Kashmir If You Can - 5 days

FROM USD $1,339

Visit the far north of India, Kashmir, and spend time on Lake Dal aboard your own houseboat. Taking in the Mughal Gardens of Srinigar and the historic old city as well as the colourful floating gardens surrounded by the distant mountains of the Himalayas.

Transfer to Delhi airport and onward flight to Srinagar where you will be met at the airport upon arrival and transferred to your house boat. The rest of the evening is free for you to enjoy. Overnight - Onboard house boat
This morning we board one of the colourful shikara to visit the floating gardens, known as "Rad" in Kashmiri, where mounds of earth make for a fascinating display as they protrude from the water topped with all sorts of growing local produce. Tomatoes, cucumbers and melons have been found to grow the best with the constant source of irrigation. Hawkers peddle thier products from boats and the whole spectacle has a colourful charm.

Later we visit some of the stunning Mughal Gardens that Srinagar is famous for. We visit the terraced Nishat Bagh or Nishat Garden on the eastern side of the lake, Nishat Bagh translates in Hindustani as "Garden of Joy" which is entirely fitting. Later we visit Shalimar Garden, equally as stunning and located on the northeast side of the lake. The gardens are linked to Dal Lake via channel. We also visit the more modest Chesmashahi gardens en route to the Pari Mahal garden perched majestically atop the Zebanwan Mountain. After our tour the rest of the afternoon is free. Overnight - Onboard house boat (B, L, D)
Day 3: Srinagar Old City
Today we visit the Old City of Srinigar, or as it's also known downtown Srinagar, with its winding streets and alleys lined with shops selling and making the finest Kashmiri goods, we take a heritage walk through this part of the city along the River Jhelum.

We also visit Hari Parbat, also known as the Mughal fort, a hill fort, situated on Shakira Hill and providing panoramic views of Srinagar City and Dal Lake. We also visit the 700 year old Jama Masjid mosque and the Shah Hamadan Mosque situated on the right bank of the Jhelum River.

We return to your houseboat for lunch before tour with a visit to the Tomb of Zain Ul Abideen, well hidden in the streets of the bazaar this mausoleum marks the final resting place of Sultan Sikander's favourite wife. After a full day return to your house boat to enjoy an evening at leisure. Overnight - Onboard house boat (B, L, D)
Day 4: Relaxing on your houseboat
Today is entirely yours to do as you please. Explore the local markets for some bargains or just relax on your house boat with the stunning surrounds of Lake Dal. Overnight - Onboard house boat (B, L, D)
Day 5: Back to Delhi
This morning after breakfast onward transfer to Srinagar airport and your onward flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi arrangements come to and end. (B)
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Delhi / Ends in: Delhi
  • Departs: Any day of the year
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:4, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 3
  • Hotel Rating: 3-4 star and heritage hotels
  • Tour Guide: Yes (for included sightseeing)
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