Gurez is one of the well-kept beautiful region of Jammu & Kashmir, situated at a height of 8,460 ft. about 146 km from Srinagar, One can reach Gurez by driving along the Jhelum River and crossing Bandipore where one of the largest and beautiful fresh water Wullar Lake is situated.
From Bandipore, the beautiful road climbs up to 11672 ft. at Razdan Pass and then the road slopes down to reach Dawar the district administrative center with small market, situated at a height of 8,460 ft. the road link is closed from December till April.
Gurez is situated on LoC and until few years ago permission from the DC office was required for any non-residents of the region to visit Gurez
Historically, Gurez was part of Dardistan stretching between Shardapeeth to Baghtor and Drass to Minimarg , falling along the old silk route , the capital of Dardistan was Dawar on the banks of river Kishenganga, which is now part of India and further ahead is Shardapeeth, which is in PoK. It is said that the last Buddhist council meeting was believed held in Kanzalwan. The region in POK is known as Neelam valley and river is known as Neelam
Gurez has its identity with formidable pyramid shape Habba Khatoon peak named after a Kashmiri poet of 1554-1609. She was married to the ruler of Kashmir – Yusuf Shah Chak who was arrested by King Akbar and sent into exile to Bihar, where his grave is, Nalanda district . Habba Khatoon waited for twenty years writing and singing her poetry of sorrow and separation after which she ended her life by drowning herself in the river Jhelum.
The valley is very serene and beautiful with river Kishenganga flowing through the valley along the rich meadows, forests of lime bushes, willow and walnut trees. The entire valley is full of wild flowers, small villages with log huts. The people here are warm and welcome the tourists with open arms and hearts.
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