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Glorious Kashmir

Glorious Kashmir Tour - 8 nights 9 days

Tour Highlights: Overnight Houseboat stay, Shikara Ride, Sonamarg, Thajiwas Glacier, Pahalgam, Awantipura Ruins, Saffron fields, Lidder River, Gulmarg, Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Hazratbal Shrine, Shankaracharaya Temple, Manasbal Lake & Kheer Bhawani.

Tour Itinerary:
Day 1 - To Srinagar
Arrival in Srinagar. Afternoon proceed on a romantic "Shikara Ride" gliding on the picturesque Dal lake. Experience the joy of shopping for handicrafts, flowers from the Shikara shops on the lake while you admire the magnificient Chinar trees as you sail past the popular Nehru Park. Overnight stay in Deluxe houseboat at Srinagar.

Day 2 - Sonamarg Day Trip; In Srinagar;
Morning drive to Sonamarg (Meadow of Gold) (9200 ft). You can hire pony to visit "Thajiwas Glacier". Overnight stay in Deluxe houseboat at Srinagar.

Day 3 - To Pahalgam
Morning drive to Pahalgam (9000 ft), also known as 'the valley of Shepherds' or 'Trekker’s Paradise', famous for Indian film industry & its breathtaking views. On the way visit "Awantipura ruins", drive through the "Lidder River" & visit the beautiful "Saffron fields". Transfer to hotel. Later go for Pahalgam sightseeing. Overnight stay at Pahalgam.

Day 4 - In Pahalgam
Day at Leisure. You can hire pony and visit Baisaran, Kashmir Valley & Debian. Overnight stay at Pahalgam.

Day 5 - To Gulmarg
Morning drive to Gulmarg (8800 ft), discovered by the Kashmiri romantic poet in the 16th century who was inspired by its grassy slopes covered with wild flowers. In winter Gulmarg turns into India’s premier Ski resort. The Gondola Cable Car (optional) offers rides to the upland meadows of Kongdori and beyond to the top of Apharwat range to a height of 14000 ft for viewing the Himalayan Peaks in summer and for downhill skiing in winter. Overnight stay at Gulmarg.

Day 6 - In Gulmarg
Day at Leisure. Overnight stay at Gulmarg.

Day 7 - To Srinagar
Morning drive back to Srinagar for two nights stay. Transfer to hotel. Later visit the famous "Nishat Bagh", known as ‘Garden of Pleasure’ built in 16th century (1633) by Mughal King Asif Khan. Then, visit "Shalimar Bagh" known as ‘Garden of Love’ build in 1619 by Mughal Emperor Jahangir for his beloved wife Nur Jahan. Later visit the famous white mosque of Srinagar city, "Hazratbal Shrine". Overnight stay in hotel at Srinagar.

Day 8 - In Srinagar
Morning visit to the famous "Shankaracharya Temple" built on the top of the mountain overlooking Dal Lake. Later drive to "Manasbal Lake", located in the Jhelum Valley. The large growth of lotus at the periphery of the lake (blooms during July and August) adds to the beauty of the clear waters of the lake. Then visit the famous temple of Kashmir "Kheer Bhawani", associated with the Hindu goddess, Ragnya Devi. Overnight stay in hotel at Srinagar.

Day 9 - Departure
Transfer to Airport.

Hotel Options:
Standard Category:
2 or 3 star Hotels, CPAI Plan
Deluxe Houseboat in Srinagar, MAPAI Plan

Deluxe Category:
3 or 4 star Hotels, CPAI Plan
Deluxe Houseboat in Srinagar, MAPAI Plan

Vehicle:
Non Air Conditioned Car

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Tour Gallery:
Shikara on Dal Lake

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Shikara on Dal Lake Houseboat Dal Lake, Srinagar Sonamarg Pahalgam Gulmarg Gondola
 
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