The Valley of Kashmir is known all over the world for its unsurpassable beauty and charm. Silvery streams and rivers, shimmering freshwater lakes and sparkling waterfalls… pine, deodar, and Chinar forests… Shikaras… green meadows… and grassy slopes full of vibrant colored flowers await you here in the Kashmir Valley against a backdrop of snow-capped majestic mountains from the Himalayan Range. About 300 kilometers from Jammu, across forested ravines and steep mountain-passes, the Valley of Kashmir is an oval plateau over 5000 feet high and framed by three Himalayan ranges – the Karakoram, Zanskar and Pir Panjal. Its reputation as a land of bewitching beauty with exotic fruits, flora, and fauna has yearned it the title ‘Switzerland of the East’. The capital, Srinagar, with its huge lakes, lush green meadows, and unique floating gardens, is a sparkling jewel in its crown. The state of Kashmir is mainly dominated by Muslims and Kashmiris. Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru also said about Kashmir that is there is a paradise on the earth, it is this, and it is this. Kashmiri, Dogri and Urdu are the main languages which are spoken here.
You will be met by our representative at the Srinagar airport. He will assist and transfer you to the hotel/deluxe houseboat. In the afternoon you take a shikara ride on Dal Lake, where you visit the floating vegetable gardens. While riding the Shikara’s there are plenty of opportunities for bird watching with plentiful species including Kingfisher, Little Bittern, Common Pariah Kites, Grebe etc. Dinner and Overnight in hotel/ deluxe houseboats.
Morning sightseeing of the Mughal Gardens, visiting Nishat Bagh built by Asaf Khan, the brother -in- law of Jehangir in 1632 AD, and Shalimar Bagh built by Jehangir for his wife empress Nur Jahan. All the gardens are situated on the banks of the Dal Lake with the Zabarwan hills in the background. Afternoon will be at your leisure for individual activities. Overnight in hotel/deluxe houseboat.
Morning leave for Gulmarg (Meadow of Flowers) 2730 mts. above the sea level. The distance of 60 kms will be covered in about 2 hours. Gulmarg has one of the best ski slopes in the world and highest golf course with 18 holes. If weather permits one can also have the view of Nanga Parbat, the naked mountain that is over 26,000 feets and dominates the entire region, also enjoy cable car (Gondola) for mountain ride upto khilangmarg. In the evening drive back to Srinagar. Overnight in hotel /deluxe houseboat
After breakfast drive to Pahalgam (The valley of shepherds).The total distance is about 96 kms, will be covered in about 3 hours. En-route, visiting the saffron fields of pampore, Awantipura Ruins (1100 years old temple of Lord Vishnu built by the King Awantivarman), and enjoy the beautiful countryside.Drive throught the pine forests. Arrive at Pahalgam and enjoy Lidder stream. Later walk along pony trails with a magnificent view of the mountains.Drive back to Srinagar. Overnight in hotel/deluxe houseboat.
After breakfast transfer to Srinagar airport for onward flight.
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