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Lolab Valley

Known as the ‘Wadi-e-Lolab’ by the locals, Lolab Valley is counted among the most beautiful destinations in Kashmir. Marked by fruit orchards, thriving meadows and stunning lakes, Lolab Valley is located in the Kupwara District. The valley starts 9 Km north from the town of Kupwara and spans over 15 miles of spectacular scenes and views.

Lolab Valley is oval in shape and is shaped by the Lahwal River. The area has several ancient springs. It is throughout covered with thick pine and fir forests and dotted with paddy fields. The most common fruit trees that can be found in the area include peach, apple, apricot, cherry and walnut. About three hours of driving through the orchards of Sopore crossing Kupwara brings tourists to this enchanting valley.

Lolab Valley comprises of three valleys namely the Kalaroos, Potnai and Brunai. It is separated from the Bandipore District by the Nagmarg meadows. The headquarters of Lolab Valley is at Sogam. The other main towns in Lolab Valley include Kalaroos, Lalpor, Kigam, Tekipora, Kandi, Chandigam and Muqam. These villages give tourists a glimpse into typical Kashmiri villages and the local lifestyle. The beauty of Lolab Valley has been aptly described by poets like Dr. Allama Iqbal and Fazil several times in their works.

Tourism in Lolab Valley

Lolab Valley boasts of beautiful orchards and cultivated land. There are several trekking routes that tourists can enjoy in Lolab Valley. One of the most popular treks in the region is from Lolab Valley to Lake Wullar in Bandipore. The valley is home to several species of native animals such as Himalayan Black Bear and Brown Bear, Ibex, Snow Leopard, Hangul, Markhor and Musk deer.

The sheer beauty of Lolab Valley impresses the tourists. Lolab Valley also has a few camping sites and tourist huts for the convenience of travellers at Sogam, Diver, Chandigam, Anderbug, Kalaroos and Lalpore. Camp sites can be found along Lolab Valley en route from Patalnag to Kambrial and Magmarg to Drass Pass. There are around eleven lakes and ponds in the valley that are worth visiting. The ancient cave in Kalaroos in the forest of Madmadow attracts a lot of tourists. It is believed that the cave leads to Russia. Another beautiful stopover in Lolab Valley is the Lavnag spring at Anderbug, which is quite impressive.

How to Reach

Lolab Valley can be accessed by road from Srinagar, which is 114 Km from the area. The Kupwara town is the main access point for Lolab Valley. From Kupwara, tourists can take taxis or buses to visit the valley.

By Air

The closest airport to Lolab Valley is in Srinagar. Srinagar airport is connected to Delhi and Jammu. From the airport, tourists can take taxis or buses to reach Kupwara.

By Train

The nearest railhead is at Jammu about 218Km from Lolab Valley. From Jammu, buses and taxis can be hired to reach Kupwara and further into Lolab Valley.

By Road

Jammu and Srinagar both are well-connected to Lolab Valley by road. Buses ply from Srinagar regularly through Sopore to Kupwara. The distance of 114 Km is covered in four hours because of the rocky terrain.

Best Time to Visit Lolab Valley

The best time to visit Lolab Valley is from August to March. The area has a moderate climate during summers and sees snowfall during the winter season. Monsoon does not last for long in the area but it rains now and then during the summer and winter months.

  • Winter (October to March) months are extremely cold and during the peak season it can become very harsh because of snowfall. The area is still good to visit during the winters because of the views that it offers.
  • Summer (April to June) months are mild and the weather is quite pleasing. This is the time when tourists can see the area nicely and enjoy trekking and mountaineering. The summer months are also feasible for seeing the area flourishing with vegetation.
  • Monsoon (July to September) months do not receive heavy rainfall. Tourists can enjoy this weather and also get a chance to enjoy the lush greenery of the area. Trekking however is not recommended after heavy rainfalls, as the terrain can get slippery.

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