Gar Firdaus bar-rue Zaminasthaminasto, haminasto, haminast! (If there be Paradise on Earth, it is here, it is here)This was the beautiful description of Kashmir done by Amir Khusro the famous 14th Century Poet of India. This beautiful valley in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir is separated from
Jammu by PirPanjal Mountains, to be precise by Nehru Tunnel. Once you cross the Nehru Tunnel you enter a mesmerizing nature which transfers you to a new world that is largely untouched by the hustle-bustle of the urban cities of India. The valley of Kashmir offers a true paradise-like experience, this valley is surrounded by steep mountainous terrain, massive rivers, and many more. Known around the world for its unparallel landscapes, the valley is located 300 km away from Jammu. Situated in the Himalayas, the clear blue skies reveal the snow-capped peaks that give birth to the streams and rivers. Home to native flora like pine, deodar, and chinar, it is a memory of a lifetime to preserve as you glide on a Shikara (Boat) in Dal Lake. The valley delights you with multi hues of nature, communicated through lush green slopes, tender meadows, and prairie of vibrant flowers.
After our arrival at Srinagar International Airport, we will continue our journey to Pahalgam by going via Pampore (the location where the world-famous saffron is grown) and the town of Awantipora.
Pahalgam, also known as the Valley of Shepherds, is a hill station that is located 95 kilometres from Srinagar and has an elevation of 2,740 metres above sea level. Pahalgam is also known as the Valley of Shepherds. It is where the streams that flow from Sheshnag Lake, which is located at a higher height, and the Lidder River come together. This location is also the beginning point for the Holy Amarnath Yatra that takes place every year. Pahalgam is a destination in Kashmir that you absolutely cannot miss if you go there since it has stunning vistas of the snow-capped mountains and the lovely Lidder River running by its side.
When you arrive in Pahalgam, check in at the hotel. Dinner and Overnight stay at Pahalgam Hotel.
Pahalgam Following breakfast, we will go on a sightseeing tour of the Pahalgam Valley (Separate Vehicle Fee Additional), which will include visits to
Betaab Valley: The Betaab Valley, which can be found 15 kilometres away from Pahalgam, has become well-known in recent years as the location for the filming of a number of movies, including "Betaab" and "Bobby." This location which previously known as “Hajan Valley” was renamed as “Betaab Valley” owing to the movie name. You may also discover a home known as the "Bobby Hut" in this area. The name comes from the fact that the movie "Bobby" was filmed in this location.
Aru Valley: Aru Valley is a picturesque tourist destination that is situated 12 kilometres away from Pahalgam. It is well-known for its luxuriant meadows, pure lakes, and towering mountains.
Chandanwari is the beginning site of the Amarnath Yatra, which takes place every year in the month of Sawan. Chandanwari is located 16 kilometres away from Pahalgam.
Additional things to do in Pahalgam include going on a horseback riding excursion to the Baisaran Meadows, Dabian, and Kashmir Valley (at your own expense), as well as visiting the National Park and the River Rafting Site. In the evening, make your way back to the hotel. Dinner and a night's stay at the Pahalgam Hotel are on the agenda.
Then we'll take a boat ride on Dal Lake in a Shikara. This one-hour Shikara ride is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. During this ride, you can look at the mountains around Srinagar from a beautiful Shikara, watch the Dal Lake Coast, do some shopping in a Shikara, and go to Nehru Park, Lotus Garden, and Char Chinar Island. Here, you can stop for a quick photo while wearing traditional Kashmiri clothing. Then we'll go to a beautiful House Boat to stay. House boats, also called "floating homes," are one of the best ways to relax and enjoy Kashmir's old-world charm. These intricately carved wood-paneled house boats are like self-contained homes with living rooms and bedrooms.
After breakfast, we will get on the bus and go to Gulmarg. First, a brief introduction to the city of Gulmarg.
