Kashmir the Paradise on Earth

Duration
11 Nights / 12 Days

Routing
Delhi – Srinagar – Sonmarg - Gulmarg – Pahalgam – Srinagar – Delhi Departure


Trip Highlights
City Major Attraction
Delhi Old Delhi: Rajghat, Jama Masjid, Red Fort
New Delhi : India Gate , President’s House, Humayun's Tomb,
Srinagar  Sikara Ride ,Mughal Gardens, Chashmi-e Shahi (The Royal Spring), Nishat (The Garden of pleasure) Shalimar Bagh (Abode of love).Hazratbal and Shankracharya temple.
Sonmarg Thajiwas Glacier
Doodh–E-Pather Valley of Milk
Yusmarg Beautiful mountain and pine trees
Gulmarg Gondola Ride
Pahalgam Aru, Betab Valley, Chandanwari

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrive by International flight, after traditional Indian style ‘Swagat’ (Welcome) by Exceptional Escapes representative, he would assist you at the airport & transfer to hotel for check in.

Delhi takes pride in being the capital of the country for many dynasties. It is in fact a city wrapped in legend, where time flows differently, and where every moment becomes a moment of history. A vibrant melting pot, it encapsulates two very different worlds, the 'old' and the 'new', each representing delectably different experiences. Come experience it...

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Overnight Hotel – Delhi

Day 02: Delhi
Post breakfast start your day with a private guided city of Old & New Delhi

Old Delhi: Raj Ghat, memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation20on 31 January 1948.
Continue the 17th century walled city of Shah Jahanabad, the great Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Built in the year 1656 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest & best known mosque in India.

New Delhi: Drive past India Gate, and memorial built in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I & the Afghan Wars. The names of the soldiers who died in these wars are inscribed on the walls.

President's House, the official residence of the President of India, built in the year 1931. Until 1950 it was known as Viceroy's House & served as the residence of the Governor-General of British India.

Humayun's Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in the year 1562. The complex is a World Heritage Site & the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India.

Qutub Minar built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. QutubMinar& its monuments are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Experience the rickshaw ride ‘a friendly local guides takes you through the bustling streets for an authentic glimpse of the ‘walled city’ in the heart of Delhi. As you travel by foot and rickshaw, explore Khari Baoli, Spice Market, Visit a Sikh temple & admire historical land mark and more…

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Overnight Hotel – Delhi (B)

Day 03: Delhi – Srinagar {IndiGo 6E 653 @ 1005 /1135 Hrs}
Post breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight to Srinagar, upon arrival after traditional Indian style ‘Swagat’ (Welcome) by Exceptional Escapes representative, he would assist you at the airport & transfer to Houseboat for check in.       
Srinagar; situated on the bank of Jhelum, Srinagar is a treasure trove of beauty and it will be a pleasure for many travellers to explore the bounteous beauty of the city. The major beauty of this city are its waterfalls and gardens which were made by the Mughal emperors. Snow-capped mountains, chinar trees and beautiful valleys give a spectacular view to the city.

Welcome by traditional Kashmiri drink (Kahwah) on arrival, Post lunch, proceed for sightseeing of Srinagar visiting the Mughal Gardens, Chashmi-e Shahi (The Royal Spring), Nishat (The Garden of pleasure) Shalimar Bagh (Abode of love).Hazratbal and Shankracharya temple.

Overnight Houseboat – Srinagar (B, D)

Day 04: Srinagar – Sonamarg – Srinagar (98 Kms / 2-3 Hrs)
After breakfast day excursion of Sonamarg; is the last stop of Kashmir District. From here starts the territory of Ladakh. Situated at an altitude of 2743 m above sea level, Sonamarg is absolutely true to its name, which means 'Meadow of Gold'. The moment you enter Sonamarg, the first thing that you will notice will be the snow-covered mountain that forms the backdrop of the town. Covered with alpine trees from all sides, Sonamarg has few of the loveliest flower collection in Jammu and Kashmir. You may take a pony ride to Thajiwas Glacier where snow remains round the year.

Day is Free for independent activity alter return to Srinagar.

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Overnight Hotel – Srinagar (B, D)

Day 05: Srinagar - Yousmarg - Srinagar (47 Kms / 1.5 Hrs)
Post breakfast drive to Yusmarg is approximately 47 km from the Srinagar and lies in the Badgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. The two-hour drive to the place is an enjoyment in itself. Grassy pastures stretching to acres of land, the dense forests full of pine trees, with the backdrop of splendid snow-capped mountains leave you almost speechless. Within commutable distance from Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir, Yusmarg is the perfect place to go for a picnic. Specially, for the lovers of long walks in picturesque locales, Yusmarg is the place to be.

