15 Unusual Destinations in Kashmir
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You will find beautiful lakes, verdant meadows, snow-capped peaks, and people sipping Kahwa. These famous places in Kashmir are the mainstays of Kashmiri culture. These gorgeous spots are not the only paradise.
While you may be familiar with Srinagar’s stunning scenery, Pahalgam and Gulmarg, as well as Yusmarg and Yusmarg, no one has ever described Kashmir’s Chatpal Village. It is an undiscovered tourist spot in Kashmir. It is found in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag region.
The scene is stunning with the lush green colors of dense forests and green mountains. This is a great place to spend quality time with your family and friends, away from the hustle-bustle of urban life and in the middle of nature. Adventure seekers will find it rewarding to hike the forest trails around chat pal Kashmir. This is a true sanctuary of tranquility and peace. Nearly all Kashmir Trip packages include Gulmarg, which is one of the most picturesque destinations in Kashmir.
Have you ever dreamed of walking on the moon? Although you cannot walk on the moon right now, you can visit Lamayuru. Its moon-like landscape will make you feel like you’re on another planet. Lamayuru is the South American equivalent to Iceland.
Lamayuru is 130 km from Leh, and it’s worth spending a night there. The best ways to reach Lamayuru are by private taxi or self-drive vehicle. To get to Lamayuru (one-way), it takes approximately 3 hours. Do not rely on public transport to get around. Make sure you visit Lamayuru monastery when visiting Lamayuru village.
Daksum Valley, located in Bhringi River ahead of the Mughal Gardens of Achabal is home to Trout. Here you will find coniferous forests, green meadows, and snow-capped mountain peaks. Daksum Valley’s beautiful scenery makes every mile a joy-filled adventure.,
Daksum has something for everyone. Daksum offers everything from the beauty of natural springs to rural simplicity. Daksum is a great place for adventurers and nature lovers. This is an excellent place to camp and hike to the Sinthan Pass. It’s a beautiful place to spend time with loved ones and a romantic setting for couples.
Yusmarg is a name that means “Jesus Meadow ” and can be found 45 km from Srinagar, western Kashmir’s Budgam district. Beautiful green meadows dotted with heavy-wooded alpine forests are home to mint, apple, lime, emerald, and other green hues.
These views are stunning and remind you of an alpine valley in Europe, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. You will be able to ride a horse four kilometers deep into the woods, passing beautiful scenery as a trickling stream winds between the pine trees. In the distance, the Nilnag lake shimmers, hidden among the hills.
Karnah is a beautiful valley, small and peaceful. It has numerous forts and palaces, as well as statues, weapons, and utensils. Kishtwar, Jammu & Kashmir is 86 kilometers, and Kupwara, Jammu & Kashmir is 78 kilometers. The beautiful Sadhna Pass is a must as one crosses the Shamsbari range. Summer is the best time to visit Karnak.
Karnah hamlet can be seen the beauty of Qazi Nag’s and Nanga Parvat’s snowy mountain ranges. Karnah is home to several civilizations that date back over 5000 years. Deodar trees surround Tanger and Teethwal. The ambiance of many villages like Tangdar, Teethwal Gundi Gujran, and Amrohi will transport you into another world of happiness.
Watlab is the perfect place to take in the stunning views of Wular Lake. It is Asia’s largest freshwater Lake. Watlab is an ideal spot for bird lovers and naturalists. It includes Himalayan golden Eagles (and Himalayan Monal), Rock Dove, Barn Swallow, and many other rare birds.
Watlab is an extraordinary combination of spirituality and natural beauty. On a hilltop is the Muslim Shrine Baba Shukurddin. This shrine houses one of four students of Sufi saint Nundresi. Watlab sightseeing offers many other exciting activities, such as bird watching and fishing, as well as Shikara rides.
Gurez is located 130 km from Srinagar and approximately 35-40 minutes from the picturesque Tulail Valley. The road from Srinagar through Bandipora is 58 kilometers long and passes by stunning views of the Manasbal, Wular, and other lakes. These lakes are on the outskirts of North Kashmir. The massive Kishanganga River (also known as the Neelum) rushes through the valley from Pakistan, and its numerous streams, streams, and tributaries flow through the valley.
You may also see the iconic Habba Khatun pyramid limestone peak, named after the famed Kashmiri poetess. Gurez Valley lies along an old Silk Route which linked Kashmir and Gilgit. The Gurez-based clan of Dards is thought to be the descendants of Alexander’s Greek garrison. The land seems to be frozen in time with its wood log houses, charming hamlets, and shepherds, as well as its stunning natural backdrop. There isn’t any internet and barely any signal.
If you have never heard of it, it’s not your fault. Turtuk was a Pakistani citizen from 1951 to 1971. After the war, Turtuk was made part of India. Turtuk village is an entire world. It is a different culture than Kashmiris or Ladakhis.
