Gurez is a valley located deep in the high Himalayas, about 86 km from Bandipore/Bandipura and 133 km from Srinagar in northern part of Jammu and Kashmir. Gurez was part of ancient Dardistan, stretching from Sharada Peeth in the west, Minimarg in the north, Drass the east, and Baghtor in the south. The Gurez Valley falls along the section of the ancient Silk Route, which connected the Kashmir Valley with Gilgit continuing further to Kashgar.
The river Krishanganga flows adjacent to the untouched land of Gurais. Through scattered villages on the hills and inhabited slopes, you reach Gurais; pristine and natural. The beauty cannot be questioned of the tiny cottages built in the shade of the Deodar trees. The ever smiling locals always ready to welcome new people and available guest houses solve the problems of a safe stay in the valley. Gurais is just another valley unexplored and undiscovered by the touristy flock of the country who otherwise rush to Srinagar. Travel to Gurais and enjoy the ultimate silence. The road to Gilgit also goes through Gurais; Permits are required to travel here.
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.