Enchanting Himalayan kingdoms located in the lap of dazzling snow caped mountain rage of Pir Panjal, is undoubtedly a jewel in India’s crown. It is a paradise on earth, aptly called by Mughal, changing its hues with the seasons is extravagantly beautiful. Srinagar is capital founded by Emperor Ashoka dating back to the 3rd century BC. The Dal lake is the water front ornamented by decorated Shikara (kind of Boat) and floating house boats. Between the lake and the mountain ranges are the Mughal gardens, Its old city is with medieval charm, city has sights, smell and sounds to enchants the most jaded travelers, Some of important tourist spots are Gulmarg, Pehelgaon, Sonemarg, Amarnath cave and is the gate way to Ladakh.
Day 01: Arrive at Jammu
Arrive at Jammu Station / Airport. Jammu is also connected by rail connection where maximum trains come from all major parts of India. After arrival transfer to Katra the main town for Mata Vaisnov Devi Darshans. Jammu is the gateway to Kashmir valley and strategically located on river Tawi and on the foot hills of Pir Panjal ranges. Jammu is popularly known as city of temples and the winter capital of J&K. After arriving at Katra check into hotel and afternoon explore around. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Drive Katra – Patnitop
After breakfast leave for Patnitop which is on the national highway to Kashmir and halfway to Srinagar summer capital of J&K state. Patnitop is nestled amidst Seojdhar & Peer Panchal ranges. Lavish meadows & mighty mountains welcome you if you leave the beaten track and stray into forested nooks & corners quietly, gently and patiently. Discover Patnitop rest of the day.
Day 03: Drive Patnitop – Pahalgam
After breakfast if time permits visit the Nathatop and later drive to Phalgam. One of the most panoramic meadows of Kashmir blessed with the enchanting Lidder River crossing through the meadow. It is a 3 hours spectacular drive from Srinagar to Pahalgam crossing through the Saffron fields at Pampore. Pampore is the only place blessed with the cultivation of Saffron in whole India. It is alo famous for the romantic episode of most popular king Baadshah & Habakhatoon with a local farmer daughter. Further, ahead are Avantipura ruins the former capital of Kashmir under king Avantipuram. It is a beautiful drive through villages & farm land and will pass along the river Jehlum at certain points till you reach Martand natural springs. The crystal clear water of these springs has medicinal properties. Stay overnight.
Day 04: Pahalgam
Today take full day at Pahalgam to relax and rejuvenate your body, mind & soul. Visit the Pahalgam club for some recreations or simply relax on the banks of Lidder Valley famous for its glacier cold water. Stay overnight.
Day 05: Drive Pahalgam – Gulmarg
After breakfast drive to Gulmarg the Meadow of Flowers. It is one of the most silent valley in Kashmir and very popular for its snow fall in the winter and a popular skiing destination. It is a smooth drive till Tangmarg 15 km short of Gulmarg when the Zig Zag route starts through the forest of pine trees, one of the most spectacular and pollution free drives. Gulmarg has one of the finest high altitude Golf courses of the world. Gulmarg is incomplete without a horse ride and newly introduced Gandola lift which takes you 5 km to Kong Dori & Affarvat hills Stay over night.
Day 06: Drive Gulmarg – Srinagar
Today leave for Srinagar the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir state on the banks of river Jehlum. Lakes and gardens are the charm of Srinagar city with the back drop of Hariparbat , Shankaracharya hill & Zabarvan ranges. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Later in the after noon enjoy a Shikara ride (A well decorated boat) on Dallake. Stay over night.
Day 07: Darshans of Matta Kheerbhawani
After breakfast drive to Tulumula a near by place to Srinagar city to visit one of the famous and sacred Hindu shrine of Mata Kheerbhawani, the most sacred and auspicious Durga temple. It is said that Lord Ram the Goddess traveled from Lanka to this lagoon like place. As she was carrying snakes with her she found this place most suitable as surrounded by near by lakes and marshy lands. Later drive back to Srinagar. Afternoon free for shopping and independent activities. Stay overnight.
Day 08: Drive Srinagar – Sonamarg – Srinagar
After breakfast proceed to Sonmarg via Kangan famous for trout fish. Sonmarg the meadow of Gold is one of the finest locations on the banks of river Sindh with the back drop of Zojila hill. It is an important gateway to Shree Amarnath Ji Yatra & Kargil via world second largest place Drass. Sonmarg is famous for its glaciers and river Sindh. Did you know the art of navigation was born in the river Sindh 5000 years ago? The very word navigation is derived from the Sanskrit word NAVGATIH. Stay over night.
Day 09: Srinagar Departure
After breakfast visits the famous Mughal gardens which are along the semi circular road along the Dallake with a spectacular view of the lake and Zabarvan hills at the back drop. These gardens are developed by Mughal emperor Jahangir when they fall in love with the valley and said “If there is heaven on earth. It is here, it is here, it is here “and later transfer to Airport for your flight back home.
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