KASHMIR VALLEY TOUR
Day 1: Arrive – Srinagar Meet and greet on arrival at Srinagar airport transfer to Pahalgam, ‘Valley of Shepherds’ (94 km/ 03 hrs). Enroute you will have an rare opportunity to visit the Saffron fields.,Avantipura Ruins, Avantipura cricket bat factory. & Anantnag Sulpher Springs. Pampore:-Pampore is the centre of Kashmir’s saffron industry. Highly prized for its flavoring and coloring properties, the rather expensive saffron is gathered from flowers.Enjoy the nature charm of the valley. Sangam is known for its strong local industry of cricket bat manufacturing. On your visit here you can see thousands of cricket bats displayed by the roadside. Avantipur, is known for two ruined Hindu temples. Both of the temples were constructed by King Avantivarman, between 855 and 883 AD. The larger of the two is dedicated to Vishnu and known as the Avantiswami Temple. A huge wall encloses the central shrine with four smaller shrines around the centre. Mattan Temple,Few kilometers ahead of Anantnag,a pond full of holy fishes is believed to be creations of Lord Shiva.The water of the pond changes colors’ which is considered good and bad according to the local belief. Reach Pahalgam check in to hotel.After fresh n up visit by pony ride Kahmir valley Baisaran,Dabban & waterfall.Baisaran (3km) is an exciting place for tourists, where a stream flow through the meadows and pine trees.Visitors can either trek of enjoy a horse ride from the market area. Return back for dinner & Overnight stay in Hotel in Pahalgam..
Day 2: Srinagar – Yusmarg– Srinagar After breakfast drive to yusmarg (60 km) is situated in the district of budgam,is reputed for some of the highest peaks in pir-panjalrange.The word ‘Yus’ is said to be indicative of ‘Yuzu’ or Jesus PBUH passed through this valley while travelling into Kashmir with the chosen people of Lord. Interesting Places to visit yusmarg are— # DoodhGanga :A river at distance of 2 km from main meadow is approachable on foot yet you can prefer horse ride (at your own cost)to the roaring river amidst dense forest. #Nilnag:Ashort trek of 4 km to Nilnag a small lake amidst pine trees,near a hamlet gives an ultimate pleasure to u. #Frozen lake :AFull day trek from Yousmarg to frozen lake is Sang-e-Safed(white stones)valley is quite fascinated one. The lake is usually covered under icebergs throughout the year. In the evening return back to Srinagar. Dinner & overnight in the houseboat/ hotel.
Day 3: Srinagar –Sonmarg Excursion to the Sonmarg. The mountains around Sonmarg (84 kms / 3 hrs) are covered with several glaciers, one of the most famous being the Thajiswas Glacier. This scenic river of ice is set amidst lush meadows and foliage and is a three-km walk or pony ride, In the evening you will enjoy bon fire with music, Kahwa tea. Overnight in the Hotel
Day 4: Sonmarg–Gulmarg This morning you will proceed for Gulmarg, Meadow of Flowers ( 130kms /3 1/2 hrs) situated at an altitude of 2730 meters, full day at leisure to take the leisurely walks on the lush green meadows of flowers with a backdrop of the snowcapped mountains. Enjoy pony ride or Gondola ride (rope way) to Khillanmarg at your own cost. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 5: Gulmarg–Pahalgam Today you will be transferred by road from Gulmarg to Pahalgam (147 kms/ 4 hrs) Valley of Shepherds. Enroute you will have an rare opportunity to visit the Saffron fields. Also visit Avantipura Ruins & Anantnag Sulpher Springs enroute, Arrive and proceed to your hotel, rest of the day at leisure to explore the countryside and enjoy leisurely walks through the pine forest along the river Ladder, overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Pahalgam This morning u will proceed for Aru valley and Chandanwari by car (at your own cost). Aru is small village, 11 kms upstream the Ladder River, is a beautiful locality. The route is picturesque with ample campsites. This village is the starting point for treks to the Kolahoi glacier. The most beautiful of these is the huge, undulating meadow of Baisaran, surrounded by thickly wooded forests of pine .Hajan and Beetab valley on the way to Chandanwari.Overnight in the hotel.
Day 7: Depart Srinagar After breakfast, transfer to airport for your onward flight back home