An escapade to paradise on earth ends nowhere, but in Kashmir. With bookbindass Kashmir : Temples + Scenic Vistas package, you get to explore the best of this surreal valley. The highlight of this 6-day package is a shikara ride on Dal Lake, and excursion to Mughal Gardens, Avantipur and Shankaracharya Temple. You can also go on a shopping spree in Lal Chowk to buy some intricate handicrafts for your loved ones back home.
Day 1 - Arrival in Srinagar | Drive to Gulmarg
On arrival in Srinagar, meet a bookbindass representative who will arrange your transfer to Gulmarg.Drive from Srinagar to Gulmarg via Tangmarg Road, and after covering around 50 km, arrive at your destination. Post reaching here, transfer to the hotel and relax for some time.
As serene and peaceful as it can get, Gulmarg is truly a fantasy for all. Gulmarg derived its name from the immense lushness of hills, full of colourful flowers, and is thus one of the most popular destinations in India. A wide expanse of panoramic surroundings, spectacular views and simplicity add solace to the omnipresent charm of this town.
You may go on a fun-filled gondola ride at your own expense that offers a thrilling view of fir-clad slopes. With the evening at your leisure, you may opt for a stroll through enchanting valleys, along mountain streams, and to the lakes in the area.
Later, return to the hotel and retire to your room for some sound sleep.
Day 2 - Gulmarg to Pahalgam
After a delectable breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Pahalgam via NH1.
Also known as the village of shepherds, Pahalgam attracts hordes of tourists owing to its gradually dropping temperature and the glistening river, Lidder flowing through here. Also, one of the best health resorts in the country, this astounding site is famous for its vast meadows, pine forests, pastures and a favourable weather. Its enthralling picturesque beauty is the reason behind some many Bollywood movies being shot here.
After covering a distance of about 140 km, reach Pahalgam and check-in at the hotel.
Post lunch (Lunch at your own expense), depart for an excursion to the Aru Valley. About 11 km from Pahalgam, the Aru Valley offers an eclectic view and calm environs to tourists.
Next, take a tour of the Betaab Valley, set amidst pine trees. It has been a favourite shooting location for many Bollywood directors. Being at a walking distance from Pahalgam, this valley is the base camp for various adventure activities, such as mountaineering.
Day 3 - Pahalgam to Srinagar
After a wholesome breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive towards Srinagar.
Overlooked by river Jhelum, the town of Avantipur houses two temples that were almost ruined during medieval times. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva, these temples display intricate carvings and alluring sculptures along with an impressive architecture.
After covering a distance of about 90 km, arrive in Srinagar, head to Dal Lake and check-in at the houseboat. After spending some moments of relaxation, proceed to experience a soothing shikara ride.
Unique in its own way, Dal Lake captures the sight of all with its ever-charming beauty and floating market. The pulsating surroundings of this lake make it even more peaceful and will also rejuvenate you completely.
Spend the evening at leisure, and later return to the houseboat. Followed by a hearty dinner, enjoy a pleasurable overnight stay.
Day 4 - Sightseeing in Srinagar
After a delectable meal in the morning, check-out from the houseboat and proceed for local sightseeing to discover the grandeur of Srinagar.
Begin the excursion by paying homage at Shankaracharya Temple. Named after the great saint, Shankaracharya, this temple is situated atop Gopadari Hill and is a revered Hindu pilgrimage site. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this spiritual place can be reached after climbing around a hundred steps. It stands strong in an octagonal structure, resembling the shape of a Shiva linga.
After this, journey to the Mughal Gardens and explore its unending beauty. With bright and colourful flowerbeds, gushing fountains and terraced lawns, the panoramic expanse of Mughal Gardens is beyond description.
After a jaunt to the astonishing sites of Srinagar, treat yourselves by indulging in some shopping at the bustling Lal Chowk. You can buy locally produced products, such as leather goods, embroidered mats and carpets, antique jewellery and the highly demanded Pashmina shawls.
Later, check-in at the hotel and rest.
Day 5 - Full-day Excursion to Sonamarg
Following a healthy breakfast at the hotel, head out and drive from Srinagar to Sonamarg via NH-1D.
Boasting snow-clad peaks, Sonamarg is surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the world. Glistening in the sun, the peaks, serene meadows and flowerbeds seem bathed in golden hues, thus justifying the name, Sonamarg, which means the meadow of gold. Mighty glaciers and lakes add stars to the ever-pleasant aura of the valley.
After covering a distance of about 80 km, arrive at your destination and spend the whole day discovering this green stretch. You may go fishing in the lakes or sledging on frozen glaciers and even trekking, accompanied by the spectacular views of the realm.
Following this wonderful experience, return to the hotel in Srinagar and savour a hearty dinner. Later, move to your room for a quiet sleep.
Day 6 - Departure from Srinagar
After a scrumptious breakfast, check-out from the hotel and transfer to the Srinagar airport to continue your onward journey.