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Kashmir Backpacking Trip

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Kashmir, with its beauty, has been a mesmerizing wanderer for ages. The backpackers who are just getting on the road to start their traveling journey magnify their list by adding the Kashmir backpacking trip to it. Beyond any doubt, the majestic view of Kashmir induces wanderers, however, the everlasting experience is what adds more to it.

This paradise can be adored in abundant ways but a trip to Kashmir is the only way to explore this paradise and make it memorable. Kashmir backpacking trip is an astonishing experience, not only does it allows you to see the beauty of nature but also helps you experience true peace and tranquility. This trip’s meant to bestow you with this everlasting experience itself.

Discover the wonder of Kashmir with our all-inclusive Kashmir tour starting from Srinagar. This Kashmir trip itinerary starts at a rendezvous point in Srinagar, where you’ll meet the trip captain. You will be given a brief introduction before commencing the perfect journey to the exquisite Kashmir. After checking in to your designated houseboat, you’ll be able to experience the Shikara ride in the pristine Dal Lake. It is a serene location that gives a whole new floating experience. This must be a reason for it to be called a “Jewel in Kashmir’s crown”.

After enjoying the magnificent sunset dawn on you, you’ll be experiencing a lovely overnight stay on the boats. That’s when we’ll head to our Kashmir backpacking trip’s second destination Gulmarg, following the Drung waterfall.

Gulmarg, the most popular hill station in Kashmir has snow-covered meadows and skiing slopes that would catch your eyes. This most astonishing place in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir is often recognized as the "heartland of winter sports in India". After checking into our hotels, we’ll be taking a scenic view of Khilanmarg. If you’re into snow activities or want to experience one, then this small valley will be the ideal place for you to spend your time in. You can indulge in Gulmarg Gondola Ride and can enjoy the aerial views of the valley. After that, we’ll head towards the world’s highest green golf course to experience the best of our time.

On the next day, you will experience the thrill of visiting one of the most captivating places, Pahalgam, which is next to our Kashmir trip itinerary. Pahalgam is Kashmir’s beautiful hill station known for its sightseeing and astonishing meadows. It is considered a mystical or extremely spiritual place because of the presence of the holy Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage. En route, Saffron Fields in Pampore will charm us with its elegant carpet of flowers besides its beauty.

 After taking some rest at our checked-in hotels at Pahalgam, we’ll visit two prominent valleys named Aru Valley and Betaab Valley to spend some time with ourselves. As we move towards Chandanwadi, you will be able to espy many snow activities like skiing and snowboarding. With this, we’ll end our sightseeing to get back to our hotels for rest.

Next Morning, we’ll head back to Srinagar for living the next part of our Kashmir backpacking trip and that’s sightseeing at the most prominent places. We will start with the historical Mughal gardens and will end up by visiting Cheshma Shahi, Nishat Bagh, and Shalimar Bagh, also known as the adobe of love. After going through these beautiful places, we will head back to our hotels for dinner and resting.

The real gem of this Kashmir tour will come into the picture when we reach our next destination, Yousmarg Valley. It is the hidden gem that embraces the beauty of Kashmir and gives tourists a whole new breathtaking experience with its green pastures and water bodies. After enjoying the peaceful time at Yousmarg Valley, we will get back to our hotels.

The next morning will be the departure day of our Kashmir tour, where everyone will be going back as scheduled. You will not only be taking back your backpacks but also numerous memories that you would love to live with again.

  • The group will arrive at a rendezvous point in Srinagar where a brief introduction by the trip captain will be provided.
  • Upon our arrival, we'll check into our designated Houseboat. Afterward, we'll go for a Shikara ride in the pristine Dal Lake which is considered to be the jewel in Kashmir's crown.
  • In the evening, we'll have dinner followed by an overnight stay in our houseboat in Srinagar.

Note: The meeting point will be the Houseboat in Srinagar. The directions for the same will be given upon arrival. 

  • After early morning breakfast, we'll check out of our houseboats and head towards Gulmarg which is one of the most popular hill stations of Kashmir known for its snow-covered meadows and skiing slopes. En route, we'll visit Drung waterfall. 
  • Upon our arrival in Gulmarg, we'll check into our hotel.  Afterward, we'll take a scenic walk towards Khilanmarg which is a small valley that acts as the ideal site for Gulmarg's ski runs and various other snow activities. Travelers can indulge in the iconic Gulmarg Gondola ride and witness aerial views of the entire valley. We'd also visit the Golf course in Gulmarg which is the world's highest green golf course in the World.
  • In the evening, we'll head back to Gulmarg where we'll have dinner followed by an overnight stay.

Note: No vehicles are allowed to go to Khilanmarg which is why we'll cover the distance on foot. 

