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4 days  |  Arrive Srinagar to Srinagar  |  from USD $0

Located in the vale of Kashmir, with its snow dusted mountains, serene lakes and wildflower meadows, Srinagar’s picturesque lakeside setting allows for a relaxing getaway aboard a traditional Kashmiri houseboat.

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Inclusions

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Srinagar

Welcome to the Kashmir Valley! Arrive into Srinagar by flight or road where you’ll be met by our representative. After boarding your traditional Kashmiri houseboat docked on the shoreline of Dal Lake, the afternoon allows for an enjoyable stroll through the waterside gardens of the Mughal rulers. With a backdrop of rolling hills and the Dal lake, lies Nishat Bagh (the Garden of Gladness) laid out by Asaf Khan in 1632. Time allows you to enjoy the beauty of this and number of other Mughal gardens within the vicinity.

En route to the other gardens it is possible to see Mihrbahri people (market gardeners who have lived around the lakes for centuries) going about their daily lives, tending to their floating vegetable and flower beds cleverly shielded within clumps of floating weed and water’s edge Poplar and Willow trees.

Returning to your floating hotel, the remainder of the evening is spent at leisure and overnight aboard your houseboat.
Overnight: Srinagar  |  Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

Boat trip on Dal Lake

Today take a shikara (a traditional wooden boat found only waters of the Jammu and Kashmir) to the early morning floating vegetable market. Passing many other shikara’s along the way, ferrying people, produce and freshly caught fish across the lake.

The boat ride continues with a leisurely cruise around the 15.5 sq km lake. As the shikara plies its way toward the wetlands of Bod Dal and Lokut Dal you’ll pass small island enclaves, narrow bridges, tree lined boulevards, houseboats cruising, Mughal gardens and pavilions. Returning to your houseboat in the evening.
Overnight: Srinagar  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Srinigar - your way

Today offers free time for you to do as little or as much as you please. You may wish to further explore the local markets for some last minute bargains or make your way to the old city of Srinigar with its retailers selling the finest Kashmari goods. then again you wish to simply relax on your house boat and enjoy the serenity of Lake Dal.
Overnight: Srinagar  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Srinagar

Arrangements conclude after breakfast with house boat check out and onward departure transfer to the airport or awaiting transportation.
Breakfast

A traditional Kashmiri Houseboat

The Houseboats of Kashmir, unlike their counterparts in Kerala are usually moored at the edges of the Dal Lake. The oldest houseboat on the Dal dates from the early 1900's. All boats whether heritage or modern are made of wood and are complimented by a number of intricately carved panels (both internally and externally) featuring design and motifs typical of the region. Houseboats come in differnet sizes with varying levels of creature comforts from basic 2 star standard to 5 star deluxe.

Our featured itinerary offers a 3 star standard houseboat comprising 3 bedrooms, each with its own private entrance and ensuite facilities. A communial lounge and dining area (and sometimes a small kitchen) are also available for the use of all onboard. Various other houseboat accommodation is available including deluxe, luxury and fully self contained options. Please contact us for more information.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

 
Price/Person
Single Supp.
Kashmir - 4 days
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ices are indicative and will vary depending on your chosen hotels, room availability as well as time of travel i.e. during India’s peak travel season of 21 Dec - 10 Jan, additional supplements will apply. Equally, if you with to travel to India during the summer, rates will be cheaper than those quoted. Please bear this in mind if comparing prices as we always aim to deliver exceptional value.

Please note that discounts will apply if there are more 4 our more people in your travelling party, since fixed costs like transportation and guiding are shared across the group.

Trip Highlights

Srinagar - lakeside retreat with with colourful floating flower and market gardens
Boat trip the to floating produce market
Living aboard a Kashmiri houseboat moored on lake Dal
Views of the Kashmir Valley and the majestic Himalayas

Included

3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
Shakari boat trip (traditional Kashmiri row boat) on Dal Lake
Services of an English-speaking Indian guide for sightseeing on day 2
All transfers and transportation in private chauffeur driven vehicles
3 nights aboard a traditional Kashmiri houseboat on Dal lake. Our houseboat comprises of 3 bedrooms, each with its own private entrance and ensuite facilities. A communial lounge and dining area is available for the use of all onboard
Arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 4
Entrance fees to all included sights

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Laundry, drinks, items of a personal nature
Tour Details
Starts
Arrive Srinagar
Ends
Srinagar
Departs
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Standard
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 3, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 3
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