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.
Srinagar (The Summer Capital of Jammu and Kashmir) is world-renowned for its handloom that produces woolen garments and Pashmina shawls. Srinagar also acquaints you with the local handicrafts, glittering copperware, and hand-carved wooden furniture made out of walnut trees. This Beautiful City of Mughal Gardens, Lakes (Dal Lake and Nigeen Lake) and many more beautiful Historical artifacts of the Mughal Era will Spell Bound you and will make you fall in love of this city.
On reaching the city we will proceed for sightseeing. We will cover 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 is the largest Mughal Garden in Kashmir. This garden situated in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir is spread over 31 Acres and has four terraces rising one above the other.
NishatBagh: NishatBagh 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 bank of Dal Lake. This garden has 12 terraces each representing different Zodiac Signs and a beautiful water channel flowing right through it. 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 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 includes Drawing Rooms and Bed Rooms.
Dinner and overnight stay in Houseboat.
After breakfast, we will proceed to Gulmarg. First a small description of Gulmarg.
Gulmarg is a hill resort located at a distance of 52 km 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 the cable car ride. You can enjoy Gondola Ride (Cable Car Ride (Charges will be extra)) which takes you to 12000 Ft.
on Kongdoori Mountain. After enjoying the snow return back to Srinagar by afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay in Srinagar Hotel.
Doodhpathri literally translates to “Valley of Milk” and there is in fact an interesting tale about how this place got named as such. It is said that a famous Kashmiri saint, Sheikh Noor din Noorani, used to pray here. Once he was looking for some water in the meadows to prepare for his prayers; and while doing so, pricked the ground with his stick. The moment he did that, milk came bursting out of the ground. Sheikh Noorani however refused to use milk to wash his hands and face for prayers, saying that milk can and should be used only for drinking. Upon his refusal, milk at once changed its state to water and hence the meadows here got names as Doodhpathri.
After breakfast, we will be traveling to Pahalgam via Pampore (The place where the World Famous Saffron is cultivated) and the town of Awantipora.
Pahalgam: Pahalgam or the Valley of Shepherds is a beautiful hill station situated at a height of 2,740 meters from sea level is at a distance of 95 km from Srinagar. It has a confluence of the streams flowing from the Sheshnag Lake which is situated at a higher altitude and the Lidder River. This place also serves as a starting point for the Holy Amarnath yatra. With the beautiful Lidder river flowing by its side and breathtaking views of the Snow Clad Mountains, Pahalgam is a must-visit place in Kashmir.
On reaching Pahalgam we will explore the Pahalgam Valley which includes visits to
Betaab Valley: Betaab Valley is located at a distance of 15 Kms from Pahalgam and is famous due to numerous films like “Betaab” and “Bobby” which were shot here. This place which was known as “Hajan Valley” was renamed as “Betaab Valley” due to the movie name. Also here you can find a house which is called “Bobby Hut” due to the shooting of the movie “Bobby” done here.
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. (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 Pahalgam. Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel.
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.