HUES OF KASHMIR (10 nights / 11 days)

Day 1: Arrive Srinagar

You will arrive in Srinagar in the early afternoon. Upon your arrival, you will be met by Travel Excellence representative who will escort you to the beautiful city and transfer you to your houseboat. The day will be spent in complete relaxation, where you will experience the difference of staying in these luxurious Floating houseboats, in the afternoon enjoy a relaxing Shikara ride on the lake - Its one of the most soothing & relaxing aspects of a holiday in Kashmir.

Day 2: In Srinagar

After Breakfast a day of explorations and experiences, we start from houseboats and paddle across the lake in small boats to the other side of the lake. From here we will board the cars and drive to the famous Mughal gardens of Kashmir. The day sightseeing includes a visit to the Nishat Garden, known for its well laid flower gardens, fountains, water channels and huge Chinar trees. Built in the 16th century, the garden overlooks the Dal Lake and has a dramatic backdrop of the mountain ranges behind it. We later drive to visit yet another garden known as Shalimar. The garden is smaller then Nishat, but nonetheless is very beautiful with huge stone pavilions set amidst water pools and lush green trees swaying to and fro in the light breeze. After spending the afternoon here, we drive back to our houseboats. Later in the evening we will take a short boating ride in the backwaters of the lake, visiting some boat communities and steeping on the little floating gardens. Late evening and overnight stay at the houseboats.

Day 3: Srinagar to Sonamarg

After breakfast w e will drive today to explore a beautiful secluded mountain resort 87 km north of the valley. Driving through stony river beds and mud villages with a mesmerizing backdrop of the Himalayan range, the route takes us to the green valley of Sonamarg literally known as the golden meadow. We will arrive in the afternoon and after lunch go horse riding to the only famous glacier found here. The valley has a beautiful contrast of naked mountains, green fields and snow white glacier with water trickling beneath it. overnight stay at the camp.

Day 4: In Mammar

After breakfast, we will start drive at 5 Am to the best fishing spot located down the valley near Mammar. We will spend the day there, trying our luck for some fishing in the Sindh river. Lunch will be served at river bank, after which we will continue on our sport. Late evening and overnight stay at the camp.

Day 5: Sonamarg to Srinagar

You will be met by Travel Excellence representative at the airport and you would be transferred to your Houseboats, where you will proceed for check-in.

After breakfast and a little walk in the valley, we will drive back to Srinagar . We will arrive in the city at afternoon and transfer to our luxurious houseboat. The late evening will be spent at the upper deck with the special locally brewed tea served in between. overnight stay at the houseboats.

Day 6: Srinagar to Achabal and Pahalgam

After Breakfast, we will drive to visit the famous Mughal gardens of Kashmir . Located at a distance of 58 kilometers from the city, the gardens were designed by Empress Nur Jehan and completed by princess Jehanara, daughter to Emperor Shah jehan in 1640. the garden is built in a row of three terraces, with water channels and three small stone pavilions, shaded beautifully by large trees. After spending some time here, we will continue our drive to the scenic mountain resort of Pahalgam. Upon arrival, we will check in to the hotel. The day will be at your leisure for short walks and explorations in the charming valley. overnight stay at the hotel Heevan Pahalgam.

Day 7: In Pahalgam

After Breakfast, We will today drive to some various best fishing spots located in the upper reaches of the valley. We will spend the day there, trying to fish at some of the best angling beats in the Lidder River. Lunch will be served at the river bank, after which we will continue on our sport. Later we will return back overnight stay at the hotel Heevan Pahalgam

Day 8: Pahalgam to Srinagar: (97 km / 3/4 hrs)

After Breakfast, w e will drive and retrace our route, visiting en-route a famous 11th century ruined temple and drive past the world famous saffron fields. We will arrive and transfer to the houseboat. In the evening you can go on a boat ride or on a shopping spree in one of the many colorful bazaars. overnight stay at the houseboats.

Day 9: Srinagar to Verinag: (Full day trip / 160 km return)

After Breakfast, w e will leave a bit early, then our usual sightseeing time, and drive to a beautiful spring located in the south of the valley. En-route we will drive through different villages and experience the village life as we drive past on the national highway towards the Verinag spring. Close to the foot of the Pir Panjal range, the spring is said to be the very source of River Jehlum that runs down the valley and joins other rivers before exiting out to Pakistan . The spring has an octagonal wall built by Emperor Jehangir in 1612 AD. Reputedly said to be 15 meters deep, legends say that it has never dried up since it was discovered in the ancient times. We will stay at the spring and explore the small hamlets before driving back to Srinagar in the evening. overnight stay at the houseboats.

Day 10: In Srinagar Wildlife park tour

After Breakfast, time will be spent in complete leisure. In the afternoon you will go on a sightseeing tour of the old city before driving to the lovely natural park of Dachigam. Originally said to be a hunting reserve for the erstwhile Dogra kingdom, the reserve is now home to hundreds of birds, wild animals, trout fish and rare plants. We will drive inside the park for a few kilometers and visit the fish hatchery, where we will be shown around. In the late afternoon we will drive back to the city, visiting en-route the garden at Harwan located just outside the wildlife park.

Day 11: Srinagar Depart

After breakfast, you will paddle across the lake and board the car that will transfer you to the airport for your flight to any onward destination.


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