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“an offbeat village at the edge of India”
Review of Gurez Valley

Gurez Valley
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Gurez was a delightful experince and one of my finest travel memories from Kashmir. The village is about 9-10 hours drive from Srinagar and exposes one to beautiful landscapes. While it is definitely an amazing travel destination, there is lack of food and stay options that can be a problem for travellers. There is just one restaurant and TRC/Dak Bungalow for stay. Be sure to check with the J&K tourism department for availability before going. It is easily connected from Srinagar via Bandipora. If you enjoy offbeat travel locations steeped in local culture, then this is the place to be.

5  Thank Kanika G
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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.

10  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.

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...

4  Thank punit a
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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

7  Thank manish g
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