  • After early morning breakfast, we'll head towards Pahalgam which is yet another beautiful hill station in Kashmir known for its picturesque meadows and holds extreme spiritual significance as it is the site of the holy Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage.
  • En route, we'd visit the beautiful Saffron Fields in Pampore where the entire stretch of land is covered with blooming violet flowers making it a breathtaking site to behold.
  • Upon reaching Pahalgam, we'll check into our hotel. Afterward, we'll visit Aru Valley which is known for its scenic meadows, and the enchanting Betaab Valley which is nestled between Pir Panjal and Zanskar range of the Himalayas. We'll also visit Chandanwadi which is the starting point for the Amarnath Yatra and is known for many snow activities like skiing and snowboarding.
  • After our sightseeing tour, we'll head back to our hotel. Dinner followed by an overnight stay in Pahalgam. 

  • After early morning breakfast, we'll check out of our hotel and head back to Srinagar. 
  • Upon arrival in Srinagar, we'll check into our hotel and head out for a local sightseeing tour of Srinagar afterwards. We'd visit the most prominent Mughal Gardens which were built during the reign of Mughal Emperors. We'll visit Cheshma Shahi which consists of a natural spring sprouting from the middle of the garden, Nishat Bagh which is nestled on the eastern bank of the Dal Lake and Shalimar Bagh which is the most beautiful Mughal garden and is also known as the Abode of Love as it was entirely built by Mughal Emperor Jehangir for his queen.
  • In the evening, we'll head back to our hotel where we'll have dinner followed by an overnight stay.

  • After early morning breakfast, we'll head to Yousmarg valley which is yet another gem hidden in the embrace of Kashmir known for its green pastures and pristine water bodies.
  • After spending some peaceful moments in the valley, we'll head back to Srinagar.
  • Dinner followed by an overnight stay in Srinagar.

Note: If due to weather conditions, a visit to Yousmarg is not possible, we'll visit Sonmarg instead. 

  • After early morning breakfast, we'll check out of our hotel.
  • The group will go their separate ways with fond memories according to their scheduled departures.
  • Trip Ends.

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Shouri Piratla
Shouri Piratla

Spiti trip has been amazing. All the accommodations and services provided by JustWravel were really great and comfortable. Will definitely pick JustWravel for my future expeditions.

Kelay Shah
Kelay Shah

views. There will be some places that'll make you speechless and you'll want to just sit and appreciate the beauty of nature. Would definitely plan next trips with Piyush and justwravel! :D

Brijesh Daiya
Brijesh Daiya

Great Experience! We took Justwravel's road trip package to Spiti Valley. The package is well organized covering main sightseeings and places to visit. All the accommodations and travel arrangements were comfy and included most of the promised amenities. Special thanks to Piyush Rawat, our coordinator, he managed and acted his best in all the situations. His jolliness added more fun to the trip. Although many destinations were covered in a short period of time, the trip was relaxing. Thanks for such memorable moments of our lives.

Pratik Chheda
Pratik Chheda

Spiti valley was a life time experience. Justwravel had been a good choice for the trip. It had managed professionally with minor ups and downs. Most of the places were covered. The hotels and homestays had good hygienic facilities and conditions. Overall it was a good experience!

Priya Chopra
Priya Chopra

It was my first solo trip with Justwravel and I couldn't Have asked for anything more. They gave me everything beyond expectations. The food, the people, the travel everything was superb. Once I came back I felt like I left my home and family there. Looking forward to more exciting trips with them :)

Shubhra Bharadwaj
Shubhra Bharadwaj

I had the pleasure of visiting spiti this time with justwravel accompanied by Mr.Nishant Bhardwaj from the company .It was a nearly organised,well crafted trip where even small things were taken good care of.They add a personal loving touch in addition to the services they provide.I would recommend this to everyone ,whether going on a solo trip like me or going with friends / family .


Inclusions

Transportation in Tempo Traveler for local sightseeing. 

Accommodations on sharing basis as per Itinerary.

Meal Plan: MAP (Breakfast+ Dinner, starting from Day 1 Dinner till Day 6 Breakfast)

The Trip Captain will be present at all times during the tour.

Shikara Ride

SUV Cab for visiting Aru, Betaab Valley, and Chandanwadi (Visit to these places is subjected to weather conditions)

All kinds of Permits.

First Aid Kits.

Driver Allowance.

Toll Taxes and Parking Charges.

State and other Taxes.

Exclusions

5% GST

Early check-in at the hotel.

Tariff for Gondola Ride, Pony ride, Golf course fees. 

Any additional expenses of personal nature.

Additional accommodation/food costs incurred due to any delayed travel.

Any lunch and other meals not mentioned in Package Inclusions.

Any Airfare / Rail fare other than what is mentioned in “Inclusions” or any type of transportation from Srinagar. 

Parking and monument entry fees during sightseeing.

