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Srinagar Splendors: A Private City Tour

Package price On Request

Product Code : AGORA431

Embark on an enriching exploration of Srinagar with a knowledgeable local guide starting at 9:00 AM from your hotel. The tour begins with a visit to the iconic Mughal Gardens, including Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, and Chashme Shahi, each offering unique landscapes and historical significance. Delve into spirituality at the ancient Shankaracharya Temple, perched atop a hill with panoramic city and lake views. After a delightful Kashmiri lunch, experience the tranquil beauty of Dal Lake with a Shikara ride, followed by a journey through the historic lanes of Old Srinagar. The tour concludes with a drop-off at your hotel, leaving you with cherished memories of Srinagar's cultural and natural splendors.

9:00 AM - Hotel Pick-up: Your local guide will greet you at your Srinagar hotel, marking the beginning of your immersive city tour. They will provide an overview of the day's itinerary and answer any questions you may have about Srinagar's rich history and culture.

Mughal Gardens Tour: Your first stop is the renowned Mughal Gardens. Start with Nishat Bagh, situated on the eastern bank of Dal Lake. Wander through its terraced lawns, flowerbeds brimming with seasonal blooms, and ornate fountains. The garden's elevated position offers spectacular panoramic views of the Dal Lake and the surrounding Zabarwan Mountains. Proceed to Shalimar Bagh, the majestic garden built by Emperor Jahangir. Marvel at its grandeur, characterized by elegant water channels, meticulously manicured lawns, and charming pavilions reflecting Mughal architectural finesse. Conclude your garden exploration at Chashme Shahi, a smaller yet equally captivating Mughal Garden. Enjoy the tranquil ambiance, admire the terraced lawns dotted with vibrant flowerbeds, and quench your thirst with fresh spring water from its natural source.

Shankaracharya Temple: After the garden tour, drive up to the Shankaracharya Temple. Perched atop a hill, this ancient Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva offers not only spiritual solace but also breathtaking panoramas of Srinagar city, the shimmering Dal Lake, and the encircling snow-capped peaks. Delve into the temple's rich history, believed to date back over 2,500 years, and admire its architectural elegance.

Lunch Break: Indulge in a sumptuous Kashmiri meal at a local restaurant. Savor traditional dishes like Rogan Josh, Dum Aloo, and Yakhni while soaking in the warm hospitality and rustic ambiance of the eatery.

Shikara Ride on Dal Lake: Post lunch, embark on a serene Shikara ride across the iconic Dal Lake. Glide smoothly over its shimmering waters, marvel at the intricate floating gardens cultivated with vibrant flowers and vegetables, and engage with the friendly boatmen, known for their captivating stories and local insights. As you drift along, the gentle lapping of water, panoramic views of the lake, and distant Himalayan vistas create a tranquil and mesmerizing experience.

Old Srinagar Exploration: Next, delve into the historic charm of Old Srinagar. Navigate its maze-like narrow lanes lined with traditional wooden houses adorned with intricate Kashmiri woodwork. Absorb the bustling energy of local markets, where vendors peddle everything from vibrant Kashmiri handicrafts and aromatic spices to traditional attire like Pashmina shawls and Kangri (Kashmiri firepot). Visit Jamia Masjid, an architectural masterpiece and one of Srinagar's oldest mosques. Marvel at its exquisite wooden interiors, intricate calligraphy, and tranquil courtyard. Continue to Hazratbal Shrine, a revered Muslim sanctuary nestled on the banks of Dal Lake. Experience its serene ambiance, witness devotees offering prayers, and admire its striking white marble architecture and ornate domes.

Hotel Drop-off: As the day draws to a close, your guide will escort you back to your Srinagar hotel or any preferred location. Reflect on the day's enriching experiences, cultural discoveries, and captivating sights, leaving you with lasting memories of Srinagar's splendors.

Private AC car/van for pick up and drop off from/to your hotel.

English speaking local guide, if option selected.

Entrance fees to monuments, if option selected.

Lunch, if option selected.

Bottled water in the car.

Government Taxes.

Camera charges at monuments.

Gratuities and optional activities.

Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.