Photo Blog: Unexplored and Mysterious Places in Lolab Valley #kashmirinphotos

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6th Jun 2018
Photo of Photo Blog: Unexplored and Mysterious Places in Lolab Valley #kashmirinphotos by Mayuri Singh

During my trip to Northern Kashmir, I came to know about two mysterious places in Lolab Valley - Satbaran and Kalaroos Caves.

Satbaran (Seven Doors) is an ancient stone carved architecture of which nothing much is left, except a huge stone wall with seven doors carved out of it. Although the origin or the purpose of Satbaran is not known, few believe that it used to be a temple made by Pandavas of the Mahabharata, with idols placed on all 7 doors.

It is also believed that these seven doors represent seven routes to Russia and other Central Asian countries through the hidden caves in the mountain that stands tall just behind Satbaran. After crossing Satbaran, a gradual climb took me to a mountain jungle through huge pine trees.

Locals believe that these caves extend till Russia and during silk-route time they were used when Kashmir valley used to get completely covered in snow.

To read in detail about my epic bike journey to the offbeat North Kashmir exploring Kupwara, Tangdhar, Teetwal and Lolab, please check Kashmir Series on my blog - Life Beyond Usual. Also, follow on Facebook and Instagram for more travel updates and stories.

On the way from Chandigam to Kalaroos in Lolab Valley.

Photo of Kalaroos by Mayuri Singh

The old bridge and the under-construction new bridge to cross Kalaroos Nalla to reach Dab Bal village.

Photo of Dab Bal by Mayuri Singh

Start of the short hike to reach Satbaran and Kalaroos Caves.

Photo of Dab Bal by Mayuri Singh

Met Army Jawans staying near Satbaran for the night. My lovely host Gulzar in white Pathani.

Photo of Kalaroos Caves, Misri Behak by Mayuri Singh

Satbaran (Seven Doors): An unexplored archaeological structure at Kalaroos.

Photo of Kalaroos Caves, Misri Behak by Mayuri Singh

It is believed that these seven doors also represent seven routes/caves to Russia.

Photo of Kalaroos Caves, Misri Behak by Mayuri Singh

Views from the Caves.

Photo of Kalaroos Caves, Misri Behak by Mayuri Singh

iking, climbing, tumbling, falling enroute Kalaroos Caves.

Photo of Kalaroos Caves, Misri Behak by Mayuri Singh

Inside Cave No. 1

Photo of Kalaroos Caves, Misri Behak by Mayuri Singh

Although the hike is not much, but it sure is challenging!

Photo of Kalaroos Caves, Misri Behak by Mayuri Singh

Sitting in front of Cave No. 2.

Photo of Kalaroos Caves, Misri Behak by Mayuri Singh

Some more hiking.

Photo of Kalaroos Caves, Misri Behak by Mayuri Singh

Going back down the village after exploring the caves.

Photo of Satbaran Hut, Dab Bal by Mayuri Singh

A traditional Kashmiri lunch.

Photo of Dab Bal by Mayuri Singh

Some fun time before I leave.

Photo of Dab Bal by Mayuri Singh
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