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Day 1 : Arrive Srinagar (by Air Dep-0745 Hrs / Arr-1415 Hrs.)
Morning, get driven to the airport for boarding your flight to Srinagar. Reach there and check in at the pre booked deluxe houseboat. Get fresh, relax for few hours and get ready for a sightseeing of Mughal Gardens, Shankaracharya Temple, Chashme Shahi etc. In the evening enjoy the ride on ‘Shikara’ at Dal Lake. Stay overnight at the houseboat.
Srinagar: Srinagar, is the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India, and is situated in the valley of Kashmir. The city lies on both banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary of the Indus River. The city is famous for its lakes and houseboats floating on them. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dry fruits. Srinagar is 876 kilometers (544 mi) north of Delhi. The headquarters of the Srinagar District are situated in the city. Etymologically Srinagar is composed of two Sanskrit words, namely, Sri (meaning abundance and wealth) and Nagar, which means a city. Thus, the word Srinagar signifies a place of wealth and abundance. Sri is also the name of a goddess Lakshmi of Hindus. A legend, as incorporated in Nila’s Nilmatapurana, states that the Kashmir valley was a vast lake. A Hindu sage named Kashyapa drained out the water, and there emerged the beautiful valley of Kashmir. The city was founded by the King Pravarasena II over 2,000 years ago, and the city of Srinagar has a long history, dating back at least to the 3rd century BC. The city was then a part of the Maurya Empire, one of the largest empires of the Indian subcontinent. Ashoka introduced Buddhism to the Kashmir valley, and the adjoining regions around the city became a centre of Buddhism. In the 1st century, the region was under the control of Kushans and several rulers of this dynasty strengthened the Buddhist tradition. Vikramaditya (of Ujjain) and his successors probably ruled the regions just before the city fell to the control of the Huns in the 6th century, and Mihirkula was the most dreaded ruler of the city and the valley. The Hindu and the Buddhist rule of Srinagar lasted until the 14th century, when the Kashmir valley, including the city, came under the control of the several Muslim rulers, including the Mughals. It was also the capital during the reign of Yusuf Shah Chak, a ruler who was tricked by Akbar when he failed to conquer Kashmir by force. Yusuf Shah Chak remains buried in Bihar in India. Akbar established Mughal rule in Srinagar and Kashmir valley. When the disintegration of the Mughal Empire set forth after the death of Aurangzeb in 1707, infiltrations to the valley from the Pashtun tribes increased, and the Durrani Empire ruled the city for several decades. Raja Ranjit Singh in the year 1814 annexed a major part of the Kashmir Valley, including Srinagar, to his kingdom, and the city came under the influence of the Sikhs. In 1846, the Treaty of Lahore was signed between the Sikh rulers and the British in Lahore. The treaty, inter alia, provided British de-facto suzerainty over the Kashmir Valley, and installed Gulab Singh as an independent and sovereign ruler of the region. Srinagar became part of his kingdom, and remained until 1947 as one of the several princely states of undivided India. Srinagar city and its vicinity in 1959After, India’s independence, certain tribes, mostly Pashtun, actively supported by elements of the Pakistani forces, invaded the valley to wrest control, by armed force, of the city of Srinagar and the Valley. This was done in spite of the then ruler Maharaja Hari Singh having a solemn and sovereign assurance (of the British government) backed by the international law that all rulers of such states were free to remain as independent entities, or to choose to annex either to India or to Pakistan. In view of infiltration by armed forces and the possibility of his kingdom, including the city of Srinagar falling into the hands of the forces inimical to him, his kingdom and to the people of the valley, Hari Singh signed a covenant in late 1947 with the Government of India, which ensured integration of his kingdom into the newly formed Republic of India, conditioned on the requirement of having a plebiscite after any conflict had ended. Various historians, notably British historian Alaister Lamb, dispute the claim that the Maharaja signed any agreement at all.
Dal Lake: The Dal is famous not only for its beauty, but for its vibrancy, because it sustains within its periphery, a life that is u nique anywhere in the world. The houseboat and shikara communities have lived for centuries on the Dal, and so complete is their infrastructure on the lake, that they never have to step on land! Doctors, tailors, and bakers - you'll see them all in tiny wooden shops on the lake, near picturesque vegetable gardens and acres of lotus gardens.
Shikara: A Shikara ride is one of the most soothing, relaxing aspects of a holiday in Kashmir. Shikaras are long boats which crowd the Srinagar lakes. They are used for getting back and forth from the houseboats or for longer tours. It is worth to take a pleasure ride around the lake in Shikara. Shikara is a Gondola type light rowing boat. The two hour boat ride takes tourists on a relaxing sightseeing tour of interior parts of the calm and placid waters of Dal Lake, and be part of shopping- by-shikara expeditions. Because the Dal is so central to the landscape of Srinagar, many places of tourist interest have, over the ages, b een built in its vicinity. Nishat and Shalimar gardens as well as Hazratbal mosque are directly accessible by Shikara. While giding on Shikara we can often observe white breasted Kingfishers (Halycon smyrnensis), large striking birds with robust bills perched on the branches of willow trees. These birds concentrate their efforts to hunting on the floating Gardens. These man made islands comprise of reeds, willow rods, aquatic vegetations and held together with humus consisting of mud from the lake bottom. This is extremely fertile and provide rich source of food in the form of frogs, lizards,mice, grasshoppers and other insects to the Kingfisher.
Day 2 : Srinagar-Sonmarg-Srinagar (168 Kms)
After breakfast full day excursion of Sonmarg - which is one of the most beautiful drive from Srinagar. You may take a pony ride to Thajiwas Glacier where snow remains round the year. Return to the houseboat/hotel by the evening for overnight stay.
Day 3 : Srinagar / Gulmarg (56 Kms)
After breakfast transfer to Gulmarg. On arrival check-in at the hotel. After lunch you can enjoy a pony ride and also enjoy a Gondola ride (cable car) to Kangdori/Alpatar.
Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 4 : Gulmarg – Pahalgam (146 Kms / 4-5 hrs.)
After breakfast transfer by car to Pahalgam (146 Kms. approx 4½ drive). On arrival check-in to the hotel. After lunch time free at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel
Day 5 : Pahalgam
After breakfast day at leisure. You may go for walks or pony ride to one of the many beautiful spots around Pahalgam. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 : Pahalgam / Srinagar.
After breakfast drive back to Srinagar. Day is free to explore local market.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 7 : Srinagar departure airport. (by Air Dep-1300 Hrs / Arr-2000 Hrs.)
After breakfast, go for a local shopping in Srinagar. Come back to the hotel and check out. Get driven to the airport for boarding your flight to Delhi. Reach Delhi in the late afternoon. In the late evening a Gala dinner would be arranged for you in one of the famous restaurants here. After dinner, get driven to the international airport with one of our executives who will assist you at the airport for your farewell.
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