By going on a family holiday in Kashmir, Sudhir made sure that her wife’s birthday would be an occasion that their family would always remember fondly. Their first venture into Kashmir was made memorable by thescenic valleys, lush-green meadows, and pristine lakes of the likes that only this place could offer.
I’ve always been of the belief that special occasions are made special by our own gestures. I was thinking of something creative for my wife’s birthday when it struck me that a family holiday in Kashmir could be the best idea of them all. Having grown up hearing praises of Kashmir and its serene valleys, surely one vacation with the people you love the most couldn’t do much harm.
Details of our family holiday in Kashmir
Trip Cost: INR 15,000
Trip Duration: 3 nights 4 days
Agent Name: Travel Designers India
Inclusions: Transfers, accommodation, sightseeing, breakfast, shikara ride, and taxes
Exclusions: Flights, meals, and entry tickets
While searching for Kashmir family packages, I landed on the TravelTriangle website which sold customized tour packages at attractive prices. A lot of travelers on their website posted travel stories of their respective trips with amazing pictures. This kind of gave me a push and provided confidence in booking a package through their website.
The trip formalities got done very swiftly with the help of TravelTriangle and their representatives. All that was left was to pack our bags and jump on a flight for an incredible family holiday in Kashmir.
Day 1: It all began with a drive to Gulmarg
On the first morning of our family holiday in Kashmir, we took a flight from Mumbai to Srinagar. Just by looking out from my window while the flight was landing, I got a great view of what we were about to witness first hand. No wonder people never stopped praising Kashmir despite its recent troubled past.
Upon our arrival, the driver was present to receive and directly take us to Gulmarg. After a couple of hours, we arrived at the Children’s Park in Gulmarg. The sightseeing tour continued with a short visit to the Alpather Lake, and the Golf Course in Gulmarg. Afterwards, we did some horse riding (which was very expensive) around the scenic meadows. We tried bargaining with the horse owners but they refused to budge from their price on account of it being their peak season.
Horse riding fees: INR 1,200 per person
In the evening, we returned to Srinagar and checked into the Dawn/Monalisa Houseboat for the night. Dal Lake was where we eventually settled on the first day of our family holiday in Kashmir.
Day 2: Shopping on a boat in Dal Lake was ultra cool!
As surreal as it was, we woke up the next day in our houseboat to a misty, calm, and magical view of a lake surrounded by mountains. After breakfast, we took our houseboat for a round and then bought some dry fruits like almonds and walnuts from the boat market in Dal Lake.
In the afternoon, we checked out of the houseboat and traveled on a short day-trip to Sonmarg. Over there we visited places like Baltal Valley, Zoji La Pass, and the famous Thajiwas Glacier. Filled with rocky mountains and a harsh landscape, Sonmarg was a great adventure even in the warm summer sun.
In the evening, we returned to Srinagar and checked into Hotel K2 Inn for the night. A peaceful end to probably what was the most adventurous day of our family holiday in Kashmir.
Day 3: Pahalgam: Rightfully called Mini Switzerland
The next day of our family holiday in Kashmir began with sightseeing in the city of Srinagar. Since it was a city known for gardens, we decided to explore the best of them. During the morning hours, we visited Chasme Shahi, Shalimar Bagh, and Nishat Bagh.
After that, we started on our journey to Pahalgam. After three hours of winding roads, water streams, forest views, and refreshing countryside landscape- we arrived at the hidden beauty of India. Also known as the mini-Switzerland, Pahalgam was a treat to relish for sore eyes. At that point, our family holiday in Kashmir reached a new high thanks to the amazing time we spent over there.
In the evening, we returned to Srinagar and rested for the night at the Hotel K2 Inn.
Day 4: A promising end to an amazing adventure
The next morning, we took an early check out and transferred to the airport for our return flight to Mumbai.
Like all good things, this family holiday in Kashmir too had come to a peaceful and memorable end. On our way to the airport, we personally thanked the driver who showed us all these beautiful places. His cooperation with us was fantastic and his behavior was thoroughly professional.
Although we weren’t lucky enough to see everything we wanted (namely snowfall), celebrating my wife’s birthday in this paradise was something truly special.
- Celebrating my wife’s birthday on a family holiday in Kashmir was a moment that we, as a family, would cherish forever.
- We explored Pahalgam (mini Switzerland) in the best way possible- on horseback.
- A major reason for going on a family holiday in Kashmir was to see snow, which wasn’t possible due to bad timing and a wrong suggestion given to us by TravelTriangle. We could have waited for a month to see snowfall in the upper reaches of Kashmir.
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