5 Nights 6 Days
This day we take utmost privilege in cordially welcoming you to experience and explore the holistic delight of Jammu and Kashmir- the heaven on earth. After getting luggage at the airport we proceed to Srinagar. Srinagar is the largest city and the summer capital of the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. It lies in the Kashmir Valley on the banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary of the Indus, and Dal and Anchar lakes. The city is known for its natural environment, gardens, waterfronts and houseboats. Later take a walk around, and feel the surroundings of Dal Lake and do local sightseeing covering the famous Mughal Gardens Nishat Bagh “Abode of Pleasure on the shore of the Dal Lake”, Shalimar Bagh “Abode of Love built by Jahangir for his wife Empress Noor Jehan”, Cheshma Shahi & Pari Mahal. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.
After having breakfast, proceed towards Sonamarg also known as “the Meadows of Gold”, enroute through the picturesque countryside ride where we will come across rolling hills, green forests, clear water streams and blooming rice fields and majestic mountains. It’s a trekker’s heaven, a starting point for many treks, spectacular skies, and snowy mountains, huge lake, strewn with the loveliest Alpine forests. You will gasp in wonderment at the golden light that glints from the snow-capped peaks when lazy sun rays fall on them. You can opt for a pony ride to Thajiwas Glacier (on your own cost) to have some fun in Snow. In the evening drive back to Srinagar and enjoy your dinner and overnight stay at the Hotel.
After Breakfast, you can proceed to Gulmarg, the Meadow of Flowers, 2730 mts above sea level. Gulmarg offers spectacular views of snow capped mountain peaks, conifer forests and green meadows; it is home to the highest 18 hole golf course of the world. It’s a famous Hill station of Jammu & Kashmir and is known for its salubrious beauty and charm. The route is full of Pine trees, Deodars, Amaltas, and Kikar trees flanking the mountain side. It is known for Ski –Resort and The world’s highest 18 –hole Golf course. You can also enjoy GONDOLA RIDE/ CABLE CAR RIDE (at your own cost) . It can take you up to the height of 16, 000 ft. above sea level and will mesmerize you with the glaciers of Khilanmerg and Afarwat. A word of caution, it is cold there so brace you with warm clothes and accessories. If you have a knack for winter sports then you could buckle up for snow skiing, sledging, snow bikes and ATV bikes. In the evening drive back to Srinagar and enjoy your dinner and overnight stay at the Hotel.
After Breakfast, checkout from the hotel and drive to Pahalgam Situated at the confluence of the streams flowing from Sheshnag Lake and the Lidder River, Pahalgam (2,130 m) was once a humble shepherd’s village with breathtaking views. Enroute visiting Saffron fields, Awantipura ruins (1100 yrs old temple of Lord Vishnu built by King Awantivarman), see the beautiful countryside on the way and a lot of rice fields. Drive through pine forests. Now it is Kashmir’s premier resort, cool even during the height of summer when the maximum temperature does not exceed 25°C. Awantipura and the village of Bijbehara which remains famous as the bread basket of Kashmir. Have bridle walks and feed your cameras with the picture of magnificent views of mountains. Dinner and overnight stay at the Hotel in Pahalgam.
After having breakfast, checkout from the Hotel and drive towards Betaab Valley, Aru Valley & Chandanwari (at your own cost – only cars operated by locals are allowed). Witness the striking beauty of mountains. Enjoy walking around Aru Village. A walk along the Lidder stream towards Pahalgam from Aru Village is very highly recommended for Nature Lovers. In the evening drive back to Srinagar. Later check in at Houseboat and proceed for Shikara Ride on Dal Lake; this ride is one of the most soothing, restful aspects of a holiday in Jammu and Kashmir. Visit to floating gardens (raadh) is yet another wonderful experience. A cluster of Lotus flowers amidst the lake is a heavenly sight. Dinner & Overnight stay at a houseboat in Srinagar
After breakfast check-out and proceed to Srinagar Airport to catch the flight for onward destination.