on the passport, can I book the tour with my married name?
It is important that the tour booking should be done as per your name on the passport as all further travel arrangements are booked accordingly and passport is the only valid document abroad for verification.

What is Visa and how should I obtain the Visa?
VISA is the short form for Visitors Intending to Stay Abroad. It is a permission granted by the high commission or consulate of the country you wish to visit. For certain countries, you have to go for personal interview. Gilpin will assist you in filing the visa application. 

What is the possibility of getting a VISA? 
Granting or Non-Granting of a Visa solely depends on the respective Consulate/ Embassy. We just assist you in filing the application for the Visa. We neither assure nor guarantee the Visa to anyone since the same is beyond our control.

If due to Visa rejection I need to cancel my travel plan then do I get a refund?
Yes, you can get a refund after deducting the Visa application fees and cancellation charges, if any.

Do I need Overseas Travel insurance? 
It is advisable to acquire adequate Overseas Travel Insurance cover for protection from any possible risks such as damage, loss, accident or injury to life etc on tour. For Europe and Dubai tours, the insurance is included in the tour price for those aged up to 59 years for the duration of the tour. Guest above 59 years of age will have to pay the difference on the insurance premium as applicable.


How much in advance should I book the tour?
For Indian tours, recommended 120 days prior to the departure date. However, if you book early you can avail of the advance booking discounts, priority in the coach etc. International tours recommended atleast 90 days in advance to avail of the advance booking discounts, priority in the coach etc.

What are the requirements to book a package tour?
To book a tour, you need passport with 6 months validity subsequent to the scheduled departure date of the tour and with sufficient number of blank pages for visa purposes. Whereas for Indian Tours identification proof is mandate. You also need to pay a booking amount depending on the tour price to do the further processing 

Do I need to pay the entire tour price at one go while booking?
It is not mandatory though; you can pay the initial booking amount to book and pay the balance payment later before departure of the tour.

Post Booking

How can I check my payment and billing details?
You will receive an invoice and receipt of the payments. if you do not receive the same you can contact the accounts team at billing@gilintravelindia.com

Prior to tour departure is there any information provided?
We do give pre departure information sheet once you book a tour which consists information about the destination, things to carry, weather, shopping etc.

Do we get any confirmation call of our scheduled departure?
Yes, 2 to 3 days prior to your scheduled departure we give a call to inform the reporting time and place.

In case of emergency whom can I contact?
During emergency, you can call on +91 9167234716 which is Gilpin\'s Emergency Number.


Do I need to carry multiple currencies depending upon different countries visited on the tour? 
USD / EURO are universally accepted currencies and easily exchangeable in any part of the world. No need to carry multiple currencies. You can carry the local currency of the visiting country worth $ 50 for miscellaneous expenses and if in emergency.

How much foreign exchange can I carry on tour?
As per RBI circular, the Basic Travel Quota (BTQ) per financial year is US$ 10000 per person for private visit and US$ 25000 for business visit.

Is it advisable to carry foreign exchange in Cash on tour?
You can carry cash but we advise you to carry American Express Travelers Cheques as it is accepted around the world. It is safer than cash and if lost or stolen can be replaced worldwide, usually within 24 hours. Travelers Cheques also enable you to budget track and control your travel expenses easily. Also, we have Forex Card which is a magnetic strip based Prepaid Card usually introduced in partnership with Visa International or Master Card International, which offers you a convenient and secure way to carry your foreign exchange. 


Before Travel

  1. As per RBI circular, the Basic Travel Quota (BTQ) per financial year is US$ 10000 per person for private visit & US$ 25000 for business visit.
  2. Maximum limit for carrying INR while travelling abroad is Rs 7500/- .
  3. Maximum limit for bringing INR while returning India is Rs 7500/-.
  4. USD / EURO are universal currencies & easily exchangeable in any part of the world.
  5. Airport tax is added to Forex cost at airport.
  6. Carry local currency of the each visiting country worth $ 50 for miscellaneous expenses and emergency use.
  7. Travelers’ Cheque are safer than cash, and if lost or stolen can be replaced worldwide, usually within 24 hours. 
  8. Travelers’ Cheque provides complete peace of mind when travelling for business or leisure.
  9. Travelers’ Cheque also enables you to budget, track and control your travel expenses easily.
  10. Please sign on top of Travelers’ Cheque to avoid misuse of the Cheque.

During Travel

  1. Always refer Currency Table while converting currency.
  2. Always exchange currency at Authorized money changer.
  3. Keep currency of different countries in separate pockets of a pouch to avoid confusion & loss.
  4. Do not keep entire Forex with one person, divide it among family members. 
  5. Usually ,you get better rate for USD/EURO of higher denomination 
  6. Spend all coins before returning from tour or keep with you as a souvenir.
  7. Guests require to show Passport for Travellers cheque encashment.
  8. Please keep Travellers cheque and slip separately in different bags. 
  9. Foreign currency should be surrendered within 6 months after the tour. 
  10. However, you are free to retain USD 2,000, in the form of currency notes or TC\'s for future travel 

After Travel

  1. Foreign currency should be surrendered within 6 months after the tour. 
  2. However, you are free to retain USD 2,000, in the form of currency notes or TC\'s for future travel.
  3. We believe in Safe & Secure Foreign Exchange.




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