See why Kashmir has been the subject of the most beautiful poetry, pictures, and popular films. In this holiday package, you will see Persian-style gardens in Srinagar, the rugged mountains around the Lidder River in Pahalgam, and the snow-covered slopes of Gulmarg. You will also go on the quintessential shikara ride on Dal Lake.
Detailed Day Wise Itinerary
Day 1 – Arrival in Srinagar
On arrival in Srinagar, meet a Yatra representative who will arrange your transfer to Srinagar Houseboat / Hotel.
Srinagar, situated on the banks of river Jhelum, is the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Its awe-inspiring landscape, magnificent architecture, tombs and temples, exquisite gardens, and Dal Lake make it a heaven on earth. Surrounded by a number of lakes, this scenic city, serene in its own way, is also known as the Kashmiri Venice or the Venice of the East. Bestowing its old-world charm to tourists, Srinagar aces in natural beauty and historical significance.
Begin the excursion by paying homage to Shankaracharya Temple. Named after the great saint, Shankaracharya, this temple is situated atop Gopadari Hill and is a revered Hindu pilgrimage site. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this spiritual place can be reached after climbing around a hundred steps. It stands strong in an octagonal structure, resembling the shape of a Shiva linga.
After this, journey to the Mughal Gardens and explore its unending beauty. With bright and colorful flowerbeds, gushing fountains, and terraced lawns, the panoramic expanse of Mughal Gardens is beyond description.
After a jaunt to the astonishing sites of Srinagar, treat yourselves by indulging in some shopping at the bustling Lal Chowk. You can buy locally produced products, such as leather goods, embroidered mats and carpets, antique jewelry, and the highly demanded Pashmina shawls.
After spending some moments of relaxation, proceed to experience a soothing shikara ride.
Unique in its own way, Dal Lake captures the sight of all with its ever-charming beauty and floating market. The pulsating surroundings of this lake make it even more peaceful and will also rejuvenate you completely.
Later, check in at the Houseboat Followed by a hearty dinner, enjoy a pleasurable overnight stay.
Day 2 – Drive from Srinagar to Gulmarg
After Breakfast, Drive from Srinagar to Gulmarg via Tangmarg Road, and after covering around 50 km, arrive at your destination. Post reaching here, transfer to the hotel and relax for some time.
As serene and peaceful as it can get, Gulmarg is truly a fantasy for all. Gulmarg derived its name from the immense lushness of hills, full of colorful flowers, and is thus one of the most popular destinations in India. A wide expanse of panoramic surroundings, spectacular views and simplicity add solace to the omnipresent charm of this town.
You may go on a fun-filled gondola ride at your own expense that offers a thrilling view of fir-clad slopes. With the evening at your leisure, you may opt for a stroll through enchanting valleys, along mountain streams, and to the lakes in the area.
Later, return to the hotel and retire to your room for some sound sleep.
Day 3 – Gulmarg
After breakfast on this day enjoy your day in Gulmarg which is easily one of the premier hill resorts in the country. You could spend the day exploring the place; visit the world’s highest Golf Course that the British once frequented to spend their summers (golf kit and caddy charges are at an additional cost). You could enjoy an exhilarating Gandola or cable car ride (Pay Directly). Do note that the Gondola ride is not included in the package and can be availed on a direct payment basis; the ride will be operational depending on weather conditions. Later have a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel in Gulmarg “Please note that in case there is heavy snow, a chained vehicle will have to be hired from Tanmarg to Gulmarg on a direct payment basis. Also, the Gondola ride is not included in the package and it completely depends on weather conditions. It may be closed at times due to bad weather or maintenance issues.
Day 4 – Gulmarg to Srinagar
After Breakfast, Drive to Srinagar. Check into Hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 5 – Full-day Excursion to Sonamarg
Following a healthy breakfast at the hotel, head out and drive from Srinagar to Sonamarg via NH-1D.
Boasting snow-clad peaks, Sonamarg is surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the world. Glistening in the sun, the peaks, serene meadows, and flowerbeds seem bathed in golden hues, thus justifying the name, Sonamarg, which means the meadow of gold. Mighty glaciers and lakes add stars to the ever-pleasant aura of the valley.
After covering a distance of about 80 km, arrive at your destination and spend the whole day discovering this green stretch. You may go fishing in the lakes or sledding on frozen glaciers and even trekking, accompanied by the spectacular views of the realm.
Following this wonderful experience, return to the hotel in Srinagar and savor a hearty dinner. Later, move to your room for a quiet sleep.
Day 6 – Departure from Srinagar
After a scrumptious breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to the Srinagar airport to continue your onward journey.