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Amritsar & Kashmir – 6 Nights/7 Days
Srinagar | Gulmarg | Pahalgam | Sonmarg
Day 1: Arrive at Amritsar
Arrive at Amritsar, Then transfer to your hotel. After brief rest, proceed to “Wagah Border” – The 1947 partition of India and Pakistan led to the marking of a long white line that defines the Wagah Border between the two neighbors, separated by two heavy gates about 2 meters apart on either side. Located at a distance of 28km from the city of Amritsar, the Wagah Border is the only open border crossing between India and Pakistan and is officially accessible by both nations. The Wagah Border post remains open daily from 10:00 am till the flag down ceremony in the evening.
For the Wagah Border ceremony, it is advisable to arrive well before sunset to grab a proper seat in the open-air theatre. Depending upon the time of sunset, the flag down ceremony normally starts around 4:30 pm in winter and 5:30 pm in summer. After the ceremony and return to the hotel.
Evening proceeds to visit, Durgaina Temple, Mata Lal Ji Devi Temple, the replica of Mata Vaishno Devi Temple, and most of the important temples in India, later visit Ram Tirith Temple, the birthplace of Lord Ram and Sita’s Sons, Luv, and Kush.
Overnight stay at Amritsar.
Day 2: Amritsar – Srinagar
Proceed to visit Jillian walaBagh and Golden Temple.
Jillian walaBagh – JallianwalaBagh is situated just a five minutes walk from Golden Temple. It is the place where the British General Dyer, massacred 300 innocent people who had gathered there for a meeting in 1919. The tragedy even later led to the strengthening of the movement for total independence. The walls are pockmarked with bullets and the well in which some tried to hide can be seen. JallianwalaBagh is a sprawling memory of the great tragedy, which evokes the patriotic spirit in every Indian.
Golden Temple – Amritsar was built around the Golden Temple and the AmritSarovar Lake, from which it derives its name. The temple complex is surrounded by a fortified wall with eighteen gates. The main north entrance is under a Victorian clock tower. Known as the DarshaniDeori, the entrance is up a flight of steps and down again to the temple and holy tank. The Golden Temple sits on a rectangular platform in the center of the AmritSarovar and it is surrounded by a white marble corridor, which is encircled by pilgrims visiting the shrine. A narrow causeway links the Harmandir, or Darbar Sahib as the temple is also called. The entrance to the temple is through an ornate archway with intricate inlay work. Verses from the Granth Sahib are inscribed on the doorway.
Later transfer to Amritsar airport for flight to Srinagar. On Arrival at Srinagar airport and transfer to Srinagar Houseboat.
In the evening enjoy SHIKARA RIDE on the world-famous DalLake in which you will cover, Floating Gardens, Vegetable Gardens, Golden lakes, Inner markets like Mena Bazar, Canals, etc.
Overnight stay in Srinagar.
Day 3: Srinagar – Gulmarg (50 Kms- 1 ½ Hour)
Proceed to Gulmarg – Meadow of Flowers situated at an altitude of 2730 meters. Discovered by the Kashmiri romantic poet in the 16th century who was inspired by its grassy slopes covered with wildflowers.
On arrival Check in to the hotel.
In winter Gulmarg looks more beautiful due to heavy snowfall and turns into India’s premier Ski resort. Gulmarg has one of the best ski slopes in the world and the highest golf course with 18 holes. You can also enjoy the Gondola Cable Car (at your own expense and subject to operation) which offers rides to the upland meadows of Kongdori and beyond to the top of Apharwat range to a height of 14000 ft. for viewing the Himalayan peaks in summer.
Overnight stay in Gulmarg.
Day 4: Gulmarg – Pahalgam (137 Kms- 3 ½ Hour)
Proceed to Pahalgam. En route visit Awantipora Ruins and Saffron Fields. Upon arrival at Pahalgam check in at Hotel. Later you can visit Betaab Valley(at your own Expense)which is a beautiful valley with a brook that flows in the middle of the valley, it got its name from the Indian Film ‘Beetab’ which was shot there. A local taxi has to be hired for Aru and Beetab Valley.
Overnight stay in Pahalgam.
Day 5: Pahalgam-Sonmarg (137 Kms- 3 ½ Hour)
Proceed to Sonmarg. The name Sona marg is derived from two Kashmiri words “Son” & “Marg”, which mean “Gold” & “Meadow”, when put together it means “Meadow of Gold”. The drive from Srinagar to Sonamarg is very beautiful as you will pass through some towns and villages, at many places you can enjoy the view of paddy fields with rivers flowing on one side. While in Sonamarg you can visit Thajwas Glacier which is around 4 kms from Sonamarg.
Overnight stay in Sonmarg.
Day 6: Sonmarg – Srinagar (93 Kms- 3 Hours)
Proceed to Srinagar. Upon arrival, proceed for local sightseeing. Visit Pari Mahal (Palace of Fairies) a seven terraced garden located at the top of Zabarwan mountain range over-looking city of Srinagar and south-west of Dal Lake, Then visit Chesham Shahi one of the Mughal gardens built in 1632 AD around a spring by Ali Mardan Khan, a governor of Mughal emperor shah Jahan as per the orders of the Emperor, as a gift for his elder son Prince Dara Shikoh, also visit Nishat Garden known as “Garden of Pleasure” built in 16th century (1633) by Mughal King Asif Khan. Then visit Shalimar Garden known as the “Garden of Love” built in the 16th century (1619) by Mughal King Jahangir for his beloved wife Noor Jehan or (Mehr-un-Nissa).
Day 7: Srinagar – Departure
Transfer to Airport in time for your return journey.