Sonamarg had historical significance and was a gateway on ancient Silk Road along with Gilgit connecting Kashmir with China and other Gulf countries. The Zojila pass lies 15 kilometers east and is one of the highest passes for road transport. It still is a base camp for Ladakh on NH 1D, and is strategically important for Indian army who holds control over this part of Kashmir.
Day 01 : Arrive Srinagar
Our services start with your arrival at Srinagar Airport. After reception at the Airport, Transfer to the Srinagar City, Srinagar is the heart of the Kashmir Valley, still preserves the imprints of the Mughals and the British. The valley takes great pride in its lakes, gardens and the charming rows of houseboats floating on them. Popular for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts, Kashmiri clothes and dry fruits, Srinagar is bordered by five districts. To its northern side is Kargil, in the south is Pulwama and in the north-west lies Budgam. “If there is a heaven on earth, it’s here, it’s here,it’s here”, exclaimed the Mughal emperor Jahangir on his first visit to this place.On arrival Check- in to the hotel. In the afternoon Shikara ride on The Dal Lake to enjoy the beauty that God has graced this city with which is often compared to Venice. Afternoon free for personal activities. Overnight at houseboat/ hotel.
Day 02 : Srinagar – Gulmarg – Srinagar
Drive to Gulmarg (Meadow of Flowers) 2730 Mts. above sea level. The distance of 60 kms will be covered in about 2 hrs. Gulmarg has one of the best Ski slopes in the world and highest golf course of the world with 18 holes. One can also have the view of Nanga Parbhat if weather permits. The view enroute from Tangmarg to Gulmarg is fascinating. One can also have a short trek upto Khilangmarg which can be covered in about 3 to 4 hrs. Chair Lifts for mountain ride are also available. In the evening return back to Srinagar. Overnight at Hotel/ Houseboat.
Day 03 : Srinagar – Mughal Garden tour
Morning sightseeing of Mughal Gardens visiting Nishat Bagh (Abode of pleasure) built by Asif Khan brother in law of Jehangir in 1632 AD. And Shalimar Bagh (Abode of love) built by Jehangir for his wife Empress Noor Jehan. All the gardens are situated on the bank of Dal Lake with the Zabarwan Mountains in the background. The distance from Srinagar to the said gardens is about 12 and 15 kms respectively. Enroute visit carpet-weaving factory. In the
evening visit the Chashmashahi gardens and Parimahal Gardens on the Zabarvan Hills. Overnight at Hotel/ Houseboat.
Day 04 : Srinagar – Sonmarg – Srinagar
Full day excursion to Sonmarg which is the most beautiful drive from Srinagar. On the way we stop at many beautiful spots. Continue drive to Sonmarg 2690 Mtrs (Meadow of Gold). One can ride on horse(at your own cost) to visit to Thajiwas Glacier where snow remains round the year and Sonmarg is known as Gateway of Ladakh. Overnight at
Hotel in Srinagar.
Day 05 : Srinagar – Pahalgam – Srinagar
Today you will be transferred by road to Pahalgam (94 kms/2.5 hrs) Valley of Shepherds. Enroute you will have a rare opportunity to visit the Saffron fields. Also visit Avantipura Ruins & Anantnag Sulpher Springs enroute, Arrive and proceed to your hotel, rest of the day at leisure to explore the countryside and enjoy leisurely walks through the
pine forest along the river Lidder.Return back to Srinagar for dinner & overnight stay.
Day 06 : Srinagar Airport Departure
After breakfast free and transfer in time to the Airport to connect onwards destination flight.