The beautiful climate of Doda, along with the hilly terrain will give you the maximum thrill and adventure than you can ever imagine! This place is famous for trekking.
The quaint town of Doda, named after a utensil maker from Multan called Deeda is located in the district of Doda in Jammu & Kashmir. Nestled cozily amidst evergreen mountain forests and ice-fed streams, Doda is one of the prime centers of tourism in Kashmir. It is located at the heart of the bountiful Chenab Valley, which teems with dense forests and exciting wildlife. Due to the torrid climatic conditions and rough hilly terrain, Doda still remains untouched by rapid commercial development. For all those nature-lovers and daredevils craving for some serious adventure, the snowy peaks of Doda are the most happening place to be.
Places to Visit
The scenic town of Kishtwar, located at a height of 1640m is the first place to visit in Doda. While travelling around Kishtwar, don’t miss any of the seven silvery water cascades gushing down from the lofty slopes from a height of nearly 700m! Kishtwar is also home to a few highly revered religious shrines namely Farid-ud-Din Sahib, Ziarat-Zain-Shah-Sahib, Chandi Mata Temple and Athara Bhuja Devi Temple. Kishtwar serves as a connecting link to several popular trekking routes like Paddar, Zumum Palmar, Bhandarkot, Nagseen and Dacchan. It would be ideal to spend a whole day touring in and around Kishtwar.
Bhaderwah is situated 36km east of Doda and is fondly called as ‘Chota-Kashmir’. It is a beautiful and mesmerizing valley town abundantly blessed with sylvan woodlands and breathtaking views of the mountains and meadows. The must-see places in Bhaderwah are Soej Meadow, Sartingal, Padri, Nalthi-Basti and many more. We recommend you to camp outside amidst the wilderness of Bhaderwah for a minimum of two nights to savor nature’s delights. To preserve the effervescent memories of Bhaderwah, you can pick up traditional sculptures which depict the essence of Bhaderwah’s tradition.
Best Time to Visit
Since Doda is located at higher altitudes, the temperatures remain cool
throughout the year. The summer months of April to June offer the best
climate for relaxing outdoors and visiting popular tourist spots. The
rainy season from September to November is the best time for
nature-lovers to visit Doda as the place brims with verdant vegetation
Doda is well connected to different parts of Kashmir by road. It is
200km away from Srinagar and 175km from Jammu. You can make use of the
State’s corporation buses or deluxe buses for more luxurious travelling.
The nearest major railway station and airport are located in Srinagar.
Doda is a hotspot for tourism and has many private budget hotels to
cater to the accommodation needs of visitors. If you wish to feast on
the bountiful natural beauty of Doda with your eyes, there are some
classy nature resorts available in and around Doda.
Planning Your Trip
The best thing to do on a trip to Doda is to pack up your climbing
boots, ropes, camping kits and head straight to the dense forests of the
mountains to experience the adventure of your lifetime. The various
hotspots near Doda which are ideal for adventure sports are Kishtwar,
Chinta Valley and Bhaderwah.
All in all, a trip to Doda and the neighboring places can be completed in 4 days. The total cost of the trip per individual can sum upto 14,000 INR inclusive of any adventure trips and accommodation. So, what are you waiting for? Come running to the hills searching for Doda – The Denizen of Daredevils.
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