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BEST SEASON

April – October

Grade

Gentle – Moderate

Duration

13 days

875 $ / Person

04-06 Persons

Highest Altitude: 3050 mtrs
 

Avg. Temps: 18-28 degrees celcius
 

HIGHLIGHTS:- Rickshaw & Horse Rides, Asia’s Largest Spice market, Camp Life, Soft grade Trek in Himalyas for 2 days, Village Walks, Country side Bicycling, Boating in a freh water lake, Brown Trout Fishing, Picnic Lunches, Jeep Ride & Much More,
 

OVERVIEW
This tour is designed for families longing for more than the ordinary. There is something for everyone in these expeditions. While children can let their hair loose in wilderness, their guardians can just laze around in the meadows reading a book under an alluring Sun. You can be fishing for the Brown trout at one place & the other moment you are making your own camp for the night. You mingle with locals & see local culture. These are private & exclusive Trips where adventure becomes fun & families bond more than ever before.

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MAJOR INCLUSIONS

  • TRANSPORTATION INCLUDED YES
  • BREAKFAST INCLUDED YES
  • ALL MONUMENTS TICKETS YES
  • HOTELS 4 / 5 STAR INCLUDED YES
  • GUIDE / ESCORT INCLUDED YES

DAY WISE ITINERARY

DAY 01 Arrive in DELHI ( Capital of India)

You arrive in the capital city on your own. We greet you at the airport & escort you to your hotel. Check in & relax. Later you go on a panoramic tour of old Delhi where you capture the essence of India through its most intriguing scents, smells & sights. You experience rickshaw ride in the bustling Chandni chowk opposite the illustrious red fort. Find people carrying lot of stuff on their backs, bullock carts & hand pulled carriages that they have bought from the big textile market. Walk to one of the largest spice wholesale markets of Asia winding your way through narrow lanes & by lanes. Savor the famous Paranthas in the illustrious food street. See hundreds of locals, walk alongside & greeting you with a smile.

Note: Day 01 sightseeing schedule shall depend on what time you arrive in Delhi.

Hotel:TBA
Meals Provided Today: Dinner
Activities: Rickshaw ride, Walk to the Spice Market, Food Street & Jama Mosque.

DAY 02 DELHI – SRINAGAR (70 MINUTES FLIGHT, Lake Life & Boat Cruise)

You leave early morning for Srinagar after a light breakfast at the hotel. Upon arrival in Srinagar, we receive & greet you at the airport. Check you in your houseboat & treat you to a nice welcome drink. This is called Kahwa, a local delicious brew, quite aromatic Kashmiri-style green tea flavored with cardamom, saffron, spices and cinnamon. Relax a while before you go out & enjoy a Shikara ride on the Dal Lake. Do not miss the floating post office.

About Shikara
The Shikara is a type of wooden boat that is used to ferry people across the majestic Dal Lake and other water bodies of Kashmir, These are of different sizes & are very tastefully decorated by their owners. Like the Venetian Gondolas, they are a cultural symbol of Kashmir. These are also a makeshift home for many a people living on the water. Children can try their paddling skills helped by the boatman in their act.

About Srinagar
Also known as Venice of the east is a beautiful city that is set on the banks of river Jhelum Dal Lake & the Achar Lake. It is the summer capital of the Indian State of J & K. The 9 illustrious bridges connect the city’s two banks on which the almost the entire population of a just over a million lives to the day. The city is famous for its Mughal gardens, Art & craft, Dry fruits & houseboats besides being an important political & cultural centre.

Rest of the evening is at leisure.

Hotel:TBA
Meals Provided Today: Breakfast & Dinner
Activities: Enjoy Kahwa (Local Drink), Shikara Ride on the Lake

DAY 03 SRINAGAR (Early morning Boat Safari, Floating vegetable market & followed by a Heritage Walk,)

Even before you have had your breakfast, you visit the floating vegetable market held at dawn, watching long-tailed boats filled with Green Vegetables, onions, aubergines, tomatoes and more, in a sort of gentle early morning of trading. You can see men, women & children on their boats ferrying stuff & passionately selling it to the retailers. You return to your houseboat. Have a sumptuous breakfast & and of course, you spend hours simply sitting on the porch of your houseboat gazing at the views and the antics of kingfishers and cormorants.

