Off the beaten track in the wilderness of Kashmir
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Following are some of the places that we recommend our clients to visit, these are all inspiring hidden away in the mountains of Kashmir.
We start from the North of Kashmir.
Lake ManasBal District Bandipora
Aprox 30 Kms from Srinagar, Mansbal lake is considered to be the deepest fresh water lake of Kashmir valley which remains decorated with beautiful lotuses during the months of July to August.
Close to the northern shore are the ruins of a fort which was built in 17th century by a Mughal king to cater the needs of caravans that used to travel from Punjab to Srinagar. It is the only lake in Kashmir after the famous Dal lake to provide Shikara rides.
Located North west Kashmir, 60 km from Srinagar
Wullar lake spreads over an area of 189 sq km, maximum depth of 14 metres, length of 16 km and a breadth of 10 km. set amidst scenic location is home to a wide variety of exotic avian life.
In its middle are the ruins of Zaina Lanka, built by King Zain-ul-abidin in 1443.It is believed that the lake is a remnant of the Satisar Lake, which used to be here in the per-historic times. Another must see place near Wullar is the Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary.
A bird watcher's paradise
Kashmir is not only famous for its lush green meadows but also for its diverse and historic religious places. Thus also called as the “vale of Rishies”.
One such destination is Naranag, this temple complex is dedicated to lord Shiva,and was constructed by Lalitaditya Muktapida, 8th century king of Kashmir. The temple is made of grayish granite. The Sodaratiratha referred in Nilamata Purana is among the sacred tiratha in Kashmir valley presently known as Naranag.
Poonch is a fascinating hunting ground for trekkers and nature lovers. The lush green meadows and coniferous forests display rich wealth of flora and fauna. Poonch is separated from Kashmir valley by the gigantic Pir Panjal range, with its highest peak TATAKUTI standing at 15560 ft. falls in Poonch and is visible even from Lahore on a clear day. This is still a virgin peak challenging adventurers with crystal clear water, the alpine lakes viz. Sukhsar, Neelsar, Bhagsar, Katorasar, Kaldachnisar and Nandansar and other thirteen lakes
Rajauri chingus sarai.
Location: 1.8 Kms from main city of Rajouri
Chingus sarai in Rajouri district dates back to 16th century. Chingus which means intestines in Persian is the place where emperor Jehangir died during his return from Kashmir and his body was kept in a fort at the place. On this road, a rest house was built by the Mughal’s which still exists at Muradapora . There was another rest house at Nayn Sukh ( Fatehpur), a grand Sarai at Thanamandi and a terrace at Noori Chamb water falls named after the Noor-Jehan, the queen of Jehangir in Rajouri district . A grand Mughal rest house still stands at verdurous mountain peak at Chandimarh in the Mughal road followed by small rest houses at Alyabad, Ziarat of Peer Baba at Pir-Ki-Gali, Dubjian, near the Sulphur springs.
Towards the east of Kashmir
The most amazing and enchanting trek of any adventurists life, is a trek to Ganagbal
Around 100 km from Srinagar.
To trek to Ganagbal first we cross Thajwas Glacier - Nichnai (13Kms) Next Krishansar Lake (15 Kms) from there we trek to Krishansar - Gadsar (16 Kms) continuing the journey to Gadsar - Gangbal Lake (19 Kms):
Once in Gangbal: Day for leisure or Rainbow
Trout Fishing can be enjoyed or a full day visit to Lul Gul pass where from you can see the beautiful view of Nanga Parbat.
Nights will be enjoyed in deluxe tents and camp fires lit to grill the freshly caught mouth watering trout.
A treat for any gourmet
Lolab and other valleys in Kupwara.
Surrounded with lush green forests, majestic and snow caped mountains and having unparalleled scenic beauty, popularly called “the Land of love and beauty”.
Near by located Chandigam, Surigam and Warnow are as picturesque places with dense forests and lush green meadows all around.
The gushing waters in the vicinity attract one and all for an unparelled tryst with nature, in its most virgin form.
Parihaspora-the capital of king Lalitaditya.
located in west of Kashmir. 27 km from Srinagar.
Parihaspora is one of the most important places in terms of archeology of Kashmir. It was the capital of Kashmir during the rein of the most illustrious king of Kashmir. The steep Plateau of Parihaspora provided excellent protection from recurring floods in Vitasta to the king and his subjects .
Except remains of three structures ,. Entire area which used to be the capital city founded by King lalitaditya is presently rubble heaps scattered all over. The three monuments presently fall under protected Heritage category monuments of ASIA. The ruins of these three monuments known as Temple complex , Raj Vihara and the Budhist Chaitya are still impressive
Towards the south of Kashmir is Yusmarg.
