Gurez

Gurez is an ancient valley that was part of the famous silk route. The Gurez road connects to Gilgit (Pakistan) leading up to Kashgar (China). Wedged between Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, this valley inhabits ethnic Dards/Shins who speak Shina language.

It’s a picturesque valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains, and the Kishanganga River cuts through it. The valley has been the main focus of the archaeological survey, having the remains of ancient culture and civilization. The last council of Buddhism is believed to have been held here in this valley, and there are remains of Sharda university too, an ancient university that drew students from across the world.

The main attractions of Gurez are its historical status, archaeological sites, and the local population that still live by their ancient traditions and culture. The houses are built with mud-bricks and wood and the main occupation of the people is still farming. 

From Dawar to Chakwali (last administered village of Gurez) we have an amazing offroad drive and one witness dozens of beautiful villages like Kashpot, Barnoi, Tulail, Sheikhpora, Sard Aab, Malangam, Badoab, Gujran, Abdullum, Dadveli etc. Sheikhpora and Sard Aab villages are also famous for its multi-cuisine Wazwan and have produced hundreds of Traditional Wazwan Chefs. 

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Day 1. Arrive and drive to Srinagar Houseboat for overnight stay. Enjoy local food and serene Dal Shikara ride in the evening. 

Day 2. Drive to Dawar (Gurez) which will take four to five hours to reach via famous Razdhan Pass (11672feet). We stay overnight in Guesthouse. 

Day 3. Explore Dawar town, Tulail and visit Sheikh Pora and stay overnight in Sheikh Pora. 

Day 4. Explore Sheikhpora and Sard Aab and stay overnight in traditional old houses to feel local life. Enjoy stay there with multi-cuisine, we also explore local life and their work and other aspects of traditional life. Here we will feel we are in some untouched places of the earth. 

Day 5. Drive to Chakwali (last village) and explore dozens of villages. There is a road ahead from Chakwali which leads to famous Mushko Valley, Drass which is restricted for the public. Near Chakwali two steams meet one flows from Kishensar Alpine lake and second from Bara Pani (Deosai). We return to Dawar for night stay. 

Day 6. Drive to Srinagar and stay overnight. 

Day 7. Departure. 

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