A mountainous resort known as Gulmarg may be found around 52 kilometres (km) outside of Srinagar. The year 1927 marked the beginning of operation for this British-operated ski resort. Gulmarg is not only a mountain resort known for its stunning natural beauty, but it is also considered to be the best ski resort in the nation. Gulmarg is known for its Gondola, which is Asia's Highest and Longest Cable Car. This cable car has the capacity to transport approximately 600 people per hour. Gulmarg is also the highest lift-served ski resort in the world, and it offers a ski run that is 5.2 kilometres long and begins at an elevation of 14,000 feet in the Apharwat range.
When arriving at Gulmarg, go straight for the Gondola Ride (Cable Car Ride; additional fees will apply), which will take you up Kongdoori Mountain to an altitude of 12,000 feet. After enjoying the snow we will head back to Srinagar Hotel. Dinner Hotel Srinagar is where you will be staying for the night.
After breakfast, we will make our way to Sonmarg, a town that is well known for its many hiking and trekking paths.
Sonmarg is also known as Sonamarg, and its name literally translates to "Meadow of Gold." Sonmarg is situated at an elevation of 2,740 metres above sea level. This moniker was given to Sonmarg because of the region's exceptionally stunning natural splendour. In the magnificent Himalayan mountain area lies the town of Sonmarg, which is a snow-covered gorgeous flower-laden meadow. The town is bordered by glaciers that are spectacular and lakes that are calm. The town of Sonmarg, which is located in the Kashmir valley, serves as a gateway to the region of Ladakh and is found immediately before the Zojii La pass.
Arrive at Sonmarg during the afternoon and start your exploration of the surrounding area, which will include a trip to the Thajiwas Glacier.
A distance of three kilometres separates Sonmarg from the Thajiwas Glacier, which may be found in that distance. At this point, you'll have the option of travelling on foot or on horseback (Charges will be extra). You will have the opportunity to get a genuine experience of a glacier that is located 3,000 metres above sea level at this location. Along the route, there is a beautiful frozen lake that sparkles in the sunlight, and the mountains that surround it are covered with lush vegetation. This location is well-known among those who are interested in going on snowshoeing adventures and among those who like to enjoy sledding. At Sonmarg, the Thajiwas Glacier is by far the most popular tourist destination.
In the evening, we will make our way back to SONAMARG, where we will have dinner and spend the night.
Shankaracharya is a stunning Shiva Temple that can be seen atop the Gopadari Hill in the south-eastern part of Srinagar. Around the year AD 750, when Adi Shankara came to visit this temple, he attained enlightenment while he was there. Yet, according to the indications that are located here, the Octagonal Temple Building dates back to the 5th Century. In addition, the Temple Grounds provide visitors with a stunning panorama over the city of Srinagar.
The Shalimar Garden, also known as the "Abode of Love," is the greatest Mughal Garden in Kashmir. It was constructed in 1616 by Emperor Jehangir for his wife Nur Jahan and is known as the Shalimar Bagh (Garden). This garden in Srinagar, which is located in Jammu and Kashmir, is comprised of four terraces that are stacked over one another and cover a total area of 31 acres.
Nishat Bagh: Nishat Bagh or “Garden of Bliss” or “Garden of Joy” located in Srinagar is the second biggest Mughal Garden in Kashmir. On the western side of Dal Lake, in the year 1633 A.D., Asif Khan, the brother of Empress Noor Jahan, established this garden there. This garden has a stunning water channel that runs right through the centre of the garden as well as a total of 12 terraces, each of which is designed to symbolise one of the Zodiac Signs.
Chashme shahi: Chashma Shahi which means “The Royal Spring”. In the year 1632, Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan was responsible for laying up this garden. The presence of Mountain Spring, which supplies the garden with delicious water throughout the year, is what sets this garden apart from others.
The Pari Mahal, also known as the Fairies' Abode, is a seven-tiered garden that sits atop a hill in the Zabarwan Mountain Range. From this vantage point, one can see both the Dal Lake and the city of Srinagar. It was first constructed by Dara Shiko as a shrine for his Sufi Master Mulla Shah, but it was subsequently converted into an observatory and used for instructing students in astronomy and astrology.
The remainder of the day will be spent exploring the neighbourhood markets in search of Kashmiri dryfruits and several other delicacies.
Dinner and a hotel stay for the night in Srinagar are included in this package.