Bungus Valley

Bungus Valley

Area:  300 sq.kms
Altitude:  3500m.
Population:  650,393(2001 Census)
Language:  Kashmiri, Urdu, Hindi, English.
Temperature:  Max 29.5 C to Min-1.9 C.
Main Attractions:   White Water Rafting, Trekking, Skiing
How to spend time/Attractions:   Trekking, Horse Riding, Photography, Sightseeing, etc.
Best Time to Visit:  Round the year.
Places of Interest:  Mawar, Lolab Valley, Drangyari Valley.

The Bungus Valley is a Himalayan sub-valley of the Kashmir Valley. It is situated in the North area of Kupwara District, in Jammu and Kashmir. Bungus is 72 Kilometers away from Srinagar and lies at an altitude of 10,000 ft. above sea level. The principal valley is locally known as "Badi Bungus" (Big Bungus) and has an estimated area of about 300 Square Kilometers. It consists of a linear elliptical bowl aligned along the east-west axis and is surrounded by Rajwar and Mawar in the east, Shamasbury and Dajlungun Mountains in the west and Chowkibal and Karnah Guli in the north. Leepa Mountains in the south. A smaller valley known as "Lokut Bangus" (Small Bungus) lies on the north-eastern side of the main valley. Both the valleys comprise level green meadows surrounded by low lying mountains covered with dense pine forests (Budloo). The valley is traversed by many small streams with nearly 14 tributaries, including the Roshan Kul, Tillwan Kul and Douda Kul. The water of these streams form one of the headwaters of the Kamil River which in turn joins the Lolab stream, thus forming the Pohru River. Over the years, this valley has remained unexplored but now it is coming up as one of the most exotic places of Kashmir. Just 48 km from District Headquarter, Kupwara, Bungus is a part of a unique ecological area, comprising mountain and grassland with flora, Taiga or Coniferous forest. The Valley which is as beautiful as Gulmarg and Pahalgam, but less spoiled and more pristine is located in Handwara of District Kupwara. This valley is replete with natural vegetation and flowers of wild nature. The vast green plains look like natural tapestries, as if spread by divine hands.

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