Stroll through some of the most pristine gardens in the valley
Arrive in Srinagar today and check-in at your hotel or houseboat accommodations. Take a shikara ride or a relaxed stroll to explore the surroundings, walk the boulevard and perhaps pick up a bag of freshly made macaroons from one of the excellent local bakeries. Kashmir does wonders for the appetite.
Early morning excursion to Char Chinar Island (1641CE), created by a Mughal governor of Kashmir. During the morning, visit the gardens of Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh, Persian in inspiration and Mughal in design, before continuing to Chashma Shahi (Royal Spring) and Pari Mahal. In the afternoon, your shikara glides through areas of old and rural Srinagar for great close up views of local folk and their ways of life.
Today’s heritage tour (Sundays excepted) takes you into the heart of old Srinagar, its people, culture and religion that exude the essence of Kashmir with Persian and Central Asian flavours. Gardens, mosques, Sufi shrines, medieval bazaars, characteristic wooden buildings and the famous bridge across the Jhelum fill your sights and senses.
A long day’s excursion (about 200 km roundtrip) is made to the Mughal gardens of Verinag and Achabal. Verinag, where the Jhelum originates, was shaped and embellished into a formal garden by the emperor Jahangir. Achabal took the design and function of the Mughal gardens to greater heights. Kashmir’s fantastic scenery is much in evidence during the day.
An early morning excursion by shikara to the floating market on Dal Lake where traders gather around dawn to sell the land’s bounteous crop vegetables, fruit and flowers. Your boat glides through the early morning mist, against the backdrop of the surrounding mountains bathed in the first light of day and the call to prayer from lakeside mosques as Srinagar awakens to a new day. Later, travel north through beautiful countryside to Manasbal Lake (60 km round trip). Visit the ancient temple and fortress in its periphery and travel by boat to Nur Jehan’s island garden of Darogha.
The day is at leisure for independent activities.
Leave today for your onward destination.
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