DESTINATIONS: : Srinagar - Gulmarg - Pahalgam - Srinagar - Departure
A famous thirteenth century Indian poet and scholar Amir Khusro described the beauty of Kashmir thus, “If there is a paradise on earth, it is this, it is this, it is this”. Sir Walter Lawrence in 1895 in his book ‘The Valley Kashmir’ writes “In latitude, Kashmir corresponds with Baghdad and Damascus in Asia, Fez in Morocco and South Carolina in America, but it represents none of the characteristics of these countries. People have linked the climate of Kashmir to that of Switzerland until end of May and Southern France in July and August. But it is impossible to speak of Kashmir as possessing only one climate or group of characteristics. Every hundred feet of elevation brings some new phase of climate and vegetation.” Kashmir is nothing short of awe-inspiring beauty with stunning valleys, spectacular snow-clad mountains, magical meadows, winding rivers, serene lakes, romantic gardens and more thus making Kashmir blessed with nature’s abundance.
1. Get spectacular views of the valleys of Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam.
2. Visit the royal gardens of the Mughals in Srinagar.
3. Enjoy the magnificent vistas of the snow-clad Himalayan peaks as you ride on a Shikara boat on the Dal Lake.
4. Discover ruins of ancient Hindu temples on the way from Gulmarg to Pahalgam.
5. Get sweeping views of the Himalayan valley on a cable car ride in Gulmarg, which is also the highest ropeway cable in the world.
6. Private tour guide for a more personalized experience.
7. Transport in a private chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicle including hotel pick-up and drop-off.
Day 1: Arrive Srinagar
On arrival at Srinagar Airport, our company representative will greet you with a warm welcome and then escort you to your hotel / houseboat in Srinagar. Check-in and relax. Overnight in Srinagar.
Day 2: Srinagar
After breakfast, we’ll guide you to Srinagar sightseeing tour. Srinagar located 5,200 ft, is also known as "Paradise on Earth" and is one of India’s top tourist draws. Explore the famous Mughal Gardens portraying fine example of Mughal style of garden design and architecture. The Mughal gardens are a combination of three renowned gardens developed over a period of time during the seventieth century. The Shalimar bagh (the Abode of Love) - the largest was laid by Emperor Jehangir in 1619, Nishat bagh (the Garden of Pleasure) - a beautiful terraced garden with a backdrop of the beautiful mountains, and the Chashme-Shahi (the Royal Spring) - one of the most charming of the gardens along the banks of the Dal Lake, was laid by emperor Shah Jahan in 1632.
Overnight at hotel in Srinagar.
Day 3: Srinagar - Gulmarg
Breakfast and check-out of the houseboat / hotel and drive to Gulmarg (8,500 ft) popularly known as the "Meadow of Flowers". During summers, it has a functional 18-hole golf course, probably the highest in the world and in winters, a premier Ski resort. Check-in at the hotel, rest for a while and get ready for a Gondola ride, the world’s second highest operating cable car ride that goes up to the height of 13,780 ft. from the base of Mt. Apharwat, which has the Gondola's ticket office.
From here you are ferried to Phase I. You need to take another gondola lift to get to Phase II. The gondola passes over the beautiful pine forests, over lush green hilly terrain offering a panoramic view of the picturesque surroundings.
A short hike of 1.5 km, brings you to Alpather lake, a stunning natural attraction at the foot of the twin Apharwat peaks. It is a picturesque serene water body, triangular in shape, embraced by Rocky Mountains and endless meadows that are covered with wildflowers. Alpather lake is undoubtedly "nature photographer's" delight. If 1.5 km walk does not suit, you can hire a pony to take you to the Alpather lake. Return to the hotel for over-night stay.
Day 4: Gulmarg - Pahalgam
After breakfast, check-out of the hotel and proceed to Pahalgam (7,200 ft.) or "Valley of Shepherds". Pahalgam is a scenic hill station and a popular shooting location for the Indian film Industry (Bollywood). It is also famous for its trekking routes and is the base camp for Amarnath Pilgrimage.
On the way to Pahalgam, you’ll cover places such as the world-famous saffron growing fields, Awantipura ruins (dating to 9th Century) with remnants of number of ancient Hindu temples built during the reign of King Awanti Varman who ruled Kashmir during the 9th century, and Martand Temple (Sun temple).
On arrival in Pahalgam, check-in to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 5: Pahalgam city tour and drive to Srinagar
This day after breakfast, enjoy free time exploring the natural beauty of Pahalgam. Proceed to Chandanwari (9,500 ft), 16 Km from Pahalgam, which is also the starting point of pilgrimage to Amarnath, "the abode of Lord Shiva". Take a horse riding trip to Baisaran meadows (horse ride at own expense). Visit Aru Valley (10 Km from Pahalgam) with fine meadows of picturesque scenery and is the starting point of trekking of Liddarwat, Kolahoi Glacier and Tarsar lake.
After sightseeing in Pahalgam, leave for Srinagar. On reaching Srinagar, check-in to your hotel and stay overnight.
Day 6: Srinagar Airport Drop for Departure
After breakfast, check-out of the hotel and proceed to Srinagar Airport/ Railway station to board the flight / train to your onward journey.