Arrive at Srinagar – Local Visit 50kms (Mughal Gardens)
Get welcomed and greeted by our rep/driver upon arrival at Srinagar Airport. Drive to the hotel. Spend the first half of the day touring the renowned Mughal Gardens comprising Shalimar Garden, Nishat Garden and Cheshma Shahi. Enjoy the Shikara ride late evening on Dal Lake up to 1 hour.
Situated on the banks of the famous Dal lake with Mt.Zaberwain as its background. Nishat Bagh, is ostensibly the most delightful garden that lends a splendid sight of the lake below the snow-ladden Pir Panjal, the largest range of the lower Himalayas. The Bagh was ideated and constructed in 1633 by general Asif Khan, elder brother of queen Noor Jehan.
The Shalimar Gardens in Kashmir was held in high esteem by the Mughal rulers. The Mughal Emperor Jahangir was very much mesmerised by the beauty of the ‘bagh’ or garden, describing it as “one of the wonders of the Kashmir valley”. It is situated on the north-east of the Dal lake at a distance of 15km from the heart of Srinagar city. It was built by Emperor Salim or Jahangir as Farah Baksh (“the delightful”) in 1619, while giving form to the present-day Srinagar city.
Cheshma Shahi (the royal spring), also known as Chashma Shahi, is another ravishing beauty of a garden, built by Ali Mardan, the governor of Emperor Shahjahan in 1632. Built around a lovely spring, the Cheshma Shahi is situated in the Zaberwan Range close to the Governor’s residence or Rajbhawan.
Travel from Srinagar to Sonmarg (168kms)
Sonmarg (2800m above the sea level) meaning ‘meadow of gold’ has the snow-capped mountain ranges as its backdrop against the cyanic skies. The Sindh wanders along here, and is abundantly filled with trout and mahseer; put your best bait to catch snow trout in the main river. Get unbridled access to snow which is spread all over like an extravagantly thick white carpet. Hire ponies for the trip up to Thajwas glacier, a main tourist destination during the summers. Return to Srinagar in the evening. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Srinagar – Pahalgom (also Pahalgam – 96kms)
Pahalgam (Valley of Shepherds) is located at an altitude of 2440m above sea level enroute Saffron fields, Avantipur ruins. Some of Bollywood’s best movies were filmed at Pahalgam. The calm and serene nature of Pahalgam is invigorating. Overnight hotel stay in Pahalgam.
Enjoy the full day to tour Pahalgam including the Chandanwari & Aru Valley and Betaab Valley in Pahalgam (Direct payment basis)
Betaab Valley, surrounded by fertile green plains and snow-covered mountains dotted with dense vegetation, is a popular tourist destination located at a distance of 15km from Pahalgam valley. Interestingly, the valley got its name after the Bollywood hit film, “Betaab”, starring Sunny Deol and Amrita Singh. The valley lies towards the north-east of Pahalgam between Chandanwari and Pahalgam on the way to Amarnath Temple Yatra.
Situated around 12km from Pahlagam and 11km upstream from the River Lidder, Aru is popular for its picturesque meadows, scintillating mountains and quiet lakes. It serves as a base camp for trekking to the Tarsar Lake and Kolhoi Glacier. The village is located on the left bank of the River Aru, a branch of the River Lidder.
Chandwari is separated by 16km from Pahalgam. It is the very place from which the annual Amarnath Yatra event starts in the month of Sawan or rain. It is popular all over for adventure activities like snow sledging on a snow bridge formed by snow drift.
Pahalgam – Gulmarag (also Gulmarg – 152kms)
Breakfast followed by a drive from Pahalgam to Gulmarg. Gulmarg or “Meadow of Flowers”, 2730m above the sea level, is a town and hill station, popular as a skiing destination during the winter season. It is popular the world over for its “Gulmarg Gondola”, a high altitude cable. Night stay at the hotel in Gulmarag.
Travel from Gulmarag – Srinagar
After breakfast, proceed to Srinagar (journey of 2 hours). Spend the afternoon for shopping and other personal activities. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Return to Airport
Arrival in time at the Srinagar airport to take the return flight back home.
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