Itinerary: 7 Days Exotic Kashmir Tour Package
Board a morning flight to Srinagar. Once you arrive at the Srinagar airport, meet an IHPL representative who will help you in an assisted transfer to a Jetty on the Boulevard Road. After reaching the Jetty, get transferred to your pre-booked Houseboat. A welcome drink is served. Complete the check-in formalities. The rest of the day is free. Indulge in the activities of your interest, such as shopping for souvenirs, relishing sumptuous local delicacies, exploring the surrounding area on your own, and more. Overnight stay in the Houseboat.
Today after breakfast, get an assisted transfer to the mesmerizing town of Gulmarg (50 km), which is at an altitude of 2650 m above sea level. After arriving, check into your pre-booked hotel. Afterward, relish lunch. Now you are free to spend the day as per your liking. You can opt for a pony ride or a Gondola Ride (cable car) from Gulmarg to Khilanmarg. This two-staged ropeway is the second highest in the world. Admire the beautiful scenery while on the Gondola. After you finish the second stage, you can even go higher to visit popular sites like India-Pak LOC and Kabootar Valley. The other option is to see the Golf Course if you wish to partake in the game. Finally, return to the hotel for dinner and night halt.
In the morning, on day 3, get transferred to Pahalgam after having breakfast. Pahalgam is one of the most popular tourist destinations. Placed on the banks of river Lidder, it has been a favorite place for shooting several Bollywood movies. It is also the entry point for the Amarnath yatra, a famous spiritual journey for Hindus. En route, you can halt at Avantipur Ruins (time permitting). The place has 2 temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. On arriving, check into the hotel. Spend the day doing leisure activities. You can visit the local market or opt for a pony ride. Enjoy the lush scenery sprinkled all around. Dinner and overnight stay in Pahalgam.
After breakfast, the day is at leisure. You may go for walks or a pony ride to one of the many beautiful spots around Pahalgam (at your own cost). Must not miss the attractions, including Chandiwari, Aru Valley, and Betaab Valley. The initiating point of Amarnath Yatra, Chandanwari, is a highly scenic picnic spot where you can also partake in sledge riding. Betaab Valley is a famous picturesque destination base campsite for trekking enthusiasts. Aru Valley is a gorgeous village known for its peaceful surroundings, floral meadows, and lakes. If you like partaking in adventure sports, you can also indulge in rafting in the Lidder River. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Return to Srinagar post breakfast. Once you reach there, visit the Shankaracharya Hill Temple, also known as Jyesteshwara temple, built during the 9th century. You then see the very well-known Mughal Gardens, a group of well-maintained gardens made in the Persian style of architecture. Here you cover Nishat Bagh, or the garden of pleasure- a Mughal terrace garden that is the second largest in Kashmir.
After lunch, enjoy a Shikara ride on the calm waters of Dal Lake. Treat your eyes to the beautiful scenery, shop for knick-knacks from the floating market, and so on. Spend the rest of the day doing leisure activities. Return to your room in the evening for an overnight stay.
Day 6 is scheduled for a day trip to Sonamarg after breakfast. The journey is filled with a lot of scenic beauty. On arrival in this beautiful town, you can opt for a pony ride to Thajiwas Glacier, around 7 km from Sonmarg. You can find snow here all around the year. Treat your eyes to the enchanting scenery, snow-covered mountains, and waterfalls. Around 9186 feet above sea level, this place offers you several captivating views, back to the houseboat for dinner and night halt.
Post breakfast on the last day of the tour, enjoy the beautiful surroundings till departure. Then, get transferred to the Srinagar airport to board a flight for departure to your onward destination.