Yusmarg Kashmir – A Travel Guide
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At Yusmarg Kashmir every little sound, a dog barking, a stream falling, or a bird chirping can be experienced by our traffic-noise-accustomed ears. If nothing else, the silence is bound to keep you going. Yes, that is what Yusmarg is like. Yusmarg valley, the meadow of Jesus, where Jesus Christ is said to have resided for a short period is touched by an otherworldly wind. 

The West of Kashmir is bejewelled by this little hill station with the mountains of Pir Panjal and peaks of Tatakooti tiptoeing to take a peek into the quiet habitation of humankind. Let’s explore the secret little spot with views and memories of a lifetime to offer. 

Cliffhangers India has picked some best places and best things to do in Yusmarg. This valley is part of our offbeat places of Kashmir. The greatest Yusmarg travel guide Cliffhangers have for you will make it easy for you to organize your trip. In this travel guide, you’ll find all the information you need about Yusmarg, including where to go, what to see, what to do, how to get there, and when to go. We also design the greatest Yusmarg travel packages for your ideal vacation.


Highlights of Yusmarg Kashmir

The name Yusmarg comes from the Ahmadiya Muslim Community’s belief that Jesus once strolled across the area’s verdant meadows. Jesus is referred to as Yus and a meadow as Marg. The villagers continue by saying that Jesus died here and that his tomb lies nearby, however, this is a hotly contested claim.

 A few tourist destinations can be found in Yusmarg, including the 600-year-old Muslim pilgrimage site of Charar-e-Shareef, the alpine Nilnag Lake, and the gorgeous Sang-e-Safed valley and meadow. On the way to Sang-e-Safed, there are two other picturesque meadows, Lidder Mad and Haigan, that are significant Yusmarg tourist destinations.

 Pony rides are another way to go to Yusmarg’s top tourist destinations, Nilnag, Sang-e-Safed, and the other two meadows, in addition to trekking. Doodhpathri and Tosa Maidan hikes, which are extremely rewarding, are also available for adventure seekers.


Things to Do

Below are our handpicked best things to do in Yusmarg Kashmir.

1. Trekking

Numerous spots that fortunately can’t be reached by cars and vehicles, provide ample opportunity for an adventurous heart to trek. Clear tracts, muddy pathways, and at places, bare grass of Yusmarg keep a trekker excited with variety.  This is Yusmarg Kashmir’s most famous activity. Some of the best treks that start from here are Sunset Peak Trek, Burgah Trek etc.

2. Skiing

Even though rarely talked about, Yusmarg’s natural landscape and steep mountains provide a nice ski trek. However, Yusmarg’s risky landscape would only allow an expert skier unless, of course, you are fond of going facedown in the snow. 

3. Camping

Long treks of Yusmarg might create difficulty for a layman to complete them all in one day. If you want to enjoy each moment of your trek and don’t want to be in any hurry, setting up a mid-trek camp would be an adventure of its own kind. Yusmarg Kashmir is famous for its camping opportunities. However, beware of that howl. Wild animal alert. 

4. Horse Riding

An alpine forest lover can understand the pleasure of those ticking horse feet on bare ground. Yusmarg is a perfect horse riding spot. Horses would allow you the opportunity to visit the deepest spots inside the mysterious forests. 

5. Trout fishing

Yusmarg’s rivers are famous for the rainbow and brown-coloured trout fishes. Trout fishing is a popular activity in the area, especially in summer. Visitors are also taught the breeding of trout fishes. The activity, popularised in the colonial era, is a primary reason for tourist visits to the area. 


Places to Visit

Yusmarg is very much famous for its offbeat locations and less crowded tourist attractions. Here are some of the best places to visit in Yusmarg.

1. Pakherpora Shrine

The Shrine, built to commemorate Saint Syed Balkhi, is a popular pilgrimage spot for Indian Muslims. Not only would you witness the holy vibes of the late Saint Syed Balkhi but the mausoleum also displays rare plants and trees which are doubtful to be witnessed in any other part of Kashmir.

2. Charar-i-Sharief

A Sufi Mosque, dedicated to Saint Sheikh Nur-ud-din, is a beautiful piece of art with a Mughal and Kashmiri architectural touch. The 600-year-old structure is a highly popular spot among Muslims as well as Hindus in Yusmarg.

3. Doodhganga River

Sheep grazing around, stream swiftly making its way through hard rocks, and horses quietly enjoying the heavenly flow, that precisely is the view of the Dudhganga river in the Yusmarg trek. You can either choose to hike to the spot or you can take a pony ride. Most beautiful and unique fishes are witnessed in the river. 

4. Nilnag Lake

In the thick deodar forests, the lake is a high altitudinal one, surrounded by snowy peaks. The lake is a great trekking opportunity if you expect a nice view after a hard walk. The numerous little streams flowing through the trek of the Deodar Forest all converge in the Nilnag lake giving it a serene, beautiful look. 

5. Sang-e-Safed

An oval-shaped meadow, decorated by white stones, and bisected by a tributary of the Doodhganga river, is a beautiful picnic spot. The picturesque valley is a perfect area for photography and resting your exhausted self. 

