Tripe Code: AITKAS
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This six day Kashmir itinerary can be enjoyed as a standalone trip or is an ideal add on to your travels elsewhere in India.
Kashmir has long lured visitors with its cool climate, beautiful valleys and charismatic merchant class – from Mughal Emperors many centuries ago to hippie travellers in the 1960s and 1970s. With the security situation improving, increasing numbers of visitors are rediscovering its many charms.
This short visit showcases Srinagar and surrounds; however, day trips further afield can be added to give you a more comprehensive experience of the Valley.
Day 1 Srinagar
The flight into Srinagar offers wonderful views of the Himalayan range. On arrival transfer to your hotel and remainder of the day at leisure.
In Srinagar you have a wide variety of accommodation to choose from – the traditional houseboats on Dal Lake, heritage hotels and newly opened luxury resorts.
Day 2 Srinagar
Start your familiarisation of Srinagar with a half-day tour. Kashmir was a favourite of Mughal Emperors. Cheshmashahi is the first Mughal garden. Built at a height above the city, the garden boasts fantastic views. Next, visit the mosque of Hazratbal. Made of white marble with a dome and a minaret, Hazratbal is the repository of a single hair of the Prophet Mohammed, exhibited to the public on certain days of the year. On Srinagar’s highest hill you’ll find the Shankaracharya Temple, which is devoted to Lord Shiva.
Kashmir has long been one of the centres of handicraft and carpet production in India. Visit the workshops of these cottage industries, including silk carpet weaving, Kashmir’s signature embroidery known as krewl, famous hand-made pashminas, potters and walnut wood carvers.
Day 3 Srinagar
Today take a day trip to Sonamarg, a two-hour journey each way. At 2,800 metres above sea level, Sonamarg is yet another beautiful spot in Kashmir. It is nestled just below the Thajiwas Glaciers.
Take a hike or horse ride along the valleys, accompanied by the local shepherds and their herds of sheep in their thousands.
Day 4 Srinagar
The essence of old Srinagar lies in its medieval heritage. The city is characterised by a maze of narrow and winding streets flanked by two to three storey high buildings. With old-fashioned bazaars dedicated to traditional arts and crafts, and locals dressed in traditional garb going about their daily life, it’s a photographer’s paradise. This morning take a walking tour of the old town of Srinagar.
The River Jhelum, which flows through the city, is spanned by no fewer than nine bridges, and was once a thoroughfare for commerce. Later, drive to Nishaat Gardens, where, after a look around, you’ll board a private shikara for a ride on Dal Lake. The shikhara will drop you at a traditional houseboat for an overnight stay.
Day 5 Srinagar
You have the whole day to do as you please, perhaps taking in a shikara ride to visit the floating market or to relax on your houseboat.
Day 6 Delhi
This morning you will be collected from your houseboat and taken to the airport for your flight to Delhi.
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