Vale of Kashmir
vale of Kashmir is set in the lap of the famous Himalayas, towering
to 18500 feet, with the sinuous Jhelum river cutting across in coils
and curves forming the highway and tha main source of sustenance.
This fertile land has over centuries enticed people from all over
the world to behold its legandary beauty. Indeed no other place on
earth has more widely been refered to as PARADISE.
Kashmir inspite of its
mountainous terrain has been remarkably accessible to outsiders.
Here you find evidence of interaction with ancient Greek, Roman and
Persian civilizations. This spectacular land is tempered by many
countless caravans of traders and rulers that have traversed the
Vale of over a thousand years. From Emperor Ashok's regime the third
century BC which left its stamp of Buddhism, to the revival of
Hinduism by Sankracharaya, to the preeching and introduction of
Islam by the Gread Shah Hamdan, who also produced the current
civilization of Persian art, to the influence of the Mughals, to the
Sikhs, the British Raj and finally the 19th century Dogra rulers
01 : Delhi -
Meet upon arrival and transfer to Deluxe Houseboats. Late afternoon
Shikara ride on Dal Lake visiting floating and Vegetable gardens
etc. Also witness walnut woodcarving and papier machie making
demonstration. Dinner overnight in Deluxe Houseboats
Day 02 : In Srinagar
Morning sightseeing of Mughal Gardens visiting Nishat Bagh (Abode of
pleasure) built by Asif Khan brother in law of Jehangir in 1632 AD.
And Shalimar Bagh (Abode of love) built by Jehangir for his wife
Empress Noor Jehan. All the gardens are situated on the bank of Dal
Lake with the Zabarwan Mountains in the background. The distance
from Srinagar to the said gardens is about 12 and 15 kms
respectively. Enroute visit carpet-weaving factory. Dinner overnight
in Deluxe Houseboats
Day 03 : Srinagar - Gulmarg
Full day trip Gulmarg (Meadow of Flowers) 2730 Mts. above sea level.
The distance of 60 kms will be covered in about 2 hrs. Gulmarg has
one of the best Ski slopes in the world and highest golf course of
the world with 18 holes. One can also have the view of Nanga Parbhat
if weather permits. The view enroute from Tangmarg to Gulmarg is
fascinating. One can also have a short trek upto Khilangmarg, which
can be covered in about 3 hrs. Also enjoy sledge riding on snow.
Chair Lifts for mountain ride are also available. Lunch will be
carried from Houseboat. Dinner and overnight stay in Deluxe
Day 04 : Srinagar - Pahalgam
After breakfast drive to Pahalgam (Valley of Shepherds). The
distance of about 96 kms will be covered in about 3 hrs. Enroute
visiting Saffron fields, Awantipura ruins (1100 years old temple of
Lord Vishnu built by King Awantiwareman), see the beautiful
countryside on the way and lot of rice fields. Drive through the
pine forest. Arrive Pahalgam transfer to Hotel. After lunch have
bridle walks and feed your cameras with the picture of magnificent
view of mountains. Dinner overnight in hotel at Pahalgam
Day 05 : Pahalgam - Srinagar
Drive back to Srinagar from Pahalgam and transfer to Deluxe
Houseboats. Dinner overnight in Deluxe Houseboats.
Day 06 : In Srinagar
Free for Shopping and other individual activities. Dinner overnight
in Deluxe Houseboats.
Day 07 : Srinagar - Delhi
After breakfast transfer to Airport catch flight for Delhi