“Gir firdaus baru e zameen ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin ast” – Amir Khusrau (If there is a Paradise on Earth, it…
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Pristine valleys, snow-clad mighty Himalayas, floating markets on the shimmering Dal Lake all add up to the mesmerizing beauty of Kashmir, indeed the heaven on earth. Kashmir has something to offer to everyone – the Tulip Festival in Srinagar for nature lovers, skiing at Gulmarg, white-water rafting in Sonmarg, and camping in the green valleys of Pahalgam for adventure enthusiasts. Don’t leave Kashmir before you see: Srinagar: Dal Lake: The Dal Lake is the most celebrated and important lake amongst all in Srinagar. It is home to carved wooden houseboats, vibrant shikaras, and floating gardens. Visit Dal Lake early morning to see Srinagar’s famous floating market. If you want, you can also book a stay in a houseboat. Hazratbal Mosque: The silvery-white Hazratbal Mosque has revered for housing a relic, the Prophet’s hair. Situated near Dal Lake, the only domed mosque in Srinagar is a place of serenity. Women are allowed only till the first part of the mosque. Pahalgam: Avantipur Temple: The famous Avantipur Temple was founded by king Avantivarman who reigned from AD 855-883. Over the years, the temple has been reduced to ruins but it is still a popular site for the devout. Kolahoi Glacier: The only way to reach Kolahoi Glacier is through an arduous trek which is not for the fainthearted. At 18,000 feet, the breathtaking views definitely make the journey worth the effort. The glacier during summers is the source of the Lidder River and some of its tributaries also make it to the Sindh River. Sonmarg: Gadsar Lake: Situated in the Himalayan mountain range, Gadsar Lake is a high altitude lake that is known for its stunning natural beauty. The site serves as a popular trekking base and trout fishing center. Don’t leave Kashmir before you do: Srinagar: Take a walk down the picture-perfect Mughal Gardens and immerse yourself in their magnificent architecture. These gardens are a combination of Nishat, Shalimar and Chashm-e-Shahi, located on different sides of Dal Lake. Pahalgam: Trekking, trout fishing and whitewater rafting are the most popular summer activities in the Pahalgam valley. Try something new, the popular sport of trout fishing using a Pepsi bottle called Pepsi fishing. In the winter, walk on the frozen greenish-blue Sheshnag Lake or sledge across its famous snow bridge. Sonmarg: Trek to the highest lake in the Himalayan region, the Gadsar Lake. During winters, witness the valley enveloped in snow and indulge in activities like sledging, skiing and tobogganing. Gulmarg: Seeing Gulmarg from 10,000 feet is a surreal experience. It is considered to have one of Asia’s longest and highest cable car plans. The entire ride comprises of two stages - Gulmarg to Kongdoori and Kongdoori to Apharwat Peak. The first phase of the ride takes around 9 minutes while the second takes about 12 minutes. The cable ride till Apherwat offers you panoramic views of Gulmarg, truly a photographer’s delight. Adventure activities in Gulmarg: Skiing, trekking and fishing are interesting activities to indulge in. Golfing is also one of the most popular things to do in Gulmarg. Gulmarg Golf Course with asymmetrical contours is counted amongst the largest 18-hole golf courses in the country. Situated on the lower ranges of Gulmarg, it has emerged as one of the most popular golfing destinations in India. Don’t leave Kashmir before you eat: Kashmiri Wazwan: Wazwan is a multi-course meal in Kashmiri cuisine, the preparation of which is considered an art and a point of pride in Kashmiri culture and identity. Most dishes are meat-based and use lamb or chicken. Kahwah: The traditional Kashmiri green tea is very soothing and a must-try. When to go? April to June: This is the most popular time for tourists to visit as the weather is cool and temperatures range between 10 Degrees Celcius and 30 Degrees Celcius. April: You can see the dazzling rainbow colours of the Tulip Festival in Srinagar during the first two weeks of April. October to March: Srinagar transforms into a winter wonderland during these months when temperatures drop to minus 10 Degrees Celcius. While the frozen waters of Dal Lake become the playground for cricket matches, the slopes of Gulmarg see an ambush of skiers. Getting There By Air: Srinagar domestic airport (Sheikh-ul-Alam Airport) is well connected to the airports of all major cities in India. By Train: There are no operational railway stations in Srinagar. Jammu is the nearest railway station, at a distance of 290 kilometres. Jammu railway station is well connected to the Indian railway's network. By Bus: Srinagar is well connected to cities like Jammu, Delhi and Chandigarh. You can take JKSRTC deluxe buses to travel to and from the city. Getting Around Coaches: Luxury coaches are available for tourists for the purpose of local sightseeing. The buses are operated by J&K Tourism Development Corporation (J&K TDC) and the J&K State Road Transport Corporation (J&K SRTC). Tourist Taxis: Taxis are easily available for local sightseeing as well as trips and excursions out of Srinagar. Mini Bus: Minibuses are the most common and widely used local transport in Kashmir. The buses operate throughout the city as well as the suburban areas on fixed routes. Auto rickshaws: Throughout the city, auto rickshaws are easily available for the purpose of commuting. What to Pack: * Must carry heavy woollens, sweaters and scarves especially if travelling during winter * Shoes are needed if you plan to indulge in adventure activities * Basic medicine like Vicks, tablets like Avomine, Metacin Saradon etc. * Umbrella, if travelling during December.
