Yusmarg during daytime
A place often called the “meadow of Jesus” because it is believed to have been visited by Jesus, Yusmarg or Yousmarg is situated in the western region of Kashmir Valley in Bagdam district, Jammu and Kashmir. Located 47 km south of Srinagar, Yusmarg is abundant in nature’s never-ending beauty. From the panoramic views of the landscapes to the young pine nurseries to evergreen pastures to different water bodies, everything in Yusmarg can leave you sight-stunned.
The alpine valley of Yusmarg is surrounded by snow-covered mountains and meadows of Fir and Pine. It lies 13 km south of the town of Charari Sharief in the district of Budgam in Jammu and Kashmir. At the edge of the Pir Panjal peaks, located in the sub-range of Himalaya, this place is located at the bank of the Dudhganga river. It is known for having some of the highest peaks in the Pir Panjal range including Tattakutti(4725 m) and Sunset Peak(4746 m) which makes Yusmarg more thrilling. Also, if you’re an adventure enthusiast, then we have some amazing news for you and that is the natural slopes of Yusmarg that provides you the opportunity for skiing. But the question remains, ‘Is Yusmarg’s beauty only limited to that?’ Well, not all. Two scenic meadows named Lidder Mad and Sang-e-safed are the main tourist attractions in Yusmarg.
Places to visit in Yusmarg
While the name Yusmarg in itself sounds like a place full of beauty and charms, it contains many places that are too beautiful to be true. Some of them are the Dudhganga river itself, the Alpine lake, Nilnag lake, Sang-e-Safed, the sacred shrines of Charar-e-sharif and Pakharpora, etc.
How to reach Yusmarg
The nearest airport to Yusmarg is the Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport of Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.
The nearest railhead to reach Yusmarg is 42 km away from it and is situated in the Ompora town of Budgam district.
The best and easiest way to reach Yusmarg is by road from Srinagar of Jammu and Kashmir. Some taxis are always available and can make you reach Yusmarg in under 2 hours via Charar-e-sharif town
When to visit Yusmarg
At the beginning of the march, the snow starts to melt revealing the real beauty of this place that attracts a lot of tourists. During this season, the weather is quite pleasant and overall tourist-friendly. So if you are planning on visiting this place during summer, then March-June would be the ideal month.
The monsoon here starts in mid-June and ends in September. Since the rain amount is not high in Yusmarg it can still be chosen as a holiday destination during the monsoon.
Now, if you want to visit the real fairytale land, you should visit Yusmarg during winter which starts in October and ends in February. However, some problems arise due to the heavy snowfall which takes place especially during December and January as the stretch above the Charar-e-sharif gets blocked, making the journey to Yusmarg a tad bit difficult.