This was perhaps the biggest trip I had made ever in my life, and to simply put it, I loved the experience. I had the time of my life, and here I want to share with you the entire itinerary so that it would help you to plan a visit to the heaven on Earth, Kashmir.
Residing in Pune, we decided to fly directly to Srinagar. There are no direct flights from Pune to Srinagar, and one has to either go to Delhi and from there to Srinagar, or to Mumbai and catch the flight to Srinagar. We opted for the latter, and took a cab to Mumbai to board the flight from there.
Cab expenses - Rs.2000
Mumbai Srinagar Flight - Rs.17000 (3 persons - husband, kid and me)
Accommodation and Transport
We arrived in Srinagar at 2 pm and were transported to our guest house in a Tavera, which was to be our vehicle for our entire duration of stay there. It had been arranged for us by the managers at Shelter Group of Houseboats (http://www.tripadvisor.in/Hotel_Review-g297623-d2069765-Reviews-The_Shelter_Group_of_Houseboats-Srinagar_Kashmir_Jammu_and_Kashmir.html). They arranged all our accommodation and sightseeing requirements during our stay in a very smooth and efficient manner. We had opted to stay at their guest house (http://www.tripadvisor.in/Hotel_Review-g297623-d2214823-Reviews-Lonely_Guest_House-Srinagar_Kashmir_Jammu_and_Kashmir.html) for two days and in the houseboat for 4 days. The package included breakfast and dinner on all days, and we were treated to some delectable homemade vegetarian delicacies every day.
Package Cost - 32000 Approx (for 2 persons. Child below 5 years in complimentary)
Places to See -
We visited the following places during this trip. The details of each place can be found in the next section.
Apr 8 - Dal Lake
Apr 9 - Avantiswamin temple, Mattan Temple, Pehalgam
Apr 10 - Srinagar local sightseeing - Shankaracharya temple, Chashmeshahi gardens, Tulip Gardens, Shalimar and Nishat gardens
Apr 11 - Sonamarg
Apr 12 - Gulmarg
Apr 13 - Yusmarg (We opted out of this and chose to spend the day in the houseboat)
Apr 14 - Departure
Things to Buy
We also did a lot of shopping on most days. Kashmir is famous for dry fruits, Kehwa - a type of green tea, Pashmina shawls and clothing, embroidery works, filigri work on silver, wood carvings etc.