Day 1 :
Arrival at Srinagar Airport and transfer to the hotel. In the evening Boat ride “Shikara” around Dal Lake. Overnight at the Hotel.
Srinagar is the Summer Capital of the Indian State of Jammu & Kashmir & is the pride of the beautiful valley of Kashmir. Srinagar is located in the western part of the state of Jammu & Kashmi & lies on the banks of the Jhelum River. It is the largest city in the state. The City is famous for its gardens, Lakes and houseboats. If is also well known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts & dry fruits.
Day 02 :
After Breakfast, proceed for City Tour of Srinagar visiting
The Nishat Bagh is another lovely garden with its 12 terraces representing the 12 signs of the zodiac, which descend gradually and seem to almost merge into the lake. It is situated on the banks of world famous Dal Lake in the backdrop of Zabarwan hills. With its flowerbeds, trees, fountains, the Nishat presents a dramatic sight. The gardens were designed in 1633 by Asaf Khan, brother of Nur Jahan, and follow the same pattern as the Shalimar gardens with a polished stone channel running down the centre and a series of terraces. It's the largest of the Mughal gardens measuring 548 metres by 338 metres, and often the most crowed. The walks beside the channel are bordered with lines of cypresses and Chinars. Also found within its vicinity are some remains of Mughal period buildings including a double storey pavilion enclosed on two sides’ latticed windows.
Set some distance back from the lake, but reached by a small canal, the Shalimar were built by Emperor Jehangir for his wife Nur Jahan, 'light of the world' in 1616. Although it is known today as the 'garden of love' it was originally named the Farah Bakhsh or 'delightful garden'. The garden is built in four terraces with traditional water channel running down the middle. The gardens measure 540 by 183 metres. During the Mughal period the top terraces used be reserved for the emperor and the ladies of the court and was the most magnificent. It included a pavilion made of black stone in the middle of the tank. Black Marble fluted pillars supported the pavilion, which was used as a banquet hall.
Shalimar Bagh has an air of seclusion and repose, and its rows of fountains and shaded trees seem to recede towards the snowcapped mountains. A Son Et Lumeiere or sound and light show is put on here every evening during the May to October tourist season.
One of the most revered Hindu pilgrimage destinations in Srinagar, the Shankaracharya Temple is located atop a hill known as ‘Takht-e-Suleiman’. The ancient temple stands at a height of about 1100 feet above the surface level of the main Srinagar city. A visit to this sacred temple involves a trek to the top of the hills. Devoted to the worship of Lord Shiva, Shankaracharya Temple is believed to have been built by Raja Gopadatya in 371 BC. During those times, the temple was known as Gopadri. The great saint Shankaracharya is supposed to have stayed here when he visited Kashmir in the early part of the ninth century with the primary aim of spreading the philosophy of Vedanta. This perhaps led to the renaming of the temple as Shankaracharya Temple. Shankaracharya was also instrumental in popularizing the worship of Lord Shiva in Jammu and Kashmir.
Shankaracharya Temple is a monument of great significance, not only because of its religious importance, but also for its architectural beauty. A high octagonal platform supports the temple structure, reached by a flight of around hundred steps. The sidewalls of the steps are believed to have once bore valuable inscriptions. An inscription in Persian inside the Shankaracharya Temple dates back to the reign of Mughal Emperor Shahjahan.
Shankaracharya temple, as it stands today, has undergone several renovations in its lifetime. The first of these is believed to have been done during the rule of Lalitaditya. Later, more repair work was done by Zain-ul-Abideen, after the temple got damaged in an earthquake. The main surviving shrine of Shankaracharya Temple consists of a circular cell, providing a breathtaking view of the valley below. The inner chamber, after being renovated, is presently covered with a modern ceiling. Later proceed for a Day Excursion to Gulmarg. You can enjoy a pony ride and also enjoy a Gondola ride (cable car) to Khalinmarg. Evening is free to explore the charm & beauty of Gulmarg Valley.
