Yusmarg is a small meadow set in the heart of mountains to the southwest of Srinagar. It is an ideal picnic spot and the Nilnag Lake can be visited from here. A two-hour drive from Srinagar (47 km) will take you to acres upon acres of grassy meadow ringed by forests of pine, and towering beyond them, awesome and majestic snow-clad mountains.

Yusmarg Budgam
Yusmarg Budgam

Nearby are several peaks – Tatta Kutti and Sang-e-Safed to name a couple of them. About 13 km from Yusmarg, a short detour away from the Srinagar road, is Charar-i-Sharief, the shrine of Kashmir’s patron saint Sheikh Noor-ud-din or Nund Reshi, now rebuilt after the devastating fire of 1994 which engulfed the entire building.

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Dhokka in Yusmarg
‘Dhokka’ in Yusmarg

How to reach?

Taxis can be hired at Srinagar for the trip to Yusmarg.

Temporary Mud House in Yusmarg
Temporary Mud House in Yusmarg

What to do?

One can enjoy a pony ride in and around Yusmarg. Trek to the mountain lake of Nilnag can be undertaken from Yusmarg.

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