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 that 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.
Day 1: Srinagar to Pahalgam
Day 2: Pahalgam to Srinagar
Day 3: Srinagar to Gulmarg to Srinagar
Day 4: Srinagar to Sonamarg to Srinagar
Day 5: Departure from Srinagar
Reach Srinagar airport by 12 PM and meet your driver/guide.
Depart from Srinagar and embark on a scenic drive to Pahalgam, approximately 95 kilometers away.
Enjoy the breathtaking views of the countryside as you pass through picturesque villages and pine-covered hills.
Upon arriving at Pahalgam Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Lidder River, soaking in the tranquility of the surroundings.
Indulge in delicious local cuisine at one of the charming restaurants in Pahalgam.
Purchase souvenirs, traditional handicrafts, and local products as mementos of your visit to Pahalgam.
Spend the evening at your own pace, perhaps taking in the starry sky or engaging in a cultural exchange with the locals.
Travel Distance: 95 KM || 3 hrs
Stay: Pahalgam (Hotel - 3 Sharing)
After breakfast, set out to explore more of Pahalgam's attractions.
Visit the stunning Aru Valley, situated at an altitude of 2,408 meters. Marvel at its meandering streams, lush meadows, and panoramic vistas.
Engage in adventurous activities like horse riding or a short trek in the valley, immersing yourself in the untouched beauty of the region.
Visit the magnificent Betaab Valley, named after a Bollywood film, known for its lush green meadows, snow-capped peaks, and crystal-clear streams.
Capture some memorable photographs and immerse yourself in the serene ambiance of this natural wonder.
Continue your exploration with a visit to the picturesque Chandanwari. This starting point of the annual Amarnath Yatra offers breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks and cascading waterfalls.
Take a leisurely walk around Chandanwari, breathing in the crisp mountain air and admiring the scenic landscapes.
Note: For Aru Valley, Betaab Valley & Chandanwari sightseeing local vehicle has to be taken since outside vehicles are not allowed.
After the Pahalgam sightseeing, we will proceed to Srinagar. On reaching Srinagar we will proceed sightseeing in the following places:
Shalimar Garden: Shalimar Bagh (Garden) or the 'Abode of Love' was built by Emperor Jehangir for his wife Nur Jahan in 1616. It is the largest Mughal Garden in Kashmir.
This garden is spread over 31 Acres and has four terraces rising one above the other.
Nishat Bagh: Nishat Bagh or ‘Garden of Bliss’ or ‘Garden of Joy’ situated in Srinagar is the second largest Mughal Garden in Kashmir.
This garden was laid down by Asif Khan, brother of Empress Noor Jahan in 1633 AD on the banks of Dal Lake.
This garden has 12 terraces each representing different Zodiac Signs and a beautiful water channel flowing right in the middle of the garden.
Then we will take a Shikara (Boat) Ride in Dal Lake. This Shikara Ride which will be done for one hour is one of a kind experience. Here during this ride, while relaxing in a beautiful Shikara you can admire the peaks surrounding Srinagar, watch the Dal Lake Coast, indulge in some shopping in Shikara, and visit Nehru Park, Lotus Garden, and Char Chinar Island. Here you can have a quick Photo Stop and take a Snap dressed in traditional Kashmiri Attire. Then we will check in a beautiful House Boat. House Boats or Floating Homes and the best option to unwind and experience the old-world charm of Kashmir. These Intricately Carved Wood Panelled House Boats are like Self Sufficient Homes which include Drawing Rooms and Bed Rooms.
Travel Distance: 150 KM || 4 to 5 hrs
Stay: Srinagar (House Boat 3 Sharing)
After breakfast Depart from Srinagar and embark on a scenic drive to Gulmarg, approximately 56 kilometers away.
Enjoy the picturesque views of the countryside as you ascend towards the hill station.
Head to the Gulmarg Gondola, one of the highest cable car systems in the world which takes you to 12000 Ft. on Kongdoori Mountain. Enjoy a thrilling ride to Phase 1 or even Phase 2, depending on weather conditions and your preference.
Once at the top, soak in the breathtaking panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains and lush green meadows.
If you're interested in adventure sports, you can try skiing, snowboarding, or sledding (subject to season and availability). Gulmarg is a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts.
Head to Srinagar and Checkin to Hotel in Srinagar
Travel Distance: 120 KM || 3 to 4 hrs
Stay: Srinagar (Hotel 3 Sharing)
After an early breakfast at your hotel in Srinagar, meet your driver/guide and begin your journey to Sonamarg, approximately 80 kilometers away.
Enjoy the scenic drive as you pass through breathtaking landscapes, quaint villages, and the iconic Sindh River.
Arrive in Sonamarg, also known as the "Meadow of Gold," nestled in the mesmerizing Himalayas.
Explore the picturesque town and soak in the serene ambiance of the surroundings.
Visit Thajiwas Glacier, a popular tourist attraction located around 3 kilometers from Sonamarg. Take a pony ride or a short trek to witness the stunning glacier, surrounded by snow-covered peaks.
Enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the stunning natural beauty of Sonamarg. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the meadows and take in the breathtaking views around you.
If time permits and you're up for an adventure, you can opt for additional activities like horse riding or hiking in the surrounding areas.
Depart from Sonamarg and head back to Srinagar.
En route, make a stop at the picturesque Nilagrad River, known for its reddish color, which is believed to have curative properties. Take a moment to relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of the river.
Return to Srinagar and spend some time exploring the city's local markets, where you can shop for traditional handicrafts, spices, and souvenirs.
Enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant, savoring the flavors of Kashmiri cuisine.
Travel Distance: 160 KM || 4 to 5 hrs
Stay: Srinagar (Hotel 3 Sharing)
You can book your return flight after 12 PM. We will be dropping you at the airport by 9 AM
After breakfast, we will proceed to Srinagar Airport for departure. We leave with a heavy heart as the golden days of the tour come to an end. Let’s stay in touch with each other through email, phone, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and meet again on more such wonderful tours. We wish you a happy, healthy, and wonderful life ahead.