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”. The climate of Kashmir has been linked 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. This ‘8 nights and 9 days’ tour will take you through the mesmerizing natural wonders of Kashmir.
On arrival at Delhi international airport, our representative will greet you. After the warm welcome transfer to the hotel and relax. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.
DELHI – SRINAGAR (BY FLIGHT)
After breakfast, check-out and transfer to airport for your flight to Srinagar. On arrival at Srinagar Airport, our company representative will greet you with a warm welcome and then escort you to your Houseboat in Srinagar. Check-in and relax.
In the evening, enjoy a Shikara ride (a traditional Kashmir-style boat) on the Dal Lake. Dinner and overnight stay in Srinagar Houseboat.
After breakfast, you will proceed for Srinagar sightseeing tour. Srinagar (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 seventeenth 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. Visit Shankarayacharya temple, the holiest Hindu shrine of Kashmir. Dinner and overnight stay in Srinagar Houseboat.
SRINAGAR - PAHALGAM (95 KMS./3 HRS. APPROX.)
Breakfast and check-out of the houseboat / hotel and drive 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. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
This day after breakfast, enjoy free time exploring the natural beauty of Pahalgam. Ride Jeep and proceed to Chandanwari (9,500 Ft), which is also the starting point of pilgrimage to Amarnath, "the abode of Lord Shiva". Visit Baisaran meadows, often dubbed as Mini Switzerland’ of India. Also, visit the extremely picturesque Aru Valley and Betaab valley.
Back to hotel by evening. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Pahalgam.
PAHALGAM - GULMARG (140 KMS./4.5 HRS. APPROX.)
After breakfast, check-out 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 visit to Gulmarg Golf course - the highest green golf course anywhere in the world Check-in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.
GULMARG - SONMARG (125 KMS./4.5 HRS APPROX.)
After breakfast in Gulmarg, we’ll embark on a scenic countryside drive to Sonmarg (9,000 Ft), a journey absolutely worth it, as beautiful Himalayan peaks surround you while you chase the snow-capped mountains. On reaching Sonamarg, check-in to your hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Sonmarg.
SONMARAG – SRINAGAR (80 KMS./2 HRS. APPROX.)
After enjoying breakfast, head out to enjoy the natural beauty of Sonmarg. Sonmarg is blessed with world of natural wonders combined with flower-laden meadows, panoramic vistas of the snow-covered Himalayan peaks, and numbers of hiking and trekking trails that lead to the high altitude Himalayan Lakes and peaks. The valley is home to a variety of mountain peaks. In Sonmarg, you can do some nature walks to unwind yourselves. Take a Jeep OR Horse ride to Thajwas Glacier- from where you can view high altitude Himalayan lakes and peaks.
After lunch, set course for Srinagar. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Srinagar.
SRINAGAR – DELHI (BY FLIGHT)
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and proceed to Srinagar Airport to board a flight to Delhi.
On arrival, take internal transit to reach international terminal to board your international flight.
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