Kashmir Travel Quest
Opulent in every which way, Kashmir is a traveler's fantasy. A large and historically tumultuous region, it has always been a magnetic draw for travelers throughout its history, many of them invaders who brought with them cultures and customs that are still dazzlingly woven into the fabric of Kashmiri life today. Traditionally been labeled as the land of the Himalayas it generally refers to a handful of carefully carved states with differences in texture, taste, sounds, smells and colors. Everything is richer and yet more simple, if you can grasp that essential Indian paradox. It is as exotic and oriental to India itself, as India is to the world. Rich in a culture uniquely arresting and mystical in the wealth of forests and rivers and mountains Ė Kashmir is a journey worth the wait. From Mughal gardens to lakes, mountains and rivers, wildlife sanctuaries, mosques, temples and monasteries, nature walks and trekking trails this is a land for the lover of nature and a seeker of the soul.
Duration: 6 Nights and 7 Days
» Day 01: Arrive in Srinagar :
On your arrival at the Srinagar International 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 / houseboats.
» Day 02: In Srinagar: Local sightseeing Ė 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 / houseboat for a inner and Overnight stay.
» Day 03: Srinagar to Sonamarg (87 kmís ) :
We drive today to explore a beautiful secluded mountain resort 87 km north of the valley. Driving through stony river beds and mud villages with a mesmerizing backdrop of the Himalayan range, the route takes us to the green valley of Sonamarg literally known as the golden meadow. On arriving we will go by horseback to Thajwass glacier or walk uphill if some of you donít like riding a horse. The Thajwass glacier is around five kilometers from the base and will take us atleast 3 -4 hrs to explore until we retun back to the car. Later we will drive around the market and then head back to the hotel. Evening will be spent at the bonfire. Overnight stay at the hotel. B/L/D included.
» Day 04: Sonamarg to Gulmarg: (140 kmís / 3-4 hrs drive) :
After breakfast we will leave for another famous mountain resort. The resort is located on a high mountain plate, and is closely associated with some famous winter sports held every year. We will drive through rice fields and small towns and eventually drive uphill surrounded by thick pine forests to arrive at the bowl shaped open meadow of Gulmarg. Known locally by the name of Valley of Flowers the resort is encircled by huge mountains, glistening with their snow capped peaks and lush forests. We will also board the Swiss styled Gondola that takes us to the top of the mountain and provides a rare sight of the valley. Overnight at hotel. B&D included.
» Day 05: Gulmarg to Pahalgam: : (152 kmís / 3-4 hrs drive) :
After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive on much of the route that leads to Srinagar. On the outskirts of the Srinagar city, we will drive on the national highway to stay in yet another mountain resort of Kashmir. The valley of Pahalgam locally known as The Shepherds Village is by far the most famous of the three resorts known in Kashmir. With lush tropical forests and beautiful rivers and streams, the valley is tucked deep into the mountains and is known for its beauty and landscape. We arrive in Pahalgam in the late afternoon and transfer to our hotel. The sightseeing of the day includes a visit to the market and some walks along the river. B&D included.
» Day 06: Pahalgam to Srinagar: (97 kmís / 3-4 hrs drive) :
We will explore the valley and other side valleys today. Rest of the day will be at leisure for individual activities. In the evening we will drive back to Srinagar for our overnight stay. B&D included.
» Day 07: Srinagar Departure :
After a well spent week in touring the amazing mountain resorts, you will head to the airport for your flight to any onward destination. B included.