Around 13 km from Yusmarg is is the Charar-e-Sharief, the shrine of the saint Sheikh Noor-ud-din or Nund Reshi. Yousmarg is reputed for having some unique spring flowers.
It also has some of the highest peaks in Pir-Panjal range like Tatakoti 4725m, Romesh Thong 5000m and Sunset Peak 4746 m. The mighty river Doodh Ganga rises from these peaks and a dis-tributory of the same flows into the reservoir. Further on a beautiful lake can be reached called “nilnag” cradled by hills.
South of Kashmir. 60 km from Srinagar.
The garden was known for its gushing waters, and its design is an adaptation of the traditional Persian chahar bagh (four gardens). The chahar bagh takes its inspiration from the Quranic description of heaven as having four rivers, of wine, honey, milk, and water. Although Achabal was once larger then it is today still hold the charm and poise which reflects the Mughals. Achabal also has a trout hatchery.
Verinag south of Kashmir 80 Kms from srinagar
Ver is the name of the district, nag means a spring and hence the name. This spring is the reputed source of the River Vitasta. Earlier, it was known as the Nilanaga, being sacred to the snake-deity of that name. This is one of the largest springs in India and is considered to be the original source of River Jhelum..
5 Kms from Pahalgam is a lush meadow surrounded by hills and covered with dense vegetation.This region looks very similar to European resorts and is a good campsite. 11 Kms up a trek from Baisaran is Tulian or Tulyan lake – the make is mostly snow covered – other than summers – and is at an altitude of 3353m. Tulian lake is one of the spectacles of nature in Kashmir
75 Kms from Srinagar.
Kounsarnag high altitude lake in Kashmir is the source of the Aharbal water fall.
The Water is chilly but crystal clear and high velocity makes it a 20 meter /s fast flowing waterfall
South east of Kashmir. 100 Kms from Srinagar.
As we pass through the Mughal Gardens of Achabal, you will come across the picturesque Daksum. Situated amidst the magnificent grandeur of the Kokarnag springs, it presents an awe-inspiring sight. Standing at an altitude of 2438 m in a densely forested gorge, Daksum offers peace and tranquillity. The only sound heard there is that of the Bringhi River, rushing right through its centre.
Daksum in Kashmir valley is a must for those fond of walking and nature.
Dooda/ Kishtwar- Jammu Region, J&K
Altitude: 1,700m To 4,800m Main Attractions: Waterfalls, Trekking sites , Sapphire Mines, saffron fields
Kishtwar is sited on a plateau above the Chenab River and below the Nagin Sheer glacier. It is noted for the fine saffron grown in the area and for the many waterfalls close by.
A fall only 3-km from the town drops over 700m in a series of cascades. The Falls are a marvellous sight, visible even from the town. Saffron, a very colourful sight in spring and summer, grows only in a limited area and the cultivation and harvesting is accompanied by merry festivals and ceremonies.
Other places of visit
Location: 187 Kms from Leh
Dah and Hanu are places on the far side of the great Indus River on the far side of Leh. Surrounded by the great Hindu - Kush mountains and peopled by a hardy but gentle people who have a bank of strange legends to relate for the weary traveller's ears. Living in almost sheer isolation, Dah and Hanu, the two villages can be accessed only by a really bumpy road ride, which skirts a sheer cliff face with the river flowing fast and furious below. Then one could trek up a goat-track and experience what it means to climb lofty mountains. As one suddenly round a bend in the track, one is confronted with terraced fields of barley, studded with apricot trees, a smattering of stone huts and irrigation ditches covered with flagstones which are actually pathways. The people of this calm place are very beautiful and peculiar, they are also called flower people. With emerald green eyes and different traditions.
Location: 107-km From Leh or Kargil, Ladakh Region, J&K.
It forms a major landmark on the old silk route, the Gompa numbers among the 108 (a spiritually significant number, probably legendary) founded by the Rinchen Zangpo in the 10th and 11th centuries. It was built on the broken mountain in the valley and consisted of five buildings, of which only the central building stands today. One can still see some remains of the four corner buildings to the west.
Location: 70-km From Leh, Ladakh Region, J&K.
one can never guess that one of the most significant historical sites in Asia, the Chos-khor, or "religious enclave", lies at Alchi. harbouring an extraordinary wealth of ancient wall paintings and wood sculpture, miraculously preserved for over nine centuries inside five tiny mud walled temples. Nestled beside a bend in the milky blue river Indus, amid some dramatic scenery, it's also a serene spot and the perfect place to break a long journey to or from the Ladakhi capital.
We at ckashmir.com are researching for more such amazing destinations for our esteemed clients and we shall be glad to organize your visits to all the mentioned locations soon…