Day is Free for independent activity alter return to Srinagar.

Overnight Hotel – Srinagar (B, D)

Day 06: Srinagar - Doodh –E-Pather - Srinagar (47 Kms / 1.5 Hrs)
Day is FREE for independent activities.
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Post breakfast day excursion to Doodhe-E-Pather .it is approximately 47 km from the Srinagar.Doodh-e-pathri is yet another bowl shaped valley about 42 kms form Srinagar. It is a recent discovery in the valley covered with the green carpeted small meadow set in the heart of mountains to the south-west of Srinagar. It is an ideal picnic spot can be visited from here. We will take you to acres upon acres of grassy meadow ringed by forests of pine, and towering beyond them, awesome and majestic snow clad mountains. A flowing river resounds with soft wind passing through the pine trees of the enclosures of the valley. It is also called as a "VALLEY OF MILK" because it produces rich milk in a large quantity. It is said that the cattle grazing in the meadows of Doode e Pather, produces rich milk in large quantity,

Evening is FREE for independent activities.
Overnight Hotel – Srinagar (B, D)

Day 07: Srinagar - Gulmarg (52 Kms/2 Hrs)
After breakfast we check out of the hotel in Srinagar and proceed to Gulmarg. On arrival check in to the hotel Gulmarg is one of the most beautiful resorts in the valley. It is at 52kms from Srinagar. Gulmarg has been a resort for the kings like Yousuf Shah Chak and Jahangir who used to visit frequently.

Gulmarg boasts Asia's highest and longest cable car project, the Gulmarg Gondola. The two-stage ropeway ferries about 600 people per hour to and from Kongdoori Mountain, a shoulder of nearby Afarwat Peak (4,200 m (13,780 ft). You can also try skiing on your own.  Gulmarg has one of the best ski slopes in the world and also has highest golf course in the world with 18 holes.

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Evening is FREE for independent activities.
Overnight Hotel – Gulmarg (B, D)

Day 08: Gulmarg
Post breakfast we visit to local Sightseeing in Gulmarg by Gondola Ride (at your own Cost ).Gulmarg is one of the most beautiful resorts in the valley. Gulmarg has been a resort for the kings like Yousuf Shah Chak and Jahangir who used to visit frequently. Gulmarg boasts Asia's highest and longest cable car project, the Gulmarg Gondola. The two-stage ropeway ferries about 600 people per hour to and from Kongdoori Mountain, a shoulder of nearby Afarwat Peak (4,200 m (13,780 ft). You can also try skiing on your own.  Gulmarg has one of the best ski slopes in the world and also has highest golf course in the world with 18 holes.

Evening is FREE for independent activities.
Overnight Hotel – Gulmarg (B, D)

Day 09: Gulmarg - Pahalgam (142 Kms /3-4 Hrs)
After breakfast we check out of the hotel in Gulmarg and proceed to Pahalgam. On arrival check in to the hotel Arguably Pahalgam is one of the most beautiful places on earth; the town of Pahalgam (Village of Shepherds) offers breath-taking views of Himalayas. On arrival we check in to the hotel.

Rest of the day is Free for relax.
Overnight Hotel – Pahalgam (B, D)

Day 10: Pahalgam
Post breakfast Sightseeing of Pahalgam visiting Aru, Betab Valley, Chandanwari by pony (at your own Cost)
 
Rest of the day at leisure at this beautiful town at the foothills of Himalayas. One can go on for walks or pony ride to one of the many beautiful spots around Pahalgam. One of the spot is the Mamaleshwara. It is only a km or so downstream from Pahalgam, and on the opposite side of the Lidder, is this small Shiva temple with its square, stone tank. It is thought to date from the reign of king Jayasima in the 12th century, even earlier.

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Rest of the day is Free for relax.
Overnight Hotel – Pahalgam (B, D)

Day 11: Pahalgam – Srinagar (96 Kms/ 3 Hrs)
Srinagar – Delhi {Vistara Air UK 790 @ 1225 / 1400 Hrs}

Post breakfast transfer to Srinagar airport to board the flight to Delhi. Upon arrival transfer to Hotel.

Rest of the free time for light sightseeing of Delhi & shopping at some High end Fashion stores of South Delhi – One of the most happening places of Delhi. Visit Craft Emporiums

Overnight Hotel – Delhi (B)

Day 12: Delhi Departure
Transfer to international airport to board your international flight for onward journey taking back memory of an exceptional experiences of Paradise on Earth.

Tour Concludes: Exceptional Escapes Manager will assist you with your transfer to the airport for boarding onward flight.
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