A typical day in Jammu and Kashmir includes a ride on a Shikara on Dal Lake, a stroll through Mughal gardens, and rambling through carpeted meadows. Visitors can enjoy the paradise-like ambience of the Kashmir Valley which cannot be found on any other Indian destination on a Jammu and Kashmir trip. Saffron fields and mountain streams add more excitement to a visit to Jammu Kashmir. Experience the natural and cultural delights of this valley of Kashmir by booking our 5 nights 4 days Jammu and Kashmir tour package.
Arrival in Srinagar – You will be welcomed at the airport by our local tour agent’s representative upon arrival in Srinagar. You will be transferred to your hotel and given time to freshen up. Take a gondola or shikara ride on Dal Lake in the afternoon amid the snow-capped peaks of Pir Panjal. A colorful shikara will take you into the natural extravaganza. Visit a crafts market in the evening to purchase some paper mache products or pashmina shawls. Take in a Dal Lake sunset from a deluxe houseboat.
If you don’t spend much time in Dal Lake you can also enjoy your refreshing start from the Mughal gardens. Once you are done with your morning breakfast you can book a cab to go to the nearest location of the Mughal garden. You can book a guide if you really want to know all the aspects and would like to have a guided tour. You can visit Nishat Garden, Shalimar, Pari Mahal, Chashma Shahi Garden and others as well on your Mughal garden tour. Take a stroll in the Old City of Kashmir, starting from Lal Chowk, and see intricate wooden windows, Sufi mosques, winding alleyways, the shrine of Shah-i-Hamdan, and more. From here you can spend your evening and night at the Shikara boat or if you want you can prefer a hotel stay instead.
Drive to Pahalgam and Sightseeing – As part of your Jammu Kashmir tour package, drive to Pahalgam after breakfast in Srinagar. Explore the ruins of a temple from the 8th century near Anantnag and Martand Sun Temple en route to Pahalgam. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Lidder Valley as you look at these magnificent temple ruins. As you continue on your road trip, you will reach Pahalgam, the base camp for Amarnath Pilgrimage. Enjoy time relaxing by the banks of the Lidder River and exploring the “Valley of Shepherds.” In the evening, check into your Pahalgam hotel.
Sonmarg Tour – Begin your day trip from Pahalgam to Sonmarg via Srinagar after having breakfast at your hotel in Pahalgam. Driving on the Himalayan roads through Sonamarg for about three hours is exhilarating to say the least. The Sindh River Valley and flowery meadows of Sonmarg are the highlights of this 5 nights 4 days Jammu and Kashmir tour package. During this one-day Sonmarg itinerary, you’ll explore the Thajiwas Glacier (one of Sonmarg’s top attractions) by pony or on foot. Baltal remains the base camp for pilgrims on the Amarnath Pilgrimage below the Sindh Valley. In the evening, drive back to Srinagar to stay in your hotel or houseboat for the night.
Gulmarg Tour – The other option if you can drop to Sonmarg is Pahalgam to Gulmarg via Srinagar. Take a private transfer from Srinagar to Gulmarg after breakfast in Pahalgam. The three-hour drive will provide scenic views of Nanga Parbat and Tangmarg in the Pir Panjal range. In summer, there are hiking and skiing opportunities at Gulmarg. You can take a three-hour trek to Khilangmarg which is around 6 km away from Gulmarg. Return back to Gulmarg after enjoying the sweeping views from the Snow Point and from here you check into your hotel for overnight stay in one of your agents’ hotel in Gulmarg.
Departure from Srinagar: Return to Srinagar after you have done your breakfast in Gulmarg. Enjoy the long drive of around 3 hours as it’s the last day of your Kashmir tour itinerary. You will be dropped at the airport so that you can catch your flight back home or, if you want, to the next destination.
Things To Remember Before Going On A Kashmir Tour
- Carry Power Bank -There is a severe power crisis in Kashmir. In hill stations like Sonamarg and Pahalgam, power cuts are very frequent. Don’t let your mobile phone run out of charge by always having a power bank on hand. You should also bring enough memory cards for your camera since there are very few markets for mobile electronics. During sudden rain, you don’t want your camera to get damaged. Carry a waterproof camera bag as well.
- Carry Original IDs -You must undergo a lot of security checks in Kashmir, as we are all aware that it is a conflict zone. Keep your original and valid identity proof with you all the time because you wouldn’t want to be left stranded in a crowd of suspects. It’s always a good idea to be extra safe during your vacation, so you don’t miss any fun.
- Carry Enough Cash -It is important for you to understand that Kashmir is a small city and far from modernization. There aren’t many ATMs located here, so it’s a big deal to find one nearby. Make sure to always have enough cash on you so that nothing gets missed. As a precaution, keep enough cash on you to pay at the hotels, as there are very few hotels with automated debit machines.
- Get a post-paid connection – You will not be able to use a SIM card in Kashmir if you have a prepaid connection, as roaming is prohibited in Kashmir due to what India claims are security reasons. However, post-paid connections will be absolutely fine