Cradled in the lap of majestic mountains of the Himalayas, Kashmir is the most beautiful place on earth. The state of Jammu & Kashmir is rightly called ‘Paradise’. It is situated right at the top most part of the country and if Mother India is a ‘Queen’, then Jammu & Kashmir surely looks like the ‘Crown’ on her head. From sun-kissed mountains, lush green valleys, beautiful gardens, to blue lakes, the state of Jammu and Kashmir has it all.
DAY 1: Arrive in Srinagar
On arrival in Srinagar, you will be met and assisted by our representative and transferred to your pre booked hotel. In the evening enjoy a romantic Shikara ride on the Dal Lake. Overnight in Srinagar.
DAY 02: In Srinagar
After breakfast, proceed on a city tour visiting the Shankracharya Temple situated atop a hill referred to as Takht-e-Suleiman. It is believed that Raja Gopadatya got the temple constructed in 371 BC. The great philosopher saint Shankaracharya is supposed to have stayed here when he visited Kashmir to revive Sanatan Dharma. This led to the renaming of the temple as the Shankracharya temple.
Later visit the famous Mughal Gardens - Chasmashahi, Nishat and Shalimar (Closed on Friday). These gardens were where Mughal emperors once relaxed with their queens and even today are popular picnic spots.
Evening free for independent activities. Overnight in Srinagar.
DAY 03: Srinagar to Pahalgam
This day, after breakfast, you will depart for Pahalgam (97 kms / approx. 3 hour drive). Pahalgam, the ‘valley of shepherds’ is situated at the confluence of the streams flowing from the River Lidder and Sheshnag Lake. En routto stop to visit the Awantipura Ruins, a 1100 year old temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and built by King Awantivarman.
On arrival into Pahalgam, check into your hotel and enjoy the surrounding beauty. Pahalgam is an amazing, scenic area of natural beauty. Rest of the day free for independent activities. Overnight in Pahalgam.
DAY 04: In Pahalgam
After breakfast you can hire a Taxi to visit Aru a beautiful shaded valley through which flows the Lidder river. After lunch, proceed on a visit to Chandanwari which is the starting point of the Amarnath Yatra, which takes place every year in the month of Sawan (Rain). It is famous for snow sledging on a snow bridge. At Chandanwari, the Sheshnag river is captivating with its sheer force and clear waters.
Overnight in Pahalgam.
DAY 05: Pahalgam to Gulmarg
After breakfast, depart for Gulmarg (150 kms / approx. 4 hrs drive). On arrival, check into your hotel. Gulmarg's legendry beauty, its prime location and proximity to Srinagar makes it one of the premier hill resort of the country. The Meadow of flowers, 2652 meters above sea level, is fringed by gigantic Fir and Pine forests with crisp mountain air and snow capped mountains.
Take a Gondola ride to Afarwat Hills on the Gulmarg Gondola (at own cost) which is supposed to be Asia's longest and highest cable car project.
Overnight in Gulmarg.
DAY 06: Gulmarg to Sonamarg
This day, after breakfast, you will depart for the ‘Meadow of Gold’, Sonamarg (116 kms / approx. 3 hours drive). The drive to Sonamarg is a spectacular facet of countryside in Kashmir. Rich forests of silver fir, sycamore, and birch abound in the area. The green Sonamarg forms the divide between Kashmir and Ladakh, two completely different worlds.
On arrival, check into your pre booked hotel. You can opt for a pony ride (at own cost) to the Thajiwas glacier for some fun in the snow and ice. Return to your hotel in evening. Overnight in Sonamarg.
DAY 07: Sonamarg to Srinagar
After breakfast, proceed back to Srinagar (80 kms / approx 1 hr 30 mins drive). On arrival, check into your pre booked deluxe houseboat on Dal Lake. In the afternoon, visit the `Floating Gardens` and `Char Chinar` by Shikara on Dal Lake. Char Chinar is a small but beautiful island where four Chinar Trees supposed to have been planted by Emperor Akbar, still stand.
Overnight in Houseboat in Srinagar.
DAY 08: Depart Srinagar
Today you bid farewell to your ‘Enchanting Kashmir’ tour as you are transferred to the Airport or Railway Station for your journey back home.
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