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Lolab Valley


Lolab valley, locally known as ‘Wadi-e-Lolab’ is known for its fruit orchards, lake, springs and lush rice fields. Lolab can be easily reached by road. Travelers staying in Srinagar can easily reach Lolab by a local bus or hire a taxi.

Poets like to refer to Lolab asa true destination and as “land of love and beauty”. Lolab valley is 5km wide and 26 km long. It is located at a distance of 120 kms from Srinagar in Kupwara district. Lolab is a combination of three valleys, Potnai valley, Brunai valley and Kalaroos valley. There are beautiful Nagmarg meadows, which separate Lolab from Bandipora district.

Lalkul is a stream that flows in the Lolab Valley. Numerous tributaries from the nearby hills join to give rise to this stream. Deodar forests cover these hills. The valley has 11 ponds the average depth of which is 7 to 15 feet. There is a village named Varnow. Allama Anwar Shah Kashmiri was born here. The Sattbarren and a cave called as Tramkhand located in the Jungles of Madmadav are two significant spots in the valley. Both are architectural marvel. Sattbarren is present near the village Mahadev at a place called Kalaroos. A cave believed to have a connecting link to the Central Asian States is present next to this structure.

Kashmir is full of beautiful valleys. Lolab is found on the north-east of Srinagar. The valley has a length of 15 miles while the width is 3 miles. Many rich pasture lands as well as forests are found in this beautiful valley. The valley is included in the Kupwara district. The Lolab valley is also referred to as ‘Lulavaka’ or ‘Laulaha’.

Three valleys namely, Kalaroos, Potnai and Brunai constitute Lolah. Lolab is separated from Bandipore by the meadows of Nagmarg. The headquarters of Lolab lie at Sogam. Kotraja ruled Sogam along with numerous other villages. Sogam stretched from Kralmiyach to Wovura during the rule of Chaks.