Gulmarg - “Meadow of Flowers" is a town, a hill station, a popular skiing destination and a notified area committee in Baramula district in the Indian state ofJammu and Kashmir. The town is within the Himalayas and is within miles of the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. Gulmarg has been a resort for the kings like Yousuf Shah Chak and Jahangir who used to visit frequently. The old name of Gulmarg was "Gaurimarg", the name of Lord Shiva's wife. Yousuf Shah Chak changed its name to Gulmarg, meaning the place of roses. During the early part of the 20th century the famous Central Asian explorer Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862–1943), made his home here in a tent between his expeditions. It was a favorite summer holiday destination for the British stationed in India. Gulmarg is among the most famous tourist destinations in India and there is a need for some tightened regulation to save the environment of the area from over tourism. In the evening, return back to Srinagar Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 :
After breakfast, proceed for a Day Excursion to Pahalgam
Pahalgam is a popular tourist destination, and every year, many tourists visit Pahalgam. This world famous hill station is 45 km. from the District Head Quarter at Anantnag and located on the banks of Lidder River at an altitude of 7200 ft. from sea level. Pahalgam is one among the five tehsils of Anantnag district and tehsil head quarters are located in the main town of Pahalgam. It was once a tourist attraction and a favourite place for shooting of Bollywood films, and is still a health resort. Besides tourist huts, several hotels in private sector have come up here and these hotels provide modern facilities to their guests. A number of treks in this region also begin from Pahalgam, as the 35 km trail traverses through pinewoods to the spectacular Kolahoi Glacier.
Pahalgam is also associated with the annual Amarnath Yatra. Chandanwari (2,895 m), 16 km from Pahalgam, is the starting point of the yatra that takes place every year in the month of Sawan (July to August). The road from Pahalgam to Chandanwari is on fairly flat terrain and can be undertaken by car. From Chandanwari onwards the track becomes much steeper, and is accessible on foot or by pony. About 11 km from Chandanwari is the mountain lake of Sheshnag (3,574 m), after which, 13 km away is the last stop, Panchtarni. The Amarnath cave is 6 km away from there. During the month of Sawan, an ice stalagmite forms a natural Shivling in the Amarnath cave. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 04 :
After breakfast, proceed for a Day Excursion to Sonamarg
Sonamarg gives rise to The Three Sisters (Kashmir). In its vicinity lies the great Himalayan glaciers of Kashmir Valley namely Kolhoi Glacier and Machoi Glacier with some peaks of above 5000 meters: Sirbal Peak, Kolhoi Peak, and Amarnath Peak andMachoi Peak. Sonamarg an alpine valley is situated at the bank of Nallah Sindh 87 km north-east from Srinagar, it is a popular tourist destination, nestled within the imposing Himalayan peaks. It lies at an altitude of 2800 metres above sea level. The drive to Sonamarg is through yet another spectacular facet of country side in Kashmir, this time its the Nallah Sindh, the largest tributary of the Jehlum River in the valley of Kashmir. It is upwards of sixty miles long valley and deep rock-girt gorge to open grassy meadow land and village-dotted slopes.
Sonamarg had historical significance and was a gateway on ancient Silk Road along with Gilgit connecting Kashmir with China and other Gulf countries. The Zojilapass lies 15 kilometers east and is one of the highest passes for road transport. It still is a base camp for Ladakh on NH 1D, and is strategically important for Indian army who holds control over this part of Kashmir Sonamarg, which means ' meadow of gold ' has, as its backdrop, snowy mountains against a cerulean sky. the Sindh meanders along here and abounds with trout and mahseer, snow trout can be caught in the main river. In late April when Sonamarg is open for road transport, the visitors can have access to snow which is furnished all over like a white carpet. Ponies can be hired for the trip up to Thajiwas glacier a major attraction during the summer months. However, there is need for some stricter regulation to save the environment of the area from over tourism. Litters such as plastic bottles, etc., are strewn all over along the track. Overnight at the houseboat.
Day 5 :
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Srinagar Airport for onward journey.
Accommodation As Below:
The Lalit Grand Palace
WelcomHeritage Gurkha Houseboat
• Accommodation in Base Category rooms
• Meal Plan – 4 Breakfasts & 4 Dinners each Only at all places
• Transfers & Sightseeing by vehicle throughout the tour including driver allowance, toll, parking & state taxes. Pick up from & drop at Srinagar
• Day Excursions to Gulmarg / Pahalgam / Sonamarg
• Current Hotel & Transportation Taxes
• Air Fare / Rail Fare
• Expenses of personal nature such as Meals not specified, laundry / tips / shopping / telephones / medical, table drinks, camera/video fee
• Entrance fees to monuments
• Gondola & Shikara Ride
• Meals that are not included in the package cost
• Any change in itinerary will be extra taken directly.
• Hotel accommodation as per room availability.
• Vehicle belonging apart from Pahalgam district are not allowed to do Sightseeing at Pahalgam i.e. Chandan Wari, Betaab Valley or Aru. Therefore if the client wants to do that sightseeing then we have to depot cab from Pahalgam taxi stand or union since those sightseeing charges has not been included in tour cost.
(Government Service Tax of 3.09% extra will be applicable on the Total Billing).