5 days of Cheapest tour packages for Kashmir – Kashmir comprises of snow covered mountains, lush green, glittering water and natural beauty.
Upon arrival, our representative will meet you at the Srinagar Airport and transfer you
to Hotel / HB.
Srinagar is in the heart of the Kashmir valley at an altitude of 1,730 m (1530 feet) above
sea level, spread on both sides of the river Jhelum. The Dal and Nigin lakes enhance its
picturesque setting, while the changing play of the seasons and the salubrious climate
ensures that the city is equally attractive to visitors around the year.
After lunch, you will visit the Mughal gardens. With terraced lawns, cascading fountains,
paint-box- bright flowerbeds with the panorama of the Dal in front of them – the three
Mughal Gardens of Chesmashahi, Nishat and Shalimar are the Mughal Emperors’
concept of paradise and are today very popular places.
Built by Emperor Jehangir for his wife Nur Jehan, Shalimar Bagh, 15 Kms
from the TRC, is a beautiful garden with sweeping vistas over gardens and lakes, and
shallow terraces. The garden is 539 m by 182 m and has four terraces, rising one above
the other. A canal lined with polished stones and supplied with water from Harwan runs
through the middle of the garden. The fourth terrace, by far the best, was once reserved
for royal ladies.
Situated on the banks of the Dal Lake, with the Zabarwan Mountains as its
backdrop, (11 km. from TRC), this ‘garden of bliss’ commands a magnificent view of the
lake and the snowcapped Pir Panjal mountain range which stands far away to the west
of the valley. Nishat was designed in 1633 AD by Asif Khan, brother of Nur Jehan.
Chashma Shahi (“Royal Spring”) received its name from its water source, a spring
located on its uppermost terrace. The garden, one of the smaller Kashmiri gardens
around Dal Lake, is found on the southeastern side of the lake. Chashma Shahi was built
by the Mughal governor Ali Mardan Khan under the emperor Shah Jehan in 1632-1633.
While returning from Mughal Gardens visit Shankarachariya Temple.
The Shankarachariya Temple, also known as the Jyesteshwara temple or Pas-Pahar by
Buddhists, is situated in the Zabarwan Mountain in Srinagar, Kashmir. It is dedicated to
Lord Shiva. The temple is on the summit of the same name at a height of 1,000 feet (300
m) above the plain and overlooks the city of Srinagar. The hill is also referred to as Takht
i Suleiman (Throne of Solomon) and the temple also called “Throne of Solomon.” It is
believed that King Solomon came to worship on the hill which makes the place sacred
from ancient times. Overnight at Hotel.
NOTE: If your flight is arriving late, we recommend you relax overnight.
After breakfast, you will be driven to Pahalgam.
Pahalgam, situated at the confluence of the streams flowing from Sheshnag Lake and
the Lidder River, Pahalgam (2,130 m) was once a humble shepherd’s village with
breathtaking views. Now it is Kashmir’s premier resort, cool even during the height of
summer when the maximum temperature does not exceed 250
C. Several hotels and lodges cater to all preferences and budgets, from luxurious hotels to unpretentious
trekkers’ lodges. Around Pahalgam are many places of interest, and because the resort
is set between steep hills, it is worth hiring a pony rather than walking. Pony fares are
posted at prominent locations.
The most beautiful of these is the huge, undulating meadow of Baisaran, surrounded by
thicky wooded forests of pine. Hajan, on the way to Chandanwari, is an idyllic spot for a
picnic. Filmgoers will recognize it instantly as it has been the location of several movie
Pahalgam has within it no fewer than eight tiny villages, one of which is Mamal. There is
a Shiva temple here, generally considered to be Kashmir’s oldest existing temple, dating
to the 5th century. Pahalgam is also associated with the annual Amarnath Yatra.
Chandanwari (2,895 m), 16 kms 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 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 kms from Chandanwari is the mountain lake of Sheshnag (3,574 m), after which, 13
kms away is the last stop, Panchtarni. The Amarnath cave is 6 kms away from there.
During the month of Sawan, an ice stalagmite forms a natural shivling in the Amarnath
cave, which waxes and wanes with the moon.
After Lunch, you will visit to Aru, Chandanwari & Betaab Valley
Aru is a tourist spot in the Anantnag District of Jammu & Kashmir, India. It is located around 12 from Pahalgam, 11 km upstream from the Lidder River. The Aru valley is noted for its scenic meadows. It is popular among the tourists for its peaceful environment and scenic beauty. The village is a base camp for trekkers to the Kolahoi Glacier, the Tarsar-Marsar lakes and the Katrinag valley. There are about 20 alpine lakes, peaks and meadows around the Aru Valley. In winters, when Aru receives heavy snowfall, skiing and heliskiing are practiced. Other popular tourist activities include fishing of trout in the Lidder River, trekking, hiking, horse riding, sightseeing and photography.
