Yusmarg is a small meadow set in the heart of mountains to the south-west of Srinagar. Yusmarg is an ideal day-picnic resort. Yusmarg is approximately 47 km from the Srinagar and lies in the Badgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. The two-hour drive to the place is an enjoyment in itself. Grassy pastures stretching to acres of land, the dense forests full of pine trees, with the backdrop of splendid snow capped mountains leave you almost speechless.
Nearby are several peaks-Tatta Kutti and Sang Safed to name a couple of them. About 13 kms from Yusmarg, a short detour away from the Srinagar road, is Charari- Sharief, the Shrine of Kashmir's patron saint Sheikh Noor-ud-din or Nund Reshi, now rebuilt after the devastating fire of 1994 which engulfed the entire building.
Yusmarg is the perfect place to go for a picnic of one day. If one likes he can also even stay for a few days. Specially, for the lovers of long walks in picturesque locales, Yusmarg is the place to be.
A short trek of 4km to Nil Nag a small lake amidst pine trees, near a hamlet gives an ultimate pleasure to visitors.
A full day trek from Yousmarg to frozen lake in Sang e safed valley 10 km from Yousmarg is quite fascinating one. Most of the portion of the lake is covered under ice throughout the year
Trekking in Yousmarg:
A major trekking route from Yousmarg eads to a famous spot called Tosa Maidan, a large meadow used for cattle grasing by nomads. This area is connected through rough routes to places like Gulmarg and Poonch. The region is full of springs , the one at Khag is most famous for the curative properties.
Camping: Yousmarg is prime attraction of the camping lovers School camps and adventure lovers make a week to fortnights stay at Yousmarg for ththrilling camping.
Horse Riding in Yousmarg Best time to visit: Summer season is best time to visit Yousmarg ( May-October).
Where to Eat:
JKTDC Restaurant near the Cottages offers all type of continental and Indian food for the visitors at economical price. Couple of local dhabas provide snacks ond quick meals during the daytime. It is advisable to carry your own packed food to visit the spot.
Where to Stay:
Since Yousmarg is not so crowded like other tourist destinations, accommodation here is available only at JKTDC Tourist Bungalows & Hutments. The trekkers are advised to carry tents and other necessary food items for the stay.
How to reach:
Yousmarg is accessible by road at 1 hour drive from Srinagar. The road remains closed from Tsrar-e-sharif during winters.
About 13 kms from Yusmarg, a short detour away from the Srinagar road, is Charari- Sharief, the Shrine of Kashmir's patron saint Sheikh Noor-ud-din or Nund Reshi. Nund Reshi was the patron of the Sufism in Kashmir who showed disinterest in worldly matters from childhood and renounced the world at an early age of 12 in search of divinity of God . He was an illiterate Shiekh Noor-ud-Din Noorani RA popular as Nund Reshi or Alamdar-e- Kashmir was born in 1378 AD at Kaimuh a village in Anantnag district. When the people of valley were suffering and yet spontaneously uttered concise and rhythmic verses called 'Shruks' which are considered of high value in Kashmiri literature.