Turtuk is located 90 km from Diskit and 211 kilometers from Leh. It takes approximately 4 hours to travel from Diskit to Turtuk due to the road condition. You can reach Turtuk from Leh by one of the regular buses. You can also take a taxi to Turtuk from Leh or Diskit.
The 85-kilometer-southeast of Srinagar is the Breng District in Kashmir. It includes Kokernag and is home to the most significant natural springs in the Kashmir valley. Named after the claws of a Koker or rooster, the springs and many of their tributaries look like the claws on a Koker. These healing springs and flower gardens attract hundreds to Kokernag, Verinag, and their neighbor Verinag.
Daksum is a beautiful place with waterfalls, pine-covered hills, and green meadows. It’s only a 30-minute drive to Kokernag. Daksum, on the way to Sinthan Top, is a peaceful and beautiful stop. Verinag, Achabal, Margan Top are all nearby attractions.
10) Warwan Valley
Warwan Valley, located 150 kilometers away from Srinagar (the state capital of Jammu & Kashmir), is a peaceful area. It is 3 hours away from Anantnag District and is a paradise for trekkers. Sukhnai – Chittergul – Aishmuqam; Sukhnai – Kanital – Panikhar; and Sukhnai – Kanital – Panikhar are just a few of the many trekking routes.
This charming tourist spot is immune to the harmful effects of modern life and enjoys clean air. Tourists are treated to a new level of tranquility and happiness by the beautiful, harmonious flow of the Warwan River. Its source is the massive Kanital Glacier. The picturesque backdrop of Warwan Valley provides a stunning environment.
11) Aru Valley
Aru Valley can be reached by a 12-kilometer road from Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir’s Anantnag District. Aru is the state’s smallest hill station and is a delight for both nature lovers and explorers. The landscape is dotted with waterfalls, turquoise streams, deodars, pines, and other natural features. The Lidder River flows upwards and wraps itself around this beautiful valley like a pale-blue satin ribbon.
A pony ride from Aru village to the Lidderwat valley is a great way to get around if you are short of time. It is also a good starting point for trekking to Tarsar-Marsar Lake and Kolahoi Glacier. Overa Aru Wildlife Sanctuary is located nearby and covers 500 kilometers. It is home to rare species such as the hangul and musk bear, brown bear, and snow leopard. Baisaaran and Betaab Valley are nearby attractions.
12) Lolab Valley
Lolab Valley (also known as Wadi-e-Lolab) is one of Kashmir’s most peaceful and tranquil areas. There are beautiful apple orchards and springs. Also, there are covered paddy fields and a lake. Lolab is made up of three valleys: Kalaroos Valley and Putnam Valley. Brunei Valley is the third.
Photographers will be amazed by the scenic beauty of Gulmarg Meadows, which separates Lolab District from Bandipora District. It is possible to see the Lahwal River and nearby springs called Lavnag or Gauri. Lalpur is a charming village and the final resting place for sage Kashyap. It’s located about one kilometer from Lolab Valley Kashmir. You can see the Himalayan Black Bear and Snow Leopard as well as Ibex and Hangul. These are all common species found in Lolab Valley.
13) Tulail Valley
You should include Tulail Valley in your Kashmir tour itinerary. It is one of Kashmir’s hidden gems. It is located in the Himalayan sub-valleys of Gurez and can be visited simultaneously with Gurez. You can see the picturesque scenery of the Kishanganga River on your way from Gurez to Trail.
On your way to Purani Tulail Village, you will pass through the villages of Chakwal and Kashpat. These stunning views are both a sensory and visual delight. The Trail area houses were made from interlocking logs without nails. The virgin valley is an excellent spot for photo sessions in the summer. The area is also home to freshwater Trout.
Bhaderwah can be found in Jammu & Kashmir’s Doda district, close to the Himalayas foothills. Bhaderwah is known for its hilly location and potential for more adventure activities. You can try some adventure sports such as paragliding at Seoj Meadow or skiing, mountaineering, and rafting, climbing rock, angling, or just camping in Bhaderwah’s Jai Valley.
It is home to many snake species and is known as “Nagon Ki Bhoomi.” One can also visit the Nagraj Vasuki Temple, which was sculpted from one stone. Bhaderwah’s stunning water bodies, varied flora, fauna, rocky terrains, and lush green pastures are all part of its beauty.
15) Bangus/ Reshwari
Bangus Valley can be found in the charming Kupwara District. This district is home to many species of animals and flora as well as natural treasures. This is home to many animal species such as the antelope, brown bear, and musk deer, as well as stunning migratory birds such as Tragophan, Monal pheasants, and bush quail. The tranquil streams of Tilwan Kul and Douda Kul reflect Bangus’ beauty, as they are elegant and graceful like a mirror.
The Howkibal Mountains surround the valley on its northern side. On its western side, the Qazinag Mountains and Shamsbery Mountains surround it. Visit the mysterious Kala Roos caves. They are believed to be the Gateway of Russia. The walls are covered in Stone Age art. This is a great spot to trek and capture the beautiful scenery. The tranquility will appeal to nature lovers, while couples will love the romantic setting.