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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.

Activities

  • Skiing
  • Play in snow
  • Explore history
  • Mingle with Yahudas
  • Simply watch the world go by
  • Hike to Neelnag and Sang-e-Safed Valley

 

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When to go 

Skiing: January-March

Hike the flower clothed meadow during spring

How to reach 

Delhi-Srinagar: approximately 865 kilometers

Srinagar –Yusmarg: about 47 kilometers

Air

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. Check flight ticket availability.

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. Check the latest flight deals.

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. Find the best airfare.

Jet Airways offers air services on the route. Check the fare and book your air ticket.

SpiceJet operates flights between Delhi (DEL) and Srinagar (SXR). The fare starts from INR 3,791.00 per person inclusive of taxes and fees. Book the flight tickets.

Bus 

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.

Accommodation 

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

If you want to do camping, carry tents and full camping gear.

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