Doodhpathri in Kashmir India – A Travel Guide
Doodhpathri Versus Gulmarg

Doodhpathri Kashmir is the most exotic hill station in Kashmir. Situated at around 45 km from Srinagar, this beautiful hill station falls in the Budgam district of Kashmir. Dhoopathri has long lush wavy meadows. The meadows are serenely placed in the Pir Panjal mountain range.

What is gorgeous about this hill station is that you will be driving and winding through these lush grasslands in your cab or you can walk on the grass as well. The meadows have thick pine forests in their surroundings and the road goes through these forests.

Doodpahtri Kashmir comes under the best offbeat tourist destinations in Cliffhangers India’s Kashmir tour packages. The sightseeing of this pristine hill station is a treat to the eyes. You can ride a pony through the lush meadows of Doodhpathri and have a relaxing outdoor lunch in the middle of nature.

Doodhpathir Kashmir is located at an altitude of 2730m. It is bowl-shaped and falls in the Pir Panjal Mountain range. The name Doodhpathri is derived from the fact that the river which flows through this valley is so clean and shimmering that it gives the appearance of Milk.

You can do a lot of activities in Doodhpathri. The most famous among them are pony riding and ATV riding. Pony riding happens from a short distance to a long distance. The pony riding takes you to the depth of the grasslands and the forests covers here.

In an ATV ride, enjoy the thrilling experience through its landscape. The ride takes you deep into the jungle over the mounds of meadows and beside the shimmering river stream.


Day Hikes

Cliffhangers India arranges the best day hike in here Doodhpathri Kashmir. The trail goes from the meadow and towards Yusmarg side. This day hike is an easy walk that has no sharp ascend. We arrange the picnic lunch set up here in the middle of the meadows beside the river stream.

This place is away from the hustle-bustle of tourists. Doodhpathri day hike gives you the best glimpse of meadow and jungle walk. It also passes through the quaint village which is populated towards the Yusmarg trail.


Best Time to Visit Doodhpathri Kashmir

The best time to visit Doodhpathri Kashmir is throughout the year. However, the landscape and the view vary from season to season.

Doodhpathri in summer. In summer, this hill station has greenery everywhere. The meadows and jungle and the river streams are all lively. It is soothing to the eyes to see the lushness of this hill station. The best summer months to visit Doodhpathir is June, July, August, and September.

Doodhpathri in winter. Doodhpathri in winter is all white in the snow. The pine trees look otherwordly with the snow on their branches. The snowfall here is the best you can experience in an entire Kashmir tour. In winter, the best month to visit this place is December, January, February, and March.


Where is Doodhpathri in Srinagar?

Doodhpathir Kashmir is located in the Budgam district of Kashmir. It needs a drive from Srinagar and it takes around 2 hours to reach Doodhpathri from Srinagar.


Is there snow in March?

In March you will see snow only on the mountain tops of Doodhpathir. Here are no glaciers, hence in March it is mostly green and the snow has melted. However, there are chances of snowfall in March in Doodhpathir.


Doodhpthir to Yusmarg Distance

Doodpathri to Yusmarg distance is around 65 km. It takes around 2.5 hours to reach Yusmarg. The drive winds through bazaars, meadows, jungles, orchards, and villages. It goes via the famous shrine of Kashmir called Charar e Shareef.


How to Reach ?

The nearest airport to reach Doodhpathri is Srinagar airport. From the airport, you can get a direct cab to Doodhpathri. It takes around 2 hours to reach, and the distance is around 45 km.

The nearest railway station to Doodpathri is Jammu Railway station. You can hire a shared cab or direct cab from Jammu railway station to Srinagar. From there get a direct cab to Doodhpathri.


Weather

The weather in Doodpahtri is pleasant and charming during the summer season. In Autumn the nights get colder, and days are dry and warm. In winters the weather in Doodhpathri is wet with snowfall dominating the entire area. One should get proper warm clothes if you wish to visit in the winter season.

January to February

Doodhpathri in January is extremely cold and snowy. The temperature drops down to even -10 degrees celsius and remains below zero at most times. Snowfall is heavy and cold winds cover the whole region. The roads to reach here are inaccessible due to heavy snowfall.

