Budgam is one of the least-explored places in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Even though, over a period of time, it has become popular amongst seasonal tourists and offbeat travellers, it has still not got its actual share of fame. If you are planning to visit a hill station this season, then it is advisable to consider a trip to Budgam on account of its rich vegetation and unforgettable scenery.
Located in the Kashmir Valley, Budgam district is nestled at a distance of around 12 km from Srinagar and hence, it is easily accessible. As the region is covered with lush pasturelands, Budgam seems to be redefining green beauty through its squashy grasslands.
Following are the major places which you must not miss visiting while in and around the wonderful district of Budgam. Read on to know more about these alluring places.
Yusmarg is a complete package for tourists in the Budgam district. Ranging from horse riding to skiing and fishing to sightseeing, there are a lot of activities to do in the region of Yusmarg. As the land is covered with rich vegetation in the form of beautiful meadows, Yusmarg also offers its tourists with the opportunities of camping.
You can also go trekking on its hilly terrains which lead to a few small lakes located in the vicinity. The frozen lake, located in the Sang-e-Safed Valley, is a place which you shouldn't miss visiting as the lake remains frozen during the summer season as well.
Situated on the banks of Doodhganga river, Yusmarg has a lot in store to be explored. You can also visit its peaks, such as Sunset Peak and Tatakooti Peak, which attract several trekkers.
Tosa Maidan is another prime attraction in Budgam district which is a part of Khag tehsil. As it has been under the control of the Indian Army for 50 years, it is not a famous tourists spot. However, from 2014, Tosa Maidan has been open to the public and hence, it has started gaining popularity amongst local tourists.
Due to its virgin beauty and uncommercialised lands, it is a must-visit spot in Budgam. Wouldn't you love to roll down its supple meadows and savour the freshness of nature? Plan a trip now before its becomes profit-oriented.
Well known for its natural springs, Khag is a beautiful place in the Budgam district and has been defined as the Garden of Paradise in the past on account of its spellbinding surroundings and captivating atmosphere. As the springs are rich in fishes, you can find a lot of fisheries within its boundaries.
From alpine pastures to historic spots, Khag hosts several places which allure tourists from all over the country. The prominent places to visit in Khag include springs, such as Narang and Pushkar Nag, Pehjan, Nakwaer Pal, the highest peak in the region, and Sita Haran, the historical place where Lord Rama stayed for a period of time during his exile.
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Doodhpathri is the most famous spot to explore in the Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, which is recognised for its rolling hills and lush green meadows. Apart from savouring the freshness of its grasslands, you can also visit nearby places, such as Tangnar, Mujpathri, Palmaidan and Diskhal. As it is easily accessible from Srinagar, it is visited by thousands of tourists every year who come here to relax and chill amid an unpolluted environment.
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Budgam Valley is another part of Budgam district which is rich in pine and deodar forests. As the land is inhabited by only a few families, the environment of Budgam Valley is still and composed, which in turn makes it look like a small piece of paradise. Budgam Valley also comprises of certain parts of Doodhpathri, Tosa Maidan and Yusmarg.