Offbeat Places In Kashmir You Should Visit

For travellers, the lesser-known places in Kashmir hold the real magic that makes sightseeing more engaging
 Kashmir is home to many undiscovered locations that offer breathtaking views. Photo Credit Shutterstock
Kashmir is home to many undiscovered locations that offer breathtaking views. Photo Credit Shutterstock

Many undiscovered locations, nestled in the picturesque region of Kashmir,&nbspoffer breathtaking views and various activities for those seeking solitude in nature. With the ongoing G20 Summit lending international significance to the area, now is the perfect time to explore this destination. Whether hiking through untamed wilderness, camping under starlit skies, or immersing in the rich cultural heritage, Kashmir promises an unparalleled escape. Let us guide you through this remarkable journey, where nature's wonders and unforgettable memories await.


Bani is located along the river Sewa and experiences temperate and cold climates. It is also the base camp for Bhaderwah, Chamba, and more trekkers. Bani is marked by waterfalls, thick forests, gushing streams and meadows. Banjal, Chandel, and Bhoond are other famous tourist spots.


Jasrota was founded by Raj Jas Dev of Jammu in 1019 AD and passed on to his uncle, Raja Karan Dev. The rulers of Jasrota, though, were Jamwals but were called Jasrotias. The River Ujh flanks the Jasrota Wildlife Sanctuary in Jammu and Kashmir, and its greatest attraction is the Chital or Axis deer. The animals that can be seen here include a large variety of mammals. Among them are the barking deer, wild boar, and the rhesus monkey. Bird lovers are sure to thoroughly enjoy a visit to the Jasrota Wildlife Sanctuary. The best time to visit for those more interested in the winged creatures is March to May. The best time to view mammals is from September to March.

Mata Bala Sundri

The historic holy shrine of Bala Ji Sundri is situated on the outskirts of village Parole, located 13 km from Kathua. The temple is situated amidst a grove of mango trees. According to legend, one Brahmin was cutting grass, and his sickle struck with a stone which started oozing blood. A dream at night commanded him to place the stone under a banyan tree for worship. The stone, considered a reincarnation of the holy goddess, was enshrined in the temple.

Devi Pindi  

Devi Pindi is an ancient Hindu temple near Panthal, Katra Tehsil of Reasi District. It is about 9 km from the Katra town base camp of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine and 39 km from district headquarters Reasi. Devi Pindi is also believed to be the shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi. The trek to Devi Pindi is a famous trekking route among adventure lovers, with a distance of about 13 km. This is an offbeat trek, with nomads in the forests helping the trekkers and guiding them. The path is rich in flora and fauna. A river runs beside it, and you can have a bath there. The last destination of the trek is the temple of Mata Durga at Devi Pindi. The trekkers can also camp at the destinations, and it is a great camping site. You can also visit the Deva Mayi, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine, Aghar Jitto, Baba Dancer, Nau Deviyan, and Baradari.


It is located about 16 km from the district headquarters Doda and 5 km from National Highway Doda Bhadarwah at Bhalla. There are many natural springs here. It has lush green surroundings with fresh water streams flowing in the lap of Kellar Valley and Forest View Park, Khellani. The area is famous for local products such as ghee, chatoie, rola, rajmash, kolthi, guchi, (morels mushroom), seasonal kusror, karam, and local honey.


Budhal is a beautiful valley between the main Pir Panchal range of mountains. The area's geography comprises attractive snowy peaks, thick forests, streams, lakes, meadows and pastures. This town serves as a base camp for the long and arduous journey to Arnas and Sedhue for trekkers and nomads. This spot remains a unique attraction for those who intend to trek through this way to the Kashmir valley. The place is famous for its meadows, springs, mountains, lakes, forests, trout fishing, and the Nanga Thub Eco-Tourism Spot.


Darhal Malkan, a beautiful valley, is about 23 km north of Rajouri, Kashmir. Surrounded by gently sloping mountains on its three sides, this bowl-shaped valley looks like a naturally carved stadium. Darhal is famous for its pottery and wood carving. The other places of interest are Abdullah Waterfall, Daryar Mata, Ziarat Baba Jamaidar Topa, Rahote Ziarat, Noon Pal, Chitti Batti Ziarat, Budhkhanari, Darhal, Shakkarmarg, Sarota, and the Seven Lakes.


Kotranka, at a distance of 40 km, is an attractive tourist spot on the right bank of river Ans. During summer, this spot affords a great attraction to nature lovers and tourists. This is a picturesque, charming, peaceful spot to visit in the summer heat. To add to the beauty of Ans River, plants of Salix or Weeping Willow (commonly known as "Beesa") dot the landscape. The other places of tourist attractions are Khandli Mata, Ziarat Sain Mundrian, Patli Qila, Eco-Tourism Park, and Matha Teeka.


Nowshera is a small town located on the banks of the Manawer River, just 4 km inwards from the Manawer bridge on the Jammu-Poonch national highway. It is a beautiful place with some tourist attractions, including the fort of Mangla Devi, the holy cave temple of Mangla Mata, and Central Gurudwara of Sikhs in Nonial and Qila Darhal. Tourists must visit the village to explore milk production as it is the feeding place for the whole district.


It is a small village in a narrow valley enclosed by steep and grassy hills near the confluence of two streams, Gagri and Pulsta. Mandir Swami Budha Amar Nath Ji is situated in this village. It is located 25 km from Poonch and on the bank of Pulsta Nandi stream at Mandi Tehsil and has great potential for spiritual tourism. This is a very ancient Shiva Temple with a lingam made of white stone. It is Shiva devotees' most popular pilgrim destination, next to the Holy Cave of Amarnath in Kashmir Valley.

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