Gurez is a valley located deep in the snow-capped mountains. Due to heavy snowfall, the valley remains cut off for around six months in a year. The road to the Gurez Valley is broken and difficult, but the stunning scenery and the majestic Habba Khatoon peak make it completely worth the pain. Special permission is required to tread into this valley that can be obtained from the police station at Bandipur, which is on the way to Gurez.Location: Around 123km from Srinagar, through the Bandipura and Razdhan PassHow To Get Here: Get a shared taxi for Rs 250 from SrinagarWhere To Stay: At the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation hotel in Dawar or tents in GurezTulail Valley
Next day we drove towards Sheikhpura Tuleil. Sheikhpura is one of the hamlets on the banks of River Kishenganga called Neelam by our neighbours Pakistan. there is a bridge which connects the village and around a dozen houses some red in color and some wooden. The village is free from pollutants seen always in towns and cities. No television, No coverage and food so tastty you would want to eat your fill.In short If your soul aches for serenity and solitude, for crisp fresh air and a surround which will remind you of your first love. Then Gurez is a must.
While the rest of the country stops in Srinagar in Kashmir, Gurais Valley remains untrodden and exquisite. The off-season is the best time to visit this place, so that you can have a closer look at the natural beauty around. The Kishenganga flows fearlessly across the valley and you can experience tranquility watching the Habba Khatoon peak all covered in pristine white snow! Truly spectacular, this off season place to visit in India, will leave you breathless!The nearest airport is in Srinagar and you can reach there by hiring a taxi from Srinagar (123 km).