“Gir firdaus baru e zameen ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin ast” – Amir Khusrau (If there is a Paradise on Earth, it is this...it is this...it is this.)
Tour Route: - Srinagar, Mughal Garden Nishat, Mughal Garden Shalimar, Hazratbal Shrine, Shikara Ride, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Awantipura ruins, Saffron fields, Lidder River Pahalgam, & Shankaracharya Temple are the highlights of this package.
Arrival - Srinagar Airport – Mughal Gardens
Arrival on Srinagar Airport you will be met our representative and drive towards hotel.
After refreshment at hotel continue your tour to famous Nishat Garden known as ‘Garden of pleasure’ built in 16th century (1633) by Mughal King Asif Khan. Then visiting Shalimar Garden known as ‘Garden of love’ built in 16th century (1619) by Mughal King Jehangir for his beloved wife Noor Jehan or (Mehr-un-Nissa) and later on pay a visit the famous White mosque of Srinagar city (Hazratbal shrine). Overnight in hotel in Srinagar.
Srinagar – Gulmarg – Srinagar
After breakfast at hotel leave for day excursion to Gulmarg (8700 ft i.e. 2652 mts), Discovered by the Kashmiri romantic poet in the 16th century who was inspired with its grassy slopes covered with wild flowers. In winter Gulmarg looks more beautiful due to heavy snow fall. And turns into India’s premier Ski resort in winter. The Gondola Cable Car (optional) offers rides to the upland meadows of Kongdori and beyond to the top of Apharwat range to a height of 14000 ft for viewing the Himalayan Peaks in summer and for downhill skiing in winter. Overnight in hotel in Srinagar.
Srinagar – Lake Tour
After breakfast enjoy your Shikara Ride on the famous Dal Lake to enjoy the beauty that God has graced this city, which is often compared to Venice. Late can move to Nigin Lake, Manasbal Lake, Wullar Lake, You will get a lovely view of some interesting places around the lakes. Overnight stay in deluxe houseboat in Srinagar.
Srinagar – Pahalgam - Srinagar
After breakfast transfer to Pahalgam. Pahalgam (2133 mts) also known as The valley of Shepherds or Trekker’s Paradise. Pahalgam is the most famous place for Indian Film Industry. On the way visit Awantipura ruins, Saffron fields One of the most beautiful places on earth, the town of Pahalgam offers breath-taking views. One can just enjoy the town of Pahalgam trek to some of the most beautiful places on earth. En-route visit Saffron fields, Drive through the green pine forest and along the Lidder River. Overnight in hotel / houseboat in Srinagar.
Trip to Sonmarg
After breakfast leave for day trip to Sonmarg, the gateway to Ladakh. Explore thajwas glacier and other attractions. Evening back to Srinagar
Srinagar - S. Temple – Airport
After early breakfast at houseboat visit the famous Shankaracharya Temple and then drive towards Airport for onward destination with sweet holiday memories.
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Vehicle On Disposal (Non-AC)
Daily Breakfast, Driver / Toll / Parking charges
Complimentary - Dinner (On Houseboat), One Hour Shikara Ride On Dal Lake
Hotel In Srinagar – 3 Star
Houseboat – Deluxe
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