Kashmir Tour (Merlin and Family)
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With apple orchards, saffron fields, glittering lakes & breathtaking meadows, Kashmir, in the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir, draws the attention of tourists from across the globe. With tranquil settings, magnificent views, and pristine nature, Kashmir is a perfect holiday destination that should be visited at least once in a lifetime. Get away from the hustle-bustle of routine life and escape to this parasidical destination that will take your breathaway. With our Kashmir packages, honeymoon couples can spend quality time and spark romance with a striking backdrop. Families can plan a leisusre Kashmir tour and bond over lip-smacking Kashmiri cuisine. Adventure enthusiasts can choose Kashmir tour packages and indulge in some thrilling adventure activities like skiing, mountain biking, camping, etc. Lofty mountains, sparkling lakes, and misty air of Kashmir will enhance your experience and make you trip to Kashmir memorable. In our 5N/6D Kashmir tour, we render the best information on the must-visit places, things to do, where to stay, the best time to visit and other aspects of Kashmir Tourism. With us, your days in Kashmir will be a memorable one.
Houseboat, Srinagar, Sonmarg, Gulmarg, Pahalgam
2 Deluxe Rooms in Sukoon Houseboat
After arriving at the Srinagar Airport, meet our driver who helps you with an assisted transfer to Houseboat. Complete the check-in formalities and relish the welcome drink. After settling-in, begin the city tour of Srinagar. The list of attractions includes gardens of Srinagar- Mughal Gardens, Chashmi-e Shahi (The Royal Spring), Nishat Bagh (The Garden of pleasure) Shalimar Bagh (Abode of love). Mughal Gardens – a well-maintained group of garden built in Charbaugh structure in Persian style, a favorite of the Mughal rulers. It features canals, fountains and pools. This garden was commissioned by Emperor Babur and has contributions from his predecessors like Jehangir and Shah Jahan. Visited by tourists in huge numbers, Mughal Garden is one of the most popular attractions in Kashmir. The garden is a combination of three important gardens- namely the Nishat Bagh, Chashm-e-shahi and Shalimar Bagh. Nishat Bagh is a terraced Mughal garden that is the second largest Mughal garden in Kashmir. Lying on the eastern side of the Dal Lake, this garden has 12 terrace levels, with old chinars, rows of flowers and water channels with fountains. Shalimar Bagh was commissioned in 1619 by Mughal Emperor Jahangir for his wife Nur Jahanand is popular as the high point of Mughal horticulture. Chashm-e-shahi is the smallest of the 3 gardens here nut is extremely popular for its Royal Spring. There is a shelter space around the spring that is known to be quite rich in iron and minerals. The evening is scheduled for a memorable Shikara Ride in famous Dal Lake. An activity not to be missed when in Srinagar, Shikara ride takes you to the length and breadth of the lake. Shikara is a small narrow boat that lets you cruise on the serene waters of the lake. There is floating markets selling Kashmiri specialties like dry fruits and woolen and Pashmina shawls. There would be other Shikaras selling various knick-knacks, ice creams, fruits and vegetables. While cursing, get dressed like the locals do and click memorable photographs. There are even bigger Shikaras selling eatables like pakoras, Maggie and more. Dinner and Overnight in the House Boat.
2 Premier rooms in Khyber Resort
Book an early morning Shikara ride to visit the second largest floating market in the world One of the major attractions in Dal Lake is the Floating Vegetable market. The Floating Vegetable market Srinagar is a completely unorganized market. Here individual sellers gather in the middle of the lake at the crack of dawn to sell their produce. Most of the produce sold here is grown in the floating gardens of Dal Lake. The floating vegetable market in Srinagar is the second largest wholesale floating market in the world, right after the floating market in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. It is also one of the few markets in India where the barter system is still carried out. Post breakfast, the day is scheduled for an excursion to Gulmarg, a place that boasts of pristine beauty in abundance. The place looks like heaven nestled amidst high-peaked mountains and covered with a sheet of lush greenery and colorful flowers. A visit to Gulmarg will surely be refreshing and memorable. It has been a holiday resort from the days of the British. The road from Srinagar to Gulmarg is festooned with beautiful white and purple flowers. Enjoy the scenery. As you reach Gulmarg, get all set to explore the place and explore its attractions. The hill town boasts of housing Asia’s highest and longest cable car project, the Gulmarg Gondola, the most popular thing to do here. This is two-stage ropeway Cable car that carries around 600 people per hour, to and from Kongdoori Mountain, nearby Afarwat Peak (13,780 ft). Once you reach the top, treat your eyes to the beautiful views of the snow-capped Himalayas. You can also partake in hiking and horse riding to know the place. If you are visiting Gulmarg between December and April, do try Skiing as Gulmarg is one of the world’s best skiing destinations. Try your hand at golfing at the highest golf course in the world with 18 holes.
