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Hidden Gems: Awesome Offbeat Kashmir Itineraries

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The stunning snow-capped northernmost state of India, Kashmir, is well known for spectacular holiday destinations. Our travel experts are sharing their secret spots for a crowd-free holiday in Kashmir. Read on to find out!

 

Top Offbeat Places to Visit in Kashmir

Daksum

Meadows of Daksum
Meadows of Daksum

Located 90 kms away from Srinagar, the picturesque Daksum meadows are a spectacular place for those looking for a quiet escape in nature.

Things To Do At Daksum

Visit the spectacular Sinthan Top for a panoramic view of the surrounding meadows. Explore Rajparian Wildlife Sanctuary, home to the majestic Kashmir Stag, known locally as hangul. Enjoy walks through the stunning meadows and surrounding pine forests. Feast on trout, the local delicacy.

 

Yusmarg

Waterfall at Yusmarg
Waterfall at Yusmarg

Rumoured to be a place visited by Jesus Christ, this scenic hill station is a quiet town with scenic surroundings, located 55 kilometres away from Srinagar.

Things To Do At Yusmarg

Yusmarg is a popular spot for trekkers, and many well established trekking routes start from here. You will also be able to find many opportunities for adventure sports like bungee jumping and rafting nearby.

 

Bangus

Bangus Valley from Crown of Kashmir Viewpoint
Bangus Valley from Crown of Kashmir Viewpoint

The mesmerising Bangus Valley offers a pristine environment for nature lovers, with a spectacular array of wildlife.

Things To Do At Bangus

Bangus Valley is a relatively uninhabited area of the western side of Kashmir, and is a great place for trekking, camping and wildlife spotting.

 

Lolab

Kalaroos Caves At Lolab Valley
Kalaroos Caves At Lolab Valley

The stunning Lolab Valley is a spectacular part of Kashmir that is relatively unexplored, with vast orchards, dense forests and sacred springs.

Things To Do At Lolab

This spectacular valley is rumoured to be the resting place of the venerated saint Kashyapa, and a shrine is regularly visited by pilgrims. The Gauri and Lavnag springs are popular springs said to have sacred properties. The Kalaroos caves are an interesting ancient ruin, with tales of a secret ancient cave that leads to Russia.

 

Athwatoo

Athwatoo Resort
Athwatoo Resort

A spectacular meadow a mere 11 kilometres from the town of Bandipora, Athwatoo is a resort area for those looking for a luxurious experience with spectacular scenic views.

Things To Do At Athwatoo

Enjoy spectacular Kashmiri cuisine at one of the many resorts here, with trout caught fresh from the glacial river Madhumati. Enjoy scenic walks in the mesmerising meadows. Visit the spot where the Prophet Moses is believed to have rested during his visit to Kashmir.

 

Doodhpathri

Meadows at Doodhpathri
Meadows at Doodhpathri

A spectacular meadow that stretches over 65 square kilometres, Doodhpathri is a favourite with Bollywood directors, being the scene of many iconic song sequences. 

Things To Do At Doodhpathri

The stunning meadows of Doodhpathri are a spectacular places for scenic walks and admiring the wealth of flowers during spring and summer. The famous Tosamaidan is a popular meadow for its historical significance in India’s military history.

12 Days Offbeat Kashmir Itinerary

Pine forest at Yusmarg viewed from Lakeside
Pine forest at Yusmarg viewed from lakeside
DAY HIGHLIGHTS OVERNIGHT
1 Arrival At Srinagar Srinagar
2 Daksum Daksum
3 Yusmarg Yusmarg
4 Doodhpathri Doodhpathri
5 Bangus Valley Bangus Valley
6 Bangus Valley Bangus Valley
7 Lolab Valley Lolab Valley
8 Lolab Valley Lolab Valley
9 Gurez Valley Gurez Valley
10 Gulmarg Gulmarg
11 Srinagar Srinagar
12 Srinagar Return 

 

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL AT SRINAGAR

Arrive at Srinagar and enjoy the sights of Srinagar, including Sri Shankaracharya Temple, Pari Mahal, Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Hari Parbat Fort and Zero Bridge.

Stay at a Srinagar hotel.

DAY 2 – DAKSUM

Take a scenic early morning drive to the stunning meadows of Daksum. Enjoy scenic walks and views here.

Stay overnight at a Daksum homestay. 

DAY 3 – YUSMARG

Head to Yusmarg in the morning, and admire the spectacular scenery all around.

Stay overnight at a Yusmarg homestay.

DAY 4 – DOODHPATHRI

Make your way to the magical meadows of Doodhpathri, and hear stunning tales of the Army’s valour and courage.

Stay overnight at a Doodhpathri resort.

DAY 5 – BANGUS VALLEY

Take a scenic early morning drive to Bangus Valley, where spectacular sceneries and majestic wildlife await you.

Stay overnight at a Bangus Valley homestay.

