A dream garden between Himalayas’ peaks

- A Secret Retreats journey -
6 days / 5 nights
from 970 USD per person

 

ITINERARY BOOK
 


This journey has been personally designed by Bilal Chapri,
native from Kashmir and designer of this journey

All our itineraries have generally been constructed on the basis of the rooms that have the most charm or best view, and not necessarily the first prices, nor the most expensive suites.
We can of course adjust according to your request.

Kashmir is a land of mirror calm lakes reflecting majestic misty mountains, alpine valleys of wild flowers between the snowy peaks of the Himalayas, paradise gardens and an antique city of bustling souks and spiritual architecture.

“Kashmir is my home... the magical valley in the Himalayas. This enriching journey brings you closer to mountain cultures, rich heritage and spirituality of old Srinagar city along the River Jhelum. Paradise Mughal gardens and famed Lake Dal and its floating gardens in the tranquil backwaters are truly mesmerizing sights to behold. Persian & Central Asian influence is evident in architecture, food & daily rituals.

Ecoluxury houseboat Sukoon offers the perfect base to explore Kashmir valley & beyond. Here you will relish the traditional Kashmiri cuisine Wazwan with live Sufi music and the beautiful Pir Panjal mountain range in the backdrop.

Glamping experience in the high valleys of Sonmarg & Pahalgam is the best way to enjoy adventure in the comfort of top quality tents and personalized service by trained and friendly staff. Gentle nature walks and visit to village homes makes it an unforgettable experience of joy and friendship. You will be close to the original and pure elements of nature and get the feel of digital detox staying away from all your gadgets.

Qayaam Gah eco lodge which is opening soon will be an intimate accommodation up in Zabarwan hills for peace and solitude with stunning views of Srinagar and Kashmir valley. Here you will enjoy lovely hikes, explore Dachigam National Park to see rich Wildlife, visit farms and Orchids. Mindful moments of contemplation and deep reflection will make your stay at Qayaam Gah truly transformative.

I look forward to welcoming you in Kashmir... the dream garden!!”

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Your Journey Day by Day

6 days / 5 nights from 970 USD per person

based on a family of 4 people traveling together

 

 
Day 1 : Sri Nagar – Dal Lake (- / - / D)
Arrive at the beautiful city of Srinagar by air to be met by the Sukoon team and transferred to Sukoon Houseboat with time to settle in before the unforgettable experience of being paddled around Dal Lake at dusk in a shikara (wooden boat) as the sun sets over the panorama of mountains that surround the Vale of Kashmir perfectly reflected in the mirror calm water. Back on board Sukoon Kashmiri musicians will perform a traditional classical music recital as you enjoy a sumptuous feast under the stars on deck.
HOTEL: Sukoon Houseboat
Day 2 : Sri Nagar – Dal Lake (B/ L / D)
The day begins with the tradition morning ritual of a ‘bed tea’ - Kashmiri style laced with saffron and cardamom, milky Indian masala chai, tippy Assam and aromatic Darjeeling brews are all on offer. After breakfast on deck we will set off on a guided walking tour of Srinagar’s atmospheric old city. Starting at Zaina Kadal bridge we will enter a living museum of Islamic architecture and lively bazaars piled high with local treats like walnuts, apricots, red chillies and honey as well as many tempting pashminas and beautifully embroided shawls. We will visit the Patthar Masjid or “slipper mosque”, the exquisitely decorated sufi shrine Khanqah of Shah Hamadan, the Zain Ul Abedin tomb with its silk road style Byzantine domes and the 370 wooden pillared Jama Masjid with a lunch break at Ahdoos’, an authentic Kashmiri restaurant in the old city. The Last stop will be the hilltop Shankarachariya Temple reached just before sunset for the glorious view it offers. After sundown you will be escorted back to Sukoon where you shall have dinner and retire for the day.
HOTEL: Sukoon Houseboat
Day 3 : Sonmarg Camp (B/ L / D)
Gear up for an adventure filled day ahead of you. After bed tea and a hearty breakfast at Sukoon, we will drive to Sonmarg Camp with a stop on the way to visit the fabulous the 8th century Shiva Temple complex at Naranag, and for lunch at Villa Himalaya, before a 15-minute walk the camp where you will be welcomed with cold/hot towels and a hot cup of tea, settle in your tent, relax in the afternoon sunshine and enjoy the view or take an evening stroll before dinner served under the stars around a bonfire!
HOTEL: Sonmarg Sukoon Camp
Day 4 : Sonmarg Camp (B/ L / D)
After bed tea and breakfast we take about 3 hours walk on the rolling hills to the Gujar (Nomad) Huts at upper Lichpather, as we ascend towards the huts the views towards Sonmarg and across to the Thajawas glaciers get increasingly beautiful. We will be invited into the home of a Gujar family to enjoy a hot cup of salt tea! and have a glimpse of their traditional lifestyle. We continue walking for another hour to the upper meadows to enjoy greater views of the mountain, our lunch will be set up on an ornate carpet in the shade with lovely views. After lunch we walk back to the camp for High Tea and some time at leisure before dinner served under the starts around the campfire.
HOTEL: Sonmarg Sukoon Camp
Day 5 : Sri Nagar (B/ L / D)
After breakfast we drive back to Srinagar to stay a night in Nigeen Cottage, a charming small family house where our hosts will offer cooking lessons and an intimate personal experience of home cooked Kashmir food and culture, there is a lovely garden to relax in before an afternoon visit with our host to the famous Hazrat mosque and the bazaar.
HOTEL: Nigeen Cottage
Day 6 : Sri Nagar (B/ L / -)
After breakfast, we visit the famous Mughal garden of Shalimar and Nishat to wonder at leisure among the flowers, fountains, waterfalls and beautiful chinar trees before a late afternoon transfer to the airport for flight back to Delhi or Mumbai.

Your Accommodation on this Asia Travel Itinerary


A dream garden between Himalayas’ peaks

6 days / 5 nights
from 970 USD per person

based on a family of 4 people traveling together

 



The total price includes:
Accommodation for 5 nights
All meals as mentioned in the program
The transfer from/ to the airport to Sri Nagar with our representative
An introduction to Leh
All transfers and transport included as per stated in the itinerary and activities
An English speaking local guide to assist you whilst on tour
Live musical evening on one of the nights at Sukoon Houseboat in Srinagar.
Local Sightseeing in Srinagar by an AC Innova car.
All Taxes

The total price does no include:
International and Domestic flights to and from of Sri Nagar
Extra activities you may require and not mentioned in the program
Travel insurance


This Secret Journey was designed in cooperation with Bilal and Discovery Journeys.

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