Gondola in Gulmarg
2 Std Rooms in Heevan Resort
Today, you will be making a trip to Pahalgam. So, have an early breakfast, keep your luggage packed and be ready for a beautiful road trip to Pahalgam. The drive will take you through Pampore where you can visit the famous saffron fields. We drive past the Awantipora and the Bijbehara village known as the breadbasket of Kashmir. We switch from the National Highway 1A at Khanabal to proceed towards Pahalgam through the second largest city Anantnag. Pahalgam is mainly known for the fantastic landscape, the beautiful scenery of green forests, clear water streams and pretty mountains. After check-in, enjoy the surrounding beauty or walk to Baisaren, which is about 2 km from Pahalgam.
2 Std Rooms in Heevan Resort
Today is a beautiful day in the valley of Pahalgam. Your first destination of the day is Betaab Valley. Like Baltal Valley in Sonamarg, this valley is also famous as a shooting location for many Bollywood movies. You can click some adorable pictures here with your family. Spend some time here and enjoy the view and also have fun horse riding across the valley.The next sightseeing tour for the day will be Chandanwari. It is the starting point of the renowned Amarnath Yatra. You can also enjoy snow sledging on a snow bridge here.After spending time at Chandanwari, After this, you will head to Lidder River. This is a 73-kilometre-long glacial river. Here you can be a part of activities like water rafting, angling, and fishing. If you are not an adventure junkie then this spot makes for a perfect family picnic too. Dip your legs in the milky white river and enjoy the view. The last sightseeing location for the day is Aru Valley. Aru is a small village among the green grasslands and great views. Aru Valley is incredibly beautiful with picturesque vistas, majestic snow covered Himalayan peaks at the backdrop and the mountain river flowing through it. Being less crowded than Pahalgam, Aru Valley is like a solace for those looking for quiet and peace
2 Deluxe Rooms in Lalit Grand
We start from Pahalgam back to Srinagar. We cover all the locations that we could not visit in day 1 Pari Mahal: The multi-terraced garden, literally translates to the ‘palace of the fairies’ is built at an elevation and offers splendid views of the Dal Lake. The Pari Mahal garden has velvety green gardens and has an historic importance that is much older than the Mughal Era. The place was initially a monastery for the Buddhists and then was the learning institute for Emperor Shah Jahan’s son, Dara. The view just gets majestic from each terrace and surpasses the other. Shankaracharya Temple in Srinagar is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It stands at a height of about 1852 m above sea level on the land on the top of Shankaracharya Hill. This temple is also famous for other names like Jyesteshwara temple or Pas-Pahar etc. The temple got its name after a saint Shankaracharya, who visited the valley around the 10th century to spread his philosophy of Vedanta. He was well known for popularizing the worship of Lord Shiva in Kashmir. The architectural beauty of this abode is noteworthy; the support of this temple is an octagonal platform. You have to climb a flight of around 100 stairs in order to enter the temple. Shankaracharya Temple is also famous sight in Srinagar to add to the list of famous places of Srinagar to visit during the Kashmir trip. It is among the best places to visit in Srinagar with family. The Shankaracharya Temple has undergone several changes and renovations. The tranquil atmosphere of the temple fills you with great peace of mind. Visit Srinagar old town: Walking through the old town is one of the peaceful things to do in Kashmir. Visit the marvelous structures including Jamia Masjid featuring 370 pillars made of the Maple tree. Take a walk through the lanes of the old Srinagar that has old markets of spices, dry fruits and threads. Lastly you can have dinner ( by paying directly) at the famous Ahdoos Restaurant
Srinagar Old Town
Kashmiri Wazwan Food
Innova for airport drop
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Today we bid goodbye and return to our respective home town with lots of fond memories