DAY 6 – BANGUS VALLEY

Trek through the exquisite landscapes of this tranquil valley with the goal of seeing some of its famous residents – such as the snow leopard, brown bear, chiru, and markhor.

Stay overnight at a Bangus Valley homestay.

DAY 7 – LOLAB VALLEY

Enjoy a scenic drive in the morning to the magnificent Lolab Valley, with lush meadows, dense forests and stunning mountain views.

Stay overnight at a Lolab Valley homestay.

DAY 8 – LOLAB VALLEY

Explore the fascinating sights of Lolab Valley, including the resting place of Rishi Kashyap, the sacred Gauri spring, and the mysterious Kalaroos Caves.

Stay overnight at a Lolab Valley homestay.

DAY 9 – GUREZ VALLEY

Set out to the spectacular Gurez Valley, filled with incredible places to see. See Dawar village, Athayth Glacier Nallah and Khandyal Top.

Stay overnight at a Gurez Valley resort.

DAY 10 – GULMARG

Enjoy breathtaking views on the way to Gulmarg. Stop by Wular Lake for a relaxing meal and boating session on the way.  At Gulmarg, enjoy the picturesque Outer Circle, Rani Temple and Baba Reshi Shrine.

Stay overnight at a Gulmarg hotel.

DAY 11 – SRINAGAR

Return to Srinagar for a rejuvenating houseboat ride. Enjoy a relaxing ayurvedic massage as you leisurely sail around the scenic Dal Lake, with spectacular views all around.

Stay overnight at a hotel in Srinagar.

DAY 12 – SRINAGAR

Catch your flight home from Srinagar airport.

 

7 Days Offbeat Kashmir Itinerary

Meadow in Bangus Valley
Meadow in Bangus Valley
DAY HIGHLIGHTS OVERNIGHT
1 Arrival At Daksum Daksum
2 Srinagar  Srinagar
3 Bangus Valley Bangus Valley
4 Lolab Valley Lolab Valley
5 Yusmarg Yusmarg
6 Doodhpathri Doodhpathri
7 Srinagar Return 

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL AT DAKSUM

Arrive at Srinagar airport, and take a drive to the stunning meadows of Daksum, and relax in the mesmerising natural beauty surrounding you.

Stay overnight at a Daksum homestay. 

DAY 2 – SRINAGAR

Return to Srinagar in the morning for a day of sightseeing, including Pari Mahal, Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Sri Shankaracharya Temple, Hari Parbat Fort and Zero Bridge.

Stay overnight at a hotel in Srinagar.

DAY 3 – BANGUS VALLEY

Make your way to the scenic Bangus Valley, with hopes of catching a glimpse of majestic himalayan wildlife.

Stay overnight at a Bangus Valley homestay.

DAY 4 – LOLAB VALLEY

Enjoy a short early morning dive to the picturesque Lolab Valley, with sacred springs and stunning scenery.

Stay overnight at a Lolab Valley resort.

DAY 5 – YUSMARG

Take a short morning drive to Yusmarg, where the spectacular meadows will leave you spellbound.

Stay overnight at a Yusmarg homestay.

DAY 6 – DOODHPATHRI

Head towards the magical meadows of Doodhpathri, and enjoy the sights of stunning wildflowers and grazing cattle as you walk through the awe-inspiring fields.

Stay overnight at a Doodhpathri resort.

DAY 7 – SRINAGAR

Take a morning drive to Srinagar, and enjoy the sights of the city before catching your flight home.

 

5 Days Offbeat Kashmir Itinerary

Lolab Valley Lakeside
Lolab Valley Lakeside
DAY HIGHLIGHTS OVERNIGHT
1 Arrival At Srinagar Srinagar
2 Lolab Valley Lolab Valley
3 Bangus Valley Bangus Valley
4 Athwatoo Athwatoo
5 Srinagar Return 

 

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL AT SRINAGAR

Arrive at Srinagar and explore this storied mountain city. See iconic sights like Zero Bridge, Pari Mahal, Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Hari Parbat Fort, Sri Shankaracharya Temple and Dal Lake.

Stay overnight at a hotel in Srinagar.

DAY 2 – LOLAB VALLEY

After a scenic morning drive, explore the stunning forests and sacred springs of Lolab Valley, Visit the resting place of the famed Hindu saint Kashyap.

Stay overnight at a Lolab Valley resort.

DAY 3 – BANGUS VALLEY

Take a scenic morning drive to explore the spectacular Bangus Valley, with mesmerising scenery and majestic wildlife.

Stay overnight at a Bangus Valley homestay.

DAY 4 – ATHWATOO

Make your way to the stunning Athwatoo resort area, where magical meadows and snow-capped mountains are all you will see in this tranquil paradise.

Stay overnight at an Athwatoo Resort.

DAY 5 – SRINAGAR

Head back to Srinagar airport for your flight home.

 

Conclusion

Stream near Athwatoo resort
Stream near Athwatoo resort

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