Best of Kashmir - * Ex - Srinagar 06 Days / 05 Nights
Srinagar | Pahalgam
197 (Without Airfare)
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Welcome to your 'Best of Kashmir' tour! On arrival at the airport in Srinagar, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
The rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities.
Overnight in Srinagar.
None (meals on your own)
In Srinagar | Excursion to Sonmarg (82 km / approx. 3 hours drive)
Today, embark on a full day excursion tour to Sonmarg; admirably known as the 'meadow of gold'. It is an alpine valley situated on the bank of Nallah Sindh River at an elevation of 2,800 metres above sea level. Sindh River indulges you in an activity of fishing especially during summers. This river bed is a popular breeding ground for trout and mahseer fishes. An optional ride on a pony (on direct payment basis) is sure to delight you as you are carried around the snow.
Transfer back to the hotel in Srinagar.
The evening is at leisure.
Overnight in Srinagar. (B)
Srinagar | Excursion to Gulmarg (52 km / approx. 2 hours drive)
This morning, proceed to Gulmarg. The beautiful town of Gulmarg is bordered by picturesque villages, willow trees, fast flowing streams and lush green meadows. Gulmarg - 'Meadow of Flowers' offers a spectacular view of towering snow capped peaks, covered with dense forests of tall conifers, gigantic firs and pine trees.
The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in Srinagar. (B)
On to Pahalgam (97 km / approx. 3 hours drive)
Today, proceed towards Pahalgam, the 'Valley of Shepherds' which is situated at the confluence of the streams flowing from the River Lidder and Sheshnag Lake, en route visit the Awantipura Ruins.
The ancient township of Awantipura founded by King Awantiwarman (855-883 AD) is renowned for the impressive ruins of the two temple complexes he built here in the 9th century namely Awantisvamin, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and Avantisvara, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Both the temples reflect Greek style of architecture.
On arrival, check in to the hotel.
The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this popular tourist destination.
Overnight in Pahalgam. (B)
On to Srinagar (97 km / approx. 3 hours drive)
This morning, after breakfast drive to Srinagar. On arrival, check in to thehouseboat.
In the afternoon, proceed on a sightseeing tour of Srinagar visiting places like the Shankaracharya Temple, Chashme Shahi gardens, Shalimar Gardens and Nishat Bagh.
Shankaracharya Temple, situated at a height of about 1,100 ft. on a hilltop on the southeast of the city, offers splendid views of the valley and the snow-capped mountains of the Pir Panjal range. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is believed that this Hindu temple was built in 371 BC, making it one of the oldest in the valley of Kashmir.
Chashme Shahi, an ancient garden established in 1632 by Emperor Shah Jahan, is considered to be one of the smallest Mughal gardens in Srinagar. Divided into three different sections with an aqueduct, waterfalls and fountains, it provides magnificent views of the Himalayas and the Dal Lake.
Shalimar Gardens (also known as garden of love), situated 15 km from Srinagar, is one of the most popular Mughal gardens in the city. It has four terraces, rising one above the other, fitted with fountains and chinar (sycamore) trees.
Nishat Garden is situated on the banks of the picturesque Dal Lake, with the Zabarwan Mountains forming its backdrop. Also known as the garden of bliss, it was laid out in 1633 by Asaf Khan, the elder brother of Nur Jahan. Designed in Persian style, this is a 12-terrace garden interspersed with fountains, colourful flowerbeds and lush green lawns.
Later, enjoy a tranquil ride on the Shikara at Dal lake.
Overnight in Srinagar. (B, L, D)
Today, bid farewell to your 'Best of Kashmir' tour, as you are transferred from houseboat to the airport in Srinagar for your onward journey.
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