Magical Kashmir | 08 Days / 07 Nights

The valley of Kashmir offers woody abyss which surrounds the steep mountainous terrain. Known around the world for its unparalleled landscapes, the valley is located 300kms away from Jammu. Situated in the Himalayas, the clear blue skies reveal the snow-capped peaks that birth the streams and rivers. The valley delights you with multi hues of nature communicated through lush green slopes, tender meadows and prairie of vibrant flowers. The capital city of Kashmir- Srinagar is world renowned for its handloom that produces woollen garments and Pashmina shawls. Srinagar also acquaints you with the local handicrafts and hand carved wooden furniture made out of walnut tree.

Day 1

ARRIVE DELHI

Arrive late evening at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport. You will be met by our representative outside the customs gate and escorted to your hotel.

Day 2

DELHI

Enjoy a full day guided tour of Delhi.

The city consists of two parts – Old and New Delhi. Old Delhi was the capital of Muslim India between the 17th and 19th centuries and has many mosques, monuments and forts.

Begin your day with an exploration starting in Old Delhi. Visit Jama Masjid, the Royal Mosque which was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1656. Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes followed by a short walk along the main street of Old Delhi – the colourful shopping bazaar known as Chandni Chowk. Drive past the Red Fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Continue to Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

In the afternoon visit New Delhi – the imperial city created by the British as the capital of India. In 1911, Edwin Lutyens, the most renowned English architect of the day, was chosen to design New Delhi. Drive through the majestic boulevards – the Rashtrapati Bhawan is where the Viceroy once lived and is now the official residence of the President of India. View India Gate, a war memorial arch built in honour of 90,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in World War I. Visit Humayun’s Tomb (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the first great example of Mughal architecture in India. The day’s tour ends at Qutab Minar (another UNESCO World Heritage Site) – a soaring tower of victory which is 72.5 metres high and has five distinct stories.

Overnight at Hotel in Delhi.

Day 3

DELHI – SRINAGAR

This morning you will be transferred to the airport to board the flight to Srinagar.

Arrive in Srinagar – meet and assist on arrival. Transfer to the hotel in Srinagar.

Srinagar is the capital city of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The city of Srinagar is located at 5200 feet (1 mile or as high as Denver, Colorado) above sea level.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel in Srinagar.

Day 4

SRINAGAR

After a leisurely breakfast begin the day visiting a famous Sufi Shrine located in the heart of the beautiful old city. Sufism and Kashmir go hand in hand whether it was Buddhism, Hinduism or Islam – the great saints came and lived here and preached the religion of humanity.

Visit the famous Grand Mosque called Jamia mosque.

Our next stop is the bridge located on the famous old wooden River Jhelum. On both sides of the river are some old traditional houses that were built by the rich and famous of the city who lived in them before the mode of transportations was shifted to the roads.

This Shah-Hamadhan mosque is a pure example of the mixture of architecture – including Pagoda, Persian, a local log house and a little bit of Central Asian.

This afternoon we visit a small museum dedicated to the crafts of the valley. Later visit a workshop where one can see men working on the chain stitch rugs and fabric materials.

Our next stop will be Walnut wood carving followed by a Papier-Mache workshop.

Overnight at the hotel in Srinagar.

Day 5

SRINAGAR

After a leisurely breakfast visit some of the best kept gardens of the Mughal era – Shalimar Gardens.

Emperor Jahangir and his wife Noor-Jahan were so enamored by Kashmir that during the summer they moved to Srinagar with their full court entourage from Delhi.

Later visit the Parimahal Garden. Once the royal observatory, Pari Mahal has a charmingly laid out garden and is a five-minute drive from Cheshmashahi. A Buddhist monastery at one time, it was converted into a school of astrology by Dara Shikoh, Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan’s eldest son.

Later in the afternoon visit the Ghats (landing) on the Boulevard road where you will board Shikara (boat). Your boat trip takes you through by lanes and narrow canals of old parts of the lake to familiarize you with the lifestyles of people who lived on the banks of the lake. An amazing photo opportunity awaits you on this trip as you see how cultivation of vegetables and flowers is done on the floating and manmade islands.

Overnight at the hotel in Srinagar.

Day 6

SRINAGAR – GULMARG

This morning after breakfast you will be driven to Gulmarg (8700 feet above sea level) west from Srinagar almost an hour and a half away from the city centre.

The large and beautiful meadow of Gulmarg lies at a stunning altitude of 2730m and is around 50km southwest of Srinagar in the Jammu and Kashmir region of far northern India. Gulmarg means ‘meadow of flowers’ and it lives up to this description in spring, when there are flowers everywhere at this hill station.

Check into the hotel.

Afternoon at leisure for activities like walking, playing golf, horse riding or just relaxing.

Overnight at the hotel in Gulmarg.

Day 7

GULMARG – SRINAGAR

After breakfast you will be driven back to Srinagar. Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities. Overnight at the hotel in Srinagar.

Day 8

SRINAGAR – DELHI

If you are an early riser (even when it is dark outside) a unique trip to the vegetable floating market awaits you.

After breakfast,transfer to the Srinagar Airport to board the flight for Delhi.