Srinagar – Gulmarg – Pahalgam (7 nights and 8 days)
Kashmir is an important tourist destination of India and rightly called as Heaven or Paradise on Earth. Its sprawling mountainous landscape, scenic visits, blue lakes and peaceful ambience is indescribable but the essence can be felt greatly. It also has an eventful history. Located in the northernmost region of India, it is home to numerous gardens and placid lakes. There are many tourist attractions in Kashmir that will simply leave you awe-inspired during your visit to this Paradise.
Day 01 :
Arrive Srinagar - the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir and the largest city in the Kashmir region is the gateway to the Heavenly Kashmir. On arrival you will be met, assisted and transferred to the hotel. In the evening, proceed for a traditional Shikhara ride on Dal or Nagin lake. Also, witness walnut woodcarving and Paper Machie products which are quite unique to Kashmir with colourful motifs and designs on them. Overnight stay in Srinagar.
Day 02 :
Today morning after breakfast, proceed for a half-day tour of Srinagar. Visit the Mughal Gardens which have terraced lawns, cascading fountains, paint-box-bright flowerbeds and the panorama of the Dal Lake in front of them. Nishat Bagh - situated on the banks of the Dal Lake, with the Zabarwan Mountains as its backdrop, this 'garden of bliss' commands a magnificent view of the lake and the snow capped Pir Panjal mountain range which stands far away to the west of the valley. Also visit Shalimar Bagh. This Mughal garden was built by Emperor Jahangir for his Empress Noor Jehan. Thereafter visit a carpet-weaving factory. Overnight stay in Srinagar.
Day 03 :
This day after breakfast, drive to Sonmarg (82kms/2.5hrs one way) for a full day excursion. As the name suggests, Sonmarg is the meadow of gold and a trekker’s heaven. It also has adventurous routes with beautiful green water and lakes around. Spend the day in the valley streamed with flower and surrounded by mountains. Evening return back to Srinagar. Overnight stay in Srinagar.
Day 04 :
This morning, after breakfast, proceed to Pahalgam – the valley of shepherds. Drive through Saffron fields, visit Awantipura ruins (1100 years old temple of Lord Vishnu built by King Awantiwareman). Drive through the pine forest and along Lidder River. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Pahalgam.
Day 05 :
This day at leisure. Enjoy the breathtaking views of this beautiful place. Overnight stay in Pahalgam.
Day 06 :
Today morning, drive to Gulmarg (155kms / 3.5hrs) – Meadow of Flowers. Gulmarg has one of the best Ski slopes in the world and highest golf course of the world with 18 holes. On a clear day one can also view the Nanga Parbhat. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Gulmarg.
Day 07 :
This day at leisure. One can indulge in activities like golfing, sledging, and horse riding (best enjoyed in summer season). Overnight stay in Gulmarg.
Day 08 :
This morning after breakfast, you will be driven back to Srinagar and transferred to the airport for your flight to onward destination with unforgettable memories of “Heavenly Kashmir”.