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Gardens, Lakes and Mountains of Kashmir

Gardens, lakes and mountains of Kashmir

Gardens, Lakes and Mountains of Kashmir

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Gardens, Lakes and Mountains of Kashmir

kashmirPristine snow-capped peaks, misty green valleys, translucent lakes and abundance of flowers and fruits, the Mughal King Jahangir was so bewitched by the beauty of Kashmir that he exclaimed “If there is a paradise on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here“.

Kashmir woos everyone with its ethereal beauty of beautifully manicured gardens against the picturesque backdrop of towering snow capped mountains and verdant valleys. Truly a traveller’s paradise, on this holiday you will spend time amidst nature and tranquility.

Delhi • Srinagar • Gulmarg  • Delhi

Day 1. To Delhi
Departure from your home country.

Day 2. Delhi To Srinagar
Arrive in Delhi and connect to a domestic flight to Srinagar. Then transfer to a charming houseboat. After lunch, enjoy a relaxing ride on a traditional Shikara, the iconic local boat dotting all the lakes in Kashmir. Four nights stay on the houseboat.

Day 3. Srinagar
Morning at leisure to revel in the beauty of the lake and the mountains from the sun deck of your houseboat. After lunch, leave the houseboat by shikara for the Pari Mahal Ghat. Here you will visit the Pari Mahal, Nishat and Shalimar Mughal Gardens. The Pari Mahal was originally a Buddhist monastery and later converted to an astrological school by Dara Shikoh, the eldest son of Emperor Shah Jahan. The Nishat – or The Garden of Bliss – with its glorious views of the snow capped mountains, was created by Asif Khan on the banks of Dal Lake. The lovely Shalimar Bagh – The Abode of Love – was inspired by Emperor Jahangir’s love for his wife Nur Jahan.

Day 4. Srinagar
After breakfast, embark upon a walking tour and discover the heritage and culture of the city. See the ancient shrines and mosques, wander the streets lined with soft hued burnt brick buildings and visit some of the famous Srinagar bridges. Partake in a delicious cup of Kahwa, traditional Kashmiri Tea. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 5. Srinagar
A delightful day’s outing to see the beautiful Manasbal Lake, especially surreal when the water lilies are in bloom. For lunch, enjoy a leisurely picnic at Daroga Bagh, now known as Jharokha Garden, again built by Emperor Jahangir for his wife Nur Jahan. The view across the lake is superb. Later, visit a silk worm farm and see how these fascinating worms (in the pupa part of their life-cycle) weave their magical threads.

Day 6. To Gulmarg
Early morning optional visit to the bustling vegetable market and then a short journey will transport you to The Meadow of Flowers. Stop at Kanihma, a little village en-route, to see the dying art of Kani Shawl weaving. Then start your climb to Gulmarg through fir-covered hillsides. Two nights stay at Hotel Highlands Park.

Day 7. Gulmarg
Take a breathtaking gondola ride for a spectacular view of the lovely scenery of the Valley of Gulmarg, or enjoy a walking tour of the Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve.

Day 8. To Delhi
Morning drive to Srinagar. Fly to Delhi in the afternoon. Overnight at Shangri-La Eros Hotel.

Day 9. International Departure from Delhi
Transfer to the International Airport for your flight back home.

Suggested extension to Ladakh

Day 8. To Kargil
Morning drive to Kargil. The route is rugged with outstanding scenery and ascends to the spectacular Zoji la Pass at 11,575 feet. Overnight at Zojila Residency.

Day 9. To Nurla
Leave Kargil and visit the Mulbekh statue, then up to the Nami Kala pass at 11,000 feet, climbing ever higher to the Fatula Pass at 14,000 feet. Visit Lamayuru Monastery and continue to Nurla. Overnight stay at The Apricot Tree.

Day 10. To Leh
Wonderful drive today again through stunning scenery passing ancient shrines and occasional habitation. Four nights at Grand Dragon Hotel.

Day 11. Leh
Morning to relax and then wander the Leh market: look out for local handicrafts. Later visit the Shankar Gompa, home to countless pure gold statues.

Day 12.Leh
Visit the 12-storey-high Thikesy Monastery and Stok Palace Museum. A 15m high seated Maitreya Buddha dominates the monastery’s main prayer hall. At the museum, see the extensive collections of weaponry, art and jewellery.

Day 13.Leh
Day to explore the sights and sounds of Leh. Or optional drive to the Khardung – La Pass on the highest motorable road in the world.

Day 14. To Delhi
Transfer to the airport for flight to Delhi. Overnight at Shangri-La Eros Hotel.

Day 15. Onward to your home country
Transfer to the airport for onward flight home.

Each of our programs can be customised to our clients’ desires. Enquire now for a tailor-made Indus experience!

Tour Info

Best time to visit: The best time to visit Kashmir is between May and October. It is the perfect summer destination!

Duration: 09 days

Themes: Culture, Heritage, Lake Boating, Garden Walks, Himalayan Views, Mountain Hikes.

Regions you will discover: Srinagar, Gulmarg

Transport within India:
Private air-conditioned chauffeur-driven car
Domestic Flight

Price: Available on request for relevant travel month

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