Srinagar - Pahalgam Break(6 Nights)

Srinagar, Pahalgam, Srinagar

for Family Traveller, Honeymooner

Holiday Overview

Hazratbal Mosque
Views of Hari Parbat
Nishat Garden
Shalimar Garden
Chashma Shani Garden
Houseboats by the Boulevard
Nagin Lake Views
Floating Market
Nasim Lake Views
Views from Shankracharya Hill
Horse Riding at Baisaran
Riverside Pahalgam
Betaab Valley
Mustard Fields Enroute Pahalgam
Views while Trekking around
Trekking route to Kashmir Valley
Trekking route to Baisaran Valley
Green Tunnel enroute to Pahalgam
Pahalgam Valley (Photo Courtesy: KennyOMG)

This is a short break itinerary that allows guests a quick glimpse into three most visited destinations of Kashmir i.e. Srinagar (Lakes, Houseboats), Gulmarg (Himalayan views) and Pahalgam (Riverside himalayan beauty).


Pahalgam(3) - Srinagar(3)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Srinagar - Pahalgam via Martrand
  • Day-2 Pahalgam Sightseeing
  • Day-3 Walking / Trekking / Rafting around Pahalgam
  • Day-4 Pahalgam - Srinagar enroute visit Avantipur ruins.
  • Day-5 Sightseeing in Srinagar
  • Day-6 Gulmarg day excursion
  • Day-7 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Pahalgam - Baisaran (3.00 kms), Betaab valley (7.00 kms), Aru (10.00 kms), White Water Rafting in Pahalgam (10.00 kms), Chandanwari (16.00 kms), Tulian Lake (16.00 kms), Martrand Sun Temple (35.00 kms)

Srinagar - Hari Parbat (4.00 kms), Shikara ride in Dal Lake (5.00 kms), Jama Masjid Srinagar (5.00 kms), Shankaracharya Temple (10.00 kms), Chashma Shahi (10.00 kms), Nishat Bagh (14.00 kms), Shalimar Gardens (16.00 kms), Avantipur temple ruins (29.00 kms), Gondola Ride in Gulmarg (50.00 kms), Martrand Sun Temple (60.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Srinagar Departure - Srinagar
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
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  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Additional day in Srinagar would enable guests to visit Sonamarg.

  • Srinagar to Pahalgam -100 kms (3 hrs)
  • Pahalgam to Srinagar -100 kms (3 hrs)

Srinagar - Pahalgam(3) - Srinagar(3)

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Srinagar - Pahalgam via Martrand Arrive at Srinagar and proceed to Pahalgam (100 kms - 4 hrs - 7000+ ft asl). Enroute visit Matrand Sun Temple. On arrival time permitting walk around the area to local markets.

Day-2 Pahalgam Sightseeing Undertake sightseeing around Pahalgam to spots like Baisaran, Tulian Lake, Chandanwari (16 kms - 8000+ ft asl - close range views) where you can find snow even in summer, Betaab Valley and Aru Valley etc.

Day-3 Walking / Trekking / Rafting around Pahalgam Enjoy white water rafting (possible in Summer) OR walk around the riverside OR undertake day trek. Back by late evening.

Day-4 Pahalgam - Srinagar enroute visit Avantipur ruins. Transfer to Srinagar (100 kms - 4 hours). Enroute visit Avantipur ruins. Visit Dal Lake and enjoy the Shikara ride in the evening. Time permitting visit local markets.

Day-5 Sightseeing in Srinagar "Day sightseeing in Srinagar visiting Mughal Gardens (Chesmashahi, Nishat and Shalimar), Jama Masjid, Shankaracharya Temple, Hari Parbat etc.

Day-6 Gulmarg day excursion Full day excursion to Gulmarg (50 kms - 1.5 hrs one-way). Go for famous Gondola Ride (Cable Car. Online booking in advance is recommended), Asia's highest and longest cable car. Its a two-stage ropeway. The first stage transfers from Gulmarg to Kongdoori Station. The second stage takes skiers to a height of 3,747 m (12,293 ft). The timing of the gondola is 10 AM to 5 PM (It's highly dependent upon the weather at both stages).

Day-7 Departure Depart for the onward journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

Pahalgam :

  • Baisaran - Baisaran (3 kms away from Pahalgam) is a lush green meadow surrounded by thick forest. One can trek to Tulian Lake from here (day trip).

  • Betaab valley - Betaab valley (7 kms from Pahalgam) is named after bollywood movie Betaab which was extensively shot here. The valley is characterised by picture perfect views and is a kind of popular picnic spot for tourists to arrive.

  • Aru - Aru is a sleepy village 10 km from Pahalgam, is the first step on the way to Kohlai glacier. From here one can also trek to Tarsar, Marsar lakes and Sonamarg. Aru offers picture perfect views and is a popular tourist visit option.

