Bhadrawah : Explore this Mini Kashmir -
Bhadrawah : Explore this Mini Kashmir
Posted 04 Jan 2017 03:35 PM

Bhadarwah is a town and tehsil in the Doda district, in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.The Bhadarwah valley is located in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains, 80 km from Batote.The town is endowed with natural beauty which lends to its nickname, mini Kashmir. Apart from the scenic beauty of its forests, the town contains many small streams flowing through its various parts.

1. Chinta Valley
Is a picturesque valley located at a height of 6,500 feet, has thick coniferous forests on all sides and Chinta nallah flowing through it. Many scenic spots are situated around this place. One such place is known as Thuba, which is situated across Chinta nallah. Horse ride from Baggan to Thuba is enjoyable. Thuba is the highest point which separates the Chinta valley from Bhadarwah. This place also has ancient temple of Lord Shiva .
On Bhadarwah-Chinta road, 6 kilometers short of Chinta Valley, a bridle path takes off for famous Subarnag peak, which is crowned by Subarnag tempe (10,200 feet) overlooking the whole Bhadarwah and Chinta Valley. Lush-green undulating vast grasslands make it a treasure of nature.

2. Seoj Meadow
If Gulmarg and Pahalgam are jewels of "Paradise " on earth, Seoj Meadow is diamond in the crown of Bhadarwah, pride of Jammu region. The amazing beauty is found in plenty. On the south is the sacred Kailash Kund , surrounded by snow-capped mountains. On way to Kailash Kund, there is unique landscape at Shankh Paddar.
The meadow of Seoj is flanked by a beautiful river on its west which emanates from hills surrounding Kailash Kund. The landscape across the river is replica of the beauty of Pahalgam whereas on the eastern side there are long stretches of grasslands. On the western side meadows take a descent along crystalline water of Seoj rivulet and run towards Ramnagar areas of Udhampur district. Seoj Dhar, as locally knwon, is the camping ground for thousands of yatris of famous Kailash Yatra who come from Bhadarwah.

3. Padri
Padri is a "Gali" of undulating landscape, located 40 kms. from Bhadarwah on Bhadarwah Chamba road, at a height of 10,500 feet. It is the highest point on Bhadarwah-Chamba road. It experiences heavy snow fall upto 5 metres and snow-melting continues right upto mid June. It is one of the most sought after picnic spot even now, and with the opening of interstate bus service between Bhadarwah and Chamba, its importance will increase.
The gentle curves and slopes of hills beset with lushgreen carpet of grass comes as surprise. Calm of the meadow is broken when thousands of pilgrims of the famous Mani-Mahesh Yatra pass through Padri in July every year. In addition to the natural beauty, one can have thrilling horse ride on the meadown. The Central Govt. has approved the spot for development of facility for trekkers.

4. Sartingal
Is another unexplored area situated on the southern extreme of Bhadarwah Valley . Sunshine on the one hand and the fragrant breeze from Kailash, Ashapati hills and neighbouring forests on the other, make the place different from other spots. It is a place of undulating plains and streams. The valley is watered by crystalling streams in the backdrop of forests covered mountains. One feels close to nature which blissfully unfolds to the visitors virgin beauty in plenty.

5. Jai Valley
Is picturesque valley, 35 kms. from Bhadarwah. It is an extremely beautiful valley spread over 6 kms. Another extremely beautiful valley spread over 6 kms. Another nearby attraction is a beautiful sprawling meadow

6. Khani Top
Is situated 25 kms. from Bhadarwah. It too has potential of becoming a good picnic spot. Trekkers would also find it a convenient launching site for expedition to Ashapati peak on the border with Himachal Pradesh. Amidst greenery, it offers a treasure of scenic, splendor, especially during sun-set and sun-rise.

7. Bhal Padri
Is yet another picturesque valley which has an intersection of rivulets and streams. A dreamland, not known to many, is 4 kms. North-east of Padri, having unique landscape where many miniature valleys join hundreds of milky streams and rivulets traverse this composite valley down the length.

8. Nalthi - Basti
Is 10 kms. from Bhadarwah which serves as a base camp for trekkers. It has come a junction point with the completion of Bhadarwah-Bani-Basholi road.
Trekkers from Sarthal (Bani) and Bhadarwah take rest at this beautiful place after descending from or ascending to 10,500 feet hight. Apart from dense deodar forests, it has been gifted with lush green patches of grasslands studded with blooming flowering plants of different colours. The cool breeze flowing across snow-clad mountains makes the place all the more fascinating in summer months.

9. Hanhga, Noorie, Devchater & Kellar
A place 10 Km. away from Bhaderwah town amidst the thick black forests of deodar, is a fine picturesque spot situated on the bank of Hanga Nallah characterize by crystal water flowing with murmuring rhythms that makes the ambience musical. The place came to lime light when in the 80's Hindi Film 'Noorie' was pasteurized at this place and first time the beauty and culture of Bhaderwah was depicted in its fine glory to world outside. This place is suitable for camping and attracting the adventure lovers who intend to spend 2/3 nights in wilderness enjoying an unexplored flora and fauna.
The trekkers (hunters) use to take the trek from village Noorie to Devchater (high altitude meadow 15000 feets) and descend into the Kalar Valley via village called ‘Chilly’ which is famous for preserving the primitive culture, life style & economy of this mountainous valley. The Kalar belt is famous for agriculture (teraced rice fields) and Horticulture, apple and pear trees exit in abundance. Recently the Dugga area of the Kalar belt has been growing the cut flowers gladiolus and tulip. The area has many stone carved, idols and is culturally vibrant.

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