Yusmarg is approximately 47 km from the Srinagar and lies in the Badgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. The two-hour drive to the place is an enjoyment in itself. Grassy pastures stretching to acres of land, the dense forests full of pine trees,

Yusmarg is approximately 47 km from the Srinagar and lies in the Badgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. The two-hour drive to the place is an enjoyment in itself. Grassy pastures stretching to acres of land, the dense forests full of pine trees, with the backdrop of splendid snow capped mountains leave you almost speechless. Within commutable distance from Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir, Yusmarg is the perfect place to go for a picnic. It is possible that after reaching this place, you may want to even stay for a few days. Specially, for the lovers of long walks in picturesque locales, Yusmarg is the place to be.

You may a laid-back stroll amongst flower-strewn meadows. Another venue for the walkers is a river, known by the name of Dudh Ganga. Frothing and crashing on its way over the rocks, the river makes a little white foam, which gives it this name. A little ahead, is a lake, Nilnag, embraced with hills. The hills comprise of a number of several peaks, namely Tatta Kutti, Sang Safed, etc. At a distance of about 13 km from Yusmarg in the Kashmir valley is the Charar-e-Sharief, the shrine of the saint Sheikh Noor-ud-din or Nund Reshi.Yousmarg mesmerizes tourists with its scenic meadows,a sparkling reservoir and mountains comparable to European Alps. Situated amidst Sang Safed valley, Yousmarg is reputed for having some unique spring flowers. It also has some of the highest peaks in Pir-Panjal range like Tatakoti 4725m, Romesh Thong 5000m and Sunset Peak 4746 m. The mighty river Doodh Ganga rises from these peaks and a dis-tributory of the same flows into the reservoir. Word ‘Yus’ is said to be a short form of Youza or Jesus PBUH and a marg means a meadow, according to a belief the Jesus is said to have passed through this valley while travelling into Kashmir.

A major trekking route from Yousmarg eads to a famous spot called Tosa Maidan, a large meadow used for cattle grasing by nomads. This area is connected through rough routes to places like Gulmarg and Poonch. The region is full of springs , the one at Khag is most famous for the curative properties. The natural slopes of Yousmarg offer skiing opportunities to experts. School camps and adventure lovers make a week to fortnights stay at Yousmarg for the thrilling trekking routes around.Day treks are mostly commenced by the visitors. Stay in personal tents is recommended for the visitors intending to stay for longer duration. The expeditions to the various peaks in the range can be organized through the reputed Travel Agents in Srinagar.

Horse riding in the valley can be great fun, the ponywallas in Yousmarg have quite reasonable charges for a ride compared to other destinations. A visit in summer to a place like Yousmarg will positively be cherished by every one in a group. Yousmarg is suitable for young couples, as it is quietest place out of all tourist destinations. Last few years of large tourist inflow into Kashmir valley has seen the diversification of tourism to this wonderful destination. Most of the travel agents include Yousmarg as one day trip in their packages.

A short trek of 4 km to Nilnag a small lake amidst pine trees, near a hamlet gives an ultimate pleasure to visitors. A full day trek from Yousmarg to frozen lake in Sang e safed valley 10 km from Yousmarg is quite fascinating one. Most of the portion of the lake is covered under ice throughout the year. Trekkers are advised to carry tents along during the trip as the weather at high altitude changes frequently which can make further journey quite hard. Assistance of a guide is advisable.

Tsrar-e-Sharief from political, social and economical upheavals, the Rishis or saints emerged with a sacred thoughts which gave comfort and mitigated the miseries of the people of valley. Nund Reshi was the patron of the Sufism in Kashmir who showed disinterest in worldly matters from childhood and renounced the world at an early age of 12 in search of divinity of God . He was an illiterate Shiekh Noor-ud-Din Noorani RA popular as Nund Reshi or Alamdar-e- Kashmir was born in 1378 AD at Kaimuh a village in Anantnag district. When the people of valley were suffering and yet spontaneously uttered concise and rhythmic verses called ‘Shruks’ which are considered of high value in Kashmiri literature.

