Reliving a Dream

Best Season

April - June

Grade

Gentle

Duration

08 days

899$ / Person

03 -05 Persons

Avg. Temps: 18-25 degree Celsius

Highest Altitude: 2950 mtrs.

Feature: For all Age groups

OVERVIEW

Kashmir is a fable, a fairytale description of beauty, charm & peace. A place where poets & Saints have lived & glorified its pristine landscape, where Pandit Ravi Shankar held classes for the famed Beatles group & George Harrison in a houseboat; where the Great Mahatma Gandhi had tea under a Tree in the erstwhile Maharajas’ Garden House (the tree still exists) & a place where Bollywood has paid obeisance through its films & songs. A trip to this paradise is no less than a dream re-lived.

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Mail: info@banjaaray.com

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 Arrival in SRINAGAR

You arrive in SRINAGAR today on a flight from Delhi/Mumbai. We receive you at the airport exit. Exchange pleasantries with you & escort you to the hotel of your stay on the boulevard road. You check in. Freshen up & relax a while before setting out to explore the Srinagar town. On this brief visit you walk up to the Shankaracharya temple atop the mountain cliff. Adi Guru Shankaracharya is said to have prayed, meditated & stayed here.

You retract & reach one of the strategically located Boarding points for a Boat ride in the Dal Lake. Over 90 odd minutes you savor some amazing sights in the lake waters; Floating vegetable gardens overlooking Zaberwan hills, men & women on small boats ferrying essential items for their use, schools & shops amidst the islands & flower & vegetable laden ferries. All in all a beautiful experience.

Hotel: Lalit/Vivanta by Taj/Sarovar Portico

Meals provided today: Welcome Drink on arrival, Afternoon Tea & Dinner

Activities: Boat ride, Temple Visit.

DAY 02 SRINAGAR – PAHALGAM (95 KMS, 2 ½ HRS)

Leave Srinagar after breakfast on a drive to Pahalgam. 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 riding horses & a few enjoying their ice cream; Return back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Hotel: Senator Pine N Peak/Pahalgam hotel/Grand Mumtaz

Meals provided today: Breakfast & Dinner

Activities: Nature Walk, Visit to the Oldest Club, Saffron Fields, Awantipur Ruins, Bazaar Trip & a Temple tour.

DAY 03 PAHALGAM

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. Some of the other worth seeing sights here are Baisaran, Hugan valley, Aru Valley & the Mamleshwar Temple.

It has also been the most favorite with Bollywood, with many a films being shot here since ages.

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

Hotel: Senator Pine N Peak/Pahalgam hotel/Grand Mumtaz

Meals provided today: Breakfast & Dinner

Activities: A Jeep Ride to the Twin Valleys (Hugan & Aru), Horse Ride to Baisaran, Walking tour to Mamleshwar temple.

DAY 04 PAHALGAM – GULMARG (150 KMS, 3 ½ HRS)

You enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. Pack up in time for a drive to Gulmarg known as the Meadow of flowers. Road is dotted with Apple orchards, beautiful Eucalyptuses, rivulets & paddy fields. You visit the Martand temples, a sulphur spring in Anantnag & the cricket bats manufacturing place in Bijbehara on the way. You 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. Later 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.

Hotel: Khyber/Highland Park/Vintage/Heevan

Meals provided today: Breakfast & Dinner

Activities: Sun Temple Visit, Experience at the Sulphur Spring, Demonstration of Cricket bats making, walking round Highest Altitude Golfing Course, Temple & a Church Visit.

DAY 05 GULMARG – MANASBAL LAKE - SONAMARAG (135 KMS, 3 - 4 HRS)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Set yourself up for a ride on a high altitude Cable car to the Apharwat Mountains. You either opt till Kongdoori (Phase 1st culminates here) or head further to the Apharwat peak (2nd phase). Many a Bollywood films & song sequences are shot here along this circuit. Jab Tak hain Jaan starring Shah Rukh Khan, Yeh Jawani hai Deewani (Ranbir Kapoor/Deepika Padukone) to name a couple of them feature these spots. On a clear day you can witness the Sun illuminating the Nanga Parbat (naked mountain), the 9th highest mountain range in the world.

The tryst with the valley of dreams continues. You drive up North to Sonamarg (also known as the Meadow of Gold). This should take you approx 4 hrs & you would have liked it to prolong with such fascinating sights on the left & right both. The roaring Sind River to your right, the Rocky Mountains to your left, the lively parks & village hamlets, Apple orchards, Paddy fields & huge walnut tress dotting the highway till you reach Sonamarg.

In between this fascinating road journey, you drive to the illustrious Manasbal Lake 40 kms shy of Sonamarg. One of the largest fresh water lakes growing Lotus in abundance is a marvel in itself. You can enjoy picnic lunch here in the park alongside. Also on its western side is an Archeological survey of India excavated ancient 20 ft high Shivalinga standing pristine in crystal clear waters. You can see young boys diving in its 7 ft deep waters for a splash.

Drive further to reach Sonamarag where you check in your hotel Rah Villas here. Rest of the evening is at leisure.

Hotel: TBA

Meals provided today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities: Cable car ride, Visit to the Fresh water Lake Manasbal, Picnic Lunch, Sacred bath at Old Shivalinga spring

DAY 06 SONAMARAG

Have a sumptuous breakfast in the morning at the hotel. Get set for a trip to the Thajjwas Glacier, the eternal megalith in ice. Year on year, mounds of ice get accumulated on this Glacier making it as grand as the mountain itself. To reach here, First up, you reach the base camp in your car from the hotel. From here you either go hiking by foot or ride ponies to the glacier.

Enjoy picnic lunch close to the rivulet with shimmering white water flowing in it. Savor some of the majestic peaks that overlook the space. Return to the base line where you board your vehicle for a small drive back to the hotel.

Rest for the most of the afternoon getting rid of the hiking fatigue; Enjoy Kashmiri Kahwa/Noon Chai & local bread for evening snacks that charge you up for a little walking trip to the nearby village; Here you see men & women tending to their crop & the livestock, Children enjoying locally popular games & village elders debating issues on the rampart of shops by the street side.

Hotel: TBA

Meals provided today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activities: Glacier Trip, Picnic Lunch, Health, Savoring Local Tea & bread

DAY 07 SONAMARAG – SRINAGAR (95 KMS, 2 HRS)

Leave for the Capital city after breakfast. Upon reaching Srinagar, you check in your hotel. After a bit of rest, you leave for a tour of the 3 Mughal gardens. The Chashme Shahi (Royal Spring), Shalimar & the Nishat; each one these nature parks are a treat to the eyes with huge Chinars (Maple Tree), Flower beds, water Streams & much more. The imposing Zaberwan Mountain in the backdrop & Dal Lake in the front accord all these 3 gardens a royal grandeur.

Hotel: Lalit/Vivanta by Taj/Sarovar Portico

Meals provided today: Breakfast

Activities: Trip to the 3 Gems, Boulevard walk & free shopping time.

DAY 08 DEPARTURE FOR HOME

Your trip concludes today. We see you off at the airport. Wish you a safe flight & lasting memories.

Trip Cost: On request

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