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Tour Highlights : Aru Valley | Yusmerg | Sonmarg | Pahalgam | Srinagar

 

Srinagar (1N)-Aru (2N)- Surprise !! (1N)-Yusmarg (2N)

 

The splendid views of Aru valley


Aru valley is just 12kms away from Pahalgam. When you are driving from Pahalgam to Aru or back down, the views are just hypnotizing. The bright blue river cutting through the mountains full of pine trees is a delight to watch. It is coming straight out of a canvas painting. The vast open meadows and Horse grazing on it with a backdrop of mountains, makes it a very picturesque location. Just lie down to stare its beauty or get involved with the locals playing cricket.

 

The adventures of Pahalgam


Pahalgam might be commercialized, but, it is still worth visiting. Go to the Bollywood obsessed Betaab valley. At Chandanwadi water rafting in the Lidder River through natural forests and down the exhilarating rapids is a must. Pony rides are available to a scenic meadow called Baisaran or ‘Mini Switzerland’ from city center.

 

In the evening, the clear blue skies start giving way to hues of red and orange as the sun prepares to retire for the night. Mind you! People sleep early. There are no intermitting lights beaming, No traffic horns, no beats of party music in the distance.

 

The cultural experience of Srinagar


Kashmir is synonymous with Srinagar and its Dal Lake. Dal Lake has its own mini world. Tourism and the daily routine of the folks living on the lake revolve around Shikara. If you are at Dal Lake, a stay in a Shikara is a must. Shikaras are the traditionally designed wooden boats. As you enter a Shikara, Old world charm oozes out of the houseboat. Beautiful wooden furniture with intricate carving and elegantly embroidered carpet greets as you enter. Dal Lake has its own floating market, floating gardens and floating restaurants. But there is one more hidden place just next to Dal Lake, The Nagin Lake. No, don’t worry, it has nothing to do with snakes.

 

Nagin Lake is more offbeat and a better part of Dal Lake. Staying in a house boat here is much better compared to Dal Lake. When the oar is splashed slowly and continuously in the water, it is an absolute music to the ears. Being a wetland, it’s a birder’s paradise as well.

 

The Mesmerizing Snow of Sonmarg


Sonmarg literally means meadow of Gold. When the golden rays of sun fall upon the bright color of snow, it is a magical sight to see! The drive from Srinagar to Sonmarg passes through some spectacular Himalayan landscape.

 

Located at an altitude of 2800 m, Sonmarg is surrounded by the eternally beautiful lakes and glaciers. Get some woolen gear and gum boots for rent, start climbing the snow-laced mountains. A Gondola ride gives magnificent aerial views from the top! Thijiwas Glacier, Fish Pond & Sarbal Park are some of the places to visit.

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1 :

 

Arival at Srinagar airport at 8.30 am.Today we are driving towards Aru valley ! Aru is small village near Pahalgam which is around 12 kms journey with lush green valley, flowing river. Early evening, we reach at our hotel. After having “Kashmiri Kava”,  hop in for 2 hours trek to Green top Point and interact with local community of shepherds.  Day ends with dinner and campfire

 

Day 2 :

 

Starts early. We are heading for a day trek to other side of Aru valley and day end with cricket, volleyball at green meadows of Aru valley. Overnight stay in Aru valley.

 

Day 3 :


Today, welcome to Srinagar! An ideal place for travelers interested in exploring cultures and traditions. Known for their excellent weaves and handicrafts, myriad music and dance forms and delicious culinary treats ! Overnight stay in a houseboat.

 

Day 4 :

 

Head to Yusmarg. Less explored Yusmarg in Kashmiri means “The Meadow of Jesus”. It is an alpine valley covered with snow clad mountains and the meadows of Pine and Fir. Also, visit Doodh Ganga on our way.

 

Day 5 : 

 

Today is relaxed day at cottage of Yusmarg. Explore the small hamlet called Charare Sharif by local bus, may be you can seat at top of the bus !

 

Day 6 :

 

Plan the Unplanned ! Keeping this day unplanned so we together can decide and anything that will be add surprise the trip.

 

Day 7 :

 

Arrival at Srinagar. Board return flight back to Mumbai. Tour ends with happy memories.

 

PS – Remember, the real fun of travelling is in breaking the standard itinerary and doing something different!

 

THINGS TO CARRY

 

1. Gov approved Id proof Compulsory ( NO Pan Card) 
2. A small Backpack (Avoid Suitcases)
3. A Day Bag to hold camera and essential during sightseeing .
4. Beachwear in case you decide to swim or enjoy water sports.
5. Torch (Must)
6. Personal Medicines If any
7. Cap, Shades, Sun-screen etc….
8. Sport shoes or Good quality Floaters
9. Camera (Optional)
10. Sanitary Kit
11. Mosquito Repellent

 

 

 

Cost per person (INR)
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Where Jammu & Kashmir
Duration 6 Nights / 7 Days
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