50 kms southeast of Srinagar, one and half hour journey through pine and fir forests. On the way to Yusmarg is the shrine of famous Kashmiri sufi saint : Sheikh Noor-ud-din, popularly known as Nunda Rishi. One can go up to Nilnag Lake either by foot or on a pony back. There is Tourist huts available. Neel Nag of Yusmarg would have been one among the sources of Jehlum, the second source (present) day source at Verinag was the third source of the river. However, the geologists widely are of the opinion that Neelnag (Yusmargh), whose water level always remain constant even in the rainy days owes to the reason that it must be contributing its precious water to ‘Verinag’ owing to the transfer of water from lake at higher altitude to the lake at lower place.
Kashmir is often dubbed the angler’s paradise. The glacial and snow-fed streams offer great options for fishing in Kashmir. The best time for fishing is between April and October; however, on the basis of the prevailing conditions when you visit, the duration might be extended or shortened. On one side Lidder, Erin, Ferozpur, Sindh Doodh Ganga, Daksum, Noobug, Aharbal, Krishen Ganga, and Hirpur are large snow-fed rivers and on the other side Kokernag, Verinag and Sukhnag are spring-fed streams.
A visit to Kashmir wouldn’t be complete without taking a few side trips out into the glorious Kashmiri countryside (after all, Kashmir isn’t called the “Switzerland of India” for nothing!). It’s filled with flowers in spring and snow in winter. Pretty Kashmiri villages with traditional wooden houses and colorful rooftops can be seen along the way. These popular tourist places in Kashmir are good starting points.
Skiing in Kashmir over the years has gained such popularity that even the leisure travellers come here today to glide down the thick bed of snow and spend their leisure holiday in the valley farther framing some thrilling moments.
skiing-in-kashmirGulmarg, which has some of the best slopes in the world, is one such pick during the winters that transforms into the world’s best skiing resort. It receives some of the heaviest snowfalls in the Indian Himalaya that has helped it earn its title. From the month of January till the mid of February, Gulmarg is packed with global skiers. It has a vertical descent of over 2,200 meters in the lap of Mt. Apharwat and the venue is ideal for intermediate to expert level skiers and snowboarders. Access from the resort to the venue is possible via the Gondola, which was installed in the year 2,005 making Gulmarg one of the highest lift-served resorts in the world.
Coming onto the gossip of intrepid trekkers about the Kashmir Great Lake Trek, which is a popular one commencing from Sonmarg. It is one of the most beautiful treks in the Kashmir Valley that covers the lakes of Gangabal, Vishansar, Kishansar, and goes close to the Harrnukh peak. Further, adding on to their list, the Aru-Kolahoi Glacier Trek is yet another challenging one that commences from Pahalgam.
Trekking in Kashmir is also a mapquesting task for several explorers who delve into new destinations beyond the reach of tourism. Winding up to the hem of towering peaks in the Pir Panjal and Karakoram Range is an excellent way to acquaint with the lofty peaks more closely. Further, the notable Amarnath Yatra that commences from the valley of Pahalgam is one of the spiritual treks in Kashmir. The trek passes through Domial, Barari, and Sangam combating steady climbs and takes approximately 4-5 days to cover the distance.
River rafting in Kashmir is one such activity that fills the itinerary with some slashing moments.
River rafting in Kashmir mostly combats against rapids ranging from Grade I to III but it also runs down through Grade IV rapids in some stretches.
river-rafting-in-kashmirRiver rafting in Kashmir is popular in the River Lider that stretches from Langabal to Ganeshpora covering approximately 12 kilometers and having rapids ranging from Grade I to Grade IV. The stretch is further divided into three lengths. The Lider Joy Ride, which is approximately 2.5 kilometers, from Varganpal to Yaneer Bridge and having rapids ranging up to III, is ideal for beginners and amateurs. The Lider Long Ride, which is approximately 5 kilometers, from Varganpal to Ganeshpora and having rapids ranging up to III, is also ideal for beginners. Whereas the Lider Xtra Long Ride, which is approximately 12 kilometers, from Langabal to Ganeshpora and having rapids ranging up to IV, is perfect for experts.