6 Days 5 Night
Arrival in Srinagar airport and transfer to Hotel in cab by our representative. Complete hotel check in. Srinagar, situated at an altitude of 1, 730m, in the heart of the Kashmir valley, spreads out on both sides of the Jhelum River. The valley's beauty has enticed visitors from distant lands and has also been described as Venice of the East. Srinagar bears the hallmark of the Mughal Gardens, Dry fruits and the traditional Kashmiri handicrafts are the other major attractions of the hill resort. If there is a heaven on earth, it's here, it's here, and it’s here in Srinagar. After rest, proceed for Sightseeing tour of Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, with terraced lawns, cascading fountains, with the panorama of the Dal Lake in front of them. The three Mughal Gardens-Chasma shahi, Nishat and Shalimar Bagh are the Mughal Emperors' concept of paradise and are today very popular places for picnics and excursions. In the evening you will visit the Shankaracharya Temple which is located on a sharp hill, 1,000 feet high and houses a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Overnight stay in Srinagar hotel.
After breakfast, proceed for full day trip to Sonamarg (2740 mts) also known as ‘The Meadow of Gold’ or “The Gateway of Ladakh’ is 84 Kms from Srinagar and is surrounded by colourful mountains and thick Pine forests. After a breath-taking journey from Srinagar you come across River Sindh. On arrival hire Ponies for a trip up to Thajiwas glacier. Here you will be fascinated to see Snowy Mountains against a cerculean sky in its backdrop. Slopes and meadows are sparkled with the loveliest of alpine flowers, while the rich forests of fir, sycamore and birch add lush green beauty to the scene. Sonamarg is also an excellent take off point for treks into the mountains and in itself is an ideal camping ground where glaciers pour down from the Himalayas. Sonamarg is also the entry point for the famous Amarnath Cave, a holy site for Hindus. Depending on the season, you can also hire a local union cab if you want to visit to Zero Point i.e. the end point of Kashmir valley and from were Ladakh starts. Later in evening, return to Srinagar hotel & overnight stay.
After breakfast transfer from Srinagar to Gulmarg. Gulmarg (8700 ft i.e. 2652 mts) also known as ‘Meadow of flowers. It is one of the India’s premier Hill resorts. Here, you would be able to find European surroundings and 18-hole Golf Course. Gulmarg today is not merely a mountain resort of exceptional beauty – It also turns into India’s premier Ski resort in winter. On arrival at Gulmarg taxi stand, proceed towards Gandola cable ride, Phase 1 of which, offers ride to the upland meadows of Kongdoongri and Phase 2 to the top of Apharwat Glacier, at a height of 14000 ft for viewing the Himalayan Peaks in summer and for downhill skiing in winter. Later you can visit to Khilanmarg which is a spot for skiing in winters, hire ponies or trek to reach there and enjoy the views of the Kashmir valley and the Himalayan range. Later return back to hotel and overnight stay there.
After breakfast transfer from Srinagar to Pahalgam through National Highway 1A which connects the valley to the rest of the country. Pahalgam is also known as ‘The valley of Shepherds or Trekker’s Paradise’ and offers breath-taking views. It is famous for its valleys, Glaciers and treks. Pahalgam is the most famous place for Indian Film Industry. On the way, visit Pampore Saffron fields, Bijbehara and Apple orchards. Near Bijbehara you will leave the highway and turn to Pahalgam road and drive through Anantnag bypass. On the way you can shop for dry fruits and other interesting items. From here you will enjoy the scenic valley views and the Lidder river flowing through opposite parallel to the road. On arrival, complete check in and as per time available you can walk and explore the nearby areas and also go for Baisaran sightseeing tour on your own, hire ponies or trek to reach there. Overnight stay in Pahalgam.
Today morning after breakfast proceed for Valley sightseeing:-A local cab from taxi union stand is required for covering following sightseeings. You can hire cab as per your preference for sightseeing. You can go to Aru Valley which is a small village, 15 km upstream the Lidder River, the route is picturesque with ample campsites and is also the starting point for treks to Kolahoi glacier. Also visit Chandanwari valley, famous for snow sledding on a snow bridge, and Betaab valley where the famous Bollywood movie Betaab was shot. You can enjoy leisurely walks in pine forest along Lidder River and enjoy picnics on the riverside. You can also go to Amusement park, Deer park, Mahaleshwar temple. Later return back to Srinagar and check in to houseboat and overnight stay.
Depending on your departure timings complete check out from houseboat and then proceed for relaxing shikara ride in Dal Lake and then proceed to depart at the Airport to catch your flights back to home. Tour ends but happy memories of the tour remains.