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Tours & Adventure

Gulmarg

Gulmarg’s legendry beauty, prime location and proximity to Srinagar naturally make it one of the premier hill resorts in the country. Originally called Gaurimarg by shepherds, its present name was given in the 16th century by Sultan Yusuf Shah, who was inspired by the sight of its grassy slopes emblazoned with wild flowers. Gulmarg was a favorite haunt of Emperor Jehangir, who once collected 21 different varieties of flowers from here. From Gulmarg a picturesque view of the Himalayas is visible from each and every corner of Gulmarg. The sight of the snow capped peaks, glaciers and fir woods in Gulmarg leave you speechless at the very first glimpse. The drive to Gulmarg takes around 2-3 hrs by road and is located at a height of 2650 meters above sea level. The journey to Gulmarg is fascinating as it gives a pretty view of flat expanses of rice fields interspersed with small hamlets, and rigid avenues of poplar. Depending on the season, nature’s colors could be translucent green in spring, summer’s rich emerald or autumns golden hues, when scarlet chillies festoon windows of village homes. After Tangmarg, the climb to Gulmarg begins through fir-covered hillsides. At one point, known simply as View Point, travelers generally stop their vehicles for a few minutes and look out a spectacle of snow – covered mountains almost within touching distance.

Pahalgam

Pahalgam is located in the western part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, in the northern region of India. Situated at an altitude of 2130 meters above sea level and positioned beside the Liddar River, in the Liddar valley, Pahalgam is at a distance of 95 km east of Srinagar. Pahalgam is known for the crystal clear waters of River Lidder which is just before the entry into Pahalgam and is an ideal spot for trekking, picnics and pony rides. Pahalgam is adorned with lush greenery and tall pine trees. Pony rides take you around this whole place. The picturesque location of this place also makes it an ideal spot for movie shootings. Pahalgam is also the starting point to take you to Pilgrimage shrines of Amarnath Caves, which is said to be the abode of Lord Shiva. Every year in July-Aug thousands of Pilgrims approach the caves through here.The Valley of Shepherds as it is called, the mystic land of Pahalgam soaked in the morning dew, looks afresh and is protected by fir and snow capped peaks that forms an ideal destination for the trekking aficionados. A plethora of mountains and glaciers, it offers breathtaking views of the valleys and the surrounding area. In short Pahalgam is rightly called the Jewel of the Liddar Valley.

Sonamarg

Sonamarg literally meaning “ The Meadow of Gold” lies in the heart of a beautiful valley carved by the river Sindh. At a magical height of 3000 meters, the beautiful mountain resort is surrounded by towering mountains that glow once the sun sets its eyes upon them. Rich forests of silver, intermingled with Sycamore and fringed on their upper borders with silver birch clothe the mountain sides Sonamarg boasts of colorful valleys with grand rocky cliffs and white glaciers. Situated 80 km’s northeast of Srinagar, the road that runs to Sonamarg is the beginning of an enchanted journey into a natural wonderland. The road initiates winds under the shadow of the mountains. The journey to Sonamarg passes through peaceful pastoral land with the picturesque snow clad Harmukh range etched against the deep blue of the Himalayan sky. En route Sonamarg, gypsies with their cattle, ponies, buffaloes, sheep’s and goats are seen. Mighty mountains of up to 5300 metres, Thajiwas glaciers being its outstanding feature, surround Sonamarg. Thajiwas, pine shaded, with gushing mountain streams. Silver waterfalls and the Thajiwas glacier form a sparkling contrast to the green meadowland. It provides a challenging climb. Sonamarg is a wonderful destination for an intrepid traveler, who is looking for exciting places known for their adventure sports. Apart from valleys, the Sonamarg region also boasts of high altitude lakes only reached via trekking trails.

Glimpse of Kashmir
3N/4D Srinagar & Gulmarg
Transport by car, 3N/4D accomodation in Srinagar, Breakfast & dinners included, Half day tour of Mughal Garden, Full day excursion to Gulmarg, Shikara cruise on Dal Lake.
Package 1
Valley of Kashmir
3N/4D Srinagar & Sonmarg
Transport by car, 3N/4D accomodation in Srinagar, Breakfast & dinners included, Half day tour of Mughal Garden, Full day excursion to Sonmarg, Shikara cruise on Dal Lake.
Package 2
Discover Kashmir
4N/5D Srinagar, Gulmarg & Pahalgam
Transport by car, 2N/3D accomodation in Srinagar, 1N/2D accomodation in Gulmarg, 1N/2D accomodation in Pahalgam, Breakfast & dinners included, Half day tour of Mughal Garden, Shikara cruise on Dal Lake
Package 3
Glimpse of Ladakh
4N/5D Leh,Sham Valley, Pandong Lake
Transport by car, 4N/5D accomodation in Leh, Half day tour of Sham Valley, Excursion to Khardong La, Excursion to Pangong Lake.
Package 4
Best of J&K
9N/10D Katra, Patnitop, Pahalgam, Gulmarg & Srinagar
Transport by car, 3N/4D accomodation in Katra & Patnitop, 2N/3D accomodation in Pahalgam, 1N/2D accomodation in Gulmarg, 3N/4D accomodation in Srinagar. Breakfast & dinners included. Half day tour of Mughal Garden.
Package 5
Ladakh & Kashmir
9N/10D Leh - Nubra - Alchi - Lamayuru - Sonamarg - Srinagar
All transfers by car, 3N/4D accomodation in Leh, 1N/2D accomodation in Nubra Valley, 2N/3D accomodation in Alchi / Uleytoko, 1N/2D accomodation in Sonamarg, 2N/3D accomodation in Srinagar.
Package 6

Tariffs

RoomE.P.C.P.M.A.P.A.P.
Double 3300 3750 4500 5300
Single 2250 2500 3150 3500
+1 Adult 600 800 1000 1250
Kids (Age 3-10) 500 600 700 900

Sole Use of 2BR houseboat = 6300 (E.P. basis only)

RoomE.P.C.P.M.A.P.A.P.
Double 2700 3000 3600 4200
Single 1800 2000 2500 2850
+1 Adult 600 800 1000 1250
Kids (Age 3-10) 500 600 700 900

Sole Use of 2BR houseboat = 5000  (E.P. basis only)

Heating Charges from 15/10 – 15/04 each room/night = 250

E.P.      Rooms Only
C.P.      Breakfast Only
M.A.P. Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
A.P.      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Free pickup from Srinagar airport or bus terminal

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