With alpine scenery, romantic houseboats and cool, crisp weather, Kashmir is truly the Switzerland of India. Enjoy picturesque locales, delectable food and inimitable Kashmiri hospitality with Akbar Holidays on our lovingly curated holiday packages that promise you an experience of a lifetime.
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Welcome to Kashmir! You will meet our representative on arrival at Srinagar Airport and transfer to your luxurious houseboat. Enjoy a boxed lunch on your drive to the boat. Later in the afternoon, you will head to Srinagar's iconic Mughal Gardens, visiting the Shalimar, Nishat & Cheshma Shai Gardens before paying your respects at the Saraswati and Shiva Temple on Shankaracharya Hill.Enjoy stunning views of sunset from the hill and return for dinner to the houseboat.
Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast and leave for Sonmarg, place that literally means 'Meadow of Gold'. Sonamarg, located at a lofty 2,740 m above sea level, is surrounded by glaciers and serene lakes in the majestic Himalayan mountain region. Covered in sprawling flower laden meadows, it is the gateway to Ladakh and situated just before the Zojii La pass. Enjoy the day amid unspoilt nature and return to Srinagar in the evening.
After breakfast today, you will transfer to the stunning hill station of Pahalgam. Situated at the confluence of the streams flowing from Sheshnag Lake and the Lidder River, Pahalgam was once a humble shepherd's village that is now known across the world for its picturesque natural beauty. Among the many places of interest around Pahalgam include the huge, undulating meadow of Baisaran, surrounded by dense pine forests, the “Betaab Valley that has been the filming location of several Bollywood blockbusters and Aru, the base point for trekking to Kolhai glacier, Katar Nag, Lidder Watt and Trasar & Marsar Lakes. Pahalgam is also associated with the annual Amarnath Yatra. Chandanwari, 16 kms from Pahalgam, is the starting point of the pilgrimage to the Amarnath Caves. You will be transferred back to Srinagar at the end of the day where you will stay overnight.
Enjoy breakfast at your Srinagar hotel before you set out for the slopes of Gulmarg. Gulmarg's legendary beauty and proximity to Srinagar naturally make it one of Asia's premier hill resorts. Originally called 'Gaurimarg' by shepherds, Gulmarg was discovered in the 16th century by Sultan Yusuf Shah, who was inspired by the sight of its grassy slopes emblazoned with wild flowers and later became a favourite haunt of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. Today, Gulmarg is not merely a mountain resort of exceptional beauty but also the country's premier ski resort with its snowclad slopes attracting winter sports enthusiasts from all over the nation. You could choose to take a Gondola Ride that promises breath taking views of the mountains or explore the town and all its attractions. You will be transferred back to Srinagar in the evening.
Enjoy your last day of your holiday before checking out of the hotel and being transferred to the airport for your onward journey.
Hotel Royal Velvet