10 Lesser Known Places to Visit in Kashmir

Posted by on March 1, 2021

Ever fancied yourself surrounded by pyramid like sharpened peaks; sound of music scenery; beautiful cottages here and there peeping through the trees; sweet songs of Black necked crane and dashing of some waterfalls around? If you do then you must have Kashmir in your mind. The magnificence of Kashmir has been luring tourists for ages. Kashmir –

Ever fancied yourself surrounded by pyramid like sharpened peaks; sound of music scenery; beautiful cottages here and there peeping through the trees; sweet songs of Black necked crane and dashing of some waterfalls around?


If you do then you must have Kashmir in your mind. The magnificence of Kashmir has been luring tourists for ages.

Kashmir – Canvas Of Immense Beauty

Kashmir is also known as “Paradise on Earth” because of many things it has to offer.

Call it a home of Lovely glades and forests. Sights of vast mists rising from rivers curling in thin spirals around the opposite mountains; lovely glades and forests; Trees of chinar, pine apple, cedar are sombre; soft air ruffling the water causing pleasant motion among the trees from which it wafted the most delightful of sounds of water, adding an air of serenity to the scene.

Clouds sometimes rise above the mountains sooth the eyes of Tourists.  It is one of the most beautiful choices for tourists to spend your holidays in the lap of Nature.

Magic of Tiny Hamlets

Kashmir is not only known for a few extensively explored travel spots like Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Yusmarg or Sonmarg but also the places which are not known to the tourists and to the world till a few decades back.

The real magic is in the enchanted tiny hamlets of Kashmir where tourists breathe a degree of renovating warmth as it is untouched by the evil effects of population burst and pollution.

It is a world where skies re not cut into the lanes and slices by overhead power lines. Yes, the lesser-known Kashmir is the real magic which makes the sightseeing more interesting and blissful for tourists all over the world.

Chatpal- The land of Sublime Ecstasy

You might know about the beautiful sceneries of SrinagarPahalgamGulmarg or Yusmarg but none have described the equal beauties of the Chatpal Village in Kashmir. It is one of the most beautiful offbeat tourist destinations in Kashmir. It is located in the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Screened by dense forests, deep green mountains; beautiful stretches of turf ringed, round with forests; shepherds and Graziers brimming with innocence; the energetic and sometimes lazy river with the absence of roads is a joyful sight. It is the treasure of solitude and serenity.

The channel of the river is narrowed by the stone embankments and the flow is further arrested by the picturesque and magnificent mountains.  This forms a beautiful contrast to the gentle beauty of the river.

Scenes of fresh green tints of the trees is one of unequalled loveliness. It is one of the best place to spend some quality time with family and friends in the lap of nature away from the hustle bustle of city life. Also, a short trek in the woods around Chatpal will be a delightful experience to the adventure lovers.

Perhaps in the whole world there is no spot as pleasant as Chatpal.

Best Time to Visit Chatpal

Every season has its own charm in Kashmir. However, summer season is the best time to visit Chatpal. (15°C to 25°C) Lush green forests,gushing streams, Scenic majestic peaks will melt the heart of tourists and make their sightseeing in Chatpal more interesting and blissful.  Winter season can be harsh but it’s the best time to view beautiful snowfall that colours the village of Chatpal in peace and splendour.

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Bangus/ Reshwari – “The Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever”

Lost in the mists of obscurity Bangus is one of the most unexplored tourist destinations in Kashmir. Bangus Valley is located in the scenic Kupwara District. If one looks at Bangus valley, the sight and sounds of this heaven are wonderful in their boldness. Cradled high in rich and exquisite flora and fauna, it is perhaps one of the most beautiful spots in the world.

The pine trees in the forests are breath-taking; the mountain ridges reflected in blissful streams of Tilwan Kul, Douda Kul,and Roshan Kul as in a mirror are grand and exquisite.

Call it a home to many animal species like antelope, Brown bear, musk dear, mighty snow leopard and beautiful migratory birds like Tragophan, Pheasants, Monal pheasants bush quail and many more.

This valley is surrounded by howkibal Mountains on the northern side and Qazinag and Shamsbery Mountains on the western side.

Mysterious Caves of Delight

The streams in Bangus valley are soft as silk. Strange tales are told of the Kala Roos Caves in Bangus Valley which contains the Stone Age wall paintings.

The cave is believed to be a portal to reach Russia.  It is also said that there are streams inside Kala Roos Caves which is still not entirely navigable.  These caves are recollections of the grandeur of past times.

