|Captivating Kashmir- 7 Nights / 8 Days|
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Kashmir The Muslim and Hindu peoples of Kashmir have lived in relative harmony and friendliness since the 13th century when Islam first became the majority religion in Kashmir. The Sufi-Islamic way of life that ordinary Muslims followed in Kashmir complemented the rishi tradition of Kashmiri Pandits (Hindus), leading to a syncretic culture where Hindus and Muslims revered the same local saints and prayed at the same shrines. Periodically however, there have been rulers and leaders who have had a narrow view of Islam, and have subjected Hindu minorities to great cruelties and discrimination. The current armed secessionist movement in Kashmir mostly derives its inspiration from these people. A canard is now being spread past few years by the secessionist-terrorists and their sympathizers that in 1990 Kashmiri Pandits left Kashmir willingly, having been “tricked” by then Jammu and Kashmir Governor Jagmohan. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The fact is that Kashmiri Pandits were driven from their homeland after a campaign of intimidation and harassment was launched against them by the military-wing of the secessionists. Kashmiri Pandits were forced from their hearths and homes at the point of gun. The objective of this ethnic cleansing was to create a minority free Kashmir valley where the goal of Islamization could be easily forced on the ordinary people. The books and articles below will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the genesis of the current political situation in Jammu and Kashmir. [/pbs_toggle]
Day 1: Srinagar
On arrival at Srinagar, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your Houseboat. Afternoon free for personal activities. In the evening, enjoy a Shikara ride on Dal Lake and view the sunset. Overnight on houseboat.
Day 2: Srinagar – Local sightseeing (50 km)
Breakfast. Enjoy a half day tour of the world famous Mughal Gardens, visiting the Nishat Bagh (Garden of Pleasure) and Shalimar Bagh (Abode of Love). Return to your houseboat for hot lunch. In the afternoon, take a Shikara ride on Dal Lake to view some interesting places around the Lake. Overnight on houseboat.
Day 3: Srinagar – Gulmarg (56 km)
After breakfast, leave for Gulmarg, which is one of the most beautiful summer resorts in the valley. It is also popular for its summer golf course, the highest one in the world. In winter it’s great for skiing. Enjoy the splendor of nature and the snowy mountains. Take an optional Gondola ride (cable car) from Gulmarg to Khilanmarg. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Gulmarg – Pahalgam (149 km)
After breakfast, leave from Gulmarg (Vale of Kashmir), and drive to Pahalgam 2440 m above sea level. On the way visit the Saffron fields and 1100 year old ruins of Avantipur Temple. Arrive at Pahalgam – a popular film location, in time for lunch. After lunch enjoy the natural charm of the valley on your own. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Pahalgam
Breakfast. Day free to enjoy the beauty of Pahalgam. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Pahalgam – Srinagar (93 km)
After breakfast drive to Srinagar, arriving at your hotel in time for lunch. Afternoon free for shopping and personal activities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Srinagar – Sonmarg – Srinagar (196 km)
Breakfast. Enjoy a full day excursion to Sonmarg, (Meadow of Gold) a most beautiful drive from Srinagar. On the way, stop at many beautiful spots. Continue to Sonmarg 2690m above sea level. Take an optional horseback ride to visit Thajiwas Glacier where snow remains round the year. Sonmarg is also known as ‘Gateway to Ladakh’. In the evening return to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Srinagar
Transfer to the airport.