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Kashmir Tour

7 days  |  Starts/Ends: Delhi  |  from INR -------

The valley of Kashmir is known all over the world for its beauty and charm. The Kashmir valley is situated about 300 km. from Jammu across forested ravines and steep mountain passes. The emerald valley of Kashmir is cradled in the Himalayas, under the crystal blue skies, against the background of snow-capped mountains.


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Itinerary

Day 1 : Delhi - Srinagar - Sonmarg

On arrival in Srinagar, meet and assist at airport and transfer by road to Sonamarg
Sonamarg gives rise to The Three Sisters [Kashmir]. read more...

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, Amarnath Peak and Machoi 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 it is 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.

Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal to explore nearby Thajiwas Glacier on own [no guide]

Overnight: Sonamarg   |  Dinner

Day 2 : Sonamarg – Srinagar

Following breakfast, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Srinagar On arrival in Srinagar, check-in at houseboat
Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal to explore Srinagar on own [no guide]
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Evening shikara ride at Dal Lake [subject to water level]
Dal Lake :
The the second largest in the state, is integral to tourism and recreation in Kashmir and is named the "Jewel in the crown of Kashmir" or "Srinagar's Jewel". The lake is also an important source for commercial operations in fishing and water plant harvesting. The shore line of the lake, is about 15.5 kilometres (9.6 mi), is encompassed by a boulevard lined with Mughal era gardens, parks, houseboats and hotels. Scenic views of the lake can be witnessed from the shore line Mughal gardens, such as Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh built during the reign of Mughal Emperor Jahangirand from houseboats cruising along the lake in the colourful shikaras. During the winter season, the temperature sometimes reaches −11 °C (12 °F), freezing the lake. The lake covers an area of 18 square kilometres (6.9 sq mi) and is part of a natural wetland which covers 21.1 square kilometres (8.1 sq mi), including its floating gardens. The floating gardens, known as "Rad" in Kashmiri, blossom with lotus flowers during July and August. The wetland is divided by causeways into four basins; Gagribal, Lokut Dal, Bod Dal and Nagin (although Nagin is also considered as an independent lake). Lokut-dal and Bod-dal each have an island in the centre, known as Rup Lank (or Char Chinari) and Sona Lank respectively.


Overnight: Srinagar   |  Dinner

Day 3 : Srinagar – Gulmarg

Following breakfast, check-out from houseboat and transfer by road to Gulmarg On arrival in Gulmarg, check-in at hotel

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Gulmarg :
Known as "Meadow of Flowers" was named by Sultan Yusuf Shah of the Chak Dynasty who frequented the place with his mistress Habba khatoon in the 16th century. Wild flowers of 21 different varieties were collected by the Mughal emperor Jahangir for his gardens in Gulmarg who was inspired by the sight of its grassy slopes emblazoned with wild flowers. It was also a favourite resort of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. Today, Gulmarg is not merely a mountain resort of exceptional beauty but also the country's premier ski resort in winter when it is covered in snow and takes on the appearance of a picture postcard. First established as a ski resort by the British who had set up the Ski Club of India here in 1927. Skiing at Gulmarg had become very popular during the pre-independence years. The resort used to host two major skiing events, one each during Christmas and Easter. In 1938-39, about 500 skiers are said to have participated in Christmas and Easter ski races. Gulmarg's atmosphere was identified with European ski resorts of the 1940's and 50's - the 'Alps of good old days'. It has good sunshine as well as good snow. The skiing season usually commences just before Christmas (mid December) and continues till early April. During 1998, Gulmarg hosted the first National Winter Games of India, for which the facilities were enormously improved and upgraded. Modern equipment like Kasse Bohrer Snow Beating Machines (for preparing skiing slopes) and snowmobiles were imported, as also the first phase of the Gulmarg Gondola Cable Car was commissioned.

In afternoon, experience Gulmarg Gondola Ride [subject to weather conditions]
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 Afarwat 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 Kongdori 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 Afarwat Peak (4,200 m (13,780 ft).

Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal to explore Gulmarg on own [no guide]

Overnight: Gulmarg   |  Dinner

Day 4 : Gulmarg – Srinagar

Following breakfast, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Srinagar On arrival in Srinagar, check-in at hotel
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Later proceed for sightseeing tour of Srinagar visiting Mughal Garden, Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, Hazratbal Shrine and Shankaracharya Temple
Mughal Garden :
The founder of the Mughal Empire, Babur, described his favourite type of garden as a charbagh. They use the term bāgh, baug, bageecha or bagicha for garden. This word developed a new meaning in India, as Babur explains; India lacked the fast-flowing streams required for the Central Asian charbagh. The Agra garden, now known as the Ram Bagh, is thought to have been the first charbagh

Shalimar Bagh :
Is a Mughal garden linked through a channel to the northeast of Dal Lake, on its right bank located near Srinagar. Its other names are Shalamar Garden, Shalamar Bagh, Farah Baksh and Faiz Baksh, and the other famous shore line garden in the vicinity is Nishat Bagh. The Bagh was built by Mughal Emperor Jahangir for his wife Nur Jahan, in 1619. The Bagh is considered the high point of Mughal horticulture. It is now a public park.

Nishat Bagh :
Nishat Bagh is a terraced Mughal garden built on the eastern side of the Dal Lake, close to Srinagar in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is the second largest Mughal garden in the Kashmir Valley. The largest in size is the Shalimar Bagh, which is also located on the bank of the Dal Lake. ‘Nishat Bagh’ is Urdu, which means "Garden of Joy," "Garden of Gladness" and "Garden of Delight."

Hazratbal Shrine :
The Hazratbal Shrine literally "Majestic Place", is a Muslim shrine which contains a relic, the Moi-e-Muqqadas, believed by many Muslims of Kashmir to be a hair of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The name of the shrine comes from the Urdu word Hazrat, meaning "respected", and the Kashmiri word bal, meaning "place". Thus it means the place which is given high regards and is respected among the people. The shrine is situated on the left bank of the Dal Lake, Srinagar and is considered to be Kashmir's holiest Muslim shrine. It is believed that the relic was first brought to India by Syed Abdullah, a descendant of the Islamic prophet Muhammad who left Medina and settled in Bijapur, near Hyderabad in 1635. When Syed Abdullah died, his son, Syed Hamid, inherited the relic.Following the Mughal conquest of the region, Syed Hamid was stripped of his family estates. Finding himself unable to care for the relic, he sold it to a wealthy Kashmiri businessman, Khwaja Nur-ud-Din Eshai. However, when the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb came to know of what had transpired, he had the relic seized and sent to the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer, and had Khwaja Nur-ud-Din Eshai imprisoned in Delhi for possessing the relic.Later, realizing his mistake, Aurangzeb decided to restore the relic to Khwaja Nur-ud-Din Eshai and allowed him to take it to Kashmir, however, by that point, Khwaja Nur-ud-Din Eshai had already died in imprisonment. In the year 1700, the relic finally reached Kashmir, along with the body of Khwaja Nur-ud-Din Eshai. There, Inayat Begum, daughter of Khwaja Nur-ud-Din Eshai, became a custodian of the relic and established the shrine. Inayat Begum was married into the prominent Kashmiri Banday family of Srinagar, and since then, her descendants from the Banday family have been the keepers of the relic.

Shankaracharya Temple :
A temple dedicated to Lord Shiva dates back to 200 BC, although the present structure probably dates back to the 9th century AD. It was visited by Adi Shankara and has ever since been associated with him; this is how the temple got the name Shankaracharya. It is also regarded as sacred by Buddhists. The Shiv ling was placed inside during the Sikh period in nineteenth century and it became an active Hindu temple when regular services were conducted. Some historians report that the temple was actually a buddhist temple during buddhist era which was then changed into Hindu site of worship by Adi sankaracharya. Persians and Jews call it Bagh-i- sulaiman or the Garden of King Solomon. Persian inscriptions are also found inside the temple.

Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal to explore Srinagar on own [no guide]

Overnight: Srinagar  |  Dinner

Day 5 : Srinagar – Pahalgam

Following breakfast, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Pahalgam en-route visiting various saffron fields and Anantnag Sulphur Springs
Pahalgam :
The Valley of Shepherds, situated at the confluence of the streams flowing from Sheshnag Lake and the Lidder river, Pahalgam (2,130 m) was once a humble read more...

shepherd's village with breathtaking views. Around 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. 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.
Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal to explore Aru Valley, Chandanwari and Betaab Valley on own [no guide]

Overnight: Pahalgam   |  Dinner

Day 6 : Pahalgam – Srinagar

Following breakfast, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Srinagar
On arrival in Srinagar, check-in at hotel
Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal to explore Srinagar on own [no guide]
Overnight: Srinagar   |  Dinner

Day 7 : Srinagar – Delhi

Following breakfast, check-out from hotel and transfer to Srinagar Airport to board IndiGo Airlines flight to Delhi

Trip Highlights

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who would like their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

Old and New Delhi - The magnificent Red Fort, India's largest mosque Jama Masjid, and Gandhi's crematorium Raj Ghat
The Pink City of Jaipur - The lofty Amber Fort, regal City Palace and ancient observatory of Jantar Mantar
Fatehpur Sikri - An ancient abandoned Mughal city
Agra - The beautiful Agra Fort and the Mughal mausoleum known as Baby Taj
The spectacular Taj Mahal - India's most famous monument in all its glory at sunset
An exotic elephant ride into Jaipur's Amber Fort - just like the Raj would have done
India's rural Shekhawati region famed for its beautiful Rajasthani architecture and classic havelis
Diwali - Celebrate Diwali at Birla Temple in Jaipur and later enjoy a special dinner in the city

Included

07 Dinners
Meeting and assistance on arrival and departures
Hotel accommodation in a twin / double room in standard / base category rooms at mentioned hotels
Daily buffet breakfast at all hotels except at houseboat in Alleppey where all meals would be included
Chauffeur driven non air-conditioned Toyota Innova car for transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours in Kashmir and air-conditioned Toyota Innova car for transfers in Delhi
Traditional Indian welcome with garlanding on arrival
One shikara ride at Dal Lake in Srinagar
One gondola ride in Gulmarg
All applicable monument entrance fees during sightseeing at each city for single visit only
Services of English speaking accompanying escort from day 01 to day 05 for sightseeing and excursions
Supply of mineral water [02 bottles of 250 ml per person per day] in vehicle during city tours / intercity travel
All currently applicable taxes

Not Included

Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone, fax, internet, beverages, camera / video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
Local payments in domestic currency, such as tips and gratuities
Lunch / dinner at hotels unless specified
International / Domestic airfare [quoted separately above]
India visa fees
Travel insurance
Any other services not mentioned in price inclusions above

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As soon as the advance is received,we will initiate the bookings for your hotels reservations, book your tickets and start making necessary arrangements for your trip and keep you updated.

Once this is done, a reservation status will be sent to you. You will then be required to pay another 30% of the tour cost at this point.

Balance 50% of the tour price can be paid by you upon your arrival in India by cash, but before the commencement of the services.

Alternatively you could pay by bank transfer a fortnight before your arrival.
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Tour Details
Starts
Delhi
Ends
Delhi
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star & heritage hotels
Meals
Breakfast: 6
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Our guide, Yusef, was terrific. He was extremely knowledgeable, gracious, and helpful. He was well organized and the arrangements were excellent.

Similarly, the driver, Mr Singh was excellent. The bus should have curtains to provide shade from the sun.

I would have liked less time in Delhi and more in Jaipur. The hotels improved during the tour, I believe a higher class Delhi hotel for an increase in cost would be well received by future guests, we thought the Delhi hotel acceptable, but could have been improved.

Sally Hawkins