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  • 6 Days  5 Nights 
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  • Known as Heaven on the Earth, Jammu & Kashmir is where Mother Nature has bestowed all her love. Enclosed by the Himalayas and Karakoram ranges; and festooned with verdant meadows, lush valleys, dense forests, and splendid temples, this new union territory of India is a holiday destination to instantly fall in love with.
  • The valley of Kashmir is as rich with history and political controversy as it is with culture and natural phenomena. Sample exquisitely spiced native cuisines and festive teas, then walk off your meal along the rugged trekking routes to the north. Marvel at the famous houseboats of Srinagar and take a spiritual moment to reflect on one of the many pilgrimage sites and religious shrines that dot the region. Of course, native craftsmanship makes for excellent souvenirs—carpets and textiles are a special shopping must.
  • The majestic valleys of Kashmir offer adventure opportunities like trekking and skiing. The serene destination is also famous for experiential travels in the form of either a stay at a houseboat or a Shikara ride on Dal and Nigeen Lakes. Nothing can beat the beauty of Jammu & Kashmir, and to believe it, one has to see it!

Highlights

  • Srinagar: Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, and Chashme Shahi
  • Gulmarg: the Gulmarg Gondola Ride, skiing destination.
  • Pahalgam: Valley of Shepherds,green meadows, the Lidder River.
  • Sonamarg: Meadow of Gold,Thajiwas Glacier trek, Sindh River
  • Shikara Ride and Houseboats: Dal Lake in Srinagar. 
  • Adventure Activities: trekking, skiing, snowboarding, river rafting, paragliding, and camping, providing ample

 

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Dinner

  • Airport pickup will be arranged before 12 PM (Noon). People arriving late are requested to reach the hotel on their own.
  • Welcome to Srinagar, the Lake City. On arrival at Srinagar Airport, begin your tour of Kashmir Exotica Tour.
  • Proceed on a city tour visiting the Shankaracharya temple situated on the highest hill of Srinagar, the famous Mughal Gardens - Nishat & Shalimar. These gardens were the Mughal Emperors' concept of Paradise and today these are popular picnic spots. 
  • Also visit a handicraft shop where you can purchase locally hand-crafted items, Jackets, Bed Covers, Paper Mache, Carpets & much more! In the evening stroll alongside the Dal Lake exploring the local Floating market.
  • Diner & Overnight stay in Hotel  Srinagar

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Tempo Traveller

Hotel

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Breakfast, Dinner

(Unlimited Meals)

  • After enjoying a hearty breakfast, proceed towards Gulmarg, renowned as "The Meadow of Flowers." Nestled in the valley, Gulmarg boasts one of th e most enchanting summer and winter resorts in the region, featuring the world's highest 18-hole golf course. 
  • While in Gulmarg, you have the option to experience a breathtaking gondola ride (not included in the package) from Gulmarg to Khilanmarg, situated at an altitude of 3100 meters. 
  • For a more immersive experience, opt for a pony ride (not included in the package) across the open fields to visit the Seven Springs and Alpather Lake, situated at an altitude of 3843 meters.
  • Alpather Lake remains frozen until June, adding to its allure and providing a unique sightseeing opportunity.   
  • Visit Drung waterfall while coming back to Srinagar.  
  • After an exhilarating day in Gulmarg, return to Srinagar for an overnight stay at the hotel, where you can unwind and reflect on the day's adventures. 

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Tempo Traveller

Hotel

Triple Sharing

Breakfast, Dinner

(Unlimited Meals)

  • After enjoying a hearty breakfast, set off towards the picturesque destination of Sonmarg, famously known as the "Meadows of Gold." 
  • Situated at the upper end of the Sindh valley, Sonmarg offers a mesmerizing drive through breathtaking countryside scenery. 
  • The valley itself is bisected by a ridge of the majestic "Thajiwas Range Mountains." Here, you have the opportunity to embark on a pony ride to explore the renowned Thajiwas Glacier, where snow persists throughout the year, adding to the allure of the landscape. 
  • After an exhilarating day of exploration, retire for the night at a comfortable hotel in Srinagar, ready to continue your adventure in the morning.

