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Gurez Valley, Jammu & Kashmir

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It is a hidden gem that was opened to tourism in recent years by the Indian army. The historic place that was part of the ancient silk route but was void of any tourists till mid-2020 has now started to get a steady stream of visitors. If you are a traveller on the lookout for something new, adventurous, and unknown, then head straight to Gurez Valley. The sparsely populated and resplendent towns and villages with magnificent skylines dotted with overtly beautiful mountains are charming places with a different aura than other places in Kashmir. The valley, at 80,00 feet above sea level, is still only waking up to tourists, and it is the right time to experience the raw, naïve, innocent, and unpolished hospitality of the valley that has received the award as the ‘Best Offbeat Destination’ in 2022. Best time to visit Gurez is April and September. Dawar, the main city of Gurez valley is approximately 85 kilometres away from Bandipora, the district headquarters. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Railway Station at Katra is the nearest railway station, about 355 kilometres away. Nearest airport is at Srinagar about 140 kilometres away.
Gurez Valley

Nearby Places to See

Kishanganga River
The banks of the steady-flowing holy river Kishanganga are a fantastic place to enjoy the landscape while at Gurez. The mighty mountains overlooking the beautiful river and its enchanting path would awe-inspire any nature-loving traveller. Tents along the banks of the river make the time spent memorable.
Kishanganga River
Kishanganga Lake
The lake is in fact the backwaters of the dam built across the river. Located by the side of the road, the beautiful views of the large pool of greenish water are spellbinding.
Wular Lake
Wular Lake
Sprawled over nearly 190 square kilometres, it is one of the largest freshwater lakes in India, fed by the Jhelum River. Located about 14 kilometres from Baramulla town, it is about 100 kilometres away from Gurez Valley. Many native and migratory birds visit this lake, which measures 45 feet at its deepest point.
Khandiyal Top
It is an elevated place close to Dawar, the main city of the Gurez valley. From here, a bird’s eye view of the surroundings can be enjoyed, with the dam across Kishanganga and the backwaters standing out.
Razdan Pass
At more than 11,600 feet above sea level, it is one of the most exciting and dangerous roads in India. The nearly 60 kilometres long route passes through some of the scariest sections of valleys that are enchanting as well as dangerous. The pass connects Bandipora to Gurez Valley.
Tulail Valley
Located further away from Gurez valley at about 30 kilometres away, this valley draws visitors who visit Gulrez because of its scenic location and remote location.