Jammu Kashmir Tour
Jammu & Kashmir
Renowned poets and writers have written billions of prose and poetry describing the sheer natural beauty of Jammu &Kashmir, and although words hold a lot of power, they cannot comprehend the mystical aesthetic of this state. This northern most state is endowed with nature’s best and has been the most popular place in the wish list for many travel enthusiasts.
Nestled against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains of Pir Panjal, Jammu is located in the southernmost unit of the Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu is known to be the gateway of Jammu & Kashmir. Meanwhile the emerald valley of Kashmir that is cradled under the majestic Himalayan mountains, has fresh water lakes, green meadows, snow topped mountains, chinar and deodar forests, shikaras and grassy slopes full of flowers of vibrant colors.
Culture of Jammu & Kashmir
Nestled in the Himalayan foothills, Jammu is adorned with the river Tawi flowing alongside and due to the numerous temples built there, it is also known as the land of temples. As the legend goes, this was the place that Raja Jambu Lochan discovered once he was on a hunting trip. When he came by a clearing, he was awestruck by a sight where a tiger and deer stood side by side drinking from same place of Tawi river. This unusual sight made him decide to build a city on those grounds where no living creature had enmity towards each other. This is how the origin story Jammu goes.
The cultural heritage of Jammu and Kashmir is a varied one with its evergreen valleys against the backdrop of shimmering white snow, adorning the peaks of the mountainous periphery. The mellowing kiss of the sun’s glow endows the summits with rosy blush, casting soft shadows on the warbling brooks, on the thundering waterfalls as well as on the solemn lakes.
The stamp of cultural unity with Buddhist peacefulness, Hindu compassion and Muslim zest for life is discernable in Kashmiri minds.
Kashmiri cuisines mainly contain chicken, mutton and rice as they are used in everyday food. The staple diet of Kashmir is rice, and it is most favored being dense and slightly sticky grained Kashmiri variety, which is the most prized in the valley.
Most use meat and vegetables combinations in the same dish. The most popular combinations are chicken and spinach, mutton and turnips, fish and lotus root. There are also plenty of variety for vegetarian dishes as well, which include ‘dum aloo’- roasted potatoes cooked in gravy based in curd and ‘chaman’, i.e. cottage cheese, in a thick sauce.
Meat dishes are considered to be the signs of lavishness and often served at a Waswan (a 36- course wedding banquet). Sweets are not considered to be a major part of Kashmiri cuisine, instead green tea or ‘Kahva’ is served to down the meal.
Some of the most popular dishes from Kashmiri cuisine are –
- Roganjosh - Meat cooked with liberal amount of variety of spices
- Seekh Kababs - Mutton / Chicken marinated in spices and then grilled on skewers
- Rista - Minced meatballs cooked in gravy
- Tabak Maz - Flat pieces of meat fried
- Yakhni - Mutton cooked with curd base
Crafts of Kashmir
Kashmir handicrafts are known for its exquisite craftsmanship, which is an art, developed over the centuries. The craftsmen make handicrafts during the winter and then sell it to the tourists that come there during the summer. Some of the handicrafts that are famous among tourists are –
- Hand knotted Persian rugs and traditional rugs
- Embroidered woolen caps
- Silk-soft Pashmina shawls
- Shawls and jackets
- Crewel embroidery
- Boleros and ponchos
- The Jamawar
Wooden carved articles are also another special art of Kashmir which is very unique. The furniture made with walnut wood that is produced in Kashmir cannot be found anywhere else on earth.
Shopping in Kashmir
Speaking of handicrafts, here are few things you can pick up to have a beautiful souvenir, as a reminder of the beautiful Kashmir.
- Papier-Mache - the papier-mache is a very popular handicraft item in Kashmir. Although they look the same at the first glance, the command different prices which depends upon the quality of the product.
- Shawls – The Kashmir valley is known for its shawls throughout the world. In Kashmir, they are made mainly from three types of wool – Pashmina, wool and shahtoosh. The variety is centered on the basis of fabric used for them.
- Silk and Tweeds – The Kashmiri silk and tweed are some of the items that are high on the list for shopping for most tourists. In fact, tweed weaving and sericulture are considered to be top occupations of the Kashmiris.
The shopping places in Kashmir include government emporia as well as private owned shops. If you are visiting privately owned shops, a little bargaining is advisable, however government emporiums are fine otherwise.
Arrival in Srinagar :
On arrival you will meet our representative at Srinagar. He will assist you and locate you to your hotel rooms. The afternoon will commence with a visit to the Mughal Gardens, here you can view the luxurious Nishatbagh (garden) which was built by Asaf Khan, the brother-in-law of emperor Jahangir in 1632 AD. Further, you will visit the royal Shalimar Bagh (garden) that the emperor Jahangir built for his beloved wife and empress Nur Jahan.
All these gardens are situated on the banks of the beautiful Dal Lake with the expansive Zabarwan hills in the background. You can enjoy your afternoon with leisure activities and relaxing. In the evening the dinner will be served and your bedrooms will be prepared for overnight stay in the hotel.
