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Kashmir at Glance travel package provides a golden opportunity to visit the
wonderful sites of Kashmir and offers excursion in Srinagar & Gulmarg
water courses covering the most prominent Dal lake & Shikara lakes
sightseeing of India.
Day - 1 - Delhi - Srinagar (Flt- 9W-603 - 1115-1235 hr)
Today we taka a flight to Srinagar, upon arrival at Srinagar our
representative would assist you at the Airport & transfer to the
Houseboat - Hotel.
Srinagar, The city was founded by the King Pravarasena-II over 2,000 years
ago, & the city of Srinagar has a history dating back at least to the
3rd century BC. The city lies on both banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary
of the Indus River. The city is famous for its lakes & houseboats
floating over them. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts &
dry fruits. It city was a part of the Maurya Empire, one of the largest
empires of the Indian subcontinent. Ashoka introduced Buddhism to the
Kashmir valley & the adjoining regions around the city became a centre
of Buddhism. In the 1st century, the region was under the control of Kushans
& several rulers of this dynasty strengthened the Buddhist tradition.
Also known as "Paradise on Earth".
Shikara boatride on Dal lake is one of the most soothing & relaxing
aspects of a holiday in Kashmir. Later in the afternoon we explore the Dal
Lake & its Waterways & visit the floating vegetable market in a
traditional Shikara boat. This unique kind of market can be only witnessed
in Thailand & Kashmir. En route we shall see many species of aquatic
birds on the lake, nestling on surrounding trees on floating marshes used
for growing vegetables by local people, who have inherited a unique
lifestyle living on the Lake for over decades. Overnight Houseboat -
Srinagar (B, D)
Day - 2 - Srinagar
Full Day Tour - Today we visit the ancient Shankaracharya Temple &
famous Mughal Gardens - Nishat Bagh (Abode of pleasure) was built by Asif
Khan Brother-in -law of Jehangir in 1632 AD. The largest of the gardens,
Nishat has seven terraces with beautiful water channel flowing right in the
middle. Shalimar Bagh (Abode of love) was built in the year 1619 A.D for was
built by Emperor Jehangir for his wife Empress Noor Jehan. The Garden has
four terraces; the 4th terrace was once reserved for royal ladies. Chashme
Shahi (The Royal Spring) was originally laid out by Shah Jehan in 1632 AD.
It is a tastefully laid garden in terraces, which commands a magnificent
view of the Dal Lake below & surrounding mountain ranges. The cool water
of the spring is highly refreshing & digestive. All the gardens are
situated on the banks of Dal Lake with the Zabarwan Mountains in the
background & Shankaracharya Temple located on a hillock, thus providing
a panoramic view of entire city, Dal Lake & River Jhelum. Shankaracharya
Temple is located at 1100 ft. above surface level of the main city on the
Shankaracharya hill, also known as Takht-E-Suleiman. The Shiva temple was
constructed by Raja Gopadatya in the year 371 BC & as such is the oldest
shrine in Kashmir.
Later in the evening we can visit handicraft & handloom centres famous
for production of Pashmina - Shahtoosh shawls, world famous Carpets etc.
Overnight Houseboat - Srinagar (B, L, D)
Day - 3 - Srinagar - Gulmarg (140 km - 03 hr)
Today we drive to Gulmarg, a legendary beauty, prime location &
proximity to Srinagar naturally make it one of the premier hills in the
country. Originally called 'Gaurimarg' by shepherds, its present name was
given in the 16th century by Sultan Yusuf Shah, who was inspired by the
sight of its grassy slopes emblazoned with wild flowers. It was a favorite
haunt of Emperor Jehangir who once collected 21 different varieties of
flowers from here. Today Gulmarg is not merely a mountain resort of
exceptional beauty but also a the highest green golf course in the world, at
an altitude of 2,650 m, & is the country's premier ski resort in the
winter. Also known as the "Meadow of Wild Flowers".
Later we take the Gondola ride (cable car) & enjoy the nature at its
best. Overnight Hotel - Gulmarg (B, L, D)
Day - 4 - Gulmarg - Pahalgam (140 km - 03 hr oneway)
Excursion to Pahalgam - Today we take an Excursion to Pahalgam, Situated at
the confluence of the streams flowing from Sheshnag Lake & the Lidder
River, (2,130 m) was once a humble shepherd's village with breathtaking
views. The undulating meadow of Baisaran, surrounded by thickly wooded
forests of pine. Hajan, on the way to Chandanwari, is an idyllic spot for a
picnic. It has within it no fewer than eight tiny villages, one of which is
Mamal. There is a Shiva temple here, generally considered to be Kashmir's
oldest existing temple, dating to the 5th century.
You can take a pony ride in the open fields to seven springs & to a
lake, which remains frozen till June. Overnight Hotel - Gulmarg (B, L, D)
Day - 5 - Gulmarg - Srinagar (140 km - 03 hr)
Today we drive back to Srinagar, Rest of the day we relax on Dhal Lake.
Overnight Hotel - Sonamarg (B, L, D)
Day - 6 - Srinagar - Delhi (Flt 9W-603 - 1330-1550 hr)
Today we drive to Srinagar to board the flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in we
leave for City Tour.
Full Day Tour - Today we take a guided tour of Old Delhi, the 17th century
walled city of Shah Jahanabad, Visiting the great Jama Masjid, the principal
mosque of Old Delhi. Built in the year 1656 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah
Jahan, it is the largest & best known mosque in India. Later we walk
down or take a rickshaw ride through Chandi Chowk, the old marketplace of
Shah Jahanabad now a picturesque bazaar to reach Red Fort, built in the year
1648 by Shah Jehan.
In New Delhi, we visit Raj Ghat, memorial to the Father of the Nation,
Mahatma Gandhi. It is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of
his cremation on 31 January 1948. Further we drive past India Gate, memorial
built in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the
World War I & the Afghan Wars. The names of the soldiers who died in
these wars are inscribed on the walls. President's House, the official
residence of the President of India, built in the year 1931. Until 1950 it
was known as Viceroy's House & served as the residence of the
Governor-General of British India. We will also visit Humayun's Tomb,
memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in the year 1562. The complex is a
World Heritage Site & the first example of this type of Mughal
architecture in India. Qutub Minar, built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din
Aibek. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important
example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. Qutub Minar & its monuments are
listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Evening we leave for onward
Our tour concludes : We thank you for your patronage & look forward to
serve you again in near future.
Above Cost Includes :
Cost Does Not Include :
- 05 nights accommodation on twin sharing basis.
- Breakfast & meals as per the itinerary.
- Non A/C transportation as per the itinerary.
- Local English speaking Guide for the Tour
- Applicable taxes.
- Any Monument entry fee & camera fee (wherever Applicable)
- Any airfare or airport tax.
- Any expense of personal nature such as hard-soft drinks, laundry,
phone-fax calls, tips etc.
- Any other expense not mentioned in the "Package includes".