Thursday, 30 July 2015

5 Reasons Northern Kashmir Is Calling You!


Northern Kashmir is slowly coming out of its shell and beginning to beckon tourists’ attention. The fact that it’s close to Azad Kashmir makes it even more inviting (at least I think so). 


As soon as you touch the brink of Baramulla, the landscapes begin to change into somewhat coastal, which is totally unexpected in Kashmir! It’s truly an experience to travel by road in Kashmir. You get to see so much of Kashmir that’s so ‘not-talked-about’ – sprawling farmlands, lakes reflecting mountain faces, pretty village houses and so much more.   

I can never get tired of saying that you need to visit Kashmir quite a few times to discover it deeply. I have promised myself that I’m going to explore Kashmir in its every season – I’m yet to see it in spring, autumn and winter.    

Here’s why you should visit Northern Kashmir –

The uphill drive to Razdan Pass

The high point of Northern Kashmir, literally, is Razdan Pass, which is at the height of more than 10,000 ft. Grab a cup of tea with plum cake and enjoy the expansive views of the snow peaks on one side and the blue mountains meeting the lake on the other side.   

   

Wullar Lake

It’s a vantage point where you can halt for a while and catch some fresh air. Wullar Lake, known to be the largest freshwater lake in Asia, gets its water inflow from Jhelum River. There’s also a manicured garden that adds to the beauty of the lake. Make sure you stop by here around dusk.


Rugged landscapes towards Gurez Valley 

When you descend from Razdan Pass for Gurez Valley, you get to see a range of (slightly) rugged mountains with streaks of snow thrown here and there, along with dry trees that add a melancholic texture to the landscapes.


Unspoiled beauty of nature

Northern Kashmir is soaked in wild natural beauty. You’d feel like stopping and spending at least a few moments at possibly every turn. There are some really unique waterfalls that seem so ignored. I mean I was more amazed by the fact that you get to see such divine beauty in an ordinary environment.


Dearth of tourists 

Fortunately, Northern Kashmir has tourists in just the right measure. You are likely to find curious travellers and photography enthusiasts, who explore the region on bikes or even bring their private cars. So yes, tourism is slowly picking up in places like Kupwara, Lolab Valley, Chatpal, Gurez and Tulail Valley. But I hope it doesn’t get overtly touristic like Gulmarg and Pahalgam.


Is Northern Kashmir on your wish-list?

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29 comments:

  1. I have added north kashmir to my wishlist after going thru your post and beautiful photogrphs

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    1. That's nice to hear, Bivash! I hope you get there soon.

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  2. Gorgeous places. Nice to know about them.

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    1. Yeah...hope you get there, too!

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    1. :-) Glad you enjoyed the post, Kokila!

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  4. Beautiful. I am adding to my wishlist. :)

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  5. The Wullar Lake photo with the flowers is fantastic - looks exactly like a place I'd like to visit. Thanks a lot for one more beautiful post.

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  6. As usual beautifully written post !

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    1. Thanks Mahesh :-) I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  7. wow. it's not how i'd imagined the region, it really is green. Stunning - I expected it to be stunning, but I was surprised it was so green! lovely post Renuka!

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    1. Thanks Andrew! :-) Yes, Kashmir is very green. It's Ladakh, which is known for being brown.

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  8. The Wullar Lake is so picturesque! Glad to have caught your post.

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    1. And I am glad to hear that! :-)

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  9. Beautiful, as always, Renuka! I guess the further into the mountains you go, the more spectacular it gets... and in Kashmir, that means heading north.

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    1. Yes, Northern Kashmir is so incredibly beautiful and unique, not that central is not! I think every bit of Kashmir has something of interest to offer its visitors. You just got to have curiosity to explore. :-)

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  10. Northern Kashmir is another beautiful treasure of this planet. This place looks amazing! Beautiful photos!

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    1. Thanks Laura! :-) Yep. Northern Kashmir is definitely a treasure!

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  11. The lanscape here is absolutely amazing. I could go jogging there and then hiking. Perfect plan, heh?

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    1. Right! It is a perfect place to hike.

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