Heritage Walk
Later in the day, you spend some time walking to the old city. Walk on the oldest bridge in Srinagar, the Zaina Kadal in the old city, where the most prominent examples of Islamic architectural styles of Kashmir from the 14th to 17th century can be seen alongside over 100-year-old vernacular houses. Walk through history and through narrow streets into the Jama Masjid, and Shah-e-Hamdan (Paper Machie mosque). The architecture style is very Kashmiri in nature, inspired by the Chinar (Maple) tree structure – cascading roof which will immediately remind you of the tree of the Chinese temples. The walk concludes at the Zaina Kadal Market – a haven for spices & dry fruits, copper crafts and tilla embroidery for guests to browse.

Return to your boat for overnight stay.

Hotel:TBA
Meals Provided Today: Breakfast & Dinner
Activities: Mughal Gardens, Boat Safari. Heritage Walk

DAY 04 SRINAGAR – RIVER CRUISE – MANASBAL LAKE - SONAMARG (3-4 hrs cruise, followed by a 90 minute drive, Picnic Lunch)

Have breakfast in the morning. Get set for a cruise on the River Jhelum. The cruise is for the younger generation to acquaint themselves with the history of Srinagar and appreciate the beauty of the historic houses, shrines, temples and mosques. You can witness history unfold as you cruise past.

The dilapidated wood-and-brick houses with gables literally hanging over the river are a reminder of the historical & social changes this city has witnessed. In between one can, however, see new concrete buildings erected with scant respect for the heritage of the city. You drink the Traditional kahwa on board that is served to you in style. A guide shall keep you company all of the 3 hour cruise. You disembark at Shadipur where you board a waiting vehicle for your next destination, Sonamarg. En-route you stop by Manasbal Lake, the freshest water lake in Asia. Home to lot of migratory birds, Manasbal Lake produces Lotus stems in abundance that is then shipped to the rest of India. Enjoy Picnic lunch in the little garden by the riverside.

Continue Driving to vSonamarg, one of the very prominent tourist destinations in Kashmir. cutting through hamlets; see villagers in their traditional costumes, elders on the shop pedestals enjoying hookah or the young men & women tending to their crop in the adjoining rice fields. All in all a beautiful drive alongside the roaring Sindh River. Do not miss the magnificent sight of the milky water gushing down the hills.

Hotel:TBA
Meals Provided Today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: River Cruise, Picnic Lunch, Manasbal Lake

DAY 05 SONAMARAG (countryside camping for the day, Picnic Lunch, Children Amusement, Fishing Expedition)

Today you can go on a gentle hike up in the forested area seen behind the hotel. As you exit from the main gate, you turn left & after covering a short distance, walk your way through the fields & pine trees into a beautiful meadow amidst the forest. It won’t be bad idea taking your favorite read with you. So while the children enjoy hide n seek & their own time, you may laze around in long shadows with Sun peeping in the woods & also reading your favorite book. Enjoy a picnic lunch here that you got packed from the hotel in the morning. Return by the afternoon to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

You go fishing close by the hotel in river Sind in the evening hours before dusk. What can be better than having the prized catch for dinner?

Hotel:TBA
Meals Provided Today: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Picnic Lunch, Day Camping, Fishing in river Sind

DAY 06 SONAMARAG –THAJJWAS GLACIER (PONY RIDE, VILLAGE WALK, 3000 M ASL)

Today we take you for half a day of moderate hiking tour to explore the Thajjwas Glacier, an eternal megalith in ice. It is 2 hours going up and 1 1/2 hour back to the road where your car would pick you up and drive back to the hotel. We shall treat you to a picnic lunch by the hill side that we got packed from the hotel. Afternoon you just relax or explore the village once again. Or if you are up to cycling, we shall provide you brand new bicycles at the hotel which you are welcome to use.

