From Shikara Rides To Treks, Things To Do In Zurimanz, The Gem North Kashmir Has Been Hiding

by Mallika Khurana
From Shikara Rides To Treks, Things To Do In Zurimanz, The Gem North Kashmir Has Been Hiding

Nestled along the shores of Wular Lake, where tranquility meets tales of resilience, lies Zurimanz Village—a hidden sanctuary, an unfolding story, and an invitation to step into the heart of Kashmir’s Bangladesh. Here, every ripple on the lake’s surface whispers a narrative etched in the aftermath of a war, where a village rose from the ashes like a phoenix, now beckoning adventurers and wanderers alike to unravel its mysteries. Welcome to Zurimanz, where the ordinary becomes extraordinary and every moment is a celebration of the beauty that emerges from resilience.

The Rise Of Zurimanz Village

Kashmir's Bangladesh
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Nestled along the serene shores of Wular Lake, Zurimanz Village beckons travellers to embark on an extraordinary journey through North Kashmir. Aptly nicknamed “Bangladesh,” this charming township emerged from the ashes of a devastating fire ignited during the 1971 India-Pakistan war. The allure of Zurimanz lies not just in its tragic history but also in the breathtaking backdrop provided by Wular Lake, one of South Asia’s largest freshwater lakes. 

Two visionary brothers, Firdous Ahmad Bhat and Ghulam Hassan, seized the opportunity to transform their village into a tourist haven. Crafting the first shikhara to grace Wular Lake’s pristine waters, they set in motion a movement to attract visitors, breathe life into the local economy, and foster sustainable tourism in Zurimanz.

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6 Things To Do In The Beautiful Village

Things to do
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1. Shikara Sojourns

Set sail on the pristine waters of Wular Lake aboard a traditional shikara. Let the rhythmic paddling guide you through the heart of Kashmir’s Bangladesh as you soak in the mesmerising views of the surrounding hills and the ever-reflective lake. Whether you’re a solo adventurer or a romantic couple, the Shikara ride is an immersive experience of the tranquil beauty of Zurimanz.

2. Fishing Fables

For those with a penchant for angling, Wular Lake presents an inviting playground. Engage in the art of fishing as the locals have done for generations. Feel the thrill as you cast your line into the azure depths, surrounded by the serene backdrop of the village.

3. Avian Ballet

Zurimanz’s skies come alive with the melodious symphony of its vibrant birdlife. Birdwatching enthusiasts will find themselves enchanted by the kaleidoscope of colours as a myