Bhaderwah is a real heaven for tourists interested in Trekking, Mountaineering, and Campingrespectively. Many enthusiastic locals and foreigners on joint expeditions discovered new trekking routes and the same ones are used frequently. Some of them are Seoj, Padri, Jai Shpar Dhar and these routes include anonymous lakes, rivulets and pastures which keep charming the tourists. The overall effect is such that the description attracts people like magnets and even those disinterested in trekking often try joining the queue.
Campers often reach to Jai Valley which is just 35 km awayat 7,000 ft is a very beautiful place for camping. Surrounded by thick Deodar trees on steep slopes and a beautiful sprawling meadow nearby. The valley runs in for a few kilometers bisected by the Jail Nallah rivulet, popular for Trout Fishing.Tourists often put their own tents and can also avail the pre-erected colourful tents. The organisers often call this as “Holiday Village” as it has most of the facilities put up nearby.
Campers make it a point to stay here for days together and enjoy horse-riding, hikingand trekking. Many campers venture together for trekking and it appears like a big convoy going on an expedition.
Best Time to Visit Bhaderwah
Tourists who can withstand cold weather can visit all year round. Normally, Bhaderwah is enjoyable between March to November when cold is okay and not frightening. The landscapes are captivating with blooming flowers in all hues and snow on mountain tops. Those looking for Paragliding should avoid the wet seasons.
Bhaderwah boasts of cool and pleasant weather throughout the year.
The winter season from October to March sees the temperature fluctuate from 15 to 2 degrees during nights and sometimes approach the freezing point. Tourists need heavy woolens as chilly surface winds hurt their spine frequently. The afternoons are somewhat cozy but the blanket of snow turns everything into white.
The months from March to May have some snow left from previous snowfalls but the temperature in the afternoons are very much comfortable. Surprisingly the temperatures do dip to around 2 degrees but it happens very rarely. The flowers begin to bloom and Bhaderwah drapes a new colourful shade across itself.
This is the best time to visit all around. The days in May to June are pleasant and nights cool with slight but inviting nip in the air. Tourists can roam with much difficulty and the heat is comfortable too. All lying snow disappears while breathing new life into the flowering plants. Bhaderwah suddenly is a shutterbug’s haven.
July to September months are supposed to be the monsoon months but the rainfall is scanty at best. This infrequent rain makes the environment extremely hot & humid. But whenever it is about to rain, the views are magnificent. Many couples just wait for this development and enjoy the misty environment full with vapours. The sudden dip in temperatures, create a romantic mood lovers cherish.
Tourists who can withstand cold weather can visit all year round.
Normally, Bhaderwah is enjoyable between March to November when cold is okay and not frightening. The landscapes are captivating with blooming flowers in all hues and snow on mountain tops.
Those looking for Paragliding should avoid the wet seasons.
How to Reach Bhaderwah
Nearest Airport Jammu, 200 kilometers away
Nearest rail head Jammu, 200 kilometers away.
The 200 kilometer journey is broken in four parts. One can either reach directly to Bhaderwah or take stoppages in between as follows:
1. Jammu to Udhampur – 65 kms, OR Jammu to Udhampur (By train) – 50 kms
2. Udhampur to Batote – 55 km
3. Batote – Pul Doda – 50 kms
4. Pul Doda – Bhaderwah – 30 kms
Adventure Facilities in and around Bhaderwah
Being a hilly area, Bhaderwah presents ample opportunities for camping and adventure activities. Some of the activities are popular in summer whereas winters also bring some exciting news for enthusiasts.
1. Hiking and trekking is one of the most popular adventure activity for everyone. One popular trek starts from Bhaderwah to Seoj to Kailash Kund to Nalthi Village via Ramtund. This route is 30 km and usually it is completed in 3 days and 2 nights requiring night halt at Seoj and Ramtund.
2. River rafting in Chenab River and Neeru & Dondi Streams is also fast catching up. Though the latter provide still waters, only Chenab River offers some rapids. Depending on their skill, tourists can reach their preferred destinations.
3. Paragliding is also available here and conducted whenever the skies are clear. The sites are Khani Top and Thuba respectively from where the paragliders descent on Bhaderwah. Seoj meadow (11000 ft) fare popular for basic & intermediate flyers, whereas Gurdanda & Sonbain (at 7000, 8000 ft) is the site of choice for advanced flyers.
4. Mountain biking is one such sport people take up in summers when there is no snow. The comfortable treks and winding mountainous roads are ideal for mountain sports biking and the demand is increasing day-by-day.
5. On snowy weather, snow skiing is popular activity which almost everyone tries their hand at. One such spot is “Chinta” which has good slopes and offers space for camping and good food facilities as well.
6. Sometimes bike and car rallies are also conducted.
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