Package - Kashmir Paradise Tour (5 Nights & 6 Days)

Package - Kashmir Paradise Tour (5 Nights & 6 Days)

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Rs.28,375
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Overview

Set like a jewelled crown on the map of India, Kashmir is a multi-faceted diamond, changing its hues with the seasons - always extravagantly beautiful. Two major Himalayan ranges, the Great Himalayan Range and the Pir Panjal, surround the landscape from the north and south respectively. They are the source of great rivers, which flow down into the valleys, forested with orchards and decorated by lily-laden lakes. The Mughals aptly called Kashmir 'Paradise on Earth' where they journeyed across the hot plains of India, to the valley's cool environs in summer. Here they laid, with great love and care, Srinagar's many formal, waterfront gardens, now collectively known as the Mughal Gardens. Anecdotes of four and five centuries ago describe their love for these gardens, and the rivalries that centred around their ownership. They also patronized the development of art & craft among the people of Kashmir, leaving behind a heritage of exquisite artisanship among thes people and making the handicrafts of the land prized gifts all over the world.
 
Inclusions:
Accommodation on Twin / Double Sharing Basis
02Night in Houseboat Srinagar
03 Night in Hotel at Srinagar
Only breakfast included on budget option.
Daily Breakfast and Dinner With Standard and deluxe option
Transportation as per above Itinerary
All Applicable Hotel / Transport Taxes
 
Itinerary:
Day 01:- Srinagar International Airport & 14 Kms Drive to City Centre Altitude 1730 Mtrs.
Arrival at Srinagar international airport our RIE representative will meet & Greet you and transfer to Deluxe Houseboat/Hotel in Srinagar, Afternoon tour of Mughal Gardens Visits the Heritages Places, Cheshma Shahi (By Shah Jehan in 1632 AD.), Pari Mahal (By Dara Shikoh), Nishat Bagh (By Asaf Khan in 1633 AD.), Shalimar Bagh (By Jehangir in 1616 AD),, Evening Lake rides by Shikara (Small Cruise Boat) to visit Floating Gardens, Lotus Gardens inside of the Dal Lake, dinner & overnight stay at Deluxe Luxury Houseboat/Hotel
 
Day 02:- Srinagar – Yusmarg – Srinagar 51 Kms, 1 ½ Hours Drive (Altitude 2967 Mtrs,) 
After breakfast leave for the full day Sightseeing to yusmarg (This idyllic meadow) is ideal for a day's picnic or a short walk/Pony (at own cost) along the mighty 'Doodh Ganga' river, its name deriving from its milk white foam. Further down, a captivating lake, Nilnag, is cradled by hills Picnic on its banks or simply doze in the sun. A starting point for many peaks like 'Trata Kutti' (Altitude 4745 Mrts.) and 'Sang-safed' this is a trekkers base. The enchanting meadows sway with gentle breeze that brings the fragrance of the pine and conifer trees. Late evining return back to Srinagar dinner & overnight stay at Houseboat/Hotel
 
Day 03:- Srinagar – Pahalgam – Srinagar 96 Kms. 2 ½ Hours Drive (Altitude 2195 Mrts.)
After breakfast leave for the full day Sightseeing of Pahalgam (The Valley of Shepherds), one of the beautiful and fascinating ideal resorts all the year. It is the base for several treks in the region & for the Annual Pilgrimages to the cave shrine of Amarnath, It is surrounded by 12 high snow capped peaks. En rout, Visit the Saffron Fields of Pampore, Awantipura Ruins (1100 years old Temple of Lord Vishnu built by the King Awantivarman) & enjoy the beautiful countryside life. Drive through the pine valley forest arrive at pahalgam and enjoy your packed lunch on the banks of the Lidder Stream, One can have a real feelings of Paradise, late return back to srinagr check in Houseboat/Hotel for overnight stay.
 
Day 04:- Srinagar – Gulmarg – Srinagar 56 Kms, 1 ½ Hours Drive (Altitude 2730 Mtrs,)
After Breakfast leave for the full day trip to Gulmarg (The Meadow of Flowers) Gulmarg has one of the most beautiful summer resort/winter Ski resorts in the valley. World Highest 18 Hole Golf Course, (Gulmarg was Discovered in 16th Century by Sultan Yusuf Shah) One can have a gondola ride (By own Cost) from Gulmarg to Khilanmarg (Altitude 3100 Mrts.) to have a real view in natural beauty of the summer and winter , return back to Srinagar dinner & overnight stay at Houseboat/Hotel.
 
