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    International Tulip Festival at the heaven on earth

TOUR OVERVIEW

Kashmir was the heaven for Jahangir. His famous words, “Gar firdaus, ruhe zamin ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin ast” (If there is ever a heaven on earth, it’s here, it’s here, it’s here), are now the tourism signature line for the State!

Kashmir is dotted with beautiful lakes, surrounded by magnificent valleys. And it is bestowed with nature’s bounty in terms of fruits and flowers. We are going to experience the most amazing display of tulips to be found in Asia.

Srinagar is a city with a heart-wrenching past and present. To understand India, it is important to understand Kashmir. Surprisingly, most Indians don’t, let alone the world.

Day 1 - 28 Apr 2018

Welcome to Srinagar. Check-in to your houseboat. Visit the International Tulip Festival. Take the shikara boat ride and relax at the houseboat in the Dal lake. Spend the night on the lake and look out at the beautiful sky reflected in the lake. Overnight at the houseboat in Srinagar.

Day 2 - 29 Apr 2018

After breakfast proceed to Pahalgam – Valley of Shepherds. After lunch, take a beautiful drive to Aru and Betaab Valley. If weather permits we will also visit the Chandanwari glacier base. Overnight at Pahalgam.

Day 3 - 30 Apr 2018

Today is a day to unwind and relax. Take a walking trail and meet the locals. Drink Kahwah with them and get to know their lives. Get yourself clicked in the traditional Kashmri attire. Visit the Baisaran Valley on your horse or choose to stay at the homestay and enjoy the view of Lidder river. Overnight at Pahalgam.

Day 4 - 01 May 2018

After breakfast proceed to Srinagar from Pahalgam. Enroute, visit Mattan Temple, Kashmir Bat Factory, Awantipora Ruins and Pampore Saffron fields. Overnight at homestay in Srinagar.

Day 5 - 02 May 2018

After breakfast proceed to Gulmarg. Gulmarg is at 8700 and is known as Meadow of flowers. Enjoy a ride at both levels on Gondola. You can also choose to ride a pony. Visit a local paper machie artist and see him in action. Return to Srinagar. Overnight at homestay in Srinagar.

Day 6 - 03 May 2018

We take a day trip to Doodh Pathri – another beautiful valley in Kashmir. Take a picnic lunch with you and enjoy your time with nature. Visit an organic farm in the evening and understand the farming patterns in Kashmir over tea. Overnight at homestay in Srinagar.

Day 7 - 04 May 2018

After Breakfast proceed for local Manasbal Lake, Kheer-Bhawani temple and Hazratbal mosque. Spend your evening shopping and sipping coffee at a beautiful view point. Overnight at the homestay in Srinagar.

Day 8 - 05 May 2018

If you are inclined, go for an early morning visit to Shankaracharya temple. After breakfast, visit Nishat garden, Chashm-e-shahi and local market. Indulge in shopping. Overnight at the homestay in Srinagar.

Day 9 - 06 May 2018

After breakfast, proceed to the Srinagar airport. We can give you packed lunch if your flight is a little late. Tour ends. Memories begin.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation for 8 nights on double sharing
  • Transport in Tavera of similar through out the trip
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, evening tea/coffee) starting from evening tea on Day 1 till breakfast on Day 9.
  • Famous Wazwaan lunch spread on one of the days.
  • Picnic lunch at the organic farm
  • All entries to monuments
  • Walking trail with guide in Pahalgam
  • Gondola Ride in Gulmarg – both levels
  • One Shikara ride in Srinagar
  • Guidance of an F5er

Exclusions

  • Flights to Srinagar from your city of residence and return
  • Tips and other expenses of personal nature like shopping, laundry etc.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned in inclusions.
  • Charges for activities not mentioned in the inclusions – horse ride at Baisaran valley, pony ride in Gulmarg etc.
  • 5% GST

Terms & Conditions

REFUNDS/CANCELLATION:

If cancelled 90 days or more in advance, cancellation fee is 12% of the trip amount.

25% of the trip cost if cancelled 89 – 60 days in advance.

50% of the trip cost if cancelled 59 to 16 days in advance.

Last 15 days – no show – entire amount will be forfeited.

If you use our services to book flights, cancellation charges of the flights will apply.

Option of Deffered trip:

You have an option of parking the paid amount with us for a future trip, if you wish to cancel joining this trip 60 days or more in advance.
Following conditions apply:

You need to choose the trip you would like to go with instead (the deferred trip) within 2 months of deciding to cancel.

The travel start date of the deferred trip should be within 6 months from the day you decide to cancel.

