- Holiday Inspirations
- Fixed Departure
DAY 01: ARRIVE SRINAGAR
Arrive Srinagar. Assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Later city tour of Srinagar visiting Mughal gardens.
Shalimar Bagh – Built by Emperor Jehangir for his wife Nur Jehan, Shalimar, 15 km from the TRC, is a beautiful garden with sweeping vistas over gardens and lakes, and shallow terraces. The garden is 539m by 182m and has four terraces, rising one above the other. A canal lined with polished stones and supplied with water from Harwan runs through the middle of the garden. The fourth terrace, by far the best, was once reserved for royal ladies.
Nishat Bagh – Situated on the banks of the Dal Lake, with the Zabarwan Mountains as its backdrop, this ‘garden of bliss’ commands a magnificent view of the lake and the snow-capped Pir Panjal mountain range which stands far away to the west of the valley. Nishat was designed in 1633 AD by Asaf Khan, brother of Nur Jehan.
Chashma Shahi – At Chashmashai, is a tastefully laid garden in terraces, which commands a magnificent view of the Dal Lake below and surrounding mountain ranges. The cool water of the spring is highly refreshing and digestive. The original garden was laid out by Shah Jehan in 1632 AD.
Evening Shikara ride on Dal Lake. Shikara is a Gondola type light rowing boat, the two-hour boat ride takes you on a relaxing sightseeing tour of interior parts of the calm and placid waters of Dal Lake, seeing the market and the floating Gardens. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 02: SRINAGAR – PAHALGAM – SRINAGAR
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel. Morning excursion to Pahalgam (94 km / approx 3 hrs drive one way). Situated at the confluence of the streams flowing from Sheshnag Lake and the Lidderriver, Pahalgam (2,130 m) was once a humble shepherd’s village with breathtaking views. Now it is Kashmir’s premier resort, cool even during the height of summer when the maximum temperature does not exceed 25 degree Celsius.
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, 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. Late afternoon return back to Srinagar and check-in at houseboat. Rest of the day free for independent activities. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 03: SRINAGAR – GULMARG – SRINAGAR
Breakfast at hotel. Morning excursion to Gulmarg (54 km / approx 2 hrs drive one way). Gulmarg is not merely a mountain resort of exceptional beauty it also has the highest green golf course in the world, at an attitude of 2680 meters above sea level, and is the country’s prime ski resort in the winter. If weather permits one can also have the view of Nanga Parbat, the naked mountain that is over 26,000 ft and dominates the entire region, also enjoy cable car (Gondola) for mountain ride up to khilangmarg. Late afternoon return back to Srinagar. Evening Shikara ride on Dal Lake. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 04: DEPART SRINAGAR
Breakfast at hotel. In time transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination.