Kashmir is surrounded by the mighty Himalayan range and has rivers that adorn its heart. In addition, the sublime climate in the valley has led to the creation of rich orchards and pristine lakes. The best time to visit Kashmir is in summer, when the sky glows in shades of orange and blue. You may stay in a houseboat or simply take time to become one with the natural beauty. If you are feeling adventurous, you may visit in winter and enjoy skiing, tobogganing, sledge-riding and more.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Arrival At Srinagar
On your arrival at Srinagar Airport, you will be taken for a 35 minutes drive through the heart of New Srinagar city, passing the Abdullah bridge which connects the banks of the Jehlum river.
Arrive and check-in at the hotel.
Later proceed for an hour of boat ride to explore the Dal lake, Waterways, Canals, Floating Gardens, Vegetable Gardens, Water lilies, Floating handicraft centres & inherited lifestyle inside the lake since decades in the Dal lake.
Overnight in hotel/Houseboat.
Day 2: Srinagar To Pahalgam (102 Kms/approx 3.5 Hrs)
After breakfast, check out from hotel & proceed to Pahalgam, a lovely tourist spot in Kashmir, situated at the confluence of the streams flowing from Sheshnag Lake and the Lidder river was once a humble shepherd's village with breathtaking views of high mountains, dense forests & high mountain lakes.
Drive via Pampore, Avantipura and the village of Bijbehara which remains famous as the bread basket of Kashmir, switching from the national highway 1A at Khanabal and drive through the second largest city of Anantnag. From here the road turns scenic as the drive is parallel on the Lidder river flowing from the opposite direction.
On the way visit Saffron fields and Avantipur ruins which is eleven hundred years old temple.
Pahalgam also offers a 18-hole Golf Course, which is of exceptional beauty and quite unique. Pahalgam is also famous for its alpine treks, nature walk and is also the central point of Amaranth Yatra.
Check-in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Travel from Srinagar Houseboat to Pahalgam
Day 3: Pahalgam
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing on own. Pahalgam are many places of interest, and the most beautiful of these is the huge, undulating meadow of Baisaran, surrounded by thickly wooded forests of pine. “Betaab Valley”, 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 scenes.
Aru, 12 kms from Pahalgam is a picturesque meadow and base point for trekking to Kolhai glacier, Katar Nag, Lidder Watt and Trasar & Marsar Lakes.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4: Pahalgam To Gulmarg (148 Kms/approx 3 Hrs)
After breakfast, check out from hotel & proceed to Gulmarg (on an altitude of 2730 mts above sea level) driving past willow trees, fast flowing streams and lush green meadows. Gulmarg - the meadow of flowers is an apt term for this idyllic flower-laden meadow offering a spectacular view of towering snow-capped peaks covered with dense forests of tall conifers and gigantic fir and pine trees.
Stroll leisurely or take pony rides (on own) across the green meadow to one of the world's highest Golf Course.
A must is a fun-filled ride in the newly introduced Gondola lift (on own).
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Travel from Pahalgam to Gulmarg
Day 5: Gulmarg To Sonmarg (130 Kms/approx 3 Hrs)
After breakfast, check out from hotel & proceed to the picturesque 'meadow of gold’ Sonmarg 90 kms from Srinagar in the north-east of city at an altitude of 3000 mts above sea level. The place offers incredible scenic beauty of dense forests & gigantic mountains. The place itself is a popular resort for mountaineers, rock climbers, besides an important halt on way to Kargil (Ladakh) & provides the ideal base for various trekking routes, high mountain lakes, glaciers & Shri Amarnath ji holy cave. The fast flowing Sindh River makes it popular for trout and mahseer fishing in summer.
You can opt for a pony ride to one of the glaciers for some fun in snow and ice (on own).
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Travel from Gulmarg to Sonamarg
Day 6: Sonmarg – Srinagar (90 Kms/approx 3 Hrs)
After breakfast, check out from hotel & proceed to Srinagar.
En-route visit handloom centres famous for Pashmina/Shahtoos shawls & world over reckoned carpets.
Rest of the day free for leisure on own.
Overnight stay at Hotel/houseboat.
Travel from Sonamarg to Srinagar
Day 7: Srinagar City Tour (27 Kms/approx 1 Hr)
After breakfast, proceed to visit the famous Mughal Gardens in Kashmir which are - Cheshma Shahi (The royal spring), Nishat bagh (The garden of pleasure) & Shalimar Bagh (Abode of Love). These gardens are situated on the banks of Dal lake. Nishat Bagh is the larger of these gardens and has an impressive plantation of Chinar trees on its highest terrace. These gardens are built on a symmetrical plan of central waterways with fountains dividing a series of gardened terraces.
By evening return back to Houseboat/hotel for overnight stay.
Travel from Srinagar to Srinagar Houseboat
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, check out from hotel & transfer to Srinagar airport for departure, back to home with beautiful memories of a life time trip.