Canvas of Bliss

Bangus is a beautiful canvas of clear streams, green turf, snow Cladded Mountains. This makes the valley an emerald set in pearls. It is one of the best place for hiking, clicking pictures of scenic beauty, Serenity for nature lovers and romantic setting for the couples. It has everything to offer to the tourists in a hope of blissful experience.

Karnah – Beautiful and SublimeNature

Located in the Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, Karnah is a small, beautiful valley with dense green meadows and undulating mountain peaks. Many small traditional villages adds to the charm of Karnah Valley.  Karnah village reveals the memories of the past through its forts, palaces, statues, weapons and utensils found here after excavation.

Forested slopes decked with Deodar forests presents a picture-perfect look. The ambiance and scenic beauty of various villages like Tangdar, Teethwal, Gundi Gujran, Amrohi, and Saidpura will land you into a different world of bliss.

Snowy Mountainous ranges of Qazi Nag and Nanga Parvat adds to the scenic beauty of Karnah.  The natives here represent distinct ancient civilizations of five thousand years old background.

It is a great place for adventure lovers as they can enjoy the thrill in activities like reli skiing, rock climbing, snow skiing. Lush meadows,scenic landscapes are an ideal setting to enjoy the bliss of camping.

From Kishtwar, Karnah is around 86km. As Karnah is located at the furthest corner of Kashmir, and LOC is not much far from this region, you have to be prepared to face the queries from the Indian Army.

It is a wide delta of fertile soil, lofty cliffs, everlasting snows, clear water which makes it a perfect destination for tourists to be lost in the Infinite thing of joy forever – Karnah.

Best Time to Visit Karnah

Summer is the best time to visit Karnah valley to enjoy the scenic bliss of green meadows, magnificent mountain peaks, and the serenity of mysterious forests. In winters Tourists can enjoy the picturesque sights of undulating mountains but the climate is only suitable for tourists who wants to enjoy the beauty of snowfall.

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Daksum – Bucket Full of Joy and Adventure

Daksum valley is located in Bhringi River which is ahead of the Mughal Gardens of Achabal. Daksum has something to offer to everyone- Scenic beauty for the artist; Mountains for adventure lovers; bliss and fun of picnic for family and friends and an ideal romantic setting for the couples.

Coniferous forests; hidden grassy meadows and snowy mountains are never monotonous. Every mile in Daksum Valley reveals its exquisite beauty.

Where the great dark coniferous forests cease, the brighter grassy meadows begins. It is quite difficult to describe the colours and contrasts which are seen on the Daksum valley without visiting it once.

Tourists here see the beauty of natural springs and embrace the lifestyle of traditional villages.

It is a perfect place for camping and trekking. The path that leads to the Simthan Pass is decked with exquisite beauty. It’s a combination of thrill and serenity in itself.  The wooden slopes on either sides of Daksum are covered with grass coating makes the view picturesque.

It is also a home to Trout as Bhringi River is full of Trout. Tourists can enjoy fishing by taking permission from J&K forest department.

Best Time to Visit Daksum

Summer season is the best time to visit Daksum Valley. Tourists can enjoy various activities like trekking, fishing and camping. While winter season gives the bliss of viewing snowfall which starts from November and lasts till February. Monsoon gives the chance to view the amazing energy of meandering Bhringi River.

Warwan Valley –   Electric Vibes and Thrill Paradise

Warwan Valley is a blissful destination to tune into the rhythm of Mother Nature away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It lies 150 km from Srinagar the capital of Jammu and Kashmir. It is 3 hours’ drive from

The charm of Warwan valley consists in its deep clear water coming from splendid waterfalls, huge Cidar trees which looks sombre in this scenic atmosphere and mysterious thickly wooded forests.

Beautiful and melodious gushing of Warwan River, the source of which is the mighty Kanital Glacier provides whole new experience of bliss and tranquillity to the tourists. The villages of Warwan Valley gives a picture perfect setting.

This quaint tourist spot is untouched by the evil effects of modern world and thus experiences an unpolluted weather.

Trail of Never Ending Adventures

It is a paradise for trekkers. The trekking routes head to different places like sheshnag in pehalgam,Sukhnai- Chittergul- Aishmuqam and Sukhnai- Kanital- Panikhar. The trees and vegetation of Warwan Valley is of exquisite beauty, the paths are decked with the views of many pristine lakes and the colours of the lakes offers a charming spectacle to the tourists. It seems that nature has done much for Warwan Valley.