7 Picturesque Places in Kashmir You Definitely Haven't Heard About!

Kashmir | Pictures | 04th August 2021 | Virtual Wire

The word Kashmir brings about in one's mind lush meadows, snowy mountains and sprawling springs with the coldest waters. Whereas, as a normal traveller, you might have come across the regular places which every one of your on-road friends has either visited or heard about, here is a list of seven scenic locations in Kashmir I bet you would have never heard about.

1. Daksum

Daksum is a scenic picnic spot which is located at an elevation of 2,438 m above sea level, about 40 km southeast of Anantnag, in Jammu and Kashmir. Daksum valley is located in Bhringi River valley which is ahead of the Mughal Gardens of Achabal.

Daksum has something to offer to everyone, scenic beauty for the artist; mountains for adventure lovers; bliss and fun of picnic for family and friends and an ideal romantic setting for the couples.

It is a perfect place for camping and trekking. The path that leads to the Simthan Pass is decked with exquisite beauty. It’s a combination of thrill and serenity in itself. The wooden slopes on either side of Daksum are covered with grass coating makes the view picturesque.

It is also home to Trout as the Bhringi River is full of Trout. You can enjoy fishing by taking permission from the J&K forest department.

En route to the pass, there are a few lakes like Arshan lake, Dranyansar, Girsar, Nag e-Pather, Dilsar within 2-3 hrs walk, which can be added to one trekking itinerary.

2. Chuharnag, Margan Valley.

Chuang, in Kashmiri tongue, interprets as ‘four springs’ but in reality, Chuharnag is a group of four Alpine lakes situated at Margan Valley in the Anantnag district of Kashmir at an elevation of 3810 meters above sea level. It is an offshoot of Daksum.

GatewayPerched at a height of 14,000 ft, the Margan Top has become a tourist attraction for being one of the most beautiful mountain tops around the globe. Situated at about 35 km from Kokernag, this mountain pass is the gate way to a hidden valley called Marwan.

Surrounded by beautiful meadows all around, the Margan Top boasts a 360-degree view with Kashmir valley on one side and the Warwan valley on the other. Its name is derived from two words; Mar meaning death and Gan connoting valley. For its unpredictable weather conditions, it had been a valley of death till a road was constructed just a few years ago.

Margan Top also acts as a base for some adventurous trekking routes. The trek to Botakote in Pahalgam from Margan top takes 5 days whereas the trek to Sinthan Top takes 3-4 days.

3. Drung

Drung is a minuscule place, but what attracts the locals as much as the tourists here is the towering waterfall which merges with the water streams flowing from the glaciers & which makes it a sight to behold. The road that leads to Drung is quite narrow. The place remains accessible throughout the year & looks spectacular in all the seasons whether that be in the pleasant summer or the chilling winter.

4. Astanmarg, Srinagar – Kashmir

Astanmarg, a lush green pasture on top of the Zabarwan range is one of the best offbeat places to visit in Srinagar, Kashmir. This place provides an array of scenic views with Dal Lake, Golf Course, Hari Parbat Fort and many other tourist places visible to the naked eye from the top. Astanmarg provides a panoramic view of the whole city with the mountains of the Zabarwan range caressing from all sides.

5. Tullian Lake, Pahalgam

Tullian Lake is a high altitude alpine lake situated in the famous tourist destination, Pahalgam. It is known for its distinctive shape which resembles the digit ‘8’. The Lake stands at an altitude of 3684 meters above sea level & is surrounded on three sides by the majestic snow-capped mountains of Pir Panjal & Zanskar valley.

6. Yusmarg

The Meadows of Jesus or Yusmarg is known for its long stretches of green pastures. Yusmarg is a little paradise in its own right. Yusmarg is a picture-perfect locale. It mesmerizes tourists with its natural beauty through destinations like Sang-e-Safed valley. It has some of the highest peaks in the PirPanjal range including Tattakutti (4,725 m) and Sunset Peak (4,746m). The majestic river Doodh-Ganga also makes this destination more thrilling and challenging. The mighty natural slopes of Yusmarg provide skiing opportunities to adventure enthusiasts.

7. Gurez

A trip to Gurez Valley is an unforgettable experience. Located at an altitude of 8,000 feet (2,400 m), the place is a real treat for visitors as you get to see real village life – people still living in log and wooden houses. The stream flowing from the Kishan Ganga River and a must-watch Habba Khatoon peak will only help you relieve your mind of the noisy city and its hustle and bustle. Given the nature of curvy roads carved out of mountains, mostly private transport plies on the route to Gurez. The journey is a treat with pine trees on both sides of the road refreshing visitors with its cool breeze.

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