25 Mar, 2021 11:56:00 AM | Ajinkya Ayare

Doodhpathri - The Valley of Milk

Doodhpathri is a tourist destination and hill station in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. It is located in Budgam district of Jammu & Kashmir. Situated at an altitude of 8,957 ft from sea level, and located at a distance of 42 km from state summer capital Srinagar and 22 km from district headquarter Budgam. Doodhpathri lies in a bowl shaped valley in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas, at an altitude of 2,730 m (8,957 ft) above sea level. It is an alpine valley covered with snow clad mountains and the meadows of Pine Fir and Deodar. The natural meadows, which are covered with snow in winter, allow the growth of wild flowers such as daisies, forget-me-nots and butter cups during spring and summer.


The Naming - Valley of Milk 

The name Doodhpathri in a real sense means "Valley of Milk" and there is indeed a fascinating story about how this spot got named thusly. It is said that an acclaimed Kashmiri holy person, Sheikh Noor din Noorani, used to pray here. When he was searching for some water in the knolls to get ready for his petitions; and keeping in mind that doing as such, pricked the ground with his stick. The second he did that, milk came blasting out of the ground. Sheik Noorani anyway would not utilize milk to wash his hands and face for supplications, saying that milk can and ought to be utilized uniquely for drinking. Upon his refusal, milk without a moment's delay changed its state to water and thus the glades here got names as Doodhpathri. 

You may not discover milk around here emerging starting from the earliest stage what you will to be sure discover is a lot of normal magnificence to leave you hypnotized. Curiously, the water that currently moves through the glades and the valley has an extremely smooth appearance; which could likewise be the motivation behind why the spot gets called Doodhpathri. The rich green grasses over the immense glades; and silver sparkling streams running over the enormous stones further increment its excellence.


Best time to visit Doodhpathri:

Doodhpathri has no permanent settlement and is inaccessible during winter due to heavy snowfall. 
In summer shepherds from the plains of district Budgam bring cattle for grazing and remain at Doodhpathri seasonally for about six months. The best time to visit Doodhpathri is during the spring and summer months from May to September.
Main attraction of Doodhpathri is Tangnar, Mujpathri, Palmaidan and Diskhal
1. Tangnar: This place comes on the way 2 km (1.2 mi) before Doodhpathri; it is a beautiful place of small valleys with deodar and pine trees on small hills.
2. Mujpathri: Mujpathri is a small hamlet 3 km (1.9 mi) from Doodhpathri; it is situated on the bank of river shaliganga.
3. Palmaidan: Palmaidan the name of this place is after the "Big Stones" because there are huge stones all around the ground. It situated at a distance of about 5 km (3.1 mi) from Doodhpathri and is the favorite spot of shepherds and cowboys where shepherds and cowboys gather in large numbers in summer and graze their cattle and livestock. It is beautiful place with a small stream running on one side of the ground. The place is rich in deodar and pine tree.
4. Diskhal: Dikshal is a beautiful meadow on the top of the mountain and overlooks the Ashtaar glacier. It is around 10 km (6.2 mi) trek from Shaliganga Nallah in Dodhpathri. You can also visit Sochilpather, Dophkhal, and Parihars.
Know before you go
Literally nothing is the appropriate response and that is the thing that you should come here for. It is where you simply plunk down with loved ones, or even alone on the off chance that you were voyaging solo, and simply appreciate the vistas around. Doodhpathri isn't a sight that you will see each day; and you ought to have your fill of it while you are here. Indeed, even individuals of Kashmir get around here to outing, that is the way excellent it is. 
Photography is an action that you couldn't imagine anything better than to entertain yourself with here. Outdoors and journeying are two different exercises; however remember that there are no such offices accessible at Doodhpathri itself. There are no campgrounds here so you should bring your own tent and expertise to set it up. The spot is possessed by a couple of shepherds during summer; and they offer tea and a couple of different things to eat here. I would prompt that you set up you camp to somewhere near shepherds hovels. You can likewise pay them to prepare nourishment for you. There is natural life around here, uncommonly bears, so do whatever it takes not to camp completely all alone in the center of no place. 
Same thing applies for traveling also. Try not to go meandering around alone as you may experience natural life; or lose all sense of direction in the forested areas. Either bring a guide from Srinagar itself; or recruit one of the nearby shepherds to show you around. There are a couple of horse proprietors here also; and they will begin inquiring as to whether you needed a horse ride the second you show up here. In the event that you wish, you can even request that these folks be your traveling guide.

How to Reach:

By Air:

The nearest airport is the Sheikh-ul-Alam International Airport (Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir). Doodhpathri is at a distance of 40 Kms From this Airport and it takes about 1 hour by Car.

By Train:

The railway station is situated in Ompora town of Budgam district, 35Km to Doodhpathri.

By Road:

Doodhpathri is easily accessible from Srinagar in less than 1 and Half Hour from car or Taxi. The routes of Doodhpathri are from Srinagar to Budgam, Budgam to Khansahib and Khansahib to Doodhpathri via Raiyar total distance of about 45 km. Another route is from Srinagar Gulmarg road, the route starts from Srinagar to Magam, Magam to Beerwah and Beerwah to Arizal total distance about 50 km. 


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