6. Harijan Dargah

The small, frequently ignored little structure, is a beautiful spot and a marked point in the Yusmarg trek. The flow of the Doodhganga river quietly touching every foot that traverses it to reach the Dargah adds to the beauty of the spot. 

7. Burgah 

Burgah is a mountain of ice built in the middle of a river! The ice is always there, even in summer, and that too, in the middle of green meadows. For the ones visiting the area in summer, Burgah would be the area if you still want to get a touch of snow. 

8. Cherry Park

If you’re someone who loves a fleeting glimpse of beautiful birds and whose idea of a trip is witnessing biodiversity, Cherry Park in Yusmarg is just the place for you. Beautiful birds and unique flowers dot the area and give it a sense of aliveness. 

9. Nomadic huts

What is it like to visit an area without finding out the root culture? Visiting the huts of the nomadic people and experiencing the way people live would be a treat if you visit Yusmarg valley. If you’re lucky, you might even get a cup of tea and some bedtime stories of animal encounters from the local people.


Yusmarg in Winter

Yusmarg in winter is a wondrous place, although this valley can be visited all year round. Winter begins in Yusmarg Kashmir in October and stays till February. Yusmarg becomes its own fairytale Narnia land in winter, covered completely with snow. 

You would frequently witness big ice mounts in the middle of thick forests. If you are fond of snowfall, frozen waterfalls, frozen streams, and snow activities, Yusmarg would be the best place to visit in winter. If you want to experience being the first one to imprint their feet on the freshly fallen snow, Yusmarg would be the place for you. 

However, some areas get completely blocked due to snow, like the trek beyond Charar-i-Shareif. Also, it might be impossible for you to walk in the snow so pony and 4×4 vehicles would be the only way to get you through in winter. 


Doodhpathri Or Yusmarg

A lot of tourists ask this question which is better Yusmarg or Dhoodhpathir? Yusmarg, already getting quite popular, is losing its sheen of quietude and Doodhpathri is becoming the better recluse for tourists fond of preferring quiet places where they can find a recluse from chaotic city life. 

It’s up to the choices of a tourist whether they prefer quiet or a popular destination. Both places have their own beauty with Doodhpathri also naturally designed with lush green meadows. These days Yusmarg Doodhpathri is visited together in the tour. The better option is to visit both places as they are not very far apart. 


Doodhpathri to Yusmarg Kashmir Distance

Yusmarg to Doodhpathri distance is 64km and is a 2 hr 18 min. The areas provide the comfort of single-day travel. However, it is advised to spend ample time in both destinations for better exploration. 

Srinagar to Yusmarg Distance

The distance from Srinagar to Yusmarg is 47 km. The best way to reach Yusmarg is from Srinagar by road. If you do not have your own vehicle, there are taxis available to take you in a less than 2-hour drive.

Gulmarg to Yusmarg Distance

Yusmarg is at a distance of around 100 kilometers from Gulmarg, taking over 3 hours to travel by road. If you’re planning to travel from Gulmarg to Yusmarg, taking a taxi or driving your own car is the fastest way to get there. 

Yusmarg Kashmir Tour Itinerary

Yusmarg is a worth visiting place here in Kashmir. The ideal duration to spend at Yusmarg valley is 3 days. This gives you ample time to relax and see the places around this valley. However, the highlights of Yusmarg valley can be visited in just one day. 


How To Reach Yusmarg Kashmir

Yusmarg Kashmir, also known as “Meadow of Jesus”, is a beautiful hill station located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India. The place is known for its stunning natural beauty and serene atmosphere, making it a popular destination for tourists and nature enthusiasts.

By Air: The best way to reach Yusmarg is by taking a flight to Srinagar, which is the capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Srinagar International Airport is well connected to major cities in India, and there are regular flights from major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru. From the airport, you can take a taxi or a bus to reach Yusmarg, which is around 47 kilometers away.

By Rail: Another way to reach Yusmarg is by taking a train to Jammu Tawi railway station, which is the nearest railway station to Yusmarg. From there, you can take a bus or a taxi to reach Yusmarg, which is around 298 kilometers away.

By Road: If you prefer to travel by road, you can take a bus from major cities like Delhi and Srinagar to reach Yusmarg. The state-run J&KSRTC and private bus operators run regular bus services between major cities and Yusmarg.

Once you reach Yusmarg, you can explore the place on foot or by horseback. There are several trekking routes that lead to beautiful alpine meadows, glaciers, and snow-capped peaks. Some popular trekking routes include Yusmarg to Tosa Maidan and Yusmarg to Nilnag.

The best time to visit Yusmarg is between April and June and September to November. During these months, the weather is pleasant, and the snow has melted, making it easier to trek and explore the place.

It is always recommended to carry good quality camping gear and other necessary equipment. Also, it is always better to take a guide along for trekking as the routes are not well marked and can be dangerous for an untrained person.


Srinagar to Yusmarg Taxi

Depending on the sort of cab you choose, the whole cost for the day, including gasoline and the driver, would be between Rs. 2500 and Rs. 3000 if you were to book a private taxi. Following your arrival in Srinagar, you can drive to Yusmarg. A maximum of two to three hours will be required to go the 50 kilometers.