Overnight at the hotel
Meals provided today: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch & Dinner

DAYS 07 & 08 SONAMARAG –SHEKDUR (Mountain Camping day, 4-5 hours horseback tour up to the place called Shekdur)

Today your guide will pick you up early from the hotel & drop you at the Shuktar Bridge in about 15 minutes from where the rest of the trekking team will join you that includes (A cook, loading horses and riding horses with care takers) for the trek to commence.

About The Trek
Soon after, you pack ponies, get loaded, & the trekking trail starts along the track but quickly diverts higher up. 10 minutes into the trek, the trail bends left and enters a green meadow. The meadow directly overlooks the Sonamarg valley.

In half an hour you are at the top of the meadow where Maple and Pine trees start. At the tree line, the trail quickly descends to a tiny brook and then climbs again. What follows next is a lovely dense forest of Maple trees. Walking on the green bed of grass amidst the Maples is an experience unique to Kashmir in India.

For the next hour and a half, the trail winds up through the Maple trees. Stick to the trail heading uphill as the ones going down head to some of the nearby villages. The trees give way to clearings in between. Turn around and see the view of the Sonamarg valley which gets better and fuller as you gain height. The Maple forest ends at the top of the ridge and the other side a meadow gently slopes down. Spend a few moments at the ridge taking in the views of the Sonamarg and its neighboring valley. The streams, the meadows, the pines and the town nestled make a wonderful picture.

The climb is now over and the trail slopes down into a meadow. The meadow is lined on the left by Silver Birch trees and a few shepherd huts. The carpet of green rolls down the trees to the end of the 40ft wide meadow Small brooks which cross the meadow serve as water sources. On the right are small peaks with snow powdered on top of them. This is Shekdur. If you plan to have a short days trek on day one, this is where you pitch your tents for the day. It takes an average trekker about 2 1/2 hours to reach the meadow from the road head and add another half an hour, if you decide to break the days trek at the end of the meadow.
Shekdur is a beautiful campsite surrounded by Bhoj trees. This is the only campsite with trees on this trek and therefore adds a good variety to your moments and photographs. Spend rest of the day exploring the surrounding nature.

On arrival at the camp site your staff will pitch the tents for you and serve tea or coffee with cookies. You have half day for fishing on the lake. Here you would definitely catch some fish for dinner. Dinner will be rice, chicken, some vegetable dishes and fruit for desert.

Overnight in tents (Dining tent, 2 persons in one tent, north facing, sleeping bags thermos rest etc provided by us).

Stay in Tents for the night
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Short Hike of 2-3 hours, Horse Ride, Angling

Day 08: Retrace the path down to the bridge – Drive to Sonamarg
Today morning you will be woken up to a warm cup of tea followed by breakfast. After breakfast retrace the path down to the bridge where you started from. Board the car and drive to Sonamarg to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Alternatively after some rest & relaxation at the hotel, you walk alongside the river Bank to the nearby village. See men & women tending to their chores & children playing a game of cricket or some other local stuff. Return for meals & overnight stay at the hotel

Hotel:TBA
Meals Provided Today: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Village Walking

DAY 09 SONAMARAG – GULMARG (120 KMS, 3-4 HRS, Explore Apple orchards by the highway,2650 M ASL)

Today we drive to Gulmarg, also known as the meadow of Gold. The enthralling drive is through a beautiful highway with fresh water rivulets on one side & apple orchards on the other side. You pass by tiny hamlets decorated by walnut trees. See men & women in the rice fields. Children in school uniforms walking back to their homes. Do not be surprised to hear lot of noise by the ever honking vehicles disturbing the other tranquil & peace occasionally.

