Located at an elevation of 2,400 m and encircled by snow-capped mountains, Gurez Valley is a destination of unparalleled magnificence. It stands out as an unconventional tourist spot in Kashmir where nature’s beauty and tranquility are abundant. A perfect spot to recharge your body and mind! Its allure is distinct from the rest of Kashmir, showcasing glistening rivers, lakes, and dense forests teeming with a variety of flora and fauna, including the elusive Himalayan brown bear and snow leopard.

 Kishanganga River
Flowing through the picturesque Gurez valley, the Kishanganga River eventually merges into the Jhelum River near Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir. Adorned with pebbles along its banks, the river is perfect for rafting. Camping near the river is a delightful experience with numerous camping spots available. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness a beautiful sunrise at the dam on this river.

 Wular Lake
En route to Gurez in the Bandipora district, you’ll come across the enchanting Wular Lake, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia. Spanning 24 km in length and 10 km in width, this lake is fed by the Jhelum River. At the center of the lake lies a small island named ‘Zaina Lank’. Enjoy breathtaking sunset views from the lake and engage in activities like boating and water skiing.

Razdan Pass
On your journey from Srinagar to Gurez, you’ll encounter the high-altitude (3,300 m) Razdan Pass.

Habba Khatoon Peak
A prominent feature of Gurez Valley, the pyramid-shaped Habba Khatoon Peak offers stunning sunrise and sunset views. Named after the renowned Kashmiri poetess Habba Khatoon, this peak has a small underground stream that flows into the Kishanganga River, believed to possess medicinal properties.

Gurez Travel Tips

• The best time to visit Gurez Valley is from April to October when the weather is cold yet pleasant. It is not advisable to visit during the winter months due to heavy snowfall.