Kashmir and Taj Mahal
This tour will begin in Delhi the city with many monuments of the Mughal – era, and then there’s Kashmir the Paradise on Earth. Explore the bountiful beauty of the region visit Srinagar, Gulmarg – Pahalgam with relish. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of your busy life and plunge into the natural landscape. The iconic Taj Mahal, a mausoleum & symbol of love is also part of your holiday.
Day 1: Arrive in Delhi
On arrival at Delhi airport assistance & transfer to hotel (check-in/out time 12pm). Later city tour of Delhi. In Old Delhi visit the majestic Red Fort (closed on Monday) the residence of the Mughal emperor for nearly 200 years until 1857. Jama Masjid one of the largest mosques in the world built by Shah Jahan. Cycle Rickshaw ride in Chandni chowk & Khari Baoli Spice Market a busy shopping area with markets full of spices, dried fruit, silver jewelry, and vivid saris, while the narrow side streets are crowded with tiny shops selling essential oils, stationery, and traditional Indian sweets. Raj Gath the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi where he was cremated after his assassination.
In New Delhi visit Humayun Tomb the first garden-tomb in the Indian subcontinent and an early example of Mughal architecture commissioned by Humayun`s first wife Empress Bega Begum in 1569-70. Qutab Minar a 73-meters tall minaret that forms part of the Qutb complex a fine example of Afghan architecture. Lotus Temple a Bahai House of Worship notable for its flower-like shape. Also, drive and pass President House, Parliament & India Gate, etc. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Delhi – Srinagar (B)
Transfer to airport to board flight for Srinagar. On arrival transfer to hotel check-in. Evening Shikara ride on the Dal Lake, visiting floating vegetable gardens. Overnight at hotel/ houseboat.
Day 3: Srinagar (B)
City tour of Srinagar. Visit Shalimar Bagh the largest of the 3 breathtaking Mughal Gardens and one of the most sublime places to see in Srinagar. This stunning garden was constructed by Jahangir back in the year 1619 for his beautiful wife Noor Jahan. Nishat Bagh located near the Dal Lake, an enchanting twelve terraced garden, packed with green trees, scented flowers, and beautiful fountains. Known to be the 2nd biggest Mughal garden, this garden was constructed by Noor Jahan’s elder brother, Asif Khan, in the year 1633. Chashma Shahi a well-manicured triple-terraced garden, showcasing the Persian style architecture. A two-story hut has been positioned atop the garden top terrace and this structure is considered as the source of origin of the natural spring. Tulip Garden the largest tulip garden in Asia in the foothills of the Zabarwan mountain overlooking the mesmerizing Dal Lake. Shankaracharya Temple the sacred 250BC temple occupies the top of the hills known as Takht-I-Sulaiman in the south-east of Srinagar. The temple boasts breathtaking views of the valley. Overnight at hotel/ houseboat.
Day 4: Srinagar – Gulmarg (56kms) (B)
Drive to Gulmarg (The Meadow of the Flowers) check-in at the hotel. Located at an altitude of 9,000ft, Gulmarg is a mountain resort of exceptional beauty. It has the highest green golf course in the world, at an altitude of 2,650m, and is the country`s premier ski resort in the winter. Enjoy a cable car ride on Gondola which will take you to the Majestic height of 13,000ft above sea level covering the magnificent views of the Himalayan Mountains and Pirpanjal ranges. You can also enjoy a view of Nanga Parbat if the weather permits. Golf playing, Riding, Hiking & Snow Skiing are other optional activities available here at additional cost. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Gulmarg – Pahalgam (142kms) (B)
Drive to Pahalgam the Valley of Shepherds 7,000ft above sea level. Check-in at the hotel and rest time free to relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Pahalgam (B)
Visit Mamleshwara Temple a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the few temples constructed purely of stone by the then King Jayasima. Inside the temple complex is a shrine completely covered in gold. Aru valley the base camp for trekking to the Kolhoi Glacier and Tarsar-Marsar Lake noted for its scenic meadows. There are about 20 alpine lakes, peaks, and meadows around the Aru Valley. Betaab Valley, a breathtaking combination of picturesque surroundings encircled by tall deodar trees and pine forests, with the Lidder River flowing right through it. Lolab Valley an oval-shaped valley famous for its scenic natural beauty, dense pine forests, and bubbling springs. It is also home to some animals like Himalayan brown and black bears, snow leopards, hangul, and musk deer. Sheshnag Lake, an epitome of natural beauty, peace, and serenity, enveloped in snow-capped mountains and surrounded by tall alpine meadows, the lake is a haven for nature lovers. Rest time free and easy to relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Pahalgam – Srinagar (83kms) (B)
Drive to Srinagar, check-in at the hotel. Rest day free and easy for personal activities relax. Overnight at hotel/ houseboat.
Day 8: Srinagar – Delhi – Agra 204kms) (B)
Transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi. On arrival at the airport meet with your driver and proceed to Agra check-in at the hotel. Watch Mohabbat the Taj show. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Agra – Delhi (204kms) (B)
Sunrise visit Taj Mahal an ivory-white marble mausoleum commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal, it also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan himself. Agra Fort the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638. And Itmad-ud-Daula Tomb commissioned by Nur Jahan for her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg. Later drive to Delhi & drop off to the airport.
Specification: Kashmir and Taj Mahal
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