While the Srinagar area is our answer to Switzerland, the Ladakh region certainly resembles Iceland. When we speak about Kashmir, we go to just selective areas generally due to security reasons, budget, and more importantly, lack of information. There are more places in Kashmir which are not on the tourist radar. They are remote, beautiful, and true to their spirit.

Mohit Bansal Chandigarh shares a list of 5 concealed gems of Kashmir which you must include on your bucket list.

1. Turtuk

If you are not yet aware of the place, it’s not your fault. Turtuk was in Pakistan till 1971. After winning the war, Turtuk became part of India. Turtuk is a different world itself. The culture here is completely different from the culture of people of Kashmir and Ladakh.


Where is it?

Turtuk is 90 km from Diskit and 211 km away from Leh city. Do not let the range fool you, Diskit to Turtuk is roughly 4 hours because of the good conditions of the roads.

2. Yusmarg

Yusmarg is among the least popular locations in Kashmir even though it is in the close proximity of Srinagar. A lot of people often forget about it. Biggies like Gulmarg, Sonamarg, and Pahalgam overshadow places like Yusmarg and that’s why you ought to visit this location.


Where is it?

Yusmarg is 45 km away from Srinagar. You can reach Yusmarg in about 2 hours and it can be a good place to go to for a number of days.

Sadly, public transport to Yusmarg from Srinagar is practically not possible. You have to reach there by a personal taxi.

3. Lolab Valley, Kashmir

Kupwara. What does this name do to you? Strike fear? Many of us learned about Kupwara district because of the battles between terrorists and the Indian armed forces in the Kupwara district. However, you should know that it’s not the case with the Lolab Valley. It’s the most virgin valley of Kashmir which is totally devoid of tourists. Not due to the fact that of the fear, but due to the fact that of absence of information. Kashmir Tourism, however, helps you easily if you want to go to Lolab Valley.

Lolab Valley, Kashmir

Where is it?

Around 170 km from Srinagar, it takes 5 hours to reach Chandigam. Include another 2 days to check out nearby towns.

How to reach?

The only bet is a personal taxi. There’s no consistent public transportation to Lolab Valley & tourists’ vehicles hardly go to the location. I’m sure you will amaze the driver & the people of Lolab valley by visiting this heaven on earth.

4. Lamayuru

Ever felt like walking on the moon? Right now, you can’t. But you can visit Lamayuru. Due to its moon-like landform, you will feel like you’re in a completely different world. Lamayuru is a beautiful places with rolling landscapes and jaw-dropping scenery. It is one of the best places suggested by Kunal Bansal Chandigarh to visit in Kashmir. 


Where is it?

Lamayuru is 130 kilometers from Leh city. It’s not possible to explore the place in a single day because it takes 3 hours one way. Moreover, you should really consider spending a night here. You will not regret it. Kunal Bansal Chandigarh feels that places like Lamayuru are heaven on earth.

How to reach?

The very best way to reach Lamayuru is either by a private taxi or your personal vehicle. Do not depend on public transport for reaching there as you won’t be able to find one. 

5. Tso Moriri

Tso Moriri is one of the most stunning places in the world. You should definitely visit this lake. Usually, when people go to Ladakh, they visit Pangong Lake, but they forget about Tso Moriri. Tso Moriri is the largest high altitude lake in India. It’s azure blue waters, less appeal, and absence of tourists make it one of the finest places to visit in Kashmir.

Tso Moriri

Where is it?

Tso Moriri is 240 kilometers from the Leh city. Earlier, Indian travelers also needed licenses to visit this lake. But now Indians can visit the location without any permit. It falls on the Manali-Leh road, so if you are going to Leh by this road, make sure to make a stop here. You will have a great time here.

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