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Kashmir: Garden of the Moghul Kings


Kashmir – that centuries old holiday idyll that was the playground of both the Moghuls and the British – offers some of the most pristine and wonderful countryside anywhere on the subcontinent. Oft quoted as being “an earthly paradise” Srinagar and its environs provide the perfect backdrop to this trip which sees us exploring beyond the city limits and heading out into the hills and waterways of the Vale.

From our initial base on Dal Lake, we’ll leave our houseboats and take a relaxing water-journey to Manasbal and Walur Lakes on a route that was first plaid by the Moghul rulers in the seventeenth century, and then by the Brits two hundred years later. We’ll travel by shikara (small wooden gondala-type boats) and stay in comfortable mobile camps which we will also use when meeting members of the local Gujara tribe and taking walks among the Himalayan foothills in the Sonamarg region.

This relaxed tour of Kashmir, will be perfect for anyone wanting to have an adventure but also wanting to unwind and explore this amazing place both in comfort and at a slow and steady pace.


  • Exploring the streets and historical sights of the fabled city of Srinagar
  • Staying in wonderful houseboats on both Dal and Nagin Lakes
  • Taking a wonderful water journey by shikara (small wooden gondala-type boats)
  • Staying in comfortable fully-serviced mobile camps
  • Walk in the glorious Himalayan foothills

Tour Includes:

  • The full services of a Tour Leader, local guides and drivers.
  • 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches & 10 dinners in local restaurants where viable.
  • All transport (minibus, shikaras (small wooden gondala-type boats) & domestic flights)
  • 10 nights' accomodation (2 in very comfortable hotels, 4 on comfortable houseboats & 4 in a comfortable fully-serviced mobile camp)
  • All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
  • A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through our office)


Trip rating:

Adventure Rating
Adventure Rating - 6

Tours that fall into this category are likely to involve at least a few challenging days and are often in destinations where tourism is still in its infancy.

Comfort Rating
Comfort Rating - 8

You can typically expect most nights to be spent in comfortable and often characterful accommodation, making your overnight stays a real highlight of the trip.

Fitness Rating
Fitness Rating - 5

These tours will typically involve a couple of days of easy/moderate trekking (3-5 hrs/day) or perhaps a more active approach to a cultural itinerary. For riding trips see the Riding Information section

Culture Rating
Culture Rating - 7

With this rating, you can typically expect a tour with a good balance between exploring cultural sights (such as museums and historical buildings) on some days and experiencing the wonders of the great outdoors on other days.

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