Jammu - Srinagar - Sonamarg - Gulmarg - Pahalgam - Jammu
Kashmir is a lovely place. Tourist especially the honeymoon couple plans for this spot because of the snow-clad mountains and lush greenery that you may not be able to see elsewhere. The best time to cover most of the Kashmir is planning for the eight days tour to Kashmir valley. On this heaven of earth, you will be able to get some most pleasant and enjoyable experience of life. The journey starts from Jammu and then completes the whole circulate through Sonmarg, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, and Srinagar.
It is not just the attractions of Kashmir but there are so many activities and food that you will be able to explore when you are here. In the list of the itinerary, there will be picturesque gardens, enchanting lakes, fascinating mountains, historic places, and a lot more.
The ideal time to sit this place is in summer. In winter most of the areas are covered under snow while in the rainy season, the rainfall is quite high. If you have a budget set right and finally have decided the dates, you must pack warm clothes and umbrella in case of an emergency to make your journey more safe and enjoyable experience. There are fascinating mountains, enhancing lakes and even the picturesque gardens that will give you moments to cherish with your loved ones.
Once you land to Jammu now be that through train, flight or vehicle, you will be then given a drive from Jammu to Srinagar. It takes 7-8 hours to reach Srinagar.
On the same day, you will be able to have some picturesque view of Kashmir as the city travel from Jammu to Kashmir gets covered. Once you reach the city, there will be a representative who will meet you and help you with the hotel transfer or even at the exotic houseboat.
Right after check-in, you will have some own leisure time. Maybe you would want to take some rest and gear up yourself for further trips. The walk-in Boulevard Road near the Dal Lake can be done. You might want to stroll around the road to witness some of the incredible views of Zabarwan Mountain Range. A shikara ride is one of its kinds that you should be doing. After a chill ride and a peaceful walk, you can then think of returning to the hotel and then enjoy the mouth relishing breakfast too.
From Srinagar, you will be then headed to Sonmarg which is 3 hours of journey. There will be a leisure breakfast served you at the houseboat or hotel itself. The trip will then cover the whole scenic view that you can enjoy of Srinagar and then head towards the hill station of Sonmarg. Sonmarg is also popular by the name ‘Meadow of Gold’ which is located at a height of 9,000 ft.
There are so many enthralling treks that will keep you enchanted throughout this day. You might want to go and do some pony ride and even have a picture of the Thajiwas Glacier that will be your fun for the day. Post the Sonmarg excursion, you will then be headed back to Srinagar where you will have an overnight stay at the same location.
It is time to explore the city more closely where you shall meet the locals, explore the market enjoy some local food and whatnot. Post your breakfast at the stay you will then be taken to Mughal Gardens, CheshmaShahi or the ‘Royal Spring’, PariMahal or the ‘Palace of the Fairies’, Shalimar Bagh or the ‘Garden of Love’, Nishat Garden or the ‘Garden of Pleasure’, Shankaracharya Temple and the Tulip Garden. All these gardens are close to one another and are quite incredible.
On the way back to your stay, you must also gather some Handicraft Emporium, enjoy watching the carpet-making traditions and also buy some incredible paper-based creates and arts. For jewelry lovers, there is also traditional jewelry they can buy.
Your next destination will be Gulmarg which is popular by the name of ‘Meadow of Flowers’. Compared to Sonmarg this place is quite close to Srinagar but if you love doing trek then you can do it from Gulmarg to Khilangmarg which takes about 3 to 4 hours.
Pot your breakfast at the hotel you will then be taken to Gulmarg which is also an ideal skiing destination. Don’t forget to carry your camera as this place will let you witness some fascinating Nanga Parbat views. You will have a day stay there and next day you shall be headed to Pahalgam.
This time will be for you to explore Pahalgam. It is called the ‘Valley of the Shepherds’. This will give you a nature trail from closely which will be mesmerized by you for the rest of your life. It is all about the fun and excitement that you get from the tour which you should be enjoying.
On way to Pahalgam, there is a saffron garden where you might want to stay for some time. Post the visit, you will then be taken to Pahalgam hotel where you shall have a day rest.
Post your breakfast at the very same hotel, your day will then start on visiting some of the great snow points. You might want to take a pony ride too and unwind yourself with a leisurely walk. The view of the dense pine thickets along the Lidder River is mind-blowing which of course the best thing that you can come across is.
You will then be headed back to Srinagar after your breakfast at Pahalgam and then from Srinagar will be staying a day at Jammu. Once you are relaxed, there will be Jammu city tourist which will be quite a great experience. You will be able to explore places like Ragunath Temple, Har Ki Pauri Temple, and Kali Mata Temple; and then have a pleasant overnight stay at the hotel.
This is the time of your departure from Kashmir valley to your hometown. You will be either driven to the railway station or airport as per your convenience.