Gurej Valley of Kashmir, the Gateway to Heaven

by Sameer

It is said that if there is heaven in any part of Earth, then it is only in Kashmir. It is one of the best places in the world for the people who love nature and are fond of travelling. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, the beauty of Kashmir is so much fascinating that one, who comes here for once, never forgets its memories throughout his life. There are numerous worth seeing places in Kashmir where you can enjoy at fullest. The Gurej valley of Jammu-Kashmir is also among such places, which is also called the Gateway to Heaven.
Situated at 8000 feet from main sea level, this valley is located 125 kms away from Srinagar. If you are planning to travel Jammu-Kashmir, then your moto of enjoying its beauty wholly would remain unaccomplished unless you visit Gurej valley. The cool breeze and natural beauty here provides infinite solace and peace to the tourists. One can also enjoy rock climbing, fishing and trekking at this place. There are many attractive places in this valley.

Habba Khatun Mountain
This triangular shaped mountain, which has taken its name from one Kashmiri poetess namely Habba Khatun is the main attraction of this valley. It is believed that even today Habba Khatun is wandering in search of her husband here.


Gateway
People who come to Gurej valley also visit to see the gateway. It is also called the central part of the valley. Nestled in the lap of hills, this gateway resonates with the sound of flowing rivers. The lake of Gangabal here is also quite famous.
Harmukh Mountain
Located at 16,870 feet high from sea level, this mountain is a part of Himalayas. It is situated between Sindh and Kishanganga river. This site is considered sacred among Hindus as it is the abode of Lord Shiva.

How to reach
Gurej valley in the Himalayas is located at a distance of 86 kms from Bandipura and 125 kms from Srinagar. You can take either bus or car from Srinagar to reach Gurej valley. The nearest airport and railway station are also there in Srinagar. The most accurate time for coming here is between the months of May to October.

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