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Gurez the hidden gem of kashmir

Many of us are unaware of this hidden gem of Kashmir Gurez near LOC. Travelling in winters only... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Tapan M
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Paradise on earth

Wat a beauty.Its beautiful valley with breathtaking landscape. peopel here are not kashmiris .They... read more

Reviewed 27 November 2018
SandeepK2893
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Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

I have stayed for almost three years in Gurez. If any of you has watched Avatar, you will be mesmerized b similar experience in Gurez. So peaceful , tranquil and serene. Can you imagine a life, cut off from outside world for 7-8 months, with nothing but snow. Beautiful meadows, towering mountains, gushing Kishanganga, lovely people... Most of the evenings I used to go for a walk into jungles, all alone, just to have a tête a tête with myself. This place is not for people who love to have a blast. This place is for those who have seen everything, done everything and now want to do some soul searching. No fear of militancy, this is what entire Kashmir should have been like. Yes, only problem is lack of basic amenities like no patrol pump, no guest rooms except Army guest rooms or Tourist Bungalow in Dawar, no good food joints, minimal health facilities, but then that's what it makes Gurez more closer to nature. Do visit for minimum 3-4 days to rejuvenate yourself and realise that true happiness lies in small things.

Date of experience: January 2016
12  Thank absgobs
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Reviewed 5 December 2015 via mobile

This was my 4th trip to Dawer, the capital of Gurez. Traveled to Tulail also.

The people are very polite and lovely. The road Bandipora to Gurez is difficult otherwise it is a levels place.

Date of experience: August 2015
8  Thank Sam_Fra_Global
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Reviewed 3 September 2015 via mobile

Wow is the word when u reach such an amazing place....its pure nature....the journey from srinagar is quite bumpy but the view in route makes for it....razdhan pass is another amazing place....but the beauty of gurez will take ur breath away...but always better to go prepared for all contingencies....take cash as atms can go out of order or close down due to frequent protests...

Date of experience: June 2015
4  Thank punita41
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Reviewed 13 August 2015

Leaving the slow, mostly bumpy journey, the place is truly heaven. The journey itself is awesome except for the towns after Wular lake - bandipora. Mansbal and Wular are enroute so if you are booking for travel, ask the travel agent to include in your itinerary. You can also include a couple of temples. Starting from Srinagar, you reach a cross-road --one road to Gulmarg, other to Sonmarg and Kargil and the last one to Wular, bandipora & Gurrez/ Gurais. Read on Wikipedia about Gurais. Gurais is a valley with couple of villages, very less or no tourist inflow. Most tourists that come here are primarily wildlife and trekking lovers and I heard from couple of Army colonels that the people who come here are trained to live in wildlife and (though he did not say so) we were probably a family of idiots who undertook this trip - but well we loved it. Route is absolutely scenic with the Razdaan pass having 360 degree view of snow capped mountains even in July; ice formations along the route from all the streams coming down from peaks; untouched mountains. Once you reach Gureiz/ Gurrez/ Gurais, the views of Kishenganga river (originates from and goes back to PoK) and Habba Khatoon peak, other mountains are awesome. Went to Tuleil as well - the short distance again was awesome. So, if you can tough it out a bit and you can get a travel agent who is ready to give you cab without caring much for the health of the vehicle, you would have a trip to remember for lifetime

Date of experience: July 2015
7  Thank Manish G
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Reviewed 27 July 2015

A valley located in the Himalayas, about 8o kilometers from Bandipore and 123 Kms from Srinagar in northern Kashmir, situated at about 8,000 feet above sea level, the valley is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. And falls on the India Pakistan Border, the LOC runs through it, Gurais is a part of Dardistan an old civilization (The Dard people are an ethnic group found predominantly in northern Pakistan, North West India and eastern Afghanistan. .
It has diverse fauna and wildlife including the snow leopard. The Kishanganga/ Neelum River flows through the valley, which originates from the Vishansar in Sonmarg valley and enters Pakistan, the enchantingly beautiful Neelum valley resides on its banks.

Gurais is one of the most beautiful hill station in Kashmir and is also at the same time quite unexplored. There’s a lot to do in Gurais; Hiking, Trekking, Rafting and the best is to roam around and observe the nature.

Famous spots in Gurais; Habba Khatoon Hill, Yusuf Shah Chak stream, Badaob Village, the ancient capital of the Dards, Dawar, is located in the Gurais Valley and is an important archaeological site, the Tilel Villages, almost unexplored.

The road that leads to Gurais is very picturesque and will offer you some amazing views and the never forgetting landscapes. The roads goes up to an altitude of 3300 meters above sea level (Razdan Pass).

The locals are very friendly and nice to talk to. Most of the people have blue eyes which is a common appearance feature of the Dards. They will even offer you the locally grown corn cones, noon-chai (Slaty tea/ Pink tea), dry fruits etc.

I will say if you’ve not visited this piece of beauty you’ve not seen Kashmir at all.
Although you might need passes from the tourism department/ local authorities to visit this place.

Date of experience: August 2014
7  Thank Ahsaan_lone
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