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Delightful Kashmir (Srinagar – Sonmarg – Pahalgam – Gulmarg)

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Delightful Kashmir



Srinagar – Sonmarg – Pahalgam – Gulmarg. (7N/ 8D)



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Day 1

Arrival at Srinagar Airport & Transfer to Hotel/ Houseboat at Srinagar (1585 mts/ 5200 ft). Unwind, Shikara ride on Dal lake in the late afternoon, Visit char chinar in the middle of the lake, floating gardens & vegetable market, evening free at leisure for strolling at Boulevard by the famous Dal lake. O/n Houseboat, or Hotel at Srinagar.

Day 2

Distance – 30 Km, Journey & Sight-seeing Time – approximately 5 hrs.
After Breakfast, Visit Mughal Gardens. Shart with Chashme-Shahi followed by Nishat Bagh (Abode of pleasure) built by Asif Khan brother in law of Jehangir in 1632 AD and Shalimar Bagh (Abode of love) built by Jehangir for his wife Empress Noor Jehan. Gardens provide splendid picture perfect view of Dal Lake with backdrop of snow clad Zabarwan Mountains. Proceed to famous Shankaracharya temple on a hillock and Hazratbal mosque which houses a hair of the prophet Muhammad. Explore local market in the evening. O/n Hotel or Houseboat.

Day 3

Distance – 90 Km, Journey & Sight-seeing Time – approximately 7 hrs.
Early Check out after Breakfast and drive to Sonamarg (2800 mts/ 9200 ft), north-east of Srinagar is called ‘meadow of Gold’. Nestled within the imposing Himalayan peaks, it presents yet another spectacular facet of country side in Kashmir. Snowy mountains against clear blue, the Indus meanders along here and abounds with trout, fishing enthusiasts can have wonderful time here. Once the road to Sonamarg opens up by the end April, the visitors can have access to snow which is furnished all over like a white carpet. Ponies can be hired for the trip up to Thajiwas glacier a major attraction during the summer months where snow lasts through summers. Relish the beauty of the place & explore this quiet little town. O/n Hotel at Sonmarg.

Day 4

Distance – 175 Km, Journey & Sight-seeing Time – approximately 8 hrs.
After breakfast drive to Pahalgam (2130 mts/ 7050 ft). Pahalgam meaning ‘Valley of the Shepherds’ is three hours drive which takes you through world famous Saffron fields of Pampore and Awantipura ruins (1100 years old temple of Lord Vishnu built by King Awantiwareman), Enjoy the views of lush green lovely countryside and thick forests on mountain slopes. Reach Pahalgam by afternoon, Check in Hotel. In the afternoon sightseeing of 11th century old Mamleshwar temple and Club Park. Evening free to walk around and explore on your own. O/n Hotel at Pahalgam.

Day 5

Distance – 35 Km, Journey & Sight-seeing Time – approximately 6 hrs.
Relaxed morning. Breakfast. Drive to Aru, a tourist spot 11 kms upstream Lidder River. Noted for its scenic meadows, lakes and mountains, it is a base camp for trekking to the Kolhoi Glacier, the largest glacier in Kashmir valley and Tarsar Lake. The beautiful village of Aru (2414 mts/ 7920 ft) dotted with wooden house lies of the left bank of the Aru River, which is a tributary of the Lidder River. Take a pony ride to Baisarn meadows and Dhabyan view point for the magnificant views of Lidder valley. In the evening, you can opt for River Rafting session or try your hand on trout fishing with help of local guides. O/n Hotel.

Day 6

Distance – 140 Km, Journey & Sight-seeing Time – approximately 5 hrs.
After Breakfast, Set off for a long but beautiful drive to Gulmarg. After Tangmarg, the climb to Gulmarg begins through fir-covered hillsides. The view en route provides fascinating panorama of snow covered mountains. Reach Gulmarg by late afternoon. Afterwards, Walk down to visit 110 years old St Mary's Church which looks like a countryside chapel built in Victorian style and Rani temple which is actually a Shiva temple situated in the middle of Gulmarg meadow, is visible from almost every point of this beautiful town. The temple was actually built by erstwhile ruler of Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh’s wife Rani Mohini Bai. Evening free to stroll around and explore on your own. O/n Hotel at Gulmarg.

Day 7

After Breakfast, leave for sightseeing of Gulmarg- which is rightly called 'meadow of flowers'. This picturesque mountain resort town is 2653 mts/ 8700 ft above sea level and is famed for its 18 hole golf course and Gondola ride up to Mt. Affarwat (4200 mts/ 13780 ft). It's a beautiful saucer shaped valley girdled with poplars. In the winters this is a paradise for skiing and snow related sports. One has the option to hike back to Gulmarg from halfway Gondola ride while coming back from Mt Affarwat. Get off Gondola at second phase to visit breathtakingly beautiful Khilanmarg. Hike back to Kongdoori, get into Gondola to return to Gulmarg. Evening free at leisure. O/n stay at Gulmarg.

Day 8

Distance – 50 Km, Transfer Time – approximately 2 hrs. After an early Breakfast, drive back to Srinagar and take flight back to Delhi.


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