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Tempo Traveller

Hotel

Triple Sharing

Breakfast, Dinner

(Unlimited Meals)

  • The morning after Breakfast we drive to Pahalgam via Pampore, Avantipura, and the village of Bijbehara which remains famous as the Breadbasket of Kashmir.   
  • After enjoying breakfast in the morning, we embark on a journey to Pahalgam, passing through picturesque locations including Pampore, Avantipura, and the renowned village of Bijbehara, celebrated as the breadbasket of Kashmir. 
  • Pahalgam the 'valley of shepherds' is situated at the Confluence of the Streams flowing from river Lidder and Sheeshnag Lake. En route visit the Awantipura ruins, an 1100-year-old temple Dedicated to Lord Vishnu and built by King Awantivarman.
  • Pahalgam - Full day free at Pahalgam, you can self Explore Aru Valley, Betaab Valley & Chandanwari by ponies or by Local car. ?
  • Departing from the national highway 1A at Khanabal, we proceed through Anantnag, the second-largest city in the region. During our visit, we explore Betaab Valley and Chandanwari, 
  • Pahalgam - Full day free at Pahalgam, you can self Explore Aru Valley, Betaab Valley & Chandanwari by ponies or by Local car. 
  • Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel in Pahalgam. 

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tempo Traveller

Hotel

Triple Sharing

Breakfast, Dinner

(Unlimited Meals)

  • After having Breakfast Checkout from the hotel & proceed for Srinagar Sightseeing. 
  • After checking out from the hotel, embark on a journey to explore the enchanting sights of Srinagar. Begin your day with a visit to Chashma Shahi, Nishat Garden, Shalimar Garden, and the revered Shankaracharya Temple.
  • Conclude your sightseeing excursion with a visit to the majestic Hazratbal Mosque, renowned for safeguarding a relic believed to be a hair of Prophet Mohammed. 
  • Conclude your sightseeing by visiting the beautiful Hazaratbal Mosque, known for housing the hair of Prophet Mohammed.  
  • Experience the timeless charm of Srinagar with a serene shikara ride on the shimmering waters. Relax and unwind as you spend the night amidst the picturesque setting of the houseboat, creating cherished memories of your Kashmiri sojourn.

Altitude: 3 587m to 2 271 m Time taken: 6.5 hours 13 km

  • This gradient of this day is difficult. You will be leaving in the early morning after breakfast. The trek towards Naranag i.e the endpoint of the trek is first a gradual descent and then a sharp descent through the jungle.
  • The gradual descent is through the meadow of Trunkhol. This is where you will see the government hut and wavy meadows in the middle of the surrounding mountains. The grass is lush and dotted with yellow flowers. And the land stretches far ahead of you. Take a rest at Trunkhol meadow hut. You will see a lot of shepherd houses made of mud and brick. You can stop, if time allows, to sip the local tea here in the mud houses.
  • Post-Trunkhol meadow, the trail immediately goes through the jungle. After walking for half an hour almost you will reach Butsheri Top and it is from here that a 3-hour steep descent starts. It is heavy on your knees. Make sure you tie your laces tight and ankle-high, if you have knee caps wear that. The trail isn’t tricky or dangerous but hard on your legs. After descending halfway you will begin to see the houses below. It further takes a hard descent to reach the end of the trek. At Naranag take some rest before leaving for your destination further.
  • The trek ends here.

