Kashmir: The Land of Greener Grass and Bluer Lakes #kashmirinphotos

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Photo of Kashmir: The Land of Greener Grass and Bluer Lakes #kashmirinphotos by Pranav Harish

Most beautiful places are often difficult to reach and such a place is Tarsar-Marsar which is so pure, frozen in a timeless aura, a catalyst of colors, for each layer of beauty and tone reveals the key to the gates of a multiverse, a different dimension.

Experience the mystical lakes of Tarsar-Marsar by trekking

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Grasslands of Lidderwat

There is more to Kashmir than just Srinagar, Gulmarg and Sonamarg. Kashmir is referred to as the valley of lakes. There are more than 15 enchanting lakes deep in the valleys and mountains of Kashmir which are accessible only by trekking. Tarsar and Marsar are two high altitude alpine lakes in Kashmir.

Lidderwat (2784 mtrs)

Trek starts from the base camp of Aru (2427 mtss) and takes you to the velvet green valley of Lidderwat. This region is referred to as the valley of sheperds who are also some of the most friendly people you will have a chance to interact with.

Photo of Lidderwat, Forest Block by Pranav Harish

A Sheperd who had hiked all the way from Jammu to Kashmir for days on the mountains with his sheep

Photo of Lidderwat, Forest Block by Pranav Harish

Ambushed by these sheep and mountain goats

Photo of Lidderwat, Forest Block by Pranav Harish
Photo of Lidderwat, Forest Block by Pranav Harish

Shekhwas (3365 mtrs)

We leave behind the narrow valley of Lidderwat and enter Shekhwas where multiple valleys converge with the towering mountains of Kashmir giving rise to a sight of unparalled beauty which is beyond human comprehension. The sight is overwhelming to say the least as it takes some time to get registered as to how ravishingly alluring nature is.

"Mount Doom of Mordor"

Photo of Sekhwas, Forest Block by Pranav Harish

Sit back, relax and enjoy

Photo of Sekhwas, Forest Block by Pranav Harish

Aesthetically pleasing Shekwas

Photo of Sekhwas, Forest Block by Pranav Harish

Tarsar (3794 mtrs)

After crossing Shekwas, the trail climbs uphill and then eventually gives a glimpse of Tarsar which is such an influx of adrenaline it makes you run towards the Tarsar lake and set a tent right next to the luscious lake. The blue waters surrounded by the impressive mountains make it the ultimate paradise.

Turquoise blue Tarsar

Photo of Tarsar Lake by Pranav Harish

Horse grazing by the shore

Photo of Tarsar Lake by Pranav Harish

Stunning views from the Tarsar campsite

Photo of Tarsar Lake by Pranav Harish

Camping by the lake is magical

Photo of Tarsar Lake by Pranav Harish

The Tarsar lake looks different from different angles, ever so beautiful in all

Photo of Tarsar Lake by Pranav Harish

Sundersar (3946 mtrs)

The trek to Sundersar lake takes us over the Tarsar pass which provides us with mesmerizing views on both sides. You get the spectacular view of the trail leading to the Sundersar lake where we will camping for the night. It involves a steep ascent to the pass where all there is to do is just sit and take in the unending view of the mountains, followed by a steep descent into the valley.

View of the Tarsar campsite from the pass

Photo of Kashmir: The Land of Greener Grass and Bluer Lakes #kashmirinphotos by Pranav Harish

View of the trail leading to sundersar from the pass

Photo of Kashmir: The Land of Greener Grass and Bluer Lakes #kashmirinphotos by Pranav Harish
Photo of Kashmir: The Land of Greener Grass and Bluer Lakes #kashmirinphotos by Pranav Harish

Sundersar campsite next to the lake

Photo of Kashmir: The Land of Greener Grass and Bluer Lakes #kashmirinphotos by Pranav Harish

Sundersar Lake

Photo of Kashmir: The Land of Greener Grass and Bluer Lakes #kashmirinphotos by Pranav Harish

Marsar via Marsar Ridge (4024 mtrs)

The weather at Sundersar and Marsar is a bit unpredictable and usually leads to rain followed by a hail storm which eventually lead to a windy, rainy night which added to a thrilling experience. Access to Marsar lakes is via the Marsar ridge which has the Sundersar lake on one side and the Marsar lake on the other. This is also the highest point of the trek. The sight of Marsar is most of the time clouded so we get only a few seconds of glimpse and those few seconds are absolute heaven but limited to absorb the majestic beauty of the lake.

Enjoying the view of Sundersar lake

Photo of Marsar Lake by Pranav Harish

Blue waters of Marsar

Photo of Marsar Lake by Pranav Harish

Caught in a white-out at 4000 mtrs

Photo of Marsar Lake by Pranav Harish

Clouds hovering over the Tarsar lake

Photo of Marsar Lake by Pranav Harish

The Tarsar-Marsar trek demands a decent level of fitness but more importantly it expects one to pay extreme attention to every thing it has to offer throughout the 40kms of trek in the middle of the paradise on earth, Kashmir valley. Every turn hits you with some of the most beautiful and untouched scenery one can even imagine. A must do for anyone who intends to and craves for what nature has to offer, a worthy effort indeed to reach this place.

Beautiful horses galloping in the fields of Tarsar

Photo of Kashmir: The Land of Greener Grass and Bluer Lakes #kashmirinphotos by Pranav Harish

Bridge crossing during the trek

Photo of Kashmir: The Land of Greener Grass and Bluer Lakes #kashmirinphotos by Pranav Harish

Each view better than the one before

Photo of Kashmir: The Land of Greener Grass and Bluer Lakes #kashmirinphotos by Pranav Harish

Carpet of green

Photo of Kashmir: The Land of Greener Grass and Bluer Lakes #kashmirinphotos by Pranav Harish

Srinagar

After the trek, we planned to relax at a beautiful houseboat in Srinagar and enjoy the dal lake with some delicious local food and unlimited kahwa tea (Kashmiri tea), also indulge in some shikara ride to explore the ever so gorgeous Dal lake.

Photo of Srinagar by Pranav Harish

Shikara ride in Dal Lake

Photo of Srinagar by Pranav Harish

Char Chinar, Dal lake

Photo of Srinagar by Pranav Harish

Dal Lake

Photo of Srinagar by Pranav Harish

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