“Do not go to Shiekh and priest and rnullah: Do not feed the cattle on the arkhor(leaves) Do not shut yourself in mosque and forest. ¬†Enter thy own body with breath controlled in communion with God”

Yusmarg in Kashmiri means The Meadow of Jesus. It is believed by the natives that Jesus came to Kashmir and stayed at Yusmarg for some time. It is an alpine valley covered with snow clad mountains and the meadows of Pine and Fir, It lies 13 km south of Charari Sharief a town of Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. It is situated at the bank of Doodganga River which is a tributary of Jehlum River. It is located in the Pir Panjal peaks, a sub range of Himalaya. The Peaks are: the Sunset Peak and the Tatakooti Peak for which the expeditions lead from this hill station. It lies at an altitude of 2396 metres above sea level.

What to See and Do

A trek of 4 km leads to a small lake. Another 10 km trek leads to the frozen lake in Sang-e-Safed valley, which is mostly covered by ice even during the summer. Other tourist activities include horse riding, fishing, skiing during winter and photography.

Pakharpora Shrine
pakharpora-shrineReckoned as the holy mausoleum of Syed Balkhi, Pakharpora shrine is a distinct pilgrimage in Yusmarg. A noble follower of Sheikh Noor-ud-din (patron saint of Kashmiris), Syed Balkhi migrated to Kashmir in the early 15th century and under his discipleship he preached Islam in the region. Pakharpora Shrine is conducive to flourishing Jammu & Kashmir tourism, as it is thronged by devotees annually during the Urs celebration.
Famed as Yusmarg tourist place to visit, the shrine at Pakharpora displays a unique picture with rare trees in the premises that are not found anywhere else in Kashmir. Devotees visit this shrine to seek peace and prosperity in life.

Charar I Sharief
charar I shariefBuilt to commemorate Sheikh Noor-ud-din (Patron saint of Kashmiris), Charar-i-Sharief is the oldest sacred shrine in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. This 600 years old wooden shrine narrates an array of historic saga. From its construction in the 18th century to its vandalism and renovation, Charar-i-Sharief propounds valor and perseverance.
Located 40 kms away from Srinagar, the shrine is amongst the most popular element of Jammu & Kashmir tourism. It is revered highly by Muslims and Hindus and has emerged as a popular Yusmarg tourist places to visit. Conferred to the followers of Rishi Mat, it is approached by millions annually during the Urs celebration; also people from all faiths swarm the shrine to seek the blessings of the patron saint of Kashmiris throughout the year.

Dudh Ganga
dudh_gangaThe white foam formed by the unbridled gushing of water, earned Dudh Ganga its name. Armored by the meadows of Yusmarg, the river formulates a little paradise of its own for visitors. Flowing through high altitude peaks, the river offers a picturesque view to be savored. A premium haunt for angling and trout fishing, Dudh Ganga is the haven for adventure and leisure seekers alike.
Gem of the Yusmarg tourist places to visit, the river has enhanced Jammu & Kashmir tourism. Dudh Ganga also acts as a perfect base for many trekking expeditions. Trekkers set out for popular treks in Sang-e-Safed Valley, Tatakoti, Romesh Thong and Sunset Peak after camping at Dudh Ganga.

Nilnag Lake
nilnag_lakeNilnag is a high altitude lake nestled amidst dense pine forest. The blue water of this sparkling lake and the picturesque surrounding towering pine trees and snow-capped mountains amplify the natural beauty of the region, whereas Nilnag plays a great role in invigoration and providing peace of mind.
The articulate language of nature could not be more pure than in Nilnag. Being an asset of thriving Jammu & Kashmir tourism, the lake renders options to relax before heading for further rigorous trekking expeditions. Reckoned as an idyllic Yusmarg tourist place to visit, Nilnag is a reflection of the sheer beauty of Kashmir.

Where To Stay

Since Yousmarg is not so crowded like other tourist destinations, accommodation here is available only at JKTDC Tourist Bungalows & Hutments. The trekkers are advised to carry tents and other necessary food items for the stay. Travel Agents assistance for organized all inclusive tours is recommended.

How To Get Around

Yusmarg is easily from Srinagar or Srinagar Airport (SXR),[6] the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, 47 km drive in under 2 hours by car or bus leads through Charari Sharief town.[7] During winter the road gets sometimes closed due to snowfall and remains cut off from the kashmir Valley for weeks.

Local buses ply only upto Chrair e sharief, tourists are advised to hire a taxi from Srinagar or take the assistance of a travel agent. The road from Tsar e sharief to Yousmarg remains closed during the winters.