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Doodhpathri Tourist Information

Doodhpathri (translation; Valley of Milk) 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.

The name “doodpathri” means Valley of Milk. It is said that the famous saint of Kashmir Sheikh ul Aalam Sheikh Noor din Noorani has prayed here and once when he was in search of water in the meadows, to offer prayers, he pricked the ground with his stick to search for water and milk came out. He asked the milk that you can only be used for drinking and not performing ablution. Hearing this milk at once changed its state to water and the meadow got its name Doodpathri. The water which is at present flowing through the meadows has a milky appearance from the distance and remains very cold throughout the year. The lush green grasses over the vast meadows and silver shining streams running over the large stones further increase its beauty. Doodhpathri is sloping grassy landscapes with a diversity of multicolored flowers up to Chang. The famous Tosamaidan lies in the west of Doodpathri.

Not many people would have heard of the name Doodhpathri. And the ones who did would either have already visited Kashmir at least once; or must be planning to be there in near future. Even I got to hear this name when I was thinking of a week long trip to explore Kashmir; and a friend who is a local from Srinagar suggested Doodhpathri. On his recommendation, I included it in my itinerary and must say that I am glad I did. It is a very scenic spot, is not at too great a distance from Srinagar, and in my opinion, is a must visit for anyone who is visiting Kashmir and would like to include a few offbeat destinations.

For a brief introduction, Doodhpathri is a small hill station in Kashmir region. It is located at an altitude of 8,957 ft, and at a distance of about 45 kilometers from Srinagar. It is one of those areas that have not yet become too popular among tourists and probably never get crowded. While destinations like Gulmarg and Pahalgam get plenty of tourists each year, Doodhpathri do not see too many visitors. Majority of the people I have found visiting Doodhpathri were actually Kashmiri locals only; families out for an outing and some school kids for a picnic. It reminded me a bit of Khajjiar in Himachal but far more grand and beautiful.

Doodhpathri is easily accessible from Srinagar in under 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.

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.