HEAVEN ON EARTH
DURATION: 12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS
DELHI – SRINAGAR – DODHPATHRI – DICHIGAM – PAHALGAM – ARU VALLEY – GULMARG – SONAMARG – DELHI
As quoted by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir, “Gar firdaus bar-rue zamin ast, hami asto, hamin asto, hamin ast” which translates into English as “If there is a heaven on earth, it’s here, it’s here, it’s here”, Jammu & Kashmir casts a magical charm on everyone who visits here. A land of unmatched scenic beauty and rich culture, Kashmir truly is a ‘Heaven on Earth’. Blessed with a perfect landscape of mesmerizing green valleys, the mighty Himalayas, serene lakes and more makes it one of the most popular tourist destination. It’s a dream of every Indian traveller to visit this paradise, at least once a lifetime.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN DELHI
Namaste and Welcome to India!
On reaching Delhi, you will meet our representative who will help you with an assisted transfer to your pre-booked hotel. Spend the day at leisure in doing the activities that you want to such as visiting the popular market, exploring the attractions or enjoying the lip-smacking street food. Stay overnight in Delhi.
DAY 02: DELHI – SRINAGAR (BY FLIGHT)
Today, after breakfast, get transferred to the airport to board a flight towards Srinagar. Upon arrival our representative will meet and greet you as well as help you with an assisted transfer to your Deluxe Houseboats at Dal Lake. In the evening, you will enjoy a Shikara ride on the Dal Lake, famed for its floating vegetable market. The unique floating gardens in the natural wetlands of Srinagar are the prime source of vegetables cultivation and these fresh vegetable are then sold on the floating Shikaras on the lake. You can easily get a glimpse of this floating market early in the morning.
Dinner and night stay in the houseboat.
DAY 03: SRINAGAR SIGHTSEEING ALONG WITH DODHPATHRI
This morning after breakfast proceed for city tour of Srinagar. First visit Dodhpathri, a beautiful hill station located just 42kms away from Srinagar, it’s a beautiful place with carpet like meadows and A flowing river resounds with soft wind passing through the pine trees of the enclosures of the valley. It is also called as a VALLEY OF MILK because it produces rich milk in a large quantity It is said that the cattle grazing in the meadows of Doodpathri, produces rich milk in large quantity , this reason it is called the valley of milk Dodhpathri. Later on visit the world famous Mughal Gardens visiting the Nishat Bagh (The garden of pleasure) & Shalimar Bagh (Abode of love), & The Chasme Shahi Garden, & Shankaracharya Temple. In the evening return to Houseboat. Overnight at Hotel or House boat.
DAY 04: SRINAGAR – DACHIGAM NATIONAL PARK
Post breakfast, you will leave for visiting the Dachigam national park, situated in the beautiful Dachigam valley. Declared as a national park in 1951, it was once the private hunting ground of the Maharaja of Kashmir. This national park is home to rare Kashmir stag (Hangul), musk deer as well as black and brown bears. Enjoy wildlife safari into at the park. In case you love camping, you can trek upwards. Stay overnight in the houseboat.
DAY 05: SRINAGAR – PAHALGAM
Today after breakfast you will drive towards Pahalgam also called ‘Valley of Shepherds’; en route, you will be visiting the magnificent Saffron fields and adore their heavenly beauty! The drive will also take you to the historic Avantipura Ruins and the Anantnag Sulpher Springs. Later, with your arrival in Pahalgam and checking-in into a hotel. The rest of the day is free for leisure activities, you can indulge in horse riding, trekking or simply enjoy a walk around this beautiful place. Stay overnight.
DAY 06: PAHALGAM EXPLORATION
After having breakfast in the hotel get ready to enjoy the pristine beauty of Pahalgam, visit the gorgeous rocky valleys of Chandanwadi and Snow Point along with an exciting pony ride at an additional cost. Returning to Pahalgam, take your time to explore its countryside and also walk through the evergreen pine forests beside the Lidder River. The day will conclude with your dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 07: PAHALGAM – ARU VALLEY
After enjoying your breakfast, you will hit the road to go to the Aru Valley; a pristine scenic village located around 12 kms from Pahalgam. Enjoy being amidst the natural surroundings, take a leisure walk here. Return back to the hotel for having lunch. The rest of the day is free for the activities of your interest. If you want then you can trek down to Bysaran and Shikarga. You can also enjoy a pony ride. Dinner and night stay in hotel.
DAY 08: PAHALGAM – GULMARG
On the 8th day of your tour, have your breakfast and leave for visiting Gulmarg, also referred to as ‘Meadow of Flowers’. Once you reach, check-in at your hotel enjoys a Gondola Ride that is a cable car ride. Also visit the green 18-hole golf course, the highest one in the world. Carry packed lunch. Enjoy taking a leisure walk. Dinner and night stay in the hotel.
DAY 09: GULMARG EXPLORATION
Post breakfast, spend the day enjoying in Gulmarg. You can do the activities of your interest. If you want, you can enjoy horse riding, Cable car ride, skiing, sightseeing and so on. Dinner and overnight stay in Gulmarg.
DAY 10: GULMARG – SRINAGAR
On day 10, have your breakfast and hit the road to go to Srinagar . on arrival, check into your luxury houseboat. After freshening up, set out for a Shikara ride, where you are going to cruise along the floating gardens. Also visit other attractions such as Lotus Gardens, Kabooter Khana (Pigeon palace) and Char Chinar. Dinner and overnight stay in the houseboat.
DAY 11: SRINAGAR- SONMARG – SRINAGAR
Have your breakfast and leave for a day-trip to Sonamarg, one of the most striking drives where you can stop on the way to click pictures. Proceed to Sonamarg, also known as Meadow of Gold (2690Mtrs), which is also a Gateway to Ladakh. In the evening back to the houseboat for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 12: SRINAGAR – DELHI
Today is the last day of your tour, when after breakfast; you will get an assisted transfer to the Srinagar airport to catch a flight to Delhi. On reaching, you will be transported to the airport to board a flight for your onward journey with some wonderful memories of this tour.
NOTE: This is just a suggested itinerary indicative of what could be possible. We tailor holidays for your specific needs. Feel free to contact us if you want modifications so that we could tailor a holiday or a tour package specially designed to suit your needs and desire for an unforgettable India tour.
- Daily Breakfast at Hotel.
- Accommodation as per our Itinerary hotel on twin sharing basis inclusive of taxes.
- Complimentary drinks on arrival.
- Pickup service from Airport, Railway Station and Hotel.
- Air Conditioned vehicles having sufficient space for luggage.
- All State Taxes, Parking and all transport related expense including Driver Services.
- A trained and knowledgeable representative throughout the tour.
- Experienced chauffeurs for all kinds of conveyance.
- Entry fee at the monuments.
- Tips to the servicemen.
- Meals and services not specified in the above mentioned section.
- Cost for Airfare, Train fare, Insurance Premiums.
- Cost for service provided on a personal request.
- Cost for personal expenses such as laundry, bottled water, Soft Drinks, Incidentals, Porter Charges, tips etc.
- Cost for any other service not mentioned under the “Cost Includes” head.