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Winter Kashmir

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  • Best Season - Winter (Nov, Dec, Jan)

Kashmir is & will always be the heaven on earth & for all the right reasons because Travelling across this place is what dreams our off! This is a trip that is the perfect balance between leisure and adventure. From enjoying shikara rides and houseboat accommodation on Dal lake in Srinagar to exploring off beat places like Aharbal waterfalls; Kashmir has it all! Also known as the Niagara Falls of Kashmir , the mighty strength of this fall is something to behold.
On this journey , we also set out to traverse across South Kashmir . The list definitely includes Saffron fields of Pampore along with meadows of Aru & Betab Valley in Pahalgam. And something no backpacker can forget to explore -Gulmarg is in its full glory.
A gandola ride & visit to Affarwat Peak is a must!
The adventure doesn't stop before we reach Yusmarg , also known as the Meadow of Jesus! Here we trek till the beautiful blue Nilnag lake before departing from Srinagar.
Join us on the adventure to backpack in this heaven on earth to enjoy the warm hospitality of people and the astonishing gems of nature.

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Arrival in Srinagar by 11:00 am, and transfer to the Houseboat.
In the afternoon get ready to visit Mughal Garden.
Come back to the houseboat and in evening go for a shikara ride for 1 hour.
Later come back to houseboat, enjoy your dinner and overnight stay in srinagar.

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Post breakfast we will begin our countryside tour towards Gulmarg.
We will drive past colorful villages and rice fields that will give you an insight into the rich culture of Kashmir.
After reaching Gulmarg , explore Gulmarg and enjoy Gandola Ride.
Come back to the Hotel, have your dinner, overnight stay in Gulmarg.

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Post breakfast transfer to Pahalgam.
Enjoy the local sightseeing of Pahalgam. En route ,visit Saffron fields, Awantipur ruins ( 1100-yr-ols temple of Lord Vishnu built by King Awantiverma) , the beauty of the countryside and lots of rice fields.
Check-in to the hotel and rest.
Overnight stay in Pahalgam.

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Post breakfast get ready to visit Aru valley and Betab valley.
Visit the scenic and rocky valley of Chandanwadi, Snow Point (around 14km from Pahalgam) and you can also enjoy an exciting pony ride.
In the evening come back to the Hotel.
Have dinner, overnight stay in Pahalgam.

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Post breakfast visit Aharbal Waterfall. Aharbal Falls are also referred to as the Niagara Falls of Kashmir, owing to the volume of the water that falls .
In evening come back to Srinagar , check-in to the hotel, overnight stay in Srinagar.

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Post breakfast transfer to Yusmarg it will take approx 3-4 hours to reach Yusmarg.
Yusmarg in Kashmir means The Meadow of Jesus.
We will start our trek to Nilnag lake from Yusmarg. Nilnag is famous for it's blue water and pine tree forest.
It is approx 5Km trek which will take approx 3 hours to complete.
In evening we will come back to srinagar.
Overnight stay in Srinagar.

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Post breakfast and check-out fly back to your destination with some amazing memories of Heaven on Earth.

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Journey Basket was found when the two adventure junkies decided to convert their passion into a full time commitment, over a Bike Ride to Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan. We have a team full of specialists for Himalayan Treks, Motorbike Expeditions, Leisure Trips and others so that you don't just visit a place but also witness the world from new lenses.
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Reviews
Priyanshi Mahendra
Priyanshi Mahendra

This was one amazing trek, the people and the facilities all were very nice. 👍The camps were nice and perfect to have a sunset and sunrise view. It was so serene and peaceful. The food was very nice, had a great time. A big thanks to the team , kudos!

Swekcha Sahai
Swekcha Sahai

My trip went unexpectedly well. Shaim who was our trek lead, kept me motivated to climb the Chandrashila peak and I did it effortlessly because of him. The food and stay was comfortable and the campfire was a cherry on top. Overall, I loved every bit of the trip. Thank you.!!

Arjun Bhardwaj
Arjun Bhardwaj

I went on a trip last week to chopta with journey basket and It was a memorable experience for me. The food was yum and the stay was also comfortable. Our trip leader SHAIM was very helpful and cheerful throughout the trip. I would suggest my other friends too about journey basket.

Radhika Jangra
Radhika Jangra

Okay..so I booked this trip from Journey basket for Chopta. Didn’t expect much from it in the beginning as I’m a traveller and like to explore new hiking destinations myself. However, to my surprise, Journey basket just flipped the perception for me. It went great and I enjoyed every bit of it.
The camps were nice and spacious with good hygiene. They were well equipped with warm beddings considering the December winters.
Our tour coordinators Pankaj, Gaurav and Ayush Balli managed the group pretty well with various group activities to indulge every individual.
We did two treks - Tungnath temple and Doriyatal trek. Treks were an ultimate fun and an amazing experience!!
Well, the best is yet to come.. Journey Basket had arranged an amazing New Years Party with DJ and dance.. One couldn’t expect much !!

Lastly, Thank you Journey Basket for this great memorable experience!
Would like to recommend this to all. Please try different treks from Journey basket, but start with Chopta!! 👍🏻😬

Ketan Anand
Ketan Anand

We just came back from Chopta. The tour was wonderful all along the way and everything went smooth. I am so pleased with the trip.
Our guide Shaim was quite enjoyable , resourceful, competent, funny and knowledgeable. We got excellent service.

Manan Tantia
Manan Tantia

I started my Journey on 9 oct from Rishikesh towards Tungnath-Chandrashila Trek with Mr. Shaim and other members of the group. We have so much fun together all thanks to our Guide Shaim. Food was good, Trek was good, Everyone showed a great amount of Professionalism and i personally am very happy with the behaviour our everyone and helping nature. Special Thanks to Shaim for making my trip super fun and super adventurous. I really had the time of my life.


Inclusions

Entire travel as the per the itinerary in a private vehicle.
6 Nights accommodation ( 1night stay in srinagar houseboat , 1 night stay in Gulmarg , 2 nights stay in Phalgam and 2 nights stay in Srinagar in Hotel) on double / triple sharing.
A total of 12 meals- Day 1 (D), Day 2 (B+D) , Day 3 (B+D), Day 4 (B+D), Day 5 (B+D), Day 6 (B+D), Day 7(B) included.
Internal transfer to Aru Valley and Betaab Valley.
Gondola Cable Car first phase ticket.
Shikara ride for 1 hour.
Team Captain throughout the trip.
Medical Kit.

Exclusions

GST (5%) is applicable extra.
Any kind of food or beverage that is not included in the package like alcoholic drinks, mineral water , meals / refreshments/ lunches on the highway.
Any personal expenses like a tip to the drivers, entry to monuments/monastries, camera / video camera charges, laundry , telephone bills, tips ,etc.
Any cost arising due to natural calamites like landslides, roadblocks etc.
(to be borne directly by he customer on the spot).
Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.
Airport pick and drop service is not included.



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