Betaab Valley is situated at 15 kilometers from Pahalgam in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. It lies between the two Himalayan Ranges – Pir Panjal and Zanskar got its name from the Sunny Deol – Amrita Singh hit debut film Betaab. The Valley is towards northeast of Pahalgam and falls between Pahalgam and Chandanwari and is enroute Amarnath Temple Yatra. The valley is surrounded by lush green meadows, snow clad mountains and covered with dense vegetation. Betaab Valley is a very popular touristic destination. Betaab Valley is also a favorite campsite of travelers as it also serves as a base camp for trekking and further exploration of the mountains. The valley is a walk-able distance from Pahalgam. The crystal clear & chilly water of the stream bubbling down from the snowy hills is a delight; locals here drink this water too.
Baisaran and Tulyan Lake are few nearby attractions that can be visited.
Chandanwari situated 16 Kms from Pahalgam, is the starting point for the famous Amarnath Yatra. It is also famous for snow sledging on Snow Bridge. At Chandanwari the Sheshnag River is captivating with its sheer force and clear waters.
Overnight stay at Hotel
After breakfast drive to Gulmarg via Srinagar Bye-Pass.
Gulmarg called as “Meadow of Flowers” with picnic lunch. It is 53 Kms from
Srinagar at an altitude of 8700 – ft. Gulmarg also referred as “Switzerland of India” is a
famous Ski Resort & the world‟s highest 18-hole Golf Course. The place was prominent
during the British time. Gulmarg’s legendary beauty, prime location and proximity to
Srinagar naturally make it one of the premier hill resorts in the country. Originally called
Gaurimarg’ by shepherds, its present name was given in the 16th century by Sultan
Yusuf Shah, who was inspired by the sight of its grassy slopes emblazoned with wild
flowers. Gulmarg was a favourite haunt of Emperor Jehangir who once collected 21
different varieties of flowers from here. Today Gulmarg is not merely a mountain resort
of exceptional beauty- it also has the highest green golf course in the world, at an
altitude of 2,650 m, and is the country’s premier ski resort in the winter.
The journey to Gulmarg is half the enchantment of reaching there – roads bordered by
rigid avenues of poplar give over to flat expanses of rice fields interspersed with
picturesque villages. Depending on the season, nature’s colors could be the translucent
green of spring, summer‟s rich emerald, or autumn‟s golden hues, when scarlet chilies
festoon windows of village homes. After Tangmarg, the climb to Gulmarg begins
through fir-covered hillsides. At one point, known simply as View Point, travelers
generally stop their vehicles for a few minutes and look out a spectacle of snow-covered
mountains, almost within touching distance.
After lunch you can enjoy a pony ride and also enjoy a Gondola ride (cable car) to
Khillanmarg (at your own cost).
Gulmarg Gondola in Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir is the world’s second highest
operating cable car since the closure in 2008 of the Mérida cable car in Venezuela.
Gulmarg boasts Asia’s highest and longest cable car project, the Gulmarg Gondola. The
two-stage ropeway ferries about 600 people per hour to and from Kongdoori Mountain,
a shoulder of nearby Affarwat Peak (4,200 m (13,780 ft)). The ropeway project is a joint
venture of the Jammu and Kashmir government and French firm Pomagalski. The first
stage transfers from the Gulmarg resort at 2,600 m (8,530 ft) to Kongdoori Station in the
bowl- shaped Kongdoori valley.
The second stage of the ropeway, which has 36 cabins
and 18 towers, takes skiers to a height of 3,747 m (12,293 ft) on Kongdoori Mountain, a
shoulder of nearby Affarwat Peak (4,200 m (13,780 ft)). The timing of the gondola is 10
AM (IST) to 5 PM (It’s highly dependent upon the weather at both stages). A gondola can
carry six people at a time. Also offers Chair Cars for phase-II. It takes approximately 9
minutes to reach the first stage and 12 minutes for second stage.
Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast, you will be taken to Srinagar. Evening 1 Hour Boat Ride on Dal Lake by
a gondola Boat called” SHIKARA” witness the ride on lake, called Venice of India &
experience the aquatic life of Srinagar. Also see the scenic extravaganza of the Kashmir
and enjoy the profusion of colors in the Paradise on Earth. While returning visit to the
local crafts market and see the fine carved hand-made articles from Paper Machie &
wood of a walnut.
Overnight at Deluxe Houseboat.
Breakfast at your HB. In time transfer to Srinagar Airport to connect flight for Onwards
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