Additional Costs due to Flight Cancellations, Landslides, Roadblocks, and other natural calamities.

Any other services not specified above in inclusions.

THINGS TO CARRY

Day backpack (20 – 30 Ltrs): When you are on a local sightseeing tour, you are required to carry only a few necessary items and for that, you need a day backpack as you will leave your bigger one at your designated stay. 

Floaters or Sandals: When you are spending your day at leisure, a good pair of sandals and floaters will help you to move freely.

1 Down Jacket / Main Jacket: It’s emphasized that you need to carry proper layers so you can avoid getting cold which is why you need to carry an insulated jacket that you can put on over your other clothes.

1 Pair of Thermal: Thermal is a piece of garment that helps in keeping your body warm in cold temperatures. It is a necessary item that you need when traveling to cold regions.

Outdoor Shoes: A comfortable shoe is required when traveling outdoors, especially in the mountains. They shouldn’t be chunky, instead, they should be lightweight and sturdy.

3 Quick Dry Tees: You must keep at least three pairs of quick dry tees so that you can wash them in between stops for proper hygiene. 

3 Pair of Cotton Socks: Cotton socks are extremely comfortable to move around in and are lightweight as well which is why you can always count on a good pair of cotton socks while traveling. However, keep in mind to change them and avoid wearing them if they are moist.

1 Pair of Woolen Socks: A good pair of woolen socks, especially merino, are comfortable, limit odors and provide adequate insulation from the cold so you can wear them at night.

1 Poncho: A poncho is an evolved form of a raincoat that provides coverage to your body as well as your bag and ensures total water protection from rains. 

Quick-dry towel: A quick dry towel will help in maintaining proper hygiene. It must dry quickly because the wet fabric will only increase the chance of bacterial growth.

Gloves: Insulated gloves help in maintaining proper body heat in your hands.

Sanitizer: Prevent the risk of infections and maintain proper hand hygiene by making sure you carry a hand sanitizer.

Sun Cap: A lightweight sun cap with side flaps is perfect to keep your head cool and avoid sunburns on a sunny day. 

Lip Balm: Your lips can become chapped due to the harsh cold winds so it's important to keep them moisturized.

Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+): To avoid sunburns and chafing, you need to put on sunscreen as well as cold cream.

Water Bottle (1 Ltrs): Hydration is extremely important when it comes to traveling. To carry a water bottle that you can refill with Himalayan water is a must.

Bag for all your Toiletries: A bag with all your essentials including napkins, toothpaste, sanitizers, paper soap, etc should be carried in a ziplock bag. 

Personal Basic Medical Kit: Carrying a medical kit with bandages, Dettol, medication for headache, nausea, etc is necessary.

Sunglasses / People who use spectacles (Use Photochromic glasses instead of contact lenses): Photochromatic glasses are specs that are designed to transform into anti-glare shades depending upon exposure to the sun. They are good when it comes to eye protection but one can also opt for clip-on glasses etc.

Mobile charger / Power bank: Although you'll get electricity at most places, it is always advisable to carry a charged power bank in case of emergencies.

Documents: Identification proofs like Aadhar Card, Drivers License.

Extra Polythene: In case your clothes get wet or your garments don’t dry, you can carry them in polythene. However, make sure that all the plastic that you are carrying into the woods leaves with you. Don’t litter.

Camera: This should be obvious. To make sure that you get to capture all the great moments from your trip. Make sure that you have enough storage and some extra batteries as well.



Policy and Terms

No cancellations will be taken over phone calls or WhatsApp messages. Please reply to the email of the payment receipt that you received at the time of booking regarding the cancellation.

Free Cancellation up to 45 days before the departure date. (Booking amount is non-refundable)

44 Days to 30 days of Departure date. 10% of the total Trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.

29 Days to 20 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.

19 Days to 10 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.

10 Days to 6 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost will be charged as a cancellation fee.

6 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost will be charged as a cancellation fee.

No Show. No refund.

Note: All the reimbursements/refunds will incur a Payment Gateway charge of 2.5% & GST at 5% respectively. The Payment Gateway charges will not be levied to the customers who have made their transaction via UPI

Please also note, that the booking amount for all packages/trips is non-refundable whereas a Credit Note can be issued if the cancellation is made 3 days before the departure date (at the discretion of the organization)

In case of government orders, harsh weather conditions, protests, landslides, or any other unforeseen circumstances, we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even if certain activities are canceled, the organization provides the best alternative but no refunds are provided.

If a trip/trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.), JustWravel will issue a voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternative as well. The voucher can be redeemed up to the same amount for the same or another trip/trek in the next 365 days from the departure date.

If a trek/trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.). No refund would be provided.

Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.), Will be borne by the customer. The company will not be liable.

Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and for popular places.

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