Routine existence rarely provides space for reflection. Kashmir as we all know is undeniably a heaven on earth. With countless snow clad mountains, immaculate atmosphere, picturesque valleys and impeccable landslides, this exotic part of India is no less than a masterpiece by immortals. Tourist across the country flocked the paradise every year. However much of it is unexplored and yet to fathom. Gurez is one such exquisite leaf. This leaf at best is an unexplored holiday destination for the glitterati or a fragile garrisoned land for the men in uniform.
Gurez is a valley located deep in the high Himalayas about 86 kms from Bandipora and 130 Kms from Srinagar. It is situated at an elevation of 9000 feet. The Gurez valley falls along the section of ancient silk route, which connected the Kashmir valley with Gilgit. There are innumerable places in Gurez where you can find nature at its best.
Dawar. It is the central part and comprises of numerous villages spread all over the valley. Dawar is the most visited part of this entrancing valley. Surrounded by towering mountain ranges, the beauty of this place gets enhanced by the melodious cacophony of Kishanganga river flowing through this valley.
Habba Khatoon. This gigantic pyramid in the centre of Gurez valley is the major attraction of Gurez valley. Named after Kashmiri poetess Habba Khatoon and her tales of love for her husband revolve around this mountain. Apparently, it is said that she still wanders around this beautiful mountain in search of her husband.
Tulail valley. It is situated at an approx distance of 25 kms from Dawar and is definitely a heaven for all the tourist. The lush green meadows are no less than Switzerland and provides spectacular views to the visitors. Hand- tended fields of potatoes, rajma and maize covered the valley, fringed by dazzling wild flowers.
These are some of the exotic places in Gurez. Much of it is still unexplored. Once you are through this door to heaven you will come across countless beauties to adore and appreciate. The beauty of Gurez has been reflected in writings of many national and international authors. They have described Gurez as “one of the most beautiful places in all of Kashmir”, where the serene waters of Kishanganga river are beautifully framed by mountains of indescribable grandeur.
Gurez is not only a jewel in terms of beauty, but it’s also known for the warmth and hospitality of Gurezi people that seemed like such an essential characteristic of the place. People often gather in crowds to greet and welcome tourists.
In the end, I must say that the unceasing beauty of this breathtaking valley will never stop mesmerizing and surprising you.