Visiting Kashmir in peak summer season or during snowfall in winter is a rewarding experience. An experience that is worth making the journey all the way down from Pune in Maharashtra. Since the distance between Pune and Kashmir is about 2,000 km, travellers should book their flight/train tickets well in advance. Jammu and Srinagar are principal gateways for travellers visiting the state. Are you wondering how to reach Kashmir from Pune? Take a look at following ways to visit Kashmir from Pune.
Day 01: Arrive in Srinagar:
On your arrival at the Srinagar International Airport, you will be welcomed by our representative who will assist and escort you to your waiting vehicle. From the airport it is a 35 minutes drive through the heart of New Srinagar city. The drive takes you past the Abdullah bridge which connects the banks of the Jehlum river, snaking its way towards the North-Western frontier of Kashmir. We arrive at the hotel / houseboat and check in. Today we will do some half a day of local sightseeing that includes a visit to the famous Mughal gardens of Nishat and Shalimar. You will have shikara ride in the lake. This boat ride glides you past some wonderful vegetable gardens and aquatic life. Dinner and Overnight in houseboat.
Day 02: Srinagar to Gulmarg(Day Trip): (56 kilometers / 3-4 hrs drive): and later drive to Srinagar:
After breakfast in the morning, we will begin our country tour towards Gulmarg. The drive past colorful villages and rice fields, gives you an insight of the rich cultural past of Kashmir. We arrive at a small picturesue market town of Tangmarg and drive ahead on a scenic drive of 14 kilometers to Gulmarg. We arrive in Gulmarg early in the afternoon Later we will begin a short tour around the meadow familarising ourselves with the beauty. In Gulmarg you can board the Gondola cable car system on your own, and ascend towards the Afarwatt Mountain range. The 08 minutes of ropeway will take you to the lower ridge of the Afarwatt peak. From here you can click lots of photos of the nearby mountain ranges that stand tall like sentinels guarding the rich natural beauty of Kashmir valley. We descend back to Gulmarg base after an hour and drive towards Srinagar. We will stay at the hotel for overnight.
Day 03: Srinagar to Pahalgam: (97 kilometers / 3-4 hrs drive):
We will begin our trip towards Pahalgam and drive on the National Highway 1A. This road connects the Valley to the rest of the country. We drive past the saffron fields of Pampore, the marvellous ruins of Avantipura and the village of Bijbehara which remains famous as the bread basket of Kashmir. You can even sample a few exotic breads sold by vendors near the road. We switch the the national highway at Khanabal and drive through the second largest city of Anantnag. From here the road turns scenic as we drive parallel on the Lidder river flowing from the opposite directionLter drive back to Srinagar. Dinner and Overnight in hotel in Srinagar.
Day 04: Departure transfer to Airport:
After a late morning breakfast, we will drive to the airport for your flight home. On your way to the airport you can make a brief stopover for some last minute shopping in the city center. At the airport the driver will assist you with your luggage screening and drop you at outside the terminal gate.