The word Kashmir was derived from the ancient Sanskrit language and was referred to as káśmīra. The Nilamata Purana describes the valley's origin from the waters, a lake called Sati-saras. A popular local etymology of Kashmira is that it is land desiccated from water.
On Arrival in Srinagar airport- Meet & greet and transfer by to Houseboat/Hotel. Begin the excursion by paying homage at Shankaracharya Temple. Named after the great saint, Shankaracharya, this temple is situated atop Gopadari Hill and is a revered Hindu pilgrimage site. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this spiritual place can be reached after climbing around a hundred steps. It stands strong in an octagonal structure, resembling the shape of a Shiva linga. After this, journey to Mughal Gardens, Chashmi-e Shahi (The Royal Spring), Nishat (The Garden of pleasure) & Shalimar Bagh (Abode of Love). Enjoy a Shikara ride on the Dal Lake. Overnight in the houseboat/hotel Welcome drink on arrival at Hotel/Houseboat.
fter breakfast Drive to Sonamarg, full day drive from Srinagar to Sonamarg via NH-1D. Boasting snow-clad peaks, Sonamarg is surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the world. Glistening in the sun, the peaks, serene meadows and flower beds seem bathed in golden hues, thus justifying the name, Sonamarg, which means the meadow of gold. Mighty glaciers and lakes add stars to the ever-pleasant aura of the valley. After covering a distance of about 84 km, arrive at your destination and spend the whole day discovering this green stretch. You may go fishing in the lakes or sledging on frozen glaciers and even trekking, accompanied by the spectacular views of the realm at a height of 2690 meters. You may take a pony ride to Thajiwas Glacier. Where snow remains round the year. Return to hotel for Overnight stay in the hotel.
After breakfast full day excursion of Gulmarg - the most beautiful drive from Sonamarg to Gulmarg via Tangmarg Road, and after covering around 50 km, arrives at your destination. Post reaching here, transfer to the hotel and relax for some time. As serene and peaceful as it can get, Gulmarg is truly a fantasy for all. Gulmarg derived its name from the immense lushness of hills, full of colourful flowers, and is thus one of the most popular destinations in India. A wide expanse of panoramic surroundings, spectacular views and simplicity add solace to the omnipresent charm of this town. Summer resort in the valley. It is popular for its highest golf course and skiing in winters. You can enjoy a pony ride and also enjoy a Gondola ride (cable car) to Khilanmarg. Return to the Hotel by evening for overnight stay.
After breakfast Drive to Pahalgam, and full day excursion of Pahalgam. Post lunch, depart for an excursion to the Aru Valley. About 11 km from Pahalgam, the Aru Valley offers an eclectic view and calm environs to tourists. Next, take a tour of the Betaab Valley, set amidst pine trees. It has been a favorite shooting location for many Bollywood directors. Being at a walking distance from Pahalgam, this valley is the base camp for various adventure activities, such as mountaineering. Later, trek to Chandanwari, which is the starting point for the Amarnath Yatra; it is approximately 16 km from Pahalgam. Being almost on the edge of the tree line, you will see trees giving way to alpine grasslands here.Take a pony ride to one of the many beautiful spots around Pahalgam. Return to the Hotel by the evening for overnight stay.
After a scrumptious breakfast, check-out from the hotel and transfer to the Srinagar airport to continue your onward journey.