Srinagar to Sonmarg :Travel distance / Time (90 KM / approx. 3 hours’ drive)
On day 2 you will embark on your journey to a full day excursion to the breath-taking “Meadow of Gold” Sonmarg. The quick stream of the vigorous Sindh river makes it a popular spot for fishing, especially for trout and mahseerin summer. You can even choose to ride on pony all the way to the one of the glaciers and have fun in the snow (with your own expenses) As the evening comes, you will be driven back to Srinagar for a comfortable night stay back in your hotel room.
Srinagar to Pahalgam :Travel Distance / Time ( 102 KM / approx. 3 ½ hours’ drive)
The third day will start early morning, leaving from the hotel to the sweeping valley of Pahalgam, which by other name is called the “valley of shepherds” which is locatedat the convergenceof the streams rolling from the river Lidder and Sheeshnag lake. En-route, you will get to witness the beguiling Awantipuraruins, a 1100-year temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu which was built by King Awantivarman.
On arriving to Pahalgam, you can experience the natural beauty with a stroll to Baisaren, a tiny village set in fir and pine forest is wonderful and offers good view. It is just 2 km from Pahalgam. After day three an overnight stay a hotel in Pahalgam is arranged.
Pahalgam to Gulmarg to Srinagar :Travel Distance / time – (105 KM / approx. 3 hrs. drive)
On Day 4, you will begin travelling to Gulmarg pastthe fast flowing streams of fresh water, lush green meadows and the willow trees. Gulmarg, by its nickname the “meadow of flowers” is an appropriate name describing this expansive idyllic flower laden meadow, which offers an exclusive view of the snow-capped mountaintops covered with dense forests of tall conifers and gigantic fir and pine trees.
Further, you can stroll leisurely (by your own expense) across the extensive meadow to one of the highest Golf Course in the world.An activity, that is a must here, is the newly introduced Gondola lift (at your expenses).
As the day progresses, we will return to Srinagar, where the evening will be spent enjoying a Shikara ride on the calm waters of the Dal Lake. You will experience the marvel that is beyond visual descriptions upon seeing the natural beauty of Dal Lake. The glowing sun-set view from the Shikara will leave you spell bound. Your overnight stay will be arranged in a luxurious house-boat.
Srinagar Departure :
On 5th day, after breakfast on the houseboat, you will be transported to the Jammu railway station on time to board flight to home or to onwards journey.
This is how your tour ends with first class travel experience with Prisha Tours, making sure that these memories will stay with you forever.
Srinagar: Guest will be received at Srinagar Airport.
- Meet and greet, then the guests will be transported to the hotel / houseboat.
- Welcome drink will be served on arrival.
- Guests will be given a local tour of Srinagar.
- Overnight stay will be at the hotel or the houseboat.
Srinagar: After breakfast, Srinagar local sightseeing will include:
- The well-known Mughal gardens- which includes The ChasmeShahi Garden, Shalimar bagh (Abode of love) as well as the “NishatBagh” (the garden of pleasure) etc.
- The afternoon will include Shikara ride on the Dal Lake to enjoy the beauty of the city, which is comparable to Venice.
- Overnight stay will be at the hotel
Srinagar – Sonmarg: After breakfast, a visit to Sonamarg
- An elective excursion of Sonmarg, where you take a pony ride (at your own expenses) to Thajiwas Glacier where the snow remains all-round the year.
- Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Sonamarg.
Srinagar – Gulmarg: After breakfast, a visit to Gulmarg
- On arrival, check-in the hotel.
- After lunch, you can have a pony ride (at your expense) all the way to the Gondola ride (cable car) to Khilanmurg (at your expenses).
- Dinner and overnight stay will be at the hotel.
Gulmarg – Pahalgam: After breakfast, a visit to Pahalgam (146 KM/ approx. 4 ½ hrs drive)
- Check-in at hotel on arrival.
- Free time for leisure explore the local area after lunch
- Dinner and overnight stay at hotel
Pahalgam: After breakfast, sightseeing local Pahalgam tourist attractions.
- A day of leisure and relaxation.
- You may go for long walks or horse/ pony rides to different beautiful sports around Pahalgam.
- Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel
Pahalgam- Patnitop : After breakfast, sightseeing at Patnitop.
- A day free for individual activities and seeing tourist attractions at Patnitop.
- You can go to hike, ski, picnic and aero-sport .
- Overnight stay at the hotel.
Patnitop to Jammu : After breakfast, sightseeing at Patnitop.
- Visiting local tourist attractions along with some activities.
- Check out from hotel and move to Jammu.
Vaishno Devi Temple : Early Morning visit to Mata Vishano Devi Darshan by Helicopter.
- Darshan Onwards to Bhawan by foot or Ponies.
- Returning back to hotel stay.
Departure: Once you are done with the breakfast at the hotel, you will be transported to Railway station or Jammu Airport.