March

The temperature remains at 10 degrees average throughout the day during the march in Doodhpathri. The minimum temperature might hover at around 5 degrees. In some years, the snow might not start melting in March and it may even keep snowing in this month as well. The roads to Doodhpathri open by the end of March.

April

All snow melts away in April in Doodhpathri and all roads become accessible in April. April announces the arrival of the Spring in Doodhpathri. The temperature remains at around 10-18 degrees in Doodhpathri in April.

May to June

There is no snow whatsoever in May and June in Doodhpathri. Sun shines brightly in these months and the temperature goes to as high as 27-30 degrees with a minimum recorded rarely below 20 degrees. You can carry your summer clothes in these months and plan a day outside comfortably.

July-August

July and August are the prime summer months in Doodhpathri Kashmir. The temperature is recorded at around 29 degrees during the day and 22 degrees at night. The weather is hot but pleasant as compared to the plains of India.

September

September is considered one of the most pleasant months to visit Doodhpathri. Rainfall has stopped and it is a dry month. Though the meadows are greener and the vegetation is bountiful. The weather is very pleasant and comfortable. The temperature is around 17 degrees to 23 degrees in this months

October

The temperature drops in the month of October in Doodhpathri. Winter is setting in the valley. Leaves dry up and the valley is covered in orange. Bars drop down to over 13 degrees Celsius and do not rise beyond 22 degrees in October in Doodhpathri.

November to December

Snow returns to Doodhpathri in November and December and its marks the arrival of winter. The whole meadow is covered with thick snow and the roads get blocked by the end of December. The weather is very cold and the temperature drops several degrees below zero. The temperature is dropping every day in these months in Doodhpathri.


Doodpathri in Winter: A Beautiful Spectacle 

The bowl-shaped alpine valley in the lap of snow-capped mountains and pine and deodar trees is called Doodhpathri or The Valley of Milk. In winter, Doodhpahtir is a snow wonderland – the meadow is covered entirely in snow. The valley is at an altitude of nearly 9000 ft. In summer, you can witness the lush green grounds with shepherds herding their cattle and pure sunlight.

This valley is known for heavy snowing. In other destinations like Gulmarg and Sonamarg, the area is regularly cleared of snow due to greater footfall and in order to avoid inconvenience to the tourists. However, Doodhpathri being an offbeat destination with yet less footfall, the snow is untouched and at its natural best. 

Ways beyond a particular point are blocked due to heavy snowfall. You have the option of either riding a pony or going on foot. You cannot travel by your vehicle through its snow-covered tracts.


Temperature in Winter 

Winter falls in Doodhpathri in mainly 3 months – December, January and February. The temperature regularly drops below zero, completely freezing lakes, waterbodies and waterfalls. Snowfall is a frequent phenomenon. 

● December -> 2° to -10° celcius

● January -> 0° to -10° celcius

● Februray -> 2° to -8° celcius

It is advised to pack thick winter clothes with you if you’re planning to visit in winter. 


The Weather of Doodhpathri in Winter

Even though covered mostly in pleasant sunlight all year round, the weather of Doodhpathri in the months of December and January becomes rather unpleasant. There are frequent rainfall and snowfall and even storms are usual. 

Winds are very cold presenting a danger of frostbite. Due to the lack of staying places, the concept of camping also becomes an impossible prospect in winter. However, if it is snow and cold, you’re looking for, Doodhpathri would not disappoint you. 


Things to Do

The quiet meadows of Doodhpathri are best to be enjoyed quietly and without looking for activities. However, in case you’re looking for such fun as well, you can do the following activities at Doodhpathri.

  1. Pony Ride

It is best to get a pony in Doodhpathri as the trek is very large and the points are scattered which can be easily missed by a layman. The pony rider will take you to specific spots and will show you the scenes worth watching.

  • Camping

Doodhpathri is not a very popular destination. Places of stay and hotels are not very well developed in the area. This presents a great opportunity for camp lovers to set up camps in the area.

However, you need to remember that there are no such facilities automatically available at Doodhpathri. The visitors are to bring their own tents.

  • Trekking

Doodhpathri trek is very comfortable and inviting for trekking lovers. The area presents deep forests and clear grassy tracts to afford a visitor a bright opportunity to traverse the area by trekking.

