Saffron the most priced spice of them all is grown only in Kashmir in India. The delicate flowers are harvested in a short window of 10 - 15 days from the end of October. We will spend an entire day with Saffron from the fields to the kitchen understanding how the world's best saffron is produced in Kashmir.
This tour happens at the end of Autumn and there are still chances to see the Fall Colours.
|Days||6 Nights / 7 Days|
|From||Srinagar to Srinagar|
Step 1: A. Rs. 25,000 + 5% GST per person (Includes Air tickets issuance)
B. Rs. 10,000 + 5% GST per person (Excludes Air tickets issuance)
Step 2: Balance payment, One month prior to the departure date
* The Air ticket amount will be adjusted as per actuals in the balance payment
On arrival, we will meet up with our local representative and drive to our homestay in the Deewan bagh area of Srinagar. After check-in and lunch, we will visit the Shalimar Gardens to enjoy the colors of early Autumn. Later we will take the Shikara ride to the Char Chinar Island in the middle of Dal Lake to enjoy the sunset from the lake. Later we will taste some local ‘Tuz’ Kebabs at the barbeque stalls on the Makai Point. Return back to Homestay in the evening for dinner.
After breakfast, we will reach the Saffron farm at Pampore, the only saffron growing area in Kashmir to experience everything related to saffron. It starts from the plucking of the lavender flowers to sorting out the strands to enjoying a hearty lunch at a farmer's home. We will drive to Yousmarg via the town of Charar e Sharif, where the dargah of one of the most revered Muslim saints sits in a beautiful construction.
You will enjoy the essence of this beautiful meadow of Jesus as it translates to starting your day with a walk or a horse ride through the deodar forests to reach the nilnag viewpoint. Later you will visit a local village. The evening is free to enjoy the surroundings.
After breakfast proceeds to Aru Valley via Pahalgam. On this tour, we avoid crowds and touristy areas, and this is the reason why we would stop in Pehelgam to visit its two most popular excursions mentioned above. Later we will drive parallel to the Lidder river to climb to the picturesque town of Aru in the Aru Valley. The evening is free to enjoy a leisurely hike above the town.
The morning would be at leisure where we would visit a tributary of the Lidder river and later enjoy a walk in the Aru village. In the evening those who wish to do a mini hike to the Aru Valley will be guided on a beautiful walk in the lush green meadows amidst the hills.
You will head back to Srinagar first however there will be a stop at the Martand Sun temple. After that on the way lunch in an adjoining Dhaba. Drive to Srinagar and before you check in the houseboat, enjoy some local sights. check-in the houseboat.
After breakfast proceed to the airport to fly back to your respective home cities.
Note: The plucking of flowers is highly weather dependant, if due to bad weather we aren't able to experience this we will make some alternative arrangements to get you as close as possible to the Saffron in Kashmir experience.
|Srinagar - Hillscape Inn|
|Yousmarg - Hotel JKTDC|
|Aru Valley - Hotel Milkyway|
|Srinagar - Khilona Houseboat or similar|
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