Offbeat Kashmir Backpacking !!
An irony of life: things that we achieve easily doesn’t add to our happiness and can be achieved by everyone! And to justify this statement, no other example can be better that than of a diamond. Yes…if diamonds were to be found everywhere, it would never have had the same value or appeal! Likewise, for a traveller at heart, destinations or places that cannot be traced by others or unknown to others, are the destinations that make their hearts sink with wonderment and true romance of the nature! Kashmir, as we all know, is the jewel in the crown of India and is one of the most beautiful places to visit in India. However, only a handful of travellers know the fact that this paradise on earth is also the home to some of the hidden gems that are yet to be discovered!
No one can deny that this place is blessed with surreal blissful beauty. In-spite of the violent recent past, nothing has been able to deter the tourists from visiting this place. Located in the lap of Himalayan Mountains, there are limitless tourist destinations. A year-round-magnet, Kashmir certainly knows how to keep its visitors happy. There is no denial that this slice of paradise is brimmed with places worth visiting, but considering the urge of travellers to see-something-new-something-different has led to a lot of off-beat destinations in Kashmir stealing the limelight from the otherwise cliched tourist hot-spots.Well, though sounds unbelievable, but it is true that Kashmir has some of the mystical places that are still untouched by the tourists and truly deserves a visit. To satisfy the traveller in you,
So, all you folks out there waiting for those perfect less-seen-less-heard places to reveal the wanderer in you, we have a surprise for you!
Mumbai Travellers Offbeat Tour Kashmir (Backpacking Style) hand-picked offbeat destinations in Kashmir that will make you believe that if there is paradise on earth it is here in Kashmir.
Category : Backpacking India
Duration : 07 Nights / 08 Days
The splendid views of Aru valley :
Aru valley is just 12kms away from Pahalgam. When you are driving from Pahalgam to Aru or back down, the views are just hypnotizing. The bright blue river cutting through the mountains full of pine trees is a delight to watch. It is coming straight out of a canvas painting.
The vast open meadows and Horse grazing on it with a backdrop of mountains, makes it a very picturesque location. Just lie down to stare its beauty or get involved with the locals playing cricket.
The adventures of Pahalgam :
Pahalgam might be commercialized, but, it is still worth visiting. Go to the Bollywood obsessed Betaab valley. At Chandanwadi water rafting in the Lidder River through natural forests and down the exhilarating rapids is a must. Pony rides are available to a scenic meadow called Baisaran or ‘Mini Switzerland’ from city center.
In the evening, the clear blue skies start giving way to hues of red and orange as the sun prepares to retire for the night. Mind you! People sleep early. There are no intermitting lights beaming, No traffic horns, no beats of party music in the distance.
The cultural experience of Srinagar :
Kashmir is synonymous with Srinagar and its Dal Lake.
Dal Lake has its own mini world. Tourism and the daily routine of the folks living on the lake revolve around Shikara.
If you are at Dal Lake, a stay in a Shikara is a must. Shikaras are the traditionally designed wooden boats. As you enter a Shikara, Old world charm oozes out of the houseboat. Beautiful wooden furniture with intricate carving and elegantly embroidered carpet greets as you enter.
Dal Lake has its own floating market, floating gardens and floating restaurants. But there is one more hidden place just next to Dal Lake, The Nagin Lake. No, don’t worry, it has nothing to do with snakes.
Nagin Lake is more offbeat and a better part of Dal Lake. Staying in a house boat here is much better compared to Dal Lake. When the oar is splashed slowly and continuously in the water, it is an absolute music to the ears. Being a wetland, it’s a birder’s paradise as well.
The mesmerizing snow of Sonmarg :
Sonmarg literally means meadow of Gold. When the golden rays of sun fall upon the bright color of snow, it is a magical sight to see! The drive from Srinagar to Sonmarg passes through some spectacular Himalayan landscape.
Located at an altitude of 2800 m, Sonmarg is surrounded by the eternally beautiful lakes and glaciers. Get some woolen gear and gum boots for rent, start climbing the snow-laced mountains. A Gondola ride gives magnificent aerial views from the top! Thijiwas Glacier, Fish Pond & Sarbal Park are some of the places to visit.
Late Afternoon Arrival in Jammu .
Rest and Acclimatize to the Weather.
Day starts early . We are heading to the Beautiful Aru valley today.
Involve in small trek as we explore the Valley.
Overnight stay will be in a Guest house.
Sightseeing to Chandanwari and Betaab Valley is must.
An ideal place for travelers interested in exploring cultures and traditions. Known for their excellent weaves and handicrafts, myriad music and dance forms and delicious culinary treats
Overnight stay will be in a Houseboat.
Travel to the golden land of Sonmarg. Climb the Snow Mountains or try the Gondola ride.
The overnight stay will be in a cottage.
Less explored Yusmarg in Kashmiri means The Meadow of Jesus. It is an alpine valley covered with snow clad mountains and the meadows of Pine and Fir.
We hit the road again as we head back to Jammu.
Train back to Mumbai scheduled Tour ens with happy memories.
PS – Remember, the real fun of travelling is in breaking the standard itinerary and doing something different!
Tour Cost : Rs.17,000/- per person
For Lifetime Members : Rs.16,500/- per member
7 Nights accommodation in Cottages , Homestays or Hotels.
All Intercity and Intra city transfers & Long distance sightseeing (within Kashmir ) in Traveller or similar.
An experienced backpacking expert & a Friend who will help you take the hassle out of your travel .
Lunch and dinner as we want you to try out local Cuisines & not restrict to particular restaurant, we have left that option to you. (Off course we have tons of secret food joint list would be happy to share with you.)
Entry tickets & Guide fees (Some like museum some don’t so why pay us if you don’t).
Kashmir there are some means of transportation like Horse , loacal jeep , gandola ride which is not include but we can use our negotiation skill to give you best possible rate .
Train tickets (Mumbai – Jammu – Mumbai ) .
Anything other than mentioned Above.
(Free consultation and assistance from packing your backpack to choosing lens for your Camera (pre or post trip extended days)
For booking you need to deposit the advance amount of Rs.8,000/- per person as an advance in the following Account:
Cancellation and Refund applicable on whole tour cost:
1. If cancellation done prior to 15 days of outing 75% will be refunded.
2. If done prior to 10 days of outing 50% will be refunded
3. After that no refund will be provided.
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