Gurez valley is famous for its beauty, its vast forests, pastures, and green meadows with a serene environment. The picturesque valley, hidden among the high mountains, was once the gateway to the famous Silk Road from Europe to Kashgar in China.
Located 123 kilometers from Srinagar and 86 kilometers from north Kashmir’s Bandipora district,
Its 6-7 hours journey from Srinagar, and 4-5 hours from Bandipora. Gurez is situated at an elevation of 8,000 feet surrounded by the snow clad high Himalayas and the KishanGanga (Neelum in Pakistan) river flows through the valley. The weather in Gurez is typical Kashmir weather with the mercury dipping upto -10C in winters and summers seeing a maximum of 27C. Gurez typically remains cutoff in Winter from Mid-December to March. The ideal time to visit Gurez is between May and October. Gurez is an ideal place for spending couple of days camping, rock climbing and fishing. The cool gushing waters of the KishanGanga can stimulate a refreshing vibe in you. The humongous green laden mountains can provide a soothing feeling to your tired eyes. The simple life of the locals alleviates your mind of all the stress. The wild wooden houses make your idea of luxury and comfort change. The trekking Routes from Gurez and Tilel lead upto Gangabal and Sonmorg to its east and Drass , Dahanu and Zanskar to its north.
The major sites of attractions in Gurez are
1. Razdaan pass
3. Tulail valley
5. Habba khatoon