The uniqueness of Srinagar is that apart from being the capital to the state of Jammu and Kashmir in the summer months, the place is a glorious representation of nature. This Srinagar kashmir Tour Package will take you through the mesmerising journey to this beautiful city of lakes, With the River Jhelum flowing from its sides of Srinagar is protected by five districts. Lying in the Kashmir valley, Srinagar is at an altitude of 1585 meters. Srinagar is dotted with lakes and beautiful gardens. With the sun kissed peaks of the mountains in the backdrop and the peaceful waters of the lakes, Srinagar is a paradise on the planet.
On arrival at the Srinagar International Airport, you will be taken for a 35-minutes drive through the heart of New Srinagar city. On this route, you will be crossing the Abdullah Bridge, which connects the banks of River Jhelum. Arrive and check in at the houseboat, freshen up and proceed for an hour of relaxing Shikara ride on Dal Lake. While riding the Shikara’s there are plenty of opportunities for bird watching with plentiful species including Kingfisher, Little Bittern, Common Pariah Kites, Grebe etc. Dinner and Overnight in hotel/ deluxe houseboats.
Visit Shalimar Bagh (Abode of love) and Nishat (The Garden of pleasure). Second largest lake of Kashmir, Dal Lake is very popular in India and beyond. Its banks are lined with blooming garden of the Mughal era, hotels, hamlets etc. Himalayas on the backdrop and gurgles of this lake houseboat-cruising an unforgettable affair.
Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh and Chashme Shahi are located in Mughal Garden. Nishat Park, the second largest garden of Kashmir valley, has 12 terraces with spectacular details. Chashme Shahi is decorated with Iranian theme and the design is inspired from Persian gardens. The spring flowing down in terraces is a special feature of this park. This spring is divided into three parts; waterfall, aqueduct and waterfall, Take a shikara ride in Dal Lake or take a stroll in Chashmi-e Shahi (The Royal Spring), Overnight stay in hotel.
Overnight in hotel/deluxe houseboat.
Morning leave for Gulmarg (Meadow of Flowers) 2730 mts. above the sea level. The distance of 60 kms will be covered in about 2 hours. Gulmarg has one of the best ski slopes in the world and highest golf course with 18 holes. If weather permits one can also have the view of Nanga Parbat, the naked mountain that is over 26,000 feet’s and dominates the entire region, also enjoy cable car (Gondola) for mountain ride up to khilangmarg. Back to Srinagar Over night stay at Hotel/ Houseboat.
After breakfast drive to Pahalgam (The valley of shepherds). En-route, visiting the saffron fields of pampore, Awantipura Ruins (1100 years old temple of Lord Vishnu built by the King Awantivarman), and enjoy the beautiful countryside. Drive through the pine forests. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
After breakfast check-out from the Hotel and transfer to Srinagar airport for onward flight
|Package||Single Occupancy||Twin Sharing||Extra adult||Child with bed||Child without bed|
|Standard||Rs. 18500||Rs. 10999||Rs. 4500||Rs. 4500||Rs. 3500|
|Deluxe||Rs. 26500||Rs. 14900||Rs. 6000||Rs. 6000||Rs. 4500|
|Destination||Standard [ 3 STAR ]||Deluxe [ 4 STAR ]|
|Srinagar||Sun Shine / Duke / Zamrud or Similar||Silver Star / Residency or Similar|
|Phalgam||Bisaran / Paradise / Raj Palace or Similar||Mount View / Paradise Inn or Similar|
|Srinagar||Standard Houseboat||Deluxe Houseboat|
On a trip to Srinagar, Dal Lake finds the first place on the itinerary. The alluring Shikara or the wooden boats that float on the beautiful waters impart a view of the circumference of the lake that promenades the Mughal gardens. The colourful hues of the nature and the sunrise and sunsets from the lake are impeccable. The lofty mountains, the blues both of the sky above and water below and the fragrances of the fresh flowers from the edging gardens makes the entire lake serene and tranquil.
Laid out with the Persian style of architecture, the Shalimar Bagh garden is sprawled in 31 acres of land. Built on the periphery of the Dal Lake the garden was built to please Queen Noor Jahan by Shehenshah Jahangir. Laden with trees on the sides and a canal flowing through the middle of the garden paved with polished stones the garden is a mesmerising beauty. With three terraces each portraying different views of the garden, Shalimar Bagh is drenched in its own beauty.
Dating back to 200 BC the temple is built on the top of Shankaracharya Hill. Being devoted to Lord Shiva the temple holds a prime significance to the Buddhists as well. The temple involves a little trekking for the devotees and is said to stand on an octagonal pavement. The temple has been renovated a several times and the premises of the temple impart a breath-taking view of the valley below.
In contrast with the Dal Lake, Nageen Lake is quieter and calmer and separated through a causeway from the Dal Lake. While the centre of the lake has clean blue placid waters the edges reflect the trees that are rowed along the shore line. With clear skies over head and wrapped between the mountains and cruising on the shikara is one of the best experiences of Srinagar.
With the hushed interiors that are an irony to the surrounding busyness of the bustling markets outside the premises of the mosque, Jamia Masjid is one of the holiest Islamic shrines of the country. Intricately carved wooden pillars count to 370, the mosque reflects Indo-Saracenic architecture. Elegantly standing tall amid the accurate square garden the mosque is of unmatchable in all forms.
The white marbled dome structure reflecting its charm in the waters of Dal Lake on its western shore is the Hazratbal Mosque. Being a prime place of worship for the followers of Islam the mosque holds the relics of the prophet Muhammad. The shrine is a beautiful architectural edifice that outshines perfectly.
The multi-terraced garden, literally translates to the ‘palace of the fairies’ is built at an elevation and offers splendid views of the Dal Lake. The Pari Mahal garden has velvety green gardens and has an historic importance that is much older than the Mughal Era. The place was initially a monastery for the Buddhists and then was the learning institute for Emperor Shah Jahan’s son, Dara. The view just gets majestic from each terrace and surpasses the other.
A recent addition to Srinagar is the Tulip Garden. The largest of its kind in Asia, Tulip garden houses about 60 variants of tulips. When in the full bloom the tulips sprawl in about 12 hectares of area and provide a mesmerising view. The tulip garden was built with the mission to enhance the tourism of Srinagar.
Dedicated to Goddess Bhawani the temple is a sacred temple for the Kashmiri Pandits. It is said that the rice pudding, kheer is offered to the deity and hence the temple gets its name Kheer Bhawani. Enveloped by the chinar trees on the perimeter the temple is covered by smooth and gorgeous stones. There is also a sacred water spring that is said to be auspicious. Srinagar encompasses the beauty of heavens in one place and is a majestic and mesmerising place. This popular tourist destination it has all the components to take you to another place in time.
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