Stop by an apple orchard on the way. See the low hanging fruit that is of international quality & gets exported. Also stop by Tangmarg on the way, a picturesque hamlet lined with numerous souvenir shops, restaurants & cafes. Click some photos & continue driving till you dock at Gulmarg. Upon arrival check in your hotel amidst the dense Pine forests overlooking the Pir Panjal range. Relax over a welcome drink. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Hotel: TBA
Meals provided today: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 10 GULMARG (Highest altitude Golfing Course, St Mary’s Church, Walking on Circular road. Cable Car ride to 4000 mtrs ASL)

You enjoy a walking tour on the circuit road & along the shepherd trails marveling at the Flower bedded 18 hole highest altitude golfing course. You pay a visit to the Rani temple set within the Golfing arena. Also see the St. Mary’s church before returning to your hotel for overnight stay.

In the afternoon you go atop the Apharwat Mountains on a Cable car. This is incidentally highest altitude Cable car ride in the world. You have the option of alighting down after phase only & later either continue to phase 2 or retract to the base camp.

Hotel: TBA
Meals provided today: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 11 GULMARG – PAHALGAM (135 KMS, 3-4 HRS)

Have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. Later drive to Pahalgam another quaint town in the South of Kashmir. En-route you stop by the Vast Saffron Fields in Pampore town for a photo op. Carry on to the ancient Awantipur ruins, remnants of an old Sun temple built by King Awantivarman are seen here. Further up south you cross the Bijbehara Bridge built over river Jhelum. A meandering drive past the Apple orchards & paddy fields serenaded by river Lidder & protected by the rugged mountains to your left awaits you till you reach Pahalgam.

Upon reaching you check in your hotel. Freshen yourselves over a welcome drink. Rest a while before you walk around the sleeping town by the riverside. Visit the Golf course, Pahalgam club & Gauri Shanker temple before reaching the Pahalgam Bazaar. Soak in the fun with the place teeming with tourists. Some of those riding horses & a few enjoying their ice cream; Return back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Hotel: TBA
Meals provided today: Breakfast & Dinner
Activities: Nature Walk, Visit to the Oldest Club, Saffron Fields, Awantipur Ruins, Bazaar Trip & a Temple tour.

DAY 12 PAHALGAM (2740 m ASL)

It is Pahalgam, the shepherd’s village that has earned Kashmir the Sobriquet of Switzerland of India. From the free flowing river Lidder bisecting the town to the sprawling Golfing course, the milky white water gushing down the mountains, dense Pine & Deodar forests all add up to rustic charm & appeal to this quaint little village town. It has also been the most favorite destination with Bollywood, (Indian Film Industry) with many a films being shot here since ages.
Jeep Ride (Optional)
You can ride Jeeps to the amazing Aru valley 12 kms North of Pahalgam town. Upstream from the Lidder River & noted for its scenic meadows, lakes and mountains, Aru Valley is a base camp for trekking to the Kolhoi Glacier & Tarsar Lake. A little village lies to the left bank of the Aru River, which is a tributary of the Lidder River. There are about 20 alpine lakes, peaks and meadows around the Aru Valley. In the winters, when Aru receives heavy snowfall, Skiing & Heliskiing are practiced. Other popular tourist activities include fishing of trout in the Lidder River, trekking, hiking, horse riding, sightseeing and photography.

FISHING (Pre-arranged by us)
You can enjoy fishing in Aru valley riding jeeps to this place in the afternoon.

Rest of the evening is at leisure for some YOU time.

Hotel: TBA
Meals provided today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Activities: Angling, Nature Walks, Jeep Ride.

DAY 13 PAHALGAM - SRINAGAR – DELHI (2 ½ -3 hrs drive followed by 70 minutes flight)

You leave for Srinagar today to catch your flight to Delhi. The company representative meets you at the Delhi airport & transfers you to the international airport for your flight home. If the flight is in the wee hours of the next morning, we can provide a hotel for a few hours of Rest, Wash & change purposes.

We see you off & wish you a safe flight & happy memories. Hope you enjoyed travelling with us.

Meals provided today: Breakfast & Mid Day snacks ( one coke, Mineral Water, Biscuits, Local bakery & Coffee)

Tour Ends………….

Wash & Change Cost (If required) on the last day before International flight.

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