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Kashmir

Doodhpathri

The name "doodpathri'' means Valley of Milk. It is said that the famous saint of Kashmir Sheikh ul Aalam Sheikh Noor din Noorani has prayed here, and once when he was in search of water in the meadows, to offer prayers, he pricked the ground with his stick to search water, and milk came out, he asked the milk that you can only be used for drinking and not performing ablution.Hearing this milk at once changed its state to water and meadow got its name DOODHPATHRI.The water which is at present flowing through the meadows looks like milk from the distance,and remains very cold throughout the year. The lush green grasses over the vast meadows and silver shining stream running over the large stones further increase its beauty. Doodhpathri is sloping grassy landscapes with a diversity of multicoloured flowers up to Chang. The famous Tosamaidan lies in the west of doodpathri.
Doodhpathri lies in a bowl shaped valley in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas, at an altitude of 2,730 m (8,957 ft), above sea level. It is an alpine valley covered with snow clad mountains and the meadows of Pine Fir and Deodar. The natural meadows, which are covered with snow in winter, allow the growth of wild flowers such as daisies, forget-me-nots and butter cups during spring and summer.
Doodhpathri has no permanent settlement and is inaccessible during winter due to heavy snowfall.In summer shepherds from the plains of district budgam bring cattle for grazing and remain at doodhpathri seasonally for about six months. Tangnar, Mujpathri, Palmaidan are places of interest near Doodhpathri.

Naranag

Naranag (or Nara Nag) is a tourist village of Ganderbal district, Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is located around 15 km from sleepy town Kangan (on Srinagar - Sonamarg Highway), 6 km upstream from the Sind River. This is a small hamlet of Wangath, noted for its scenic meadows, dense pine and fir trees along the hilly spurs, meandering Kanakani River, lakes and mountains, it is a base camp for trekking to the Mount Haramukh 16,870 ft (5,142 mtr) and Gangabal Lake. The village lies at the left bank of the Wangath river, which is a tributary of the Sind River. This place is a delight for devotees and they like to visit this place of beauty and spirituality. Under the rule of Sangramaraja in 11th century, these temples endured several misfortunes and after his reign, many rulers tried to desecrate it but its ruins can still be found in Nara Nag. There is a spring, which lies at the foot of the Bhuteshwara or Bhutsher. The water of this spring is believed to have digestive properties.
The Naranag valley is noted for its scenic meadows. The village is a base camp for trekkers to the Mount Haramukh, the Gangabal Lake and Satsar (the seven lakes). It is also a base for the trekkers to Gadsar Lake, the Vishansar Lake and the Krishansar Lake, though it takes 5 to 7 days of trekking. There are also many other peaks and alpine meadows around the Naranag Valley. In the winters, Naranag receives heavy snowfall, during which skiing is practiced.
The Naranag temple has two groups of temples - the main attraction for the tourists. It is one of the important archaeological sites of the country. Both of the temples were known to have outstanding architecture and still enough tourists in comparison to other standing temples in the state. The site consists of a cluster of temples facing each other at a distance of about 200 meters. Historians say that the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva by the 8th century ruler Lalithdatiya Muktadiya. It is believed that the king Awanti Varman paid a visit and donated a pedestal for bathing at Bhutsher. Its architecture reveals the art of the 8th century. The government has only constructed walls to protect it from encroachments and nothing else has been done. It is now left in ruins of which only faint traces have survived. This temple has the typical Aryan structure as was present in Aryan Kashmir.