There can be only one such change and once you decide the deferred trip, the cancellation policy of that trip applies.

You cannot choose a short trip (less than 5 days) as a deferred trip.

Disclaimer

  • This is a non-smoking and a non-alchoholic trip for all  practical reasons.
  • We will be staying in beautiful homestays with the locals. Please do come with the view of respecting the sanctity  of a home and appreciating the warmth and hospitality.
  • Kashmir is constantly in the news, yes, however, tourists  do continue to flock the region in summers. Tourists are  treated with immense respect and are allowed to move  around. Life goes on in Kashmirand tourism continues to  be the backbone of their economy.
  • You will be required to sign a consent form that you  understand the risks involved and consent to join us on  the trip.
  • Srinagar is an Army airport and is very small compared to other airports in India. There will be multiple checks, so you are advised to leave the stay 3 hours prior to your flight, on the last day.
  • Please be dressed conservatively in Kashmir as this is a sensitive area.
  • You are requested to not be out after 7PM and respect the timelines suggested by the local family. Sundays are holidays in Srinagar and establishments will be closed. Kindly respect that.
  • In case there are delays, cancellation or change of plans due to climate (snow or rain) or political conditions, F5 Escapes will help you manage that but will not bear the extra cost involved.
  • Climate will be pleasant in Srinagar and cold in Pahalgam and Gulmarg. We will send you a packing list 10 days before the trip.
  • Shankaracharya temple has 200 stairs. We have planned it such that you can skip it, if you are not comfortable.
  • F5 Escapes is in no way responsible for any untoward incident happening due to the ignorance/negligence of the guests, natural/man-made calamities, accidents or any other events that are out of human control during the trip.
  • All our trips are well-researched, including identifying access to medical facilities. In case of a medical emergency, F5 will assist the traveller in getting medical attention.
  • F5 reserves the right to cancel the trip under certain conditions – in such a case, the amount will be refunded in full.

Arrival & Departure timing

Arrive before 12 Noon in Srinagar on day 1 and depart after 10am on Day 9.

Weather

This will be spring in Kashmir and weather will be pleasant in Srinagar ranging from 6 degree in night to around 20 degrees during the day. Warm clothings and jackets will be required. Pahalgam and Gulmarg will be cold.

*Please note that now a days, climate/ weather is dependent on many factors and unpredictable hence above information might be subject to change during your actual travel days

Stay

We will be staying in beautiful homestays with the locals. Please do come with the view of respecting the sanctity of a home and appreciating the warmth and hospitality.

Food!

  • Authentic Kashmiri food wherever possible
  • Simple Indian food such as rotis/dal, rice etc. Toast/Omlettes will be available.
  • If you have special dietary requests, please let us know beforehand.

Note > Prepare > Accept > Embrace:

This is a non-smoking and a non-alchoholic trip for all practical reasons.

  • Kashmir is constantly in the news, yes, however, tourists do continue to flock the region in summers. Tourists are treated with immense respect and are allowed to move around. Life goes on in Kashmir and tourism continues to be the backbone of their economy.
  • You will be required to sign a consent form that you understand the risks involved and consent to join us on the trip.
  • Srinagar is an Army airport and is very small compared to other airports in India. There will be multiple checks, so you are advised to leave the stay 3 hours prior to your flight, on the last day
  • Please be dressed conservatively in Kashmir as this is a sensitive area. Jeans/full length trousers with tops are common among tourists, however, any skin revealing clothes might be frowned upon.
  • You are requested to not be out after 7PM and respect the timelines suggested by the local family. Also, please adhere to the guidelines provided by your tour lead – it is for your own safety.
  • Sundays are holidays in Srinagar and establishments will be closed. Kindly respect that. Fridays are namaz days and traffic jams/ delays are to be expected.
  • In case there are delays, cancellation or change of plans due to climate (snow or rain) or political conditions, F5 Escapes will help you manage that but will not bear the extra cost involved.
  • Shankaracharya temple has 200 stairs. We have planned it such that you can skip it, if you are not comfortable.

‘F5 Escapes’ is a Bangalore-based, experiential travel company, with a focus on crafting and executing all-women travel experiences in India. The premise of F5 is an ambitious dream –  to put India on the global travel map as a preferred destination for women.  Come, join us, as we work towards redefining the way women travel India.

We all need regular breaks, be it a day’s off from our daily chores, life’s chaos, the work stress, the urban traffic or a relationship crisis. Be it anything, what matters is the break that you need. How often is that idea put into action? Well, we don’t blame you for the inaction. We have been there, done that and hence the idea of F5 Escapes. Let us help you travel. Sustainably, responsibly, safely.