The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been demarcated into four geographical zones:
The Shivalik ranges, The high mountains comprising of the Kashmir Valley and Pir Panchal range, Sub-mountain and semi-mountain plain & The middle portion of the Indus River constituting of Leh and Kargil.
"Kashmir", if literally translated, means the land desiccated from water: "ka" (the water) and shimeera (to desiccate). It was a belief that Kashmir was originally a lake that was drained by the great saint of ancient India Kashyap. It was included in the empire of Ashoka Maurya who is credited with the foundation of the city of Srinagar around the year 250 BC.
SRINAGAR – SONAMARG
Welcome greeting on Arrival at Srinagar airport and straight transfer to Sonamarg which is known as the Meadows of Gold" and enjoy one of the most beautiful drives from Srinagar. (84 Km/2 ½ hrs/). Sonamarg is located at a height of 2690 meters. You may take a pony ride (at your own cost) to Thajiwas Glacier where snow remains round the year. This place is famous for Trout fishing.
The evening reached Sonamarg and check in to hotel and Overnight stay hotel.
SAME DAY AMARNATH YATRA BY HELICOPTER
Early morning transfer from Sonamarg hotel to Baltal by car. Upon arrival at Baltal Depart for the Holy Amarnath cave by helicopter. Helicopters start operating at 6:00 a.m. (weather permitting) You will have approximately 1 hour for Darshan. Priority pass for Darshan is provided. Return to Baltal via helicopter and then straight transfer to Sonamarg hotel and check in at the hotel and refresh and have dinner and overnight stay.
SONAMARG - SRINAGAR
The morning after breakfast check out from Sonamarg Hotel and drive back to Srinagar.
On arrival at Srinagar proceed for sightseeing of Mughal Gardens visiting Nishat Bagh (Abode of pleasure), built by Asif Khan brother-in-law of Jehangir in 1632 AD, Shalimar Bagh (Abode of Love) built by Jehangir for his wife Empress Noor Jehan. These beautiful mountains are situated on the bank of Dal Lake with the Zabarwan Mountains in the background. Distance from Srinagar to the said gardens is about 12 and 15 km respectively. Enroute, visit a carpet weaving factory.
Late afternoon enjoys a majestic Shikara ride on the famous Dal Lake to enjoy the beauty that God has graced this city with, which is often compared to Venice. You will get a view of some very interesting places around the Lake. Overnight stay at Hotel.
The morning after breakfast check-out from Hotel and transfer to Srinagar airport after finishing Shiv Bhole Amarnath Yatra.