Kashmir”- the mere name stirs up a portrait of beauty, flower-strewn valleys, magnificent snow capped peaks of the mighty Himalayan range, floating gardens, exotic wild life and dazzles the eyes of the spectators with all the colors on earth. A tour to Kashmir lets you enjoy the thrill of experiencing the “paradise on earth” and makes your new journey of life delightful and perfect.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 01: Arrive In Amritsar
On your arrival in Amritsar, you will be welcomed by our representative who will assist and escort you to your waiting vehicle. On arrival in Amritsar, you will be taken to your pre-booked hotel for your overnight stay. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 02: In Amritsar
After a breakfast at the hotel, proceed on a sightseeing tour of Amritsar. Visit the famous Golden Temple located in the heart of the city, Jalianwallah Bagh, a memorial built to commemorate the martyrs of the 1919 massacre; the Durgiana Mandir, dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga and Baba Atal Rai Tower. After exploring the historical landmarks of Amritsar, Proceed to the Wagha Border (less than 30 kilometers from the city) between India and Pakistan, At Wagha Border, witness the ceremonial changing of guard, the march-past followed by the singing of national anthem and other patriotic songs. Solders parading in full swing and the sight of India-Pakistan border from such close quarters will evoke a sense of nostalgia. Later evening drive back to Hotel.
Day 03: Amritsar To Katra: (260 Kilometers / 6-7 Hrs Drive)
After breakfast check-out from hotel and drive to Katra. The total distance of about 260 kms, will be covered in about 7 to 8 hrs. Upon arrival check into the hotel. Overnight in hotel.
Travel from Amritsar to Katra
Day 04: Katra To Vaishno Devi To Katra
Early in the morning proceed further to visit the Holy temple of Vaishno Devi. This temple is situated on the top of the hill. To visit this temple one has to hire a pony or travel by foot. From Katra the Vaishno Devi pilgrimage is about 12 kms. After visiting the temple, return back to Katra on the same day. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 05: Katra To Pahalgam: (250 Kilometers / 7-8 Hrs Drive)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will begin our day journey towards Pahalgam. The route traverses through the picturesque mountain resort of Patnitop where we stop for a brief rest over a cup of tea / coffee. From Patnitop we will drive to Ramban that also serves as our next stop for lunch. From Ramban we will drive to Banihal and enter the 2.5 kilometer long Jawahar tunnel that connects the valley of Kashmir with the rest of India. We will emerge from the other side to a warm sunny afternoon and continue our drive towards Pahalgam. On arrival in Pahalgam, we will check in at the hotel and stay there for the night. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Travel from Katra to Pahalgam
Day 06: Local Sightseeing In Pahalgam And Drive To Srinagar: (97 Kilometers / 3-4 Hrs Drive)
After breakfast at the hotel, you can 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 be driven back to Srinagar. In Srinagar you will check in at the hotel / houseboats for your overnight stay. Overnight in houseboats
Travel from Pahalgam to Srinagar Houseboat
Day 07: 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 / houseboat for a inner and Overnight stay.
Travel from Srinagar Houseboat to Srinagar
Day 08: Srinagar To Gulmarg: (Full Day Trip)
After breakfast in the morning, we will begin our country side day trip 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 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. In the evening we will drive back to Srinagar where we can take a walk along the banks of the Dal Lake or simply rest in the cosy rooms of our hotel / housboat. Dinner and Overnight in hotel / houseboats.
Day 09: Departure Transfer To Airport
After a late morning breakfast, we will drive to the airport for your flight home. At the airport the driver will assist you with your luggage screening and drop you at outside the terminal gate.