Agar zameen pe kahi jannat hai to yahi hai, yahi hai, yahin hai.....emperor JAHANGIR used these words to describe his feelings about Kashmir. I myself had the same feelings when I visited Kashmir for 5 days with my father from 30th August to 3rd September.Before I go further let me share my itinerary :
Day1 : Took Indigo morning flight from Delhi and landed at Sheikh-ul-Aalam airport,Srinagar. Received by the houseboat owner mr. Noor mohammad and directly driven to gate no. 9,Dal lake. There Mr. mohammad dropped the luggage and himself and asked us to continue the local sight seeing trip.He took our luggage to houseboat.We saw the - Sankrasharya mandir ( Lord Shiva mandir , 300 mt above sea level )
- Pari Mahal ( laid out by Dara Shiko)
- Booked the air tickets via yatra.com
- Booked the houseboat Young Bombay via booking.com
- Shalimar Gardens( laid out by Jehangir )
- Nishat Bagh
- Chashma Shah ( laid out by Shah Jehan)
and finished the day by evening tea at Zabarvan park(where we saw the hot air balloon) and Live kashmiri music. Music was so enchanting that it captivated our heart for the whole life.
In evening our taxi dropped us at the gate no. 9 , from there we took free shikara service to go to our houseboat -Young Bombay. At the houseboat we were formally welcomed by the house boat owner and his son and staff of houseboat.We had the welcome Kahwa drink and general chit-chat about kashmir and houseboat.
We ordered theNon-veg dinner and took some rest in the meantime in our room. Room was well maintained. Cleanness of bathroom took our attention as well.
After Dinner we stayed on outside terrace for a while to enjoy the night at dal lake. In the meantime we saw the barbecue shikara coming to our houseboat. Though we were full but just for taste, we ordered mutton and chicken kababs, It was delicious and unique experience in itself and stylist way to say - Good Night.
Day2 : In Morning , we had fantastic breakfast ( which was part of our houseboat package) and started for the Pahalgaon with our Taxi. On the way we saw Saffron fields and Avantipur Bat factory. I stopped at one point and enjoyed the white water rafting in Lidder river. Once w e reached the Pahalgam, we had to drop our taxi there and took another taxi for Betab valley and Aru Valley trip.