Transfer to a jetty, from where you will be transferred to the houseboat on a shikara. These are usually moored at the edges of the Dal Lake and Nageen lakes. Some of the houseboats there were built in the early 1900s, and are still being rented out to tourists. These houseboats are made of wood, and usually have intricately carved wood paneling. The houseboats are of different sizes, some having up to three bedrooms apart from a living room and kitchen. Many tourists are attracted to Srinagar by the charm of staying on a houseboat, which provides the unique experience of living on the water in a cedar-paneled elegant bedroom, with all the conveniences of a luxury hotel. Enjoy a romantic Shikara ride around this serene lake, snow-capped mountains.
Depart to Gulmarg(Meadow of Flowers),which lies in a cup shaped valley in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas, at an altitude of 2,730 m (8,957 ft), 56 km from Srinagar.The natural meadows of Gulmarg, which are covered with snow in winter, allow the growth of wild flowers such as daisies, forget-me-nots and butter cups during spring and summer.The meadows are interspersed by enclosed parks and small lakes, and surrounded by forests of green pine and fir. The Gulmarg,Gondola is a tourist attraction in itself. It is one of the highest cable cars in the world. It has two-stage ropeway,The first stage transfers from the Gulmarg resort at 2,600 m (8,530 ft) to Kongdoori Station at 3,080 m. The second stage of the ropeway, which has 36 cabins and 18 towers, takes skiers to a height of 3,950 m (12,959 ft) on Kongdoori Mountain, a shoulder of nearby Apharwat Peak (4,200 m (13,780 ft)). Gulmarg also has a famous ski resort and has the world’s highest 18-hole golf course.
Start your drive to Pahalgam, ‘Valley of Shepherds’. Enroute you will have an rare opportunity to visit the Saffron fields., Avantipura Ruins, Avantipura cricket bat factory & Anantnag Sulpher Springs. Enjoy the bounty of Nature at Pahalgam, located on the bank of beautiful Lidder River.Explore Lidder valley.You can enjoy leisurely walks in pine forest along River Lidder and enjoy picnic on riverside.
Visit the famous Mughal Gardens, Chashme Shahi (Royal Spring), Nishat Bagh (Garden of Pleasure), Shalimar Bagh (Abode of Love), which the Mughals laid out in the 16th century along the banks of Dal Lake in the heart of Srinagar. Also visit Shankaracharya Temple located on a hillock and enjoy panoramic views of the entire city, along with the famous Dal Lake & River Jhelum. On the way, visit the handloom centre famous for production of Pashmina/Shahtoosh shawls and carpets famous all over the world.
Pahalgam - Srinagar
Begin your journey towards Srinagar, which is one of several places that have been called the "Venice of the East" or the "Kashmiri Venice.The city is famous for its gardens, lakes and houseboats.Lakes around the city include Dal Lake – noted for its houseboats – and Nigeen Lake. Apart from Dal lake and Nigeen lake city is also famous for wular lake and manasbal lake to the north of srinagar. Wular lake is one of the largest fresh water lakes in Asia. Srinagar has some Mughal gardens, forming a part of those laid by the Mughal emperors across the Indian subcontinent. Those of Srinagar and its close vicinity include Chashma Shahi (the royal fountains); Pari Mahal (the palace of the fairies); Nishat Bagh (the garden of spring); Shalimar Bagh; the Naseem Bagh. Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Botanical Garden is a botanical garden in the city, set up in 1969. The Shankaracharya Temple which lies on a hill top in the middle of the city, besides the Kheer Bhawani Temple are important Hindu temples in the city. . It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dry fruits.
Sonmarg an alpine valley is situated at the bank of Nallah Sindh, 87 km north-east from Srinagar, it is a popular tourist destination, nestled with in the imposing Himalayan peaks.It lies at an altitude of 2800 metres above sea level. The drive to Sonmarg is through yet another spectacular facet of country side in Kashmir, this time it is the Nallah Sindh, the largest tributary of the Jehlum River in the valley of Kashmir.The mountains around Sonmarg are covered with several glaciers, one of the most famous being the Thajiswas Glacier. This scenic river of ice is set amidst lush meadows and foliage and is a three-km walk or pony ride Return to Srinagar in the evening.
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