If there is Paradise on earth it's here, it's here, it's here, rightly said by Emperor Jahangir (Who was Mugal king in 17th Century). In this paradise there lot of people attracting destinations located different parts of North, Central and South in Indian Kashmir.Yousmarg is also one the attracting spot for visitors.It is Located at western part in Kashmir Valley and is 47 kms away from summer capital Srinagar of the valley. The meaning of Yousmarg or Yusmarh is (Meadow of Jesus ) . Nature has bestowed Yousmarg with pleasant flora and fauna. Among fauna, locals claim that they often sight wolves, bears, apes, cats, aves of various types (flight as well as flightless) it's water dam adds more to the beauty of the meadows.It provides space for beautiful landscapes, young pine nurseries, green pastures and heart touching lotic and lentic water bodies the famous Nilnag and Doodhganga. It is an alpine valley covered with snow clad mountains and the meadows of Pine and Fir. It lies 13 km (8.1 mi) south of Charari Sharief, a town in Central Kashmiri's Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. One of its side is situated at the bank of Doodganga River which is a tributary of Jehlum River. It is located in the Pir Panjal peaks, a sub range of Himalaya. The Peaks are: the Sunset Peak and the Tatakooti Peak for which the expeditions lead from this hill station. It lies at an altitude of 2,396 m (7,861 ft) above sea level.Another 4 km trek which leads to a small lake called Nilnag, famous for its blue water.10 km trek leads to the frozen lake in Sang-e-Safed valley, which is mostly covered by ice even during the summer. Other tourist activities include horse riding, fishing, skiing during winter and photography.
How to Reach Yousmarg
Yusmarg is easily accessed from Srinagar or Srinagar Airport the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, 47 km. The drive in under 2 hours by car or bus leads through Charari Sharief town. During winter the road sometimes gets closed due to snowfall and remains cut off from the Kashmir Valley for weeks.The nearest railway station is situated in Ompora town of Budgam district, 42Km to Yusmarg
What people say about Yousmarg
It is less crowded tourist spot As Compaired to Gulmargh Phalagam and Sonmarg it is not so crowded place but is a Hidden Jewel it is very nice place for visiting family and friends. Excellent Scenic road from Srinagar with lot of orchards and villages.one of tourist say.I can guarantee that you fall in love with this place as less crowd will make this place more adventurous another Tourist said,Yousmarg is nice place to walk upto river and you should wear comfortable shoes though the approach road is well and good. You can also take your car upto a picnic point or even hire horse. There may be rush during weekends so be careful while planing yours visit.
What not miss in Yousmarg when you there
Yousmarg, a pretty little hill station in Badgam district of Kashmir.Surrounded with serene Himalayan ranges and meadows of pine and fir, it is one of those destinations people dream about. It is difficult not to fall in love with Yousmarg,
Doodh Ganga River
A few kilometres trek from Yousmarg will take you to the gorgeous Doodh Ganga stream. Crashing through big rocks and boulders, this stunning stream creates a milky white foam, that is why the name Doodh Ganga.
About 5 km downhill from Yousmarg is the beautiful Nilnag lake, with water that is pure blue in colour. Nestled amidst dense pine forest and surrounded with snow-capped mountains, Nilnag is the place where peace and tranquillity can be found. This lake is a perfect example of what true Kashmiri beauty means.
Hotel & resturants
At Yusmarg there is hotel cum restaurant of J & K tourism department. Huts are available for accommodation. Booking can be done from J & K tourism website or from J& K tourism office known as TRC ( Tourist reception center ) During peak winter seasons verify the status ( operation ) of this hotel before booking.
There is a entry fee to the park While entering Yusmarg a small reservoir will be at your left side. Water from distance snow capped mountains gets stored here and works like a catch dam.
Horse rates are highly reasonable compared to rates in other tourist places of Kashmir valley. Here you can hire pony to different locations around Yusmarg, you can walk also. You can take a pony ride ( or walk ) to Doodganga.As per tourism officials, the best time to visit Yousmarg is between May and September, but I believe that Yousmarg can attract tourists throughout the year just as Gulmarg does. Yousmarg gets heavy snowfall during winters and spots like Sang-e-Safed remain snow clad throughout the year.The Author believes There are ample possibilities of making Yousmarg a hotspot for winter games likes skiing and others.Yousmarg has great potential as a tourist attraction. A Gondola ride from Yousmarg to Doodh Pathri or to Nilnag or to Sang-e-Safed may prove highly appealing to nature lovers
What you miss there while visiting
Despite being one of the major tourist attractions, Yousmarg lacks even basic amenities. The electricity and water supply is erratic. There are no bins or garbage disposal machines. the tourist place is without internet and has eratic phone connectivity is without bank and ATM.