Cradled in the lap of majestic mountains of the Himalayas, Kashmir is the most beautiful place on earth. The state of Jammu & Kashmir
Arrive Jammu | On to Katra (52 kms / approx. 1& half hour drive) Welcome to your ‘ Kashmir Experience ‘ tour! Arrive into Jammu airport or Jammu railway station. There you will be met and transferred to Katra where on arrival you will check into your hotel. The evening is free. Overnight stay at the hotel.
In Katra | Trek to Mata Vaishnodevi (14 kms one way) As per your own preferred time, proceed to Banganga from where you will trek up the Mata Vaishnodevi Temple. Every day of the year, a mass of humanity surges up steep pathways that cut across the hillside for mile after mile. Popular belief holds that anybody who walks the Himalayan trail to her abode to ask for a wish rarely goes back disappointed. There are many who journey here to pay obeisance regardless of their faith, class, caste o
On to Patnitop (70 kms / approx. 2 & half hour drive) Today depart for Patnitop. On arrival into Patnitop, check into your hotel. The rest of the evening is at leisure to relax and enjoy the beauty of Patnitop. Overnight stay at the hotel (B)
On to Pahalgam (153 kms / approx. 3 & half hour drive) Today depart for Pahalgam, the ‘valley of shepherds’ which is situated at the confluence of the streams flowing from the river Lidder and Sheshnag Lake. On arrival into Pahalgam, check into your hotel and enjoy the surrounding beauty. Overnight stay in the hotel (B)
On to Gulmarg (145 kms / approx. 5 hour drive) This morning proceed to Gulmarg driving past willow trees, fast flowing streams and lush green meadows. En route visit the Awantipura Ruins, an 1100 year old temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and built by King Awantivarman. Gulmarg – the ‘meadow of flowers’ is an apt term for this idyllic flower – laden spot, offering a spectacular view of towering snow capped peaks covered with dense forests of tall conifers, gigantic firs and pine trees.
On to Srinagar (52 kms/ approx 2 hour drive) This morning depart for Srinagar. On arrival into Srinagar, you will be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon proceed on a city tour visiting the Shankaracharya Temple situated atop a hill, followed by the famous Mughal Gardens – Chasmashahi, Nishadand Shalimar (closed on Friday). These gardens were where Mughal emperors once relaxed with their exquisite queens and even today are popular picnic spots. Also visit the local handicrafts shops.
n Srinagar | Day Excursion to Sonmarg (82 Kms/ approx. 4 hour drive) Today embark on a full day excursion to the picturesque ‘meadow of gold’ – Sonmarg. The fast flowing Sindh River makes it popular for trout and mahseer fishing in summer. You can opt for a pony ride to one of the glaciers for some fun in the snow and ice. Overnight stay in the hotel (B)
Depart Srinagar | Return home with happy memories Today, bid farewell to your ‘Kashmir Experience ‘ tour as you are transferred to Srinagar airport for your onward journey. (B)