By: N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe
We frequently travel outside of the country to appreciate nature’s panoramic and awe-inspiring beauty. But how often have you considered checking out the off-the-beat destination in India? In Kashmir, the Gurez Valley, known for its blue-turquoise river, forests, and green meadows, as well as its tranquil environment is one such destiantion.
Because the grandeur valley is closed for six months during the winter due to heavy snowfall, the best time to visit is from April to September when the weather is pleasant. From Srinagar, you can take a 35-minute helicopter ride to the special valley.
Security is tight, and while it is safe to visit, necessary documents such as an Aadhar Card are required and should be kept handy.
Here are a few things you can do while staying in the heart of Guraz Valley:
When visiting the valley, you must go to Habba Khatoon Mountain, which is named after a famous Kashmiri poetess who wandered the valley for years, writing songs of separation and setback.
Visit the stream bank to rejuvenate and appreciate nature.
Visit the Tulail valley, which is about 40 kilometres from Dawar, and is reminiscent of a Swiss village, renowned for its freshwater trout Hike Khandiyal Point for stunning 360-degree views of the unexplored valley and surrounding areas.
Last but not least, go to the Kishanganga river, also known as Gurez’s heart. The turquoise blue river water flows through the valley and joins the Jhelum River near Muzaffarabad.
(N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)