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