Lolab valley, named after Maharaja LOLO, is known for its lush green forests and pastures, stretching across nearly 25 kms from north-west to south-east, varying in breadth from a few yards to 5 kilometers. It is traversed by a stream known as Lalkul (Lahwal). Water to Lalkul is contributed by numerous tributaries flowing from surrounding hills, which are clothed by dense forest of Deodar, the valley that have an average depth of 7 to 15 feet and are unique in them. It is also known for the Sat Barran (Seven doors) and a cave in the jungles of Madmadav. The famous Lov-nag is located in Anderbaugh village.Apart from natural beauty, Lolab Valley is also historically important as Varnow village, a small settlement in the region, is the birthplace of Allama Anwar Shah Kashmiri. Today, Lolab Valley has a well developed infrastructure and good connectivity with the rest of the region. It provides road connectivity to Machil which is known for the water fall, Rangil. Lolab Valley has not only been the area of attraction for the Bollywood fraternity but has been appreciated by saints, poets and philosophers for centuries together. Some of the other renowned places having tremendous potential are Chandigam, Dooruswani, Khurhama, Krusan, Khomrial, Nagsari and Cherkoot.
About 4 Kms from the tourist reception centre Kupwara, the Seemab Valley is located at the entrance of the Lolab Valley. The valley has a natural picturesque beauty and a perennial water body by the name of Daal Kul. It is surrounded by lush green forests and therefore provides ample scope for day picnics. Few adventure related activities like rock climbing and trekking can also be considered while visiting this place.
A unique place where the past and the present of architecture meet, a unique place of ancient architecture, situated on the outskirts of village Madmadav village in Kalaroos area. About 19 Kms from TRC kupwara Sattbarran can be reached by road up to Kalaroos and three kms by foot. On the back side of the Sattbarran there is a cave which is believed to be the way to central asian states. While visiting Sattbarran the picturesque of the Lolab valley can also be
It is one of the best tourist spots in Lolab valley. Having a macadamized road network is also utilized as a camping cite. The lush green jungles surrounding the Chandigam provide an ample scope for the adventure loving people for tracking and mountain biking. 05 KMs From chandigam there is also another beautiful tourist spot by the name of Dooruswani.On way to Dooruswani the traditional constructions such as thatched houses can also be seen.
About 26 kms from TRC kupwara is known for the pastures and lush green forests, wild flowers, and a stream flowing on the outskirts of the Rangwar. On way to Rangwar a village by the name of the krousen can also be reached where a tourist hutment is available. Rangwar is having big pastures used which are used by the locals for cattle grazing.
One of the relatively unknown areas of Kashmir with vast tourism potential is the valley of Bangus. Lying within the Trans-Himalayan area, Bangus is a unique ecological combination comprising a mountain biome, which includes grassland biome with flora at lower altitudes; and Taiga or Coniferous forest. The valley which lies at an altitude of around 10,000 ft. above sea level is in the northern part of district Kupwara within the Handwara sub District. Occupying an estimated area of 300 sq.kms (20x15km) the principal valley locally known as Bodh Bangus (Big Bangus) consists of a linear elliptical bowl aligned along the east-west axis. The valley is surrounded by Rajwar and Mawar in the east, Shamasbury and Dajlungun Mountains in the west and Chowkibal and Karnah Guli in the north. A smaller valley known as Lokut Bangus (Small Bangus) lies on the north-eastern side of the main valley. Both the valleys have level green meadows surrounded by low-lying mountains covered with dense Coniferous forests (budloo) and a stream flowing through them. These meadows are divided into two types-plain meadows & plateaus. The meadows and the slopes of the side plateaus are covered with a range of flowers and medicinal plants. They support a rich diversity of grassland flora which has medicinal value too. A large part of the plain within the valley of Bangus is water locked during the rainy season. The valley is traversed by a number of small streams with nearly 14 tributaries. These include the Roshan Kul, Tillwan Kul and Douda Kul. The valley is also fed by the waters of the Qazinag and Satkulnag springs.The water of the various streams in the valley form one of the headwaters of the Kamil River which in turn joins the Lolab stream, thus forming the Pohru River.Plain meadows include open plains of: Chota Bangus, Bodh Bangus or Badha Bangus, Masjid Aangan, Nichan Reyan, Kiyind Patter etc. Table-land meadows constitute about 60% of the meadows. These include: Bidran, Lashar, Dodhe,· Gumre, Cheekta Deeyar, Satkoul, Zanzer etc.
Srinagar falls on the National Highway 1-A and is connected by the national highway network to other parts of the country. Buses, luxury SUV taxis and luxury coaches ply on the road daily from Delhi to Srinagar. Bangus can be reached from both sides i.e. Kupwara and Handwara via below mentioned routes.1. Handwara-Nowgam-Nildori-Bangus2. Handwara-Zachaldara-Wadder-Bangus3. Kupwara-Kralpora-Hafrada-Bangus4. Kupwara-Chowkibal-Drangyari-Bangus Road connectivity is already available up to Nildori, Wadder, Hafrada, and Drangyari. However Bangus is not yet connected by road, therefore ponywallas are suggested. All the routes can also be considered for trekking.
Flora and Fauna of the Bangus Valley
The valley of Bangus and its surrounding areas are replete with a rich and diverse variety of flora and fauna. Indeed this varied and distinct life form comprising complex communities of interdependent organisms constitutes a unique biome.
A few varieties of fresh water fishes of moderate size and their fingerlings inhabit the streams of this valley. The Bangus forests and plains serve as the breeding, feeding and protection grounds for many wild animal species. The wild life of Bangus includes about 50 species of animals and about 10 species of birds besides other fauna. The prominent animal species of the area are Musk Deer, Antelope, Snow Leopard, Brown Bear, Black Bear, Monkeys, Red Fox, etc. Bangus also offers a feeding and breeding ground for a large number of residents and non-resident (migratory) birds. Among the resident birds one can find Pheasants, Tragophan, Monal Pheasant, Black Partridge Jungle, Bush Quail, and Wild Fowl etc.
Nature at its best
7.44 kms from Chowkibal Kupwara, Drangyari is considered a complete tourist destination in itself and is very famous among the local population. It lies in the foothills of the Nattishanner Gali, on the road leading towards Karnow Valley. The Drangyari is surrounded by places like Badi Behak, Aincha, and Tilipatra which are famous for their wildlife.There is an accommodation facility on the way to Drangyari at Reddi. In adjoining areas of the Drangyari region there are also some historical spots like Farkan, Melyal, Raja Ram Mountains, Ram Kund, Seeta Kund, Lakshman Kund and Hanuman Kund which are a series of springs situated in Melyal Harie region and are considered sacred by Hindus. These can be approached via the Kralpora Karen Road. There is also a famous temple by the name Kheerbhawani at Tikker Kupwara. On way to Drangyari one can also enjoy the scenic beauty of Rawathpora wadder.For further information contact: Director Tourism-Kashmir, Srinagar Tel: +91 194 2472449, 2452690-91 (24 hrs. control room), Fax: 2452361.J&K Tourism offices at: Jammu: Tel: +91 191 2544842 New Delhi: Tel: +91 11 23744948, Fax: 23744947 Mumbai: Tel: +91 22 22189040, Fax: 22186172 Kolkata: Tel/Fax: +91 33 22285791 Chennai: Tel/Fax: +91 44 28340958 Ahmadabad: Tel/Fax: +91 79 25503551E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.comFor more information log on to: www.jktourism.orgTourist Reception Centre Kupwara: Tel/Fax: 01955-252333Face Book Account- Lolab BangusGallery
The Development Authority came into existence only 9 months before and every effort is being made to achieve desired objectives for making Lolab, Bungus, and Drangyari a conclusive tourist destination. The efforts made are summarized as under :-•The area of Development Authority stands identified and declared by the law department Vide SRO 319 dated 17/10/2011.•The programmes for creating skilled man power particularly for Tourism Industry were conducted in association with Institute of Hotel Management Srinagar.•The programmes for creating skilled man power particularly for Tourism Industry were conducted in association with Institute of Hotel Management Srinagar.•For highlighting the Tourism potential of all the three destinations, FAM tours & School camping where organized during this short period of time•In respect of creation of Infrastructure, major thrust was given to create way side facilities all along the roads leading to Lolab- Bangus- Drangyari.•For preparation of Master Plan which is under process with Chief Town Planner & 30% of basic work i.e. Socio Economic survey, Personal Visit of Town Planning Organization, availability of GIS mapping of area has already been completed.•For ensuring of flow of funds from Govt. of India three projects, one for each destination stand submitted to Govt. for prioritization.•Regarding the transfer of Forest Land for non Forest purposes, there is a set procedure as per the Forest conservation Act. Accordingly the indents were placed before the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, the designated authority under law. The surveys for said transfer have already been completed with the field functionaries of Forest department. The Joint Survey / Inspection report has been forwarded to Principal Chief Conservator of Forests along with the recommendation of District Development Commissioner Kupwara.