Best of Kashmir
8 nights / 9 days
Day 01: Delhi / Srinagar
Meet upon arrival at Srinagar airport and transfer to Hotel / Deluxe Houseboat.
Late afternoon enjoy a majestic Shikara ride on the famousDalLaketo enjoy the beauty that God has graced this city with, which is often compared toVenice. You will get view of some very interesting places around theLake.
Dinner & overnight stay at Hotel / Houseboat
Day 02: In Srinagar
Morning after breakfast sightseeing of Mughal gardens visiting Nishat Bagh (Abode of pleasure), built by Asif Khan brother-in-law of Jehangir in 1632 AD, Shalimar Bagh (Abode of Love) built by Jehangir for his wife Empress Noor Jehan. These beautiful mountains are situated on the bank of Dal Lake with the Zabarwan Mountainsin the background. Distance from Srinagar is about 12 and 15 kms respectively. Enroute, visit a carpet weaving factory. Also visit Shankrachariya Temple to have Darshan and Bird’s eye view of Srinagar city and famous Dal Lake.
Afternoon City Tour visiting Fort, Jamia Masjid, Shah Hamdan Shrine and walk through the naroow streets of Old City,DownTownto experience the living style of local people
Day 03: Srinagar / Sonamarg / Srinagar
After breakfast, leave for full day excursion of Sonamarg “Meadows of Gold” which is one of the most beautiful drives fromSrinagar. (84 Km/2 ½ hrs/). Sonamarg is located at a height of 2690 meters. You may take a pony ride (at your own cost) to Thajiwas Glacier where snow remains round the year. It serves as the base for the treks to Harmukh range via Nichnai,VishensarLake, Gangabal and to Nara Nag .This place is famous for Trout fishing.
Dinner & Overnight in the Houseboat/hotel
Day 04: Srinagar / Gulmarg
After breakfast check out of the Hotel / Houseboat and proceed to Gulmarg, Meadow of Flowers ( 56 km /2 hrs) situated at an altitude of 2730 meters, Arrive Gulmarg and check in at Hotel for overnight stay. Enjoy the leisurely walks on the lush green meadows of flowers with a backdrop of the snow capped mountains. In winter, Gulmarg acquires a new persona that of the country’s premier skiing resort.. Dinner & overnight in the Hotel
Day 05: In Gulmarg
Day freer for personal activities. Or one can also have a short trek up to Khilanmarg which can be covered in about 3hrs.Also enjoy sledge riding on snow or Gondola ride (Cable car) up to Khilanmarg to enjoy the fascinating view of Peerpanchal range and for pony ride.
Dinner & overnight in the Hotel
Day 06: Gulmarg / Pahalgam
After breakfast check out of the Hotel at Gulmarg and proceed to Pahalgam (7200 fts) “VillageofShepherds” for overnight stay. (140 kms / 31/2 hrs) Enroute visiting the world famous Saffron growing fields, Awantipura ruins (9th Century) andMattanTemple(Sun temple). Pahalgam is also famous for Indian film Industry (Bollywood). On Pahalgam is also famous for some trekking routes & also base camp for Amarnath Pilgrimage. Enjoy the Natural beauty, river and environs therein Dinner & overnight in the Hotel
Day 07: In Pahalgam
After breakfast the day is free to explore Lidder valley at your own or you can :-
Option 1. Visit toAruValleywhich is a small village, 15 km upstream theLidderRiver, The route is picturesque with ample campsites. This village is the starting point for treks to the Kolahoi glacier. Option 2. Vsist to Chandanwari, 16 Km which is the starting point of sacred Amarnath Yatra. Chandanwari is famous for snow sledging on a snow bridge, Enroute you can visit Hajan, an idyllic picnic spot and Betaab valley where the famous Bollywood movie Betaab was shot. Option 3. You can enjoy leisurely walks in pine forest along River Lidder and enjoy picnic on riverside. Option 4. You can enjoy pony ride to Baisaran meadow, surrounded by thickly wooded pine forest and snow-capped mountains. This grassy glen offers a panoramic view of Pahalgam town andLidderValley.
Dinner & overnight in the hotel.
Day 08: Pahalgam / Srinagar
After breakfast drive back to Srinagar for overnight stay. ArriveSrinagarand check in at Houseboat / Hotel.
Afternoon free for leisure and Shopping.
Dinner & overnight in the Houseboat/ hotel
Day 09: Srinagar / Delhi
After breakfast transfer to Srinagar airport to board flight for onward destination
After breakfast transfer to Srinagar airport to board flight for onward destination.