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Inclusions

  • Transportation: Surface Transfer via Tempo Traveler / Cab
    Accommodations: Hotel Accommodations on a Double Sharing \ Triple Sharing\QuadSharing Basis as per the Itinerary. 
  • Meal Plans: 10 meals ( Day 1 Dinner, Day 2 Breakfast + Dinner, Day 3 Breakfast + Dinner, Day 4 Breakfast + Dinner, Day 5 Breakfast + Dinner, Day 6 Breakfast) 
  • Sightseeing as per Itinerary. 
  • Activities: Shikara Ride over Dal Lake 
  • Our all Drivers are well trained and work as Drivers\Guides. 
  • Toll Taxes and Parking Charges.
  • All necessary permits. 
  • First Aid Kits. 
  • Stay in House Boat 

Exclusions

  • 5% GST 
  • Chained vehicle from Tangmarg to Gulmarg.
  • Guide & Entrance fees During sightseeing.
  • Visit to Ganderbal and Thajiwas Glacier. 
  • Visit to Aru, Chandanwari, Baisaran, and Betab Valleys. 
  • Expenses of Watersports 
  • Cable Car / Pony Ride in Gulmarg, Pahalgam, & Sonamarg 
  • Any additional expenses such as of personal nature.
  • Any Entry Tickets at exploration Sites.  
  • Additional accommodation/food costs incurred due to any delayed travel.
  • Any lunch and other meals not mentioned in Package Inclusions.
  • Any kind of tips 
  • Any other services not specified above in Inclusions. 

THINGS TO CARRY

Kashmir Great Lakes is a summer trek and is done between July to October. The gradient of the trek is moderate to difficult. It is very much essential that you carry your personal stuff after a thorough understanding and care.

Here is the guideline of what to carry while you are preparing for this trek, we will be first starting with the trek essentials. The things that you must carry.

 Backpack: If you are a first-time trekker, you need to know that for a trek like Kashmir Great Lakes you need to take enough clothing and personal stuff. Now to carry that stuff, you must carry at least one backpack of 60 liters.

Shoes: You need to have trekking shoes necessarily. The shoes must be sturdy and high-ankle. You can buy trekking shoes preferably from Decathlon which has a good series MH series for a good market price.

Clothes: 

  • Three T-shirts

Kashmir Great Lakes is a summer trek, the sun will be out most of the day while you are trekking so carry one full-sleeve dry-fit T-shirt, and at least two other T-shirts. The full sleeves will prevent your arms from sun heat and sunburn. You can choose a T-shirt with a collar. Dry fit is essential as they dry quickly and are easy to wash. The material for the T-shirts can be synthetic.

  • Three insulation layers:

Even if Kashmir Great Lakes Trek is a summer trek, in the mountains weather can turn cold and it may start raining anytime. For that purpose and not allow yourself to fall sick by cold, you are suggested to carry at least 3 insulation layers – 2 light fleece and one full sleeve sweater.

  • One Outer layer:

You need at least one padded jacket to keep the cold and air-insulated from your body. You do not need to carry a down jacket as it will not be freezing cold out there.

  • Two trek pants

You need to carry two pairs of pants and that will be sufficient for your entire trek. As there are some river crossings and it rains at times, pants should be of quick-dry nature.

 Trekking poles: This is one of the essentials of trekking. Trekking poles are very much helpful in giving you balance and stability while you trek. As in the mountains, there is no flat walk, you will have to traverse ascends and descends so you need poles to balance your walk. They also help you in descending and let you have less stress on your knees. Two trekking poles are always better than a single trekking pole.

Raingear: On Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, it can rain anytime. You need to carry one good rain gear that can at least hold the rainfall for about 7 hours. A poncho is a good choice over jacket-type raingear, as the poncho covers your entire body till the knees down and you can keep your daypack bag inside it too.

Rain cover for your backpack: The backpack carries all the personal essentials of the trek. You either give your backpack to ponies to carry, or you carry it yourself. In both situations, you would not want your belongings to get wet and drip in rain. Buy a good rain cover for your backpack to keep it dry and safe. It also helps to keep your backpack from wear and tear.

Daypack: In case you offload your backpack, you need to carry the daypack – a small bag of around 20 to 30 ltrs to carry your essentials like water bottle, rainwear, headlamp, snacks, etc that you will consume while walking on the trail.

Sunglasses: You need sunglasses for all kinds of treks. So do carry one to protect your eyes from glaring and UV radiation. You can drop wearing sunglasses on the days when the sun is not out and the weather is gloomy.

