One of the underrated and untouched beauty in Kashmir. The best part about this place is that it is not commercialised yet.The place was used by Indian Army for firearms testing.Now it has been evacuated and tourists have started pouring in.Doodhpathri is more or less 40 km away from Srinagar. From Srinagar you have to reach Budgam district. From Budgam you will reach Khansahib and then Doodhpathri.The road from Srinagar to Doodhpathri is not so smooth. Though it is motorable but a little tiresome ride.Entry fees in Doodhpathri was 20 INR per person.The moment I went through the gates, it was a different world altogether. Green meadows, rearing herds of sheep, clean blue sky. Trust me, I can't describe it in words.We spent the whole day roaming around the place. We did our lunch at a restaurant inside Doodhpathri. Clicked some picturesque photographs. After a few minutes of riding, we parked our bikes and halted near the river.I can wager one can't keep his/her legs for more than 30 seconds in that flowing water, it was chilling. From that point you can go for some treks further but it was not in our itinerary, we had different plans. We wrapped up from Doodhpathri, clicked amazingly beautiful pictures and rode back to Srinagar by the evening.Tip: Avoid travelling after dark. The place is entirely safe but one should avoid unnecessary risk of getting into trouble.Doodhpathri is a beautiful place to visit but the meadows are more or less same to Gulmarg. You can trek to further up the mountains from Doodhpathri. Contact a guide for that place in case you are planning to hike.
"If you plan to visit Kashmir sometime, you should take a little time off to visit this beautiful and enchanting place. You will certainly love the green meadows, pristine environment and serenity" – Smaranika DasRead - Doodhpathri - An unexplored Jewel of Kashmir by Smaranika Das
Villagers in Doodhpathri claim that the water that flows through the meadows here is so white that it can easily be passed off as milk. This is why the name, which means valley of milk. Doodhpathri is relatively unknown with clean and quiet surrounding. The sprawling green meadows are perfect for some uninterrupted horse riding.Location: Around 40km or an hour from SrinagarHow To Get Here: Shared taxis or your own carWhere To Stay: Tourist guest houses or homestays or camps
Doodpathri or Valley of Milk is the most popular town out of the three though it still boasts of an unexplored charm. Doodpathri is one of those rare places which offer something for every kind of traveller. And though it is visited by thousands of people every year, it remains as pure as ever.Located about an hour from Srinagar, the first thing you notice about this town is the water, which is as white as milk (it is also freezing cold, throughout the year). Most of the people I spoke to vehemently suggested I visit Doodpathri during the winter season though a few people stuck by their memories of a glorious summer here.There are not too many places to stay here yet if you’d like to spend a night here, stay at one of the camps after inquiring from the locals.This year I plan to visit all three places and experience a lesser known side of Jammu and Kashmir. Though finding places to stay in any of these places requires a lot of leg work, here are a few places you can choose to stay at when in Srinagar.
About 42kms away from Srinagar, Doodhpathari is a beautiful place with rolling green meadows, which eventually wind up at a riverbed. Doodhpathri is one of the most beautiful meadows you can visit.