  • White Water Rafting in Pahalgam - River rafting tourism has been introduced in Pahalgam for about 2 kilometers on the Aru branch of lidder river.Rafting in Pahalgam is a fun activity for leisure tourists.

  • Chandanwari - Chandanwari (16 km away also motrable) is the starting point for the annual Amarnath Yatra. One can go upto Sheshnag Lake in a days return trek.

  • Tulian Lake - Tulian Lake a high altitude lake near Pahalgam at an altitude of 11,000 ft asl. The lake is surrounded on three sides by snow covered mountains. It is located in a meadow dotted with pine forests.The lake lies between the two Himalayan mountain ranges of Pir Panjal and Zanskar and presents spectacular views. The area is accessible via a trek.

  • Martrand Sun Temple - Matrand Sun temple near Anantnag is a temple complex built around ancient temple ruins and visited enroute Pahalgam while arriving from Srinagar / Katra / Patnitop via Anantnag.

Srinagar :

  • Hari Parbat - Hari Parbat or Koh e Maran is a hill overlooking Srinagar. It is the site of a Durrani fort (1808) and home to Shakti Temple and Muslim shrines of Khwaja Makhdoom Sahib and Akhund Mullah Shah. There is also a Gurudwara, which commemorates the visit of Guru Hargobind.

  • Shikara ride in Dal Lake - Shikaras are narrow boats to ferry guests from Houseboats to the banks of the lake. Its also the vehicle to ferry supplies. Shikara rides in Dal Lake has been one of the romantic experiences even since Kashmir has been visited by tourists. Shikara ride offers guests a leisurely lakeside experience. Vastness of the lake being such that guests can spend a couple of hours moving around the area into different corners of the lake. Some areas around Boulevard around are very busy and where Shikaras literally jostle for space. Whereas ones a bit away from Boulevard especially around Nagin is quiet and serene.

  • Jama Masjid Srinagar - Jamia Masjid is a mosque in Srinagar in the middle of the old city built in 1400 AD. The mosque has Indo-Saracenic architecture, a large courtyard and 370 wooden pillars.

  • Shankaracharya Temple - An ancient temple dating back to 250BC where the philosopher Shankaracharya is believed to have stayed here when he visited Kashmir ten centuries ago to revive Sanatan Dharma

  • Chashma Shahi - Chasma Shahi, originally designed in 1632 are a set of Mughal Gardens situated at 10 kms from town centre (5 kms from Boulevard) in Srinagar, overlooking Dal lake.

  • Nishat Bagh - Nishat Bagh are a set of Mughal gardens at 14 kms and is characterised by terraced lawns, cascading fountains, paint-box-bright flowerbeds with the panorama of the Dal Lake and Pir Panjal mountain range in front of them. Nishat was designed in 1633 AD by Asaf Khan, brother of Nur Jehan.

  • Shalimar Gardens - Shalimar Gardens are a set of Mughal Gardens at 16 kms from Srinagar and are popularly visited by tourists. Shalimar Gardens (or Shalimar Bagh as its popularly known locally) were built by Mughal Emperor Jehangir for his wife Nur Jehan. The Gardens are characterised by terraced lawns, cascading fountains, paint-box-bright flowerbeds with the panorama of the Dal in front of them.

  • Avantipur temple ruins - Avantipur temple ruins lie South East of Srinagar and ruins of a 9th century temple are the attraction for visitors

  • Gondola Ride in Gulmarg - Gondola ride in Gulmarg is perhaps the most awesome when it comes to views. The ride is split in two stages and both require diff tickets. Tickets can be sourced online. Both stages are a must do. The Gondola ride is subject to weather.

  • Martrand Sun Temple - Matrand Sun temple near Anantnag is a temple complex built around ancient temple ruins and visited enroute Pahalgam while arriving from Srinagar / Katra / Patnitop via Anantnag.

Destination Overview

Pahalgam - Pahalgam (100 km from Srinagar) is originally a Shephards Village and is now a premier holiday destination and a Hill Station at 7200 ft above sea level.

Srinagar - Srinagar is the summer capital city of Kashmir. Srinagar is a city famous for its lake experience. Houseboats, Shikaras and Mughal gardens, Handicraft shops all combine to give a unique holiday experience.

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  • Srinagar to Pahalgam -100 kms (3 hrs)
  • Pahalgam to Srinagar -100 kms (3 hrs)

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Pahalgam Experience

Pahalgam (7,200 ft asl) is characterised by views of gurgling river criss cross across the town more

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  • Srinagar to Pahalgam -100 kms (3 hrs)
  • Pahalgam to Srinagar -100 kms (3 hrs)

Expert Speak

If idea of visiting Kashmir is to relax a bit as well and enjoy the views and natural beauty of the area then above is a bit hectic. Additional night at Gulmarg and Srinagar would allow better exploration of the area and make the itinerary a bit less hectic.

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