Suncap: A suncap prevents you from getting sunstrokes, headaches, and dehydration. It also prevents you from losing stamina for trekking. You can either get the normal suncap or a suncap with flaps which is preferred by most trekkers and is advisable by the experts.

Synthetic hand gloves: Most of the time they won’t be used. However, in case the temperature drops sharply they come handy to keep your hands warm. You can wear them during the evenings and mornings.

Woolen cap or Balaclava: Woolen caps are mostly used during winter treks. However, you can carry one in case the temperature drops and you feel cold during the evening or morning. The cap covers your ears, neck, and some parts of your face.

Three pairs of Socks: Take two pairs of sports socks and one pair of woolen socks. Depending upon the cold you feel, wear the type of socks accordingly. You need to get good quality socks as they will form a cushion to your feet and will make a lot more difference in your trekking experience. If you get comfy socks, they will help you in trekking smoothly.

Headlamp: You should always carry one headlamp, and always choose a headlamp over a hand torch. The headlamp gives you the freedom to keep your hands free. You will not be trekking during the night or in darkness, however, in your camping, you will need a headlamp. You might want to go to the loo during the night, or just sit and relax outside the camps, you need the headlamp

A toilet kit: Carry your toilet kit as per your requirement and hygiene. It should include things like a toothbrush, toothpaste, small soap, toilet tissue roll, a small moisturizer, lip balm, deodorant, etc. Women should carry their sanitary pads.

Waterbottle: Kashmir Great Lakes Trek has long walks every day. You will be trekking for around 6 hours every day, so carrying a water bottle is a must.

Plastic covers: Carry a few plastic bags to keep your used clothes. Sometimes when it rains your clothes get wet, you can’t mix the wet clothes with new and dry ones. So carry a plastic bag to keep them wet or used clothes in it.

Personal medical kit: Please do carry all the essential medicine. If you are on any medicine, don’t skip that during the trek unless your doctor advises. Always consult your doctor if you have any diseases that can worsen in mountains or by altitude gain.

Our trek leader will be carrying the essential mountain medicine which will include an oxygen cylinder, oximeter, etc.

Mandatory Documents: Carry your original Aadhar card Passport or Driver’s license. Also, keep the photocopy of any of them with you always.

For Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, the tourism department of Kashmir has made a medical certificate necessary. You need to get one medical certificate from the registered doctor mentioning that you are fit for the trek and that you have no ailments that can turn worse or fatal with the gain in altitude or in mountains. The certificate should be stamped and signed by the doctor.

Note: You need to provide your Aadhar or other registered ID along with a medical fitness certificate copy before the three days of the commencement of the trek.

Lunch Box: In Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, there are long trek days. Every day you will reach the campsite only in the afternoon, so there will be no hot lunch but packed lunch. You must buy and carry one small lunch box. Every day after breakfast, the cook will fill the lunch box with your lunch.


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Policy and Terms

  • NO REFUND SHALL BE MADE WITH RESPECT TO THE INITIAL BOOKING AMOUNT FOR ANY CANCELLATIONS. HOWEVER IF FULL PAYMENT HAS BEEN MADE THEN,

  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the trip's start date, 50% of the trip cost will be refunded within 5-7 working days.
  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the trip's start date, 25% of the trip cost will be refunded within 5-7 working days.
  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the trip's start date, 100% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fees. No refund will be processed.
  • In the case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be canceled and in such cases, the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However, no refund will be provided for the same.
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  • Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation.
  • Event Tickets can be transferred to another person against cancellation.
  • If we cancel the TRIP, only the TRIP AMOUNT will be refunded.

Terms and Conditions

  • A complete schedule of the trek will be given to the registered participants 12 Hours prior on WhatsApp.
  • Organizers have all the right to modify or change the schedule in case of any unavoidable circumstance.
  • The tour is weather-based and depends on the weather conditions. There may be last-minute cancellations if weather conditions deteriorate.

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