Doodhpathri or “Valley of Milk”, situated 40 kms from Srinagar is definitely an unexplored place in Kashmir. If you plan to visit Kashmir sometimes, you should take a little time off to visit this beautiful and enchanting place. You will certainly love the green meadows, pristine environment and serenity.
It took us about an hour from Srinagar by cab. A river cascading down the pebbles is a walk of 5 minutes from the parking. You will definitely meet sphered who will be keeping a watchful eye on his flock grazing on the verdant meadows and some cattle and horses. On reaching river, you can soak your feet on the clear and icy water. God, it felt like my feet was frozen and numb for a second.
The place is quite secluded, you can rent a tent and set up a camping station. There are a few shops which serve hot and mouth watery omelettes, Maggie, Kashmiri tea and coffee. The best thing to enjoy here is the ride on horses to the bottom of snow covered mountains and trekking.
The best time to travel Doodhpathri is between May- July as the weather is pleasant and preachy. The temperature varies between 10-15 degrees during this time.
Doodhpathri (pronounced Dwadhpathri locally), the wildflower-spangled, intensely green meadows come rolling at you suddenly, without warning. Barely contained by the mossy green hills, the grasslands give way to more grasslands. Alpine wildflowers beget more wildflowers. And packs of handsome wild horses graze fixedly. The meadows eventually wind up at a riverbed. Doodhpathri is one of the most beautiful meadows you can visit and no better setting for a picnic.
Doodhpathri is located in Budgam district of Jammu Kashmir state and can be reached via two different routes mentioned below:
Route 1: Via Budgam
This will take around 42KM and shortest route to reach Doodhpathri from Srinagar. Here is the brief:
Srinagar ->Budgam -> Khansahib -> Raiyar -> Doodhpathri
2: Via Gulmarg road
If you are planning to visit Gulmarg, you should choos this route which will take around 50KM to reach Doodhpathri from Srinagar. Here is the brief route:
Srinagar ->Gulmarg road till Magam -> Beerwah -> Arizal -> Doodhpathri