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This is an unexplored valley of Kashmir

  • Mrinalini Singh
  • October 3, 2017
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Gurez Valley (Gorai in local Shina Language) is an epitome of a beautiful serene mountainous valley spread across the river banks. It has all of the attributes for a person to fall in love with the place. Gurez is located at a distance of 150Kms from Srinagar, and 85kms from the nearest major town Bandipora. Gurez is situated at an altitude of 8000ft above the sea-level, surrounded by the snow clad high Himalayas and the Kishan Ganga (Neelum in Pakistan) river flows through the valley.

When we think about Kashmir, we envisage an image of snowclad mountains, the Dal lake, the Mughal gardens of Shalimar and Nishat. There is a lot more to Kashmir we have unheard of, Bangus valley, Kishtwar,  Aharbal waterfall, Kounsar lake, TosaiMaidan, Lolab, Sinthan Top, Athwatoo, Naranag, Gurez Valley are to name a few of them. Gurez offers a lot more than just the visual bliss and revitalization we seek when we visit a beautiful place, it’s a hamlet which makes you forget the day to day bustling life and serves you reveries of a tranquil life of the past.

Major Attractions:

The major attractions of the valley are as follows:

Razdan Pass: It is the highest point between Gurez and Bandipora road, and is situated at an altitude of 3300m. The Razdan Pass provides some of the most breath-taking views of the mountains and the gorges.

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Dawar: Dawar is the central block of the Gurez valley spread across over fifteen villages. It provides you with the experience of the countryside and calm life of the locals.

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Tulail Valley: Tulail is situated at a distance of around 40kms from Dawar, it’s a cluster of 5-10 villages. The area is famous for its fisheries and especially the freshwater trout.

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Habba Khatoon: It’s pyramid-like rocky mountain that you will observe when you will observe when you arrive Dawar, it was named after the Kashmiri poetess Habba Khatoon. It’s believed she used to wander in search of her husband while he was arrested by Akbar. The mountain stands tall by the Kishan Ganga rivers and gives a scintillating view.

Flora and Fauna: Gurez has diverse fauna and wildlife including the Himalayan Brown Bear and the Snow Leopard.

How To Reach Gurez: It’s typically a 6-7 hours journey from Srinagar, and 4-5 hours from Bandipora.

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What to do in Gurez:  Gurez is an ideal place for spending a couple of days camping, rock climbing and fishing. The cool gushing waters of the Kishan Ganga can stimulate a refreshing vibe in you. The humongous green laden mountains can provide a soothing feeling to your tired eyes. The simple life of the locals alleviates your mind of all the stress. The wild wooden houses make your idea of luxury and comfort change.  The trekking Routes from Gurez and Tilel lead up to Gangabal and Sonmorg to its east and Drass, Dahanu and Zanskar to its north.

If the captivating beauty of Kashmir can refresh your tired mind then it would not be a gaffe to say that the pastoral Gurez can gift you with some of the most rejuvenating moments of your life.


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