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.
Arrive before 12 PM.
After arrival at Srinagar Airport we will be travelling to Pahalgam via Pampore (world famous Saffron is cultivated here) and town of Awantipora. We will reach Pahalgam by evening.
Pahalgam: Pahalgam or the Valley of Shepherds is a beautiful hill station situated at height of 2,740 meters from sea level is at a distance 95 Kms from Srinagar. It has a confluence of the streams flowing from the Sheshnag Lake which is situated at a higher altitude and Lidder River. This place also serves as starting point for the Holy Amarnath Yatra. With the beautiful Lidder river flowing by its side and breath taking views of the Snow Clad Mountains, Pahalgam is a must visit place in Kashmir.
Overnight stay in Pahalgam.
Betaab Valley: Betaab Valley located at a distance of 15 Kms from Pahalgam and is famous because of the film shooting of movies like ‘Betaab’ and ‘Bobby'. This place which was known as ‘Hajan Valley’ was renamed as ‘Betaab Valley’ due to the movie name. Here you can find a house which is called as ‘Bobby Hut’ that was shown in the movie Bobby.
Chandanwari: Situated 16-km from Pahalgam, Chandanwari is the starting point of the Amarnath Yatra, which takes place every year in the month of Sawan (July/August). (Separate Vehicle at Extra Cost)
Other places to see in Pahalgam are River Rafting Point, National Park as well as a horse riding trip to Baisaran Meadows. (At your own cost)
Then we will proceed to Srinagar. On reaching Srinagar we will proceed for sightseeing of 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 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, 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 the Floating Homes and a best option to unwind and experience the old world charm of Kashmir. This Intricately Carved Wood Panelled House Boats are like a Self Sufficient Homes which includes Drawing Rooms and Bed Rooms.
Overnight stay in House boat in Dal Lake.
After breakfast we will proceed Gulmarg. First a small description of Gulmarg.
Gulmarg is a hill resort located at distance of 52 Kms from Srinagar. This Ski Resort was established in the year 1927 by the Britishers. Gulmarg is not merely a mountain resort of exceptional beauty but also the country's premier ski resort. Gulmarg is Famous for its Gondola (Asia’s Highest and Longest Cable Car) which can ferry about 600 people per hour and is also the highest lift-served ski resort in the world providing a downhill ski run of 5.2 km from a height of 14,000 ft in the Apharwat range.
After reaching Gulmarg proceed for cable car ride. You can enjoy Gondola Ride (Cable Car Ride) which takes you to 12000 Ft. on Kongdoori Mountain. After enjoying in the snow return back to Srinagar by afternoon. Dinner.
Overnight stay in Srinagar.
After breakfast we will proceed to Sonmarg, this place is renowned for trekking and hiking trails.
Sonmarg: Sonamarg or Sonmarg, located at a hefty altitude of 2,740 m above sea level, literally means 'Meadow of Gold'. The picturesque natural beauty of the region brought this name to Sonmarg. Sonmarg, a town surrounded by breath taking glaciers and serene lakes, is a snow covered beautiful flower-laden meadow in the majestic Himalayan mountain region. Sonmarg in the Kashmir valley is the gateway to Ladakh and situated just before the Zojii La pass.
Arrive at Sonmarg by afternoon and proceed for local sightseeing which includes visit Thajiwas Glaciar.
Thajiwas Glacier: Thajiwas Glaciar is situated at a distance of 3 Kilometers from Sonmarg. Here you can choose to go on foot or Horseback. This place will give you a real experience of a glacier which is situated 3000 meters above sea level. On the way you can enjoy shining frozen lake with greenery scattered all over the surrounding mountains. This place is famous with trekking enthusiast and all those who want to enjoy sledging on the snow. Thajiwas Glacier is the most visited place in Sonmarg.
Evening return back to Srinagar.
Overnight stay at Srinagar.
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.