Kashmir Package-Srinagar and Sonamarg

Kashmir Package-Srinagar and Sonamarg

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Package Name:        Valley of Kashmir
Package:                    Srinagar & Sonmarg
Duration:                   03 Nights/04 Days 
Starting from:          Srinagar
Validity:                    Till 30th September 2013
Day 1:                         Srinagar arrival
Our services will start with your arrival at Srinagar airport, you will be met by our representative and transfer you to Deluxe Houseboat / hotel. Afternoon free for personal activities. Dinner & overnight at Srinagar. 
Day 2:                         Srinagar Local sight-seeing
After breakfast leave for local sightseeing tour to famous Nishat Garden known as 'Garden of pleasure' built in 16th century (1633) by Mughal Emperor Asif Khan. Then visiting Shalimar Garden known as 'Garden of love' built in 16th century (1619) by Mughal Emperor Jahangir for his beloved wife Noor Jehan or (Mehr-un-Nissa) also visit Chashme Shahi Later visit to famous Pari Mahal, Shankaracharya temple situated on top of a hill where you can have a view of whole Srinagar City. Later you can visit the world famous Tulip garden in Srinagar. Enjoy shopping at Kashmiri craft & art stores. Dinner & overnight at Srinagar.
Day 3:                         Srinagar / Sonmarg / Srinagar (84 Km/2 ½ hrs/One Way). 
After breakfast, leave for full day excursion of Sonmarg which is one of the most beautiful drives from Srinagar. Sonmarg also called Meadow of Gold is located at a height of 2690 meters. You may take a pony ride (at your own cost) to Thajiwas Glacier where snow remains round the year. Dinner & Overnight in the Houseboat/hotel.  
Day 4:                         Srinagar departure
After breakfast, free time till departure. Check out from the hotel and transfer to Srinagar airport to connect onwards destination flight. 
Srinagar is a city of surviving artifacts from the past which reflects onto the variation in the seasons. Come spring and the world of ice breathes life with air smelling of flowers that have just blossomed. This effect is at its peak in Summer and, in Autumn, the colors of self-contemplation are quite touchy. Winter is the time when the lakes in and around Srinagar are frozen. The Dal lake and Nagin lake dominate the scene with lovely houseboats through which one can explore Srinagar into the heart way past the channels and canals. You can find shops, cottages, work-places clustered all about the waterfront. 
A floating houseboat stay is a must in Kashmir as it brings out the charm of the valley. This is one such experience which can be boasted as they are articulately decorated with flowers and what not. One day devoted to this, is time and money well spent. Apart from the houseboats, the hotels on land provide private suites, guest houses, cottages, huts etc which suits every budget. Approximately 3 days are required to enjoy Srinagar to the fullest with one day spent on the houseboat capturing green rice fields, bridges and splendid Mughal gardens. One day to visit all the temples, shrines and nearby hotspots in Srinagar. And the last day to visit all the beautiful gardens and relax and get to terms with all the fun you had! 
Excavations in Srinagar reveal human settlements dating back to 3000 BC. Founded by King Pravasena II, the city was initially named Pravasenpur. Buddhism was introduced in Srinagarby Emperor Ashoka after it came under Mauryan rule. Buddhist culture got entrenched with the city coming under the rule of the Kushans in the city.Mughal rule in Srinagar started around 14th century. The influence of the Mughal culture spread widely during their rule; however, after the death of Emperor Aurangazeb, its influence witnessed a decline and powers changed.The city came under Sikh rule when Maharaja Ranjit Singh conquered Srinagar in 1814.A peace treaty was signed between the British and Gulab Singh in 1846 to instate Kashmir as an independent kingdom. Srinagar went on to remain an independent kingdom till the time it got merged with independent India in 1947.
Navroz and Ramzan are celebrated with fervour in Srinagar.Languages spoken in Srinagar are mainly Kashmiri, also known as Koshur. Urdu is spoken by the Muslim population of Srinagar.Bhand Pather is a form of satirical dance performed in theatres of Srinagar. Rouf, performed on Id-ul-Fitr, and Hafiz Nagma, where a female (known as Hafiza) dances in the company of male dancers to Sufi music are other dance forms of Srinagar.Chakri and Sufi Music are the forms of music that are commonly played in Srinagar.The artwork of Srinagar has been influenced by Mughal, Persian and Tibetan art. Today it is an amalgamation of these with a local touch.
Sonmarg, at an altitude of 3,000 meters above sea level, 87 km north-east of Srinagar. The drive to Sonmarg is though yet another spectacular facet of country side in Kashmir, this time in Sindh Valley. The Sindh Valley is the largest tributary of the valley of Kashmir. It is upwards of sixty miles long, and valley and deep rock-girt gorge to open grassy meadow land and village-dotted slopes.Horse ride is expensive option INR 800 per person and another option is taxi which can be shared by other tourist to reach to the closest point of the Glacier. Thajiwas glacier is a spell bounding attraction .It is not far for a walk but it will take 1.5hr to reach, pony can get you in 30min.Litters such as plastic bottles, etc., are strewn all over along the track which makes it quite filthy.We shared a taxi with other tourist and then walked down the Glaciers enjoying the stunning view and pleasant weather.
Sonamarg is situated at a distance of 84 kms from Srinagar, on the Srinagar-Ladakh Road.J&K SRTC operates regular buses as well as sightseeing buses during the season.The Taxi Service from TRC Srinagar & other stations is also daily available.If you are going in winter carry your winter boots and coats rather than hiring for 2-3 hours which could be bit expensive.If you are fit enough,then walk till the glaciers rather than opting for pony rides.Bargain before you opt for a pony ride,sledging and hiring winter dresses as they tend to charge you more to extract money from the tourists.Carry water bottles and snacks during the trek.Avoid sledging on the wooden boards as it is very unsafe with no safety measures and first aid available in the vicinity.


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