The Meadows of Kashmir

About Yusmarg:

Yusmarg - situated at an altitude of about 9000 feet from sea level - is an hour's drive from Srinagar. This is an idyllic meadow that is just perfect for a day's outing or for a short walk along the mighty Doodh Ganga River. The last is so-called due to the milky white foam of its waters. You can either enjoy on its banks or simply doze in the sun. Yusmarg is also a trekkers' base for this is where mountains like the "Trata Kutti" and "Sang-safed" are in their fledgling stage. Situated at a distance of about 47 kms from Srinagar, Yusmarg lies in the Badgam district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The two-hour drive from Srinagar to Yusmarg takes you through lush pastures, dense pine forests and impressive snow - capped mountains in the background that leaves you spellbound. It is likely that after getting to Yusmarg you might want to extend your stay by a few days. Specially, for those who love taking long walks in picturesque locales, Yusmarg is the place to be. Take a laid-back stroll in the flower - strewn meadows, or by the Doodh Ganga River, crashing its way over the rocks. A little ahead of Yusmarg lies the Nilnag Lake which is embraced by the surrounding hills.

The"Trata Kutti" and "Sang-safed" peaks are situated about 13 kms from the Charar-e-Sharif in Srinagar, the most sacrosanct of the Muslim shrines in India. This shrine is named after the saint Sheikh Noor-ud-din or Nund Reshi. Yusmarg - the vacationers' heaven-can be accessed from Srinagar by railways and road transport. Some of the attractions that are the reason as to why you should visit Yusmarg are namely: scenic landscape, the Doodh Ganga River, the Nilnag Lake and numerous peaks for trekking, etc. AsiaRooms.com offers information on Excursions from Srinagar in Kashmir in India and Srinagar Overview.

50 kms southeast of Srinagar, one and half hour journey through pine and fir forests. On the way to Yusmarg is the shrine of famous Kashmiri sufi saint : Sheikh Noor-ud-din, popularly known as Nunda Rishi. One can go up to Nilnag Lake either by foot or on a pony back. There is Tourist huts available. Neel Nag of Yusmarg would have been one among the sources of Jehlum,the second source (present) day source at Verinag was the third source of the river. However, the geologists widely are of the opinion that Neelnag (Yusmargh), whose water level always remain constant even in the rainy days owes to the reason that it must be contributing its precious water to 'Verinag' owing to the transfer of water from lake at higher altitude to the lake at lower place.

Yousmarg is a set of meadows surrounded by Pine trees and Mountains.A very interesting place to visit is Nilnag Lake, which is surrounded by Tall pine trees .Yousmarg is about 47 km from Srinagar.It is believed that Jesus spent his last days here at this place in Kashmir,Yousmarg is said to be short form of "Yus" Youza or Jesus and "marg" means a meadow.

One can enjoy pony ride in and around Yusmarg. Trek to the mountain lake of NilNag can be undertaken from Yusmarg or take a small trek to Doodh Ganga river. You can enjoy a walk around Yusmarg where you can meet the nomads and take a look into their culture and life style.

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