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It's always a pleasure travelling with TGE! The one thing I love most is their attention to detail, which ensures that your trip is a memorable one. Travelling with TGE is a wholesome experience, you see the larger more iconic places with no compromise on the little things. Travel with them if you want to interact with the people of the place, eat their food, in short experience their lives. These guys do a superb job of making everyone comfortable and everytime I travel with them I make beautiful bonds with all the other travellers. I would 100% recommend TGE to everyone who has the travel bug. It doesn't get better than this! ☺️❤️
I have known Reetu and Jamila for many years and have worked with them in the past. But this was the first time I decided to travel with them as a participant. When Reetu told me about exploring Spiti in winters I was completely on board. The itinerary sounded exciting and the pricing less. S my friend Manish and I immediately signed up for it. One of the best decisions I ever took. Spiti in winters in beautiful. The 7 days with the team was wonderful. We spent our days driving around the valley and our evenings dancing to pahadi songs. The planning was perfect with utmost care given in the choice of stay and comfort. Of course the highlight of the trip was spotting a snow leopard. Overall it was an amazing trip and I am looking forward to join many more with The Great Escape
Shravan Kumar Poshetty
Should I describe with “perfect planning” / “meticulous coordination”/ “cordial organiser”...might be with all of it.
Flawless execution is what makes them unique and organiser Reetu Yadav has let all of us experience it with her executional capabilities...
Clarity n flow of communication:-5/5
Comfort in Mode of Travel:-5/5
Action in Emergency:- very swift 5/5
Team has proved that its not all about the commercial trip but also the cause which is concealed in their carryings. What we pay at Flemingo Resort at Dholavira goes to educate and for taking care of more than 400 students and their boarding facilities as well.
Its not over yet, you will be pleased to meet the gifted souls from remote villages who are manifested in their respective disciplines like Rogan Art (Hon’le prime minister himself have gifted one to Barack Obama), Wood Art and Bell Art, Textile etc.
You will get to eat the delicious food made out of love from the local (A1 class food).
Off all, well planned itinerary and the execution is commendable. We RoK team who departed on 12th Dec’19 are truly happy with the onsite organiser Reetu Yadav and the offline backbone Jamila Kapasi who took good care of each of us at every stretch.
Their intact affirmative relation and proper delicacy in their execution makes then unique.
My best friend is much impressed with their proceedings and that makes me much happier than ever.
Last but not least, am fortunate to have rest 13 of the participants as part of my extended family. Again the credit goes to TGE.
Kudos to the team and i look for further association with “THE GREAT ESCAPE” ( you have already give our team a great escape from the routine.
Way to go TGE team!!!
Kumar Tarur Parameswaran
Such great detailed planning at micro level and being open and upfront about the tour details impressed me at the very start. They lived up to their promise in every which way.
TGE’s expression of their solidarity towards the cause of the villagers by getting travellers to interact with them in a lively way and help the villagers in their livelihood was one of the primary reasons I chose to travel with TGE.
TGE means immersive experiential travel and what you get in return and come away with are unforgettable lifetime memories.
Looking forward to many more tours with TGE. Reetu and Jamila pull your collars up. Way to go! You will go miles!
The great escape recently took care of my 10 days family trip to Bhutan. We were 9 of us, including 2 kids and 2 elderlies. Each detail of the trip was so beautifully planned and coordinated. Jamila was personally in touch with drivers, hotels and homestay owners to ensure we ar getting the best of experience. We never even had to look for directions, call hotel or tell driver about anything. Everything was already taken care of and we were just the guests in very true sense. Such a wonderful trip it was. Everything was so beautiful including all the places where we stayed.
Much thanks to Jamila and the great escape team to make it work like magic for us!
• 1N Accommodation at Sukoon houseboat on MAP basis
•1 N Accommodation at Lalit Grand Hotel in Srinagar on CP basis
•2 N Accommodation at Heevan Resort Pahalgam on MAP basis
• Private Vehicle for whole trip ( Innova)
• Assistance from TGE wherever required
• Airfare or transportation to Srinagar
• Personal Beverages of any kind
• All meals not mentioned in inclusion section
• Personal Expenses of any kind
• Monuments Entrance fees during sightseeing
• Gandola ride in Gulmarg
THINGS TO CARRY
- Photo ID proof
- Hand Sanitizer and mask
- Comfortable clothing (Kashmir has warm summer days and cold nights and the weather changes from location to location)
- Warm jackets
- Comfortable Shoes (you can carry slippers to wear at hotel/homestay)
- Personal medication if any
- Sunscreen and cap for the day
- warm cap/socks for evenings
- Power bank (you will be on the road everyday)
- Water bottle (We don't encourage buying plastic bottles)
Policy and Terms
20 days before the event start date: No Refund
20- 40 days before the event start date: 50% Refund
Before 40 days of the event start date: 75% Refund
Note: The above charges are calculated on the total trip cost and not the booking amt.
You can send any cancellation request to [email protected]
Terms and Conditions
Please pay a booking amt of INR 5000/- to confirm your spot.
Balance amount to be paid 30 days before the trip start date.
Booking amount is non refundable. Balance amount will be deducted/refunded/transferred as per the standard cancellation policy
Booking amount is transferable only if a request for such is made 30 days before the trip start date. You can email the request to [email protected]
Exception: covid Rules
Incase of lockdown due to which travel is impossible, the booking amount will be transferred to any future convenient date/trip. You can choose to get the balance amount refunded or transferred
Question: How will the weather be in summers?
Answer: May to August, temperature range (30°C in day to15°C in night).
Days can be hot and nights get chilly
Question: Is it recommended to bring kids to this trip?
Answer: Yes! Kashmir is safe for family tours, as well as couples and honeymoon goers
Question: Which mobile network service is good in Kashmir?
Answer: Postpaid network is what works in Kashmir. The best network is Airtel/ BSNL/ Jio Postpaid. You can also buy a prepaid sim from the market in Srinagar
Question: What is the average cost of meals not included?
Answer: On an average a meal can cost between Rs 200 - Rs 300 per person
Question: I'm above 60. Can I join this trip?
Answer: Age has never been a a factor for us. But you need to understand the demanding nature of any road trip. You will be traveling and spending a lot of time in the vehicle, the roads in certain stretches might be bad & bumpy and the weather could be a challenge for some senior citizens too. However, if you are up for the adventure, we are here to ensure we make the trip as comfortable as possible for you.
Question: What is local cuisine of Kashmir?
Answer: Kashmiri cuisine is mouth-watering.
Here are some dishes that you can try when in Kashmir
Nadru Yakhni ( made out of lotus stem)
Goshtaba ( minced mutton often in the shape of balls cooked in yogurt and spices)
Kahva (herbal tea brewed with saffron and a host of other spices)
Tabak Maaz (It is a serving of fried pieces of mutton, flavoured with salt and red chilli)
and of course a Kashmiri Wazwan meal (Wazwanis a multi-course meal in Kashmiri cuisine, the preparation of which is considered as an art and a point of pride in Kashmiri culture and identity. Almost all the dishes are meat-based using lamb, beef or chicken with few vegetarian dishes. It is popular throughout Kashmir. Moreover, Wazwan is also served internationally at Kashmiri food festivals and reunions.)
Question: What is the room sharing basis?
Answer: All our rooms are on double sharing basis.
Question: Can I get a room to myself?
Answer: Yes. Subject to availability. Please refer to the costing for the single occupancy room
Question: Are you open to customization?
Answer: YES, If you want us to design a customized itinerary for you and your family/friends, reach out to us at [email protected] or Call us at 7899218201/9110302881
Question: How safe it is to travel in Kashmir?
Answer: Tourists are absolutely safe in Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir is one of the states where there is zero crime record against tourists. The locals are very supportive and helpful towards tourists.
Question: What happens if there is a another lockdown or I am covid positive on the departure date?
Answer: If there is another lockdown, either in the entire country or in your departure city or in Jammu and Kashmir, we will refund in credits the entire amount paid by you less irrevocable losses ( if any)
If you are covid positive on the departure date and show us the covid positive certificate, we will offer you credits less irrevocable losses ( if any) and a flexible date change which you can use for any other future departure dates or any other TGE travels trips
We would also advice you to book the Flexi Plus scheme or a Zero Cancellation Fee scheme for your flights which hardly charges a little more than the normal airfare but secures your amount completely.
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