It is better to take a guide with you or you might get lost in the woods or walk straight into an animal’s den.

  • Photography

The area surrounded by snow-covered peaks, thick forests and lush green meadows is any photographer’s dream. Doodhpathri is the spot where a scene from the movie Razi was shot.

The picturesque landscapes, the misty glow, the April snow, flowing Shaliganga, rich waterfalls and milky surroundings make Doodhpathri one of the most beautiful destinations and hence, a tailor-made photography spot.

  • Sightseeing

The apple and walnut trees of Doodhpathri are a sight to behold. The area is cold all year round and hence, it presents a gift of winter for all winter lovers any time of the year. However, there are a few sites you can visit and avail of your trip –

  • Shaliganga river

Sit on the white rocks on the banks of the river and let the flowing water take away all your worries.

  • Mujhpathri

The valley of turnips is a site to behold. It is definitely worth stopping here.

  • Diskal

It is a meadow on the top of a mountain. It overlooks the Ashtaar glacier, the one where Shaliganga originates. You can also visit the Ashtaar Glacier itself however, it requires some trekking expertise.


 Is Doodhpathri better in winter or summer?

It depends on what you’re looking for. If green meadows and moderate weather is your idea of a vacation, summer might be your time.

However, if you want to witness Snow-Leopards and a frozen Narnia world, winter might be your fairytale weather in Doodhpathri. 


Is it accessible in Winters?

Though heavy snowfall blocks most of the passage of Doodhpathri, the area is still accessible by foot and ponies. The less focus of tourists in the area makes it a largely unknown spot in winter as compared to Sonmarg and Gulmarg but the area is as accessible if you’re planning to go slowly.


 Is it worth visiting?

The increasing popularity of Doodhpathri and reviews from visitors indicate that Doodhpathri is bound to impress you. Many tourists tend to skip the site in the favor of other popular destinations. However, Doodhpathri is an off-beat destination which is yet unexplored. It has most of the plus points of other destinations and yet a lack of chaos. 

Doodhpathri Kashmir is worth visiting if you are planning to visit Kashmir. The important reason to visit this place is that it has relatively less hustle and bustle and crowd of tourists which makes this place serene. It will offer you the best of grasslands and forests here in Kashmir. One should not skip this place in a Kashmir itinerary. From what has been observed, Doodhpathri is a site worth visiting. 


Frequently asked questions?

What is Doodhpathri famous for?

Doodhpathri is famous for its dense forests, snow-capped mountain peaks, gushing water streams, and vast meadows. It is also home to many endangered species like leopards, bears, deer, red foxes, etc. The valley has emerged recently for tourists as it has remained remote for many years. It is located in the Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir around 40 kilometers from Srinagar.

Is Doodhpathri worth visiting?

Yes, Doodhpathri is one of the beautiful offbeat places. The valley offers magnificent views and serenity and one can also enjoy the stunning views of the river that flows through this valley. Doodhpathri is one of the famous offbeats to spend peaceful vacations here. 

Which is better Doodhpathri or Gulmarg?

Doodhpathri and Gulmarg both are famous tourist destinations. Gulmarg is well known for its skiing scenes and Doodhpathri is popular for its scenery and trekking bases. Gulmarg is more crowded than Doodhpathri, it receives a huge number of tourists in every season. Therefore, if you are looking for some peaceful offbeat vacations, Doodhpathri is the place to be.

Which months are best to visit Doodhpathri?

The best time to visit Doodhpathri is from April to October. During this time the valley is in full bloom and the weather is also pleasant. At this time you can enjoy many activities such as trekking, fishing, photography, etc. Therefore, summertime would be the best time to visit Doodhpathri. 

How much time is required for Doodhpathri?

1-to 2 days are enough to cover the entire Doodhpathri. It is a tourist destination and a hill station that is only 40 kilometers from Srinagar. The drive from Srinagar to Doodhpathri will take you around 3 hours to reach.

Which villages are near Doodhpathri?

Khan Sahib, Chari-Shareef, Yarikhah, and Ich Gam are some of the popular places that can be reached via Doodhpathri. These places are very near to Doodhpathri.

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