Day 05:- Srinagar – Sonamarg – Srinagar (87 Kms. 2 ½ Hours drive Altitude 2740 Mtrs.) 
After breakfast leave for the full day tour of Sonamarg (Meadows of Gold), Sonamarg lies at the head of the Sindh valley. The drive through here presents a spectacular facet of the countryside; Sonamarg is the beginning of the enchanted journey into a natural wonderland, Surrounded by pine forest mountains upto 5300 meters high the valley is divided by a spur of the "Thajiwas Range Mountains" one can have a pony ride to visit Thajiwas Glacier where snow remains round the year the major attraction at Sonamarg in summer months, Sonamarg is known as Gateway of Leh – Ladakh. Late return back to Srinagar dinner & overnight stay at Houseboat/Hotel.
 
Day 06:-Srinagar International Airport
After breakfast transfer to airport to connect flight for onward Destination Covered
 
In Kashmir, the vultures are gathering. In a tree near where I'm sitting, a Himalayan griffon has just settled, shoulders hunched. Another is soaring past on nine-foot wings towards its nest on the huge cliff behind. Some people don't like vultures. I think they're great. They perform useful services. And the grand sweep of these mountains deserves a bird of their size. Indian vultures are, sadly, in rapid decline and could be extinct in 10 years. An anti-inflammatory drug called Diclofenac, used on livestock the birds feed on, is wrecking vulture kidneys.
 
 
I'm feeling like an endangered species myself. Tourists, especially western tourists, are equally thin on the ground in these hills. It's understandable. Kashmir is largely peaceful now, but it's not so long since thousands died in the bitter, on-going conflict over sovereignty. In the mid-90s tourists were being abducted and killed. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office still advises against all but essential travel to Kashmir's capital, Srinagar, and none at all to rural districts (see Way to go panel). Who would go against advice like that?
 
 
As it happens, the group I'm joining, mostly middle-aged Brits, couldn't be characterised as even remotely reckless – beyond a shot of brandy in their morning porridge. The reason they've come is simple: Kashmir is an absolute jewel, even by Indian standards. The Mogul emperor Jahangir Khan, quoting a Persian proverb, declared that "If there is a paradise on earth, it is this, it is this, it is this."After trekking for a few days in the hills that are the setting for this jewel, I'm inclined to agree. Most of us think of crystalline blue skies and soaring white peaks when the Himalayas are mentioned. Kashmir isn't like that; it's more like the Lake District. If you want mountain bragging rights, go to Everest. If you want to see how people really live in the Himalayas, come to Kashmir. We seemed to have the mountains to ourselves, except for the shepherds, or pohol, who manage and shear the sheep that provide Kashmir's famous wool. I felt wholly at peace.
 
 
 
Still, if you are heading for Kashmir, you'd be a mug not to travel with a company that knows the score. Some travel agents can be blasé about the risks. Adventure specialist Wild Frontiers frequently runs trips to the world's more interesting corners, and is savvy enough to inspire confidence.When I first met group leader Johnny Paterson, he was patching up the fetlock of one of the ponies that were to carry our bags. This was reassuring. If this man can fix a horse, I figured, all should be well.
 
We arrived in Srinagar, ironically enough, on India's Independence Day. Not the brightest date in Kashmir's calendar you'd think, but with a few days off, and Ramadan a week away, Kashmir was en fĂȘte. Outside Srinagar, the countryside was lush, with apple orchards and fields of saffron, a key ingredient in Kashmiri tea. Beyond Avantipur, 20 miles to the south, we passed stands of willow, and small workshops with stacks of cricket bats piled high.
 
 
In Kashmir, this year's "annual spring exercises"--as the more worldly local commentators like to joke--escalated into the most severe and sustained bout of fighting since 1971, when India and Pakistan clashed for the third time since Partition. In the Kargil Mountains, at an altitude of 17,000 feet, where the air is so thin the trajectory of artillery shells cannot be predicted and helicopter rotors have difficulty generating lift, Pakistani-backed "freedom fighters", mostly imported from Afghanistan, battled with Indian troops. After eight weeks of fighting, many hundreds of deaths, and international alarm over a possible nuclear exchange, the ceasefire line remains basically where it had been before the fighting began, and Kashmir stays partitioned.
 
 
Divided between three nuclear-armed powers--India, Pakistan and China--Kashmir remains one of the great unsolved, perhaps insoluble, questions in world politics. In this Himalayan Kosovo, Kashmir's owners cannot give an inch for fear of setting off a chain reaction of ethno-religious turmoil within their own countries and the surrounding region. Indeed, all but the unfortunate Kashmiris (and even they are divided between Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists) may emerge better off if Kashmir is sacrificed on the altar of regional stability. This predicament may be unfair, but it lends a semblance of order and balance to South Asia.How did tiny, paradisiacal Kashmir end up in this terrible position? History and geography go a long way toward providing an answer. Indeed, for centuries before the current dispute began in 1947, geography alone practically foreordained that Kashmir would become a pivotal space on the earth's surface.

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