The journey’s route will follow the directions shown below. Of course, there are other options as well, but this is the most straightforward, simple, and fast way to get there. The road departs from Srinagar and passes through Chadoora, Nagam, Charar-e-Shariff, and Yusmarg.

After passing through Charar-e-Shariff, turn around and ask people for instructions to Yusmarg because the route there is a little unclear. Keep Google Maps running and it will direct you to the proper location while keeping you on the right path.

You can ride a horse or go on foot to explore Yusmarg after you arrive. Numerous hiking trails lead to stunning alpine meadows, glaciers, and snow-covered peaks. Yusmarg to Tosa Maidan and Yusmarg to Nilnag are two famous trekking routes.

 The months of April through June and September through November are the ideal times to visit Yusmarg. The terrain is easier to journey across during these months because the snow has melted and the temperature is pleasant.

 Carrying high-quality camping gear and other necessities is always advised. Additionally, it is usually preferable to trek with a guide because the pathways are not indicated and can be hazardous for someone who is not experienced.


Sonamarg or Yusmarg

If you can, visit both of these locations because they are equally stunning. If you must pick just one, though, go with Sonamarg and discuss Yusmarg afterward.

Yusmarg Kashmir, also known as Yusmarg Srinagar, is a fantastic vacation spot for people who enjoy the outdoors and adventure. It is certain to be a memorable and pleasurable trip with the lovely surroundings, calm environment, and variety of outdoor activities available.

You would realize as you were leaving Yusmarg’s lovely fields after your stay how little of your heart was left there. Every vista, every element, and every memory would ask you to promise to return and to harbor a lifetime of longing. Discover that Yusmarg has been waiting for you by exploring its pristine snow.

I hope the above advice on organizing a trip to Yusmarg proved useful. You can message us on Instagram if you have any queries, and we would be pleased to respond. Consider booking a tour through Cliffhangers India for a unique and secure experience.


Facilities in Yusmarg Kashmir

Postpaid phones from Airtel and BSNL are functional in Yusmarg, although the reception is terrible. You’ll need to move about a bit while holding your phone in search of a location with network bars. There will be very slow data speed.

In Yusmarg, there is no service from Vodafone or Idea. A little before Charar-e-Shariff, your network will go out. Even though I did not have a Jio phone, I am aware that it is still functional in Yusmarg. I might be mistaken about Jio, though.

In any case, prepaid phones are inoperable throughout Kashmir. Your phone will only be used as a camera or a paperweight if you didn’t have a postpaid plan.

In Yusmarg, there are no banks or ATMs. The one closest to you is in Charar-e-Shariff.

At Yousmarg, there is neither a mechanic nor a petrol station. The closest one is located between Charar-e-Shariff and Srinagar.

In Yusmarg, neither a hospital nor a pharmacy are there. In Charar-e-Shariff, medical aid is available. However, if it’s something important, you’ll need to head straight to Srinagar.

Yousmarg has no stores, hence there is nothing to buy. You would be limited to doing all of your shopping in Srinagar.


Conclusion

Yusmarg Kashmir or also called Yusmarg Srinagar is a great destination for those who love nature and adventure. With its beautiful landscapes, serene atmosphere, and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, it is sure to be a memorable and enjoyable experience.

As you would be leaving the place after your visit, you would realize how a small part of your heart is left behind in the lush meadows of Yusmarg. Each view, each particle, and each memory would beg you to leave behind a promise of return and a longing for a lifetime. Explore the untouched snow of Yusmarg and find out that Yusmarg has always been awaiting you. 


Frequently asked questions

What is Yusmarg famous for?

Yusmarg Valley is famous for its green pastures. This place is one of the most beautiful offbeat destinations in Kashmir. It is also famous for spring flowers and it is also one of the highest peaks in the Pir Panjal Mountains. 

Which is better Yusmarg or Gulmarg?

Both destinations are beautiful. Gulmarg is located about 100 kilometers from Yusmarg. The natural beauty and the vast meadows are the prime attractions of Yusmarg. Gulmarg is also the best place to visit, In Gulmarg, you can take the Gondola ride and enjoy sightseeing.

In which district Yusmarg is situated?

Yusmarg is situated in north Kashmiri’s Budgam district. Yumarg Valley is around 53 kilometers from south Srinagar. The drive from Srinagar to Yusmarg will take you 2 hours to reach. 

Why Yusmarg is called Meadows of Jesus?

Yusmarg is called the Meadows of Jesus because it is said that Jesus Christ spent some time here in Yusmarg. This is one of the ideal tourist destinations for any kind of tourist. The place offers breathtaking views of the green meadows for travelers.

What are the top attractions to visit in Yusmarg?

There are many top attractions to visit in Yusmarg. Chari-Shareef, Nilnag, and Tosa Maidaan are some of the popular places where you can visit and they offer stunning views for travellers.

What is the best time to visit Yusmarg?

You can visit here throughout the year. If you are looking for greenery then summertime will be the best time to enjoy vacations and if you are looking for snowfall then wintertime is the best time to visit Yusmarg. 


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