BEST OF KASHMIR TRIP
Duration: - 09 Nights 10 Days
Places Covered: - Srinagar, Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Yushmarg, Sonmarg
On this tour to Kashmir you have a wonderful opportunity to see and explore the beauty of some exciting tourism destinations that include Srinagar, Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Yusmarg, Manasbal & Sonamarg. These entire and extansive tourism destinations are amazingly beautiful and provide you a wonderful opportunity to see and explore some exciting attractions and refresh in the scintillating beauty of nature. Truly you will have wonderful time exploring the charm and magnificence of these favored destinations that are one of its kinds, unique, fascinating, charming, astonishing and more of all with the essence of beauty at par.
Day 01: Arrive in Srinagar:
On your arrival at the Srinagar Airport, you will be welcomed by our representative who will assist and escort you to your waiting vehicle. From the airport it is a 35 minutes drive through the heart of New Srinagar city. The drive takes you past the Abdullah bridge which connects the banks of the Jehlum river, snaking its way towards the North-Western frontier of Kashmir. We arrive at the hotel / houseboat and check in. Later we will go on a 02 hrs shikara ride in the lake. This boat ride glides you past some wonderful vegetable gardens and aquatic life. Dinner and Overnight in hotel.
Day 02: In Srinagar: Local sightseeing – Half a day:
Today we will do some half a day of local sightseeing that includes a visit to the famous Mughal gardens of Nishat and Shalimar. Built in between a period of 14 years the two gardens are a heritage left behind by the erstwhile Mughals, whose taste for laying exquisite gardens was fascinating. With a backdrop of the sprawling Zabarwan mountains, the gardens boast of green turfs, blooming flowers and cascading water fountains. We will explore the gardens and later drive back to the hotel.
Day 03: Srinagar to Gulmarg: (63 kilometers / 2 hrs drive):
After breakfast in the morning, we will begin our country tour towards Gulmarg. The drive past colorful villages and rice fields, gives you an insight of the rich cultural past of Kashmir. We arrive at a small picturesue market town of Tangmarg and drive ahead on a scenic drive of 14 kilometers to Gulmarg. We arrive in Gulmarg early in the afternoon and check in at the hotel. Later we will begin a short tour around the meadow familarising ourselves with the beauty. In Gulmarg we will board the Gondola cable car system, and ascend towards the Afarwatt Mountain range. The 08 minutes of ropeway will take you past colorful shepherd hutments to the lower ridge of the Afarwatt peak. From here you can click lots of photos of the nearby mountain ranges that stand tall like sentinels guarding the rich natural beauty of Kashmir valley. We descend back to Gulmarg base after an hour or so and later do some horse-riding to the strawberry valley. We will stay at the hotel for overnight.
Day 04: Gulmarg:
Full day free to spend in Gulmarg. You can enjoy gondola ride on direct cost basis. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 05: Gulmarg – Yushmarg:
After a hearty breakfast in the morning we will board our vehicle and drive through the Historic Lal Chowk towards the bye pass. We will crossover the bypass road and begin an exciting two hours journey to a place relatively unknown for the outside world. The Drive to Yusmarg takes you across grassy meadows, ringed by forests of pine, and towering beyond them, the awesome and majestic snow clad mountains. On your arrival in Yusmarg you can take all kind of walks across the rolling meadows which sometimes resemble its twin resort of Gulmarg. You can also stroll along the flower strewn meadows towards the mighty river froths of the Doodh Ganga. Yusmarg is ringed by several notable peaks incluing Tata-Kuti and Sang Safed. About 3 kilometers below Yusmarg a historical and religious place will be visited where stands the tomb of Sheikh Nu-Ud-Din who is still revered by both muslims and Hindus from time bygone. Overnight stay in resort in Yushmarg.
Day 06: Yushmarg - Pahalgam:
We will begin our trip towards Pahalgam and drive on the National Highway 1A. This road connects the Valley to the rest of the country. We drive past the saffron fields of Pampore, the marvellous ruins of Avantipura and the village of Bijbehara which remains famous as the bread basket of Kashmir. You can even sample a few exotic breads sold by vendors near the road. We switch the the national highway at Khanabal and drive through the second largest city of Anantnag. From here the road turns scenic as we drive parallel on the Lidder river flowing from the opposite direction. In Pahalgam we check in at the hotel and later do some nature walks to unwind ourselves. You can also opt to spend your half a day of sightseeing by driving to the picturesque Chandanwari and Betaab valley or ride by horseback across the wildlife sanctuary towards Baisaran meadows. After your return from the beautiful meadows you will spend the night at the hotel.
Day 07: Pahalgam:
Day free to spend in Pahalgam. Enjoy the nature scenes and beauty of the valley. Overnight in Pahalgam.
Day 08: Gulmarg to Srinagar:
We will spend the afternoon in Gulmarg, going for some small tours around the meadow and later drive back to Srinagar in the evening. On arrival in Srinagar we will transfer to the hotel for overnight stay
Day 10: Srinagar to Sonamarg – Srinagar:
We begin our second day with a sumptous breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast we will drive to the majestic mountain resort of Sonamarg. The route towards Sonamarg takes us on a picturesque country side drive where we will come across rolling hills, green forests, clear water streams and blooming rice fields. We will zoom past the town of Kangan which handles all the local needs of this region. From Kangan, we will drive towards Mammar, famous for its trout farm and stopover for a warm cup of tea before we head towards Sonamarg. We will once again alight from our vehicles at the tourist spot of Gagangir. The spot is built in the middle of the river Sindh and looks like an island with snow glaciers covering one or the other spot. In Sonamarg we will take a 3 hour walk or horseback trip to the Thajwass glacier. After our return we will visit the small town market for some snacks or just pay a visit observing the local people going with their daily routine. We will drive back to Srinagar in the evening and transfer to the hotel for our overnight stay.
Day 11: Departure from Srinagar:
Early in the morning right after breakfast you will be transferred to your waiting vehicle in which you will be traveling onboard to the airport for your flight home.