Kashmir is a beautiful Himalayan valley with breathtaking mountain scenery, clear lakes, lush vegetation and magnificent forests. The capital city Srinagar (1,730m) is famous for its canals, houseboats and Mughal gardens. The valley is home to a rich biodiversity including a large number of birds species, many of which are unique to Kashmir.Kupwara is the backward frontier District of Kashmir Valley, full of scenic beauty. Dense forests and rich wild life make it significant from tourism and wildlife point of view. Nature has been very kind to Kupwara. District Kupwara was carved out form erstwhile District Baramulla in the year 1979. The District Headquarter "Kupwara" is situated at a distance of 90 kms from the summer capital of state, i.e. Srinagar. The District is situated at an average altitude of 5300 feet from the sea level. The geographical area of the District is 2379 sqkms The north west part of the District is bound by line of actual control (L.O.C)) while the southern portion is bound by the District Baramulla. There are three bad pocket areas, namely, Machil, Keran and Karnah located near L.O.C which remain land locked for more than six months in a year. There are some other areas located at barbed distances and remain cut off from District Headquarter for a considerable time, like Kumkadi, Lashdat, Jumgund, Kethanwali and Budnambal. Read more here
One of the relatively unknown areas of Kashmir with vast tourism potential is the valley of Bangus. Lying within the Trans-Himalayan
area, Bangus is a unique ecological combination comprising a mountain biome, which includes grassland biome with flora at lower
altitudes; and Taiga or Coniferous forest. The valley which lies at an altitude of around 10,000 ft. above sea level is in the northern part
of district Kupwara within the Handwara sub District. Occupying an estimated area of 300 sq.kms (20x15km) the principal valley locally
known as Bodh Bangus (Big Bangus) consists of a linear elliptical bowl aligned along the east-west axis. The valley is surrounded by
Rajwar and Mawar in the east, Shamasbury and Dajlungun Mountains in the west and Chowkibal and Karnah Guli in the north. A smaller
valley known as Lokut Bangus (Small Bangus) lies on the north-eastern side of the main valley. Both the valleys have level green
meadows surrounded by low-lying mountains covered with dense Coniferous forests (budloo) and a stream flowing through them.
Lolab valley, named after Maharaja LOLO, is known for its lush green forests and pastures, stretching across nearly 25 kms from north-west to south-east, varying in breadth from a few yards to 5 kilometers. It is traversed by a stream known as Lalkul (Lahwal). Water to Lalkul is contributed by numerous tributaries flowing from surrounding hills, which are clothed by dense forest of Deodar, the valley that have an average depth of 7 to 15 feet and are unique in them. It is also known for the Sat Barran (Seven doors) and a cave in the jungles of Madmadav. The famous Lov-nag is located in Anderbaugh village.Apart from natural beauty, Lolab Valley is also historically important as Varnow village, a small settlement in the region, is the birthplace of Allama Anwar Shah Kashmiri. Today, Lolab Valley has a well developed infrastructure and good connectivity with the rest of the region. It provides road connectivity to Machil which is known for the water fall, Rangil. Lolab Valley has not only been the area of attraction for the Bollywood fraternity but has been appreciated by saints, poets and philosophers for centuries together. Some of the other renowned places having tremendous potential are Chandigam, Dooruswani, Khurhama, Krusan, Khomrial, Nagsari and Cherkoot.
About 4 Kms from the tourist reception centre Kupwara, the Seemab Valley is located at the entrance of the Lolab Valley. The valley has a natural picturesque beauty and a perennial water body by the name of Daal Kul. It is surrounded by lush green forests and therefore provides ample scope for day picnics. Few adventure related activities like rock climbing and trekking can also be considered while visiting this place.
A unique place where the past and the present of architecture meet, a unique place of ancient architecture, situated on the outskirts of village Madmadav village in Kalaroos area. About 19 Kms from TRC kupwara Sattbarran can be reached by road up to Kalaroos and three kms by foot. On the back side of the Sattbarran there is a cave which is believed to be the way to central asian states. While visiting Sattbarran the picturesque of the Lolab valley can also be
20 Kms from TRC kupwara is one of the best tourist spots in Lolab valley. Having a macadamized road network is also utilized as a camping cite. The lush green jungles surrounding the Chandigam provide an ample scope for the adventure loving people for tracking and mountain biking. 05 KMs From chandigam there is also another beautiful tourist spot by the name of Dooruswani.On way to Dooruswani the traditional constructions such as thatched houses can also be seen.
7.44 kms from Chowkibal Kupwara, Drangyari is considered a complete tourist destination in itself and is very famous among the local population. It lies in the foothills of the Nattishanner Gali, on the road leading towards Karnow Valley. The Drangyari is surrounded by places like Badi Behak, Aincha, and Tilipatra which are famous for their wildlife.There is an accommodation facility on the way to Drangyari at Reddi. In adjoining areas of the Drangyari region there are also some historical spots like Farkan, Melyal, Raja Ram Mountains, Ram Kund, Seeta Kund, Lakshman Kund and Hanuman Kund which are a series of springs situated in Melyal Harie region and are considered sacred by Hindus. These can be approached via the Kralpora Karen Road. There is also a famous temple by the name Kheerbhawani at Tikker Kupwara. On way to Drangyari one can also enjoy the scenic beauty of Rawathpora wadder.