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Backpacking India Offbeat Jammu And Kashmir


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


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.




Day 1 : 21st June 2016
Late Afternoon Arrival in Jammu . 
Rest and Acclimatize to the Weather. Stay in Jammu.


Day 2 : 22nd June 2016
Day starts early . We are heading to the Beautiful Aru valley today.
Involve in small trek as we explore the Valley. Overnight stay will be in a Guest house.


Day 3 : 23rd June 2016
Today we are in Pahalgam. Sightseeing to Chandanwari and Betaab Valley is must.


Day 4 : 24th June 2016
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 will be in a Houseboat.


Day 5 : 25th June 2016
Travel to the golden land of Sonmarg. Climb the Snow Mountains or try the Gondola ride. The overnight stay will be in a cottage.


Day 6 : 26th June 2016
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. Over Night in Yusmarg.


Day 7 : 27th June 2016
We hit the road again as we head back to Jammu. Overnight in Jammu.


Day 8 : 28th June 2016
Train back to Mumbai scheduled Tour ens with happy memories.


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



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Duration 07 Nights / 08 Days
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