A Peep into Pristine and Serene Beauty of Khillanmarg
Post by Umar Raina on Sunday, September 24, 2023
Nestled in the heart of Central Kashmir's Ganderbal District, the picturesque Khillanmarg is an unexplored tourist spot craving for official attention. Located just three kilometers away from the main town of Gund, Khilanmarg offers visitors a breathtaking blend of natural beauty, housing colorful flowers and enchanting snow-covered mountains.
Despite being relatively unexplored, Khillanmarg has the potential to become a favorite destination for visitors if the tourism department pays more attention towards its development.
Natural Beauty and Landscape:
Khillanmarg, which translates to "Cheers" in the local dialect, is a beautiful grassy slope adorned with a variety of vibrant flowers. Situated at the foot of the Sindh forest range in Ramwari Gund area, this alpine paradise is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and lush pine and Kairu trees. During the spring and summer seasons, the natural grasslands burst into a riot of colors with wildflowers like daisies, forget-me-nots, and buttercups adding charm to its spellbinding beauty.
The contrast of the snow-covered landscape in winter and the blossoming lush green meadows in the warmer months make Khillanmarg a year-round wonder.
Khillanmarg is not a place for permanent settlement, and it becomes inaccessible in the winter due to accumulation of heavy snow. However, during the summer months, local shepherds bring their cattle from the plains of Ganderbal district and inhabit Khillanmarg for about three months, adding to the area's attraction.
The beautiful spots enhancing the allure of Khillanmarg include, Yamsar and Khemsar, located just five kilometers away. These places feature two large lakes where visitors can also find trout fishes, adding a unique dimension to the natural beauty of Khillanmarg.
Khillanmarg remains relatively unexplored and unnoticed by the tourism department. Still, the potential for this breathtaking location to become a favorite among tourists is undeniable. The region offers a pristine and untouched natural beauty that resonates with the words of Mughal Emperor Zahiruddin Babar, who likened Kashmir to heaven on earth.
Javaid Ahmad Sheikh and Owais Ahmad, two locals of the area , while expressing their admiration for Khillanmarg's beauty, highlighted its strategic location as the shortest route to Dachigam and Tarsar Marsar and its appeal to both local and visiting trekkers.
Khillanmarg stands as an unexplored gem in the Ganderbal district of Kashmir, offering an opportunity for tourists to experience the untouched beauty of nature. While well-known tourist spots in Kashmir draw large crowds, Khillanmarg remains a peaceful sanctuary for those seeking isolation and communion with nature. With its scenic landscapes, trekking opportunities, and the potential for further development, Khillanmarg has the makings of a hidden paradise waiting to be uncovered and cherished by travelers seeking a unique and immersive experience in the lap of nature.