The awe-inspiring jewel in the crown of Indian tourism, Kashmir offers opportunities of a holiday that would be cherished forever in life. Visit the meadow of flowers, Khilanmarg Valley, the Shankaracharya Temple, Chashma-E-Shahi, Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh and Hazratbal Mosque and open yourself to a whole new world of charismatic and treasured beauty. Kashmir with its scenic beauty, shimmering Dal Lake, vistas of snow capped mountains, green valleys, floating houses and shops and shikharas present an experience that defines the epitomised beauty. Embark on a journey to ecstasy in its unembroidered sense and enjoy a vacation to the ‘Paradise on Earth’.
Day 1: Arrive Srinagar
Arrive at Srinagar airport at an alt. of 1,515 meters transfer to (20 km) Houseboat check in relax over night stay at Houseboat. Afternoon explore the best of Srinagar
Srinagar (Lake City) – It is at once a collection of images: It tells the story of love of the Mughal Emperors for this paradise like vale with deep green rice fields, rivers, gardens in bloom and lakes rimmed by houseboats, where lush wild gardens of lotus and water-lily grow amidst bustling lanes.
Nishat Bagh (Garden of Pleasure) – The largest Mughal garden situated on the banks of world famous Dal-Lake in the backdrop of Zabarwan hills encircles the Dal Lake. Empress Noor Jahan’s brother Asif Khan laid the Garden in 1633 AD. Nishat has seven terraces with a beautiful central water course flowing right in the middle. These terraces rise dramatically off the mountains from the eastern part of the lake.
Shalimar Bagh (Garden of Pleasure) – It was planted by Mughal emperor Jehangir for Empress Noor Jahan in 1619 AD and later extended in 1727 A.D. by Shah Jahan. Shaded by magnificent Chinar trees, the Shalimar is a series of stone pavilions and flowing water with paint box bright flower beds. The Garden blooms with innumerable varieties of flowers in spring and autumn.
Overnight stay at the hotel or houseboat
Day 2 Drive Srinagar to Pahalgam – 4 hours
In the morning your journey starts towards Pahalgam, en-route visit Saffron fields of Pampora, see the beautiful countryside, lots of rice fields and Awantipura ruins on the way.
Awantipura Ruins (1100 years Old Temple) – Built in 09th century AD by King Avantivarman and dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Situated 29 kms from Srinagar, the temple ruins at Awantipura represent some of the finest examples of architecture of this region.
Later continue your drive to Pahalgam through the pine forest, the confluence of the streams flowing from the river Lidder & Sheshnag Lake which are famous for their scenic beauty.
Check in at your hotel and enjoy the beauty of Pahalgam. Overnight stay
Day 3 Pahalgam Sightseen
Leisure activities pony ride to Baisaran known by Mini Switzerland and Water Fall enjoy beauty of shepherds .
Pahalgam (Valley of Shepherds) – It is a resort set in a pristine village lying next to the Lidder River. Once a humble shepherd’s village with breathtaking views. Now it is Kashmir’s premier resort, cool even during the heights of summer. It is situated at an altitude of 2,130 m above sea level and has a golf course at 2400 meters above the sea level. Surrounded with fragrant pine forests, the idyllic resort includes a golf course and spots for angling. The bubbling Lidder harbors a sizeable population of rainbow trout and mahaseer to ensure you don’t come away disappointed. The nearby forested slopes are home to the Himalayan brown bear.
After having your lunch at local restaurant, proceed to have bridle walks and feed your cameras with the picture of magnificent view of mountains.
OPTIONAL – One can enjoy Horse ride at Pahalgam.
Around Pahalgam are many places of interest, and because the resort is set between fairly steep hills, it is worth hiring a pony rather than walking. The most beautiful of these is the huge, undulating meadow of Baisaran, surrounded by thickly wooded forests of pine. Hajan an idyllic spot for a picnic.
Afternoon drive back from Pahalgam to Srinagar, overnight stay at the hotel or houseboat
Day 4 Pahalgam – Kokernag Daksum-Sinthan Top – Pahalgam
Transfer to Kokernag at an alt. Of 2,000 meters (68 Km drive one way) en-route Achbal (Mughal Garden). Sun Tempel at Kehirbal reach at mid noon full day excursion.
Sinthan Top is one such destination that caught the tourists’ eye recently when the construction of Kokernag- Kishtwar national highway road started. At a distance of around 48 kilometers from Kokernag and located at a height of 3748 meters, Sinthan top became tourist favourite because of its magnificent location and breathtaking beauty. Around 38 kilometers of snaky and uphill drive from Daksum, it’s an adventurous journey. And round the year snow at the top makes it a varied choice for local tourists as well as outsiders. The journey to this place is thrilling and so is sliding down the snow-capped peaks. Apart from the normal tourism activity, Sinthan top has a great potential for Adventure tourism. The spot is best suited for mountaineering and skiing with the height at which it is located and the kind of mountain ranges it has and it has also 360 degree view on its top. Back to Pahalgam. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 5 Departure Srinagar
After breakfast you will get transferred to the airport in time to board flight for onward destination