Where to travel
Despite heavy snowfall and the virgin slopes of the Pir Panjal Range, Yusmarg, the Meadow of Jesus, does not receive many skiers. Professional skiers can hang out in the meadow during winter leaving behind their mobiles and iPads. If you are not a skier, don’t worry. You can simply play in fresh snow.
In the second half of 2012, Yusmarg Development Authority (YDA) proposed infrastructure improvement projects, including up gradation of the Yusmarg Road and building budget accommodation. The Tourism Department mooted an idea for preparing the tourism development plan and developing camping sites, trekking facilities, budget accommodations, a signage system, mountain bike trail, solid waste management system and ropeway connecting Neelnag-Yusmarg-Bargarh. Work on some of these tourism projects have begun.
Who will enjoy this short adventure trip idea?
Professional skiers may try cross-country skiing and ski run from Gulmarg to Yusmarg.
Non-skiers, especially who are looking for snow, can enjoy snowfall.
What to do & see: physical, cultural
Yusmarg (approximately 2,377 meters / 7.850 feet) on the Dudh Ganga, a tributary of the Jhelum River, is located in Badgam District, Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Hemmed with fir and pine trees, the meadow in southwest of Srinagar, the state capital, has a special place in history and traditional medicine. The home to Yadu / Yahudas on the ancient trade route between the Far East and the Middle East was visited by Jesus. Charari-Sharief, the Shrine of Alamdar-e-Kashmir, falls between Srinagar and Yousmarg. The climate is congenial for the growth of various medicinal plants, including Datura stramonium, Aconitum heterophyllum and Artemisia spp.
A ten-kilometer trail to the lake in the Sang-e-Safed Valley, and a four-kilometer hike to Nilnag / Neelnag Lake start from the meadow. The former lake remains frozen almost for the whole year.
The meadow lends itself to the views of the Romesh Thong (5,000 meters), Tatakoti / Tattakutti (4,725 meters), Sunset (4,746 meters) and other peaks of the Pir Panjal Range. From Tatakoti, the Dudh Ganga originates. The expeditions to these peaks start from the meadow.
- Play in snow
- Explore history
- Mingle with Yahudas
- Simply watch the world go by
- Hike to Neelnag and Sang-e-Safed Valley
When to go
Hike the flower clothed meadow during spring
How to reach
Delhi-Srinagar: approximately 865 kilometers
Srinagar –Yusmarg: about 47 kilometers
Sheikh ul Alam Airport, Srinagar
Air India fares for Delhi (DEL) -Srinagar (SXR) journey start from INR 3,929.00 per person inclusive of taxes and fees.
GoAir connects Delhi (DEL) to Srinagar (SXR). You have to pay INR 3,791.00 inclusive of taxes and fees to fly on the route.
IndiGo also flies between Delhi (DEL) and Srinagar (SXR). The starting fare amounts to INR 3,791.00 per person inclusive of taxes and fees.
Jet Airways offers air services on the route.
SpiceJet operates flights between Delhi (DEL) and Srinagar (SXR). The fare starts from INR 3,791.00 per person inclusive of taxes and fees.
Jammu & Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (J.K.R.S.T.C.) offers non-AC bus service for Srinagar-Yusmarg journey. The bus fare varies from INR 146.00 per person (Deluxe bus) to INR 213.00 per person (MCV bus). The corporation also offers the following bus services:
Delhi-Srinagar: INR 1,400.00 per passenger (non-AC sleeper)
Delhi-Srinagar: INR 1,400.00 per passenger (AC seating)
Delhi-Srinagar: INR 1,255.00 per passenger (non-AC seating)
2/2 Hi-tech buses also ply on this route. Get more information.
Jammu Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (J.K.T.D.C.) manages Tourist Bungalow and Hutments in Yusmarg. The property features 2BHK huts (INR 3,000 per night), 3BHK huts (INR 3,500 per night), 2-bed rooms (INR 800 per night) and dormitory (INR 150 per bed, per night). Book the accommodation online at jktdc.co.in.
If you want to do camping, carry tents and full camping gear.