- Weekend gateways
Arrive in Jammu, the winter capital of Jammu & Kashmir. You will be transferred by road to Patnitop (112 kms / 3 hrs) a scenic midway point between Jammu & Srinagar.
This morning, you will be transferred by road to Srinagar (181 kms / 5 hrs). On arrival, you proceed to your houseboat. Enjoy leisurely walks around the picturesque Dal Lake.
Today, you will proceed on a day's excursion to Gulmarg, the meadow of flowers (46 kms / 1-2 hrs) and a popular ski resort. Take leisurely walks in the pine forest and wooded hills.
Take a days excursion to Sonmarg or Golden Meadow (84 kms / 2-3 hrs) situated at an altitude of 2743 meters, get mesmerized by the natural beauty of the Himalayas.
The morning is at leisure. This afternoon, you will visit the famous Mughal gardens Shalimar, Nishat & Chashmeshahi. Later today, you may enjoy a Shikara ride on the famous Dal Lake.
Chashme Shahi or Chashmai Shahi, also called Chashma Shahi, is one of the Mughal gardens built in 1632 AD around a spring by Ali Mardan Khan, a governor of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as per the orders.
Dal is a lake in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. The urban lake, which is the second largest in the state, is integral to tourism and recreation in Kashmir and is named the Jewel in the crown of Kashmir or Srinagar Jewel.
Mughal gardens are a group of gardens built by the Mughals in the Persian style of architecture. This style was heavily influenced by the Persian gardens particularly the Charbagh structure. Significant use of rectilinear layouts are made within the walled enclosures.
Nishat Bagh is a terraced Mughal garden built on the eastern side of the Dal Lake, close to Srinagar in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is the second largest Mughal garden in the Kashmir Valley. The largest in size is the Shalimar Bagh, which is also located on the bank of the Dal Lake. ‘Nishat Bagh’ is Urdu, which means "Garden of Joy," "Garden of Gladness" and "Garden of Delight.
The shikara is a type of wooden boat found on Dal Lake and other water bodies of Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India. Shikaras are of varied sizes and are used for multiple purposes, including transportation of people. A usual shikara seats half-a-dozen people, with the driver paddling at the rear. Like the Venetian gondolas, they are a cultural symbol of Kashmir. Some shikaras are still used for fishing, harvesting aquatic vegetation (usually for fodder), and transport, while most are covered with tarpaulins and are used by tourists. Some are used as floating homes by poor people
Today, you will be transferred by road to Pahalgam (94 kms / 2-3 hrs). Enroute visit the saffron fields. Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the beautiful countryside and pine forests.
Saffron is a rare spice which grows only in few places in the world. Derived from the flower of Crocus Sativus or Saffron Crocus, the spice has exceptional medicinal properties and is commonly used in cooking and traditional medicines. In Kashmir, saffron grows in a small town known as Pampur which is about 13 kilometers away from Srinagar. During autumn months, when the flowers bloom, you will be able to see rows and rows of purple flowers in Pampur. A walk amidst these flowers is certainly a beautiful experience. The fields, no doubt, look beautiful during the day time but if you can visit the village on a full moon night in autumn, you will be rewarded by a breathtaking sight.
This morning, you will be transferred by road to Jammu (243 kms / 5-6 hrs). The evening at leisure or your may visit the famous Raghunath Mandir.
Transfer to airport / railway station