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Bhaderwah is a valley with natural beauty and panoramic vistas which has earned it an epithet of Chota Kashmir. The beauty of the place is the saucer shaped valley, the deodar and kail forests and River Neeru. The carpet of winter snow and the colours of the summer flowers blossoming all over makes one fall in love with the place.
Kailash kund - The Kailash Mountain overlooks the Bhanderwah valley and is believed to be the abode of Sri Vasuki Nag. At 13067ft, the Kailas Kund is the source of the river Neeru which drains the Bhanderwah valley. The yatra follows Mani Mahesh yatra and starts from village Gatha in Banderwah and then goes to Vasuki Nag temple in the heart of the town.
How to reach Banderwah
Bhaderwah is 200kms from Jammu. Jammu - Udhampur (65kms NH1A) Udhampur - Batote(55kms NH1A), Batote-pul Doda (50kms NH1B) Pul Doda - Bhaderwah (30kms)
TempSummer temp rises to about 32 degrees and winters dips to -3
AccommodationAccommodation is available at Banderwah - hotels, guest houses, huts etc. Tented accommodation is there at Jai. Igloo huts are there in Khellani and Jai.
Adventure ActivitiesThe Ashtapati mountain looming over the Bhaderwah valley is at a distance of one and a half kms from the main Chamba road and one km from Gurdanda on Bhaderwah-Bani road. It takes about a hour to trek upto Ashtapai or Sonbain snowbed, which remains full of snow even in summer.
Bhaderwah has lots of exciting activities. The Khani top and Thuba are ideal for paragliding. The mountains overlooking the valley offer abundant camping and trekking opportunities. Hanga Noori to Seoj, Hanga - Devchatar-Chilli-Khellani are popular treks. Chinta, Thanala and Padri meadow slopes have snowboarding and skiing.
What to see nearbySeoj meadows
The place looks like a replica of Pahalgam with grasslands, meadows and crystalline rivulets.
The thick conifer forest is at a height of 6500ft, with Chinta nallah flowing by
10 kms from chinta is valley of jai at 7000ft. 32 kms away from Bhaderwah, it is a beautiful place with thick doedhar forests and steep slopes with meadows.
15kms away is the Khelar valley, the valley is a bounty of fruits like apricots, peaches, plums and apples.
40kms away, this place receives heavy snow fall upto 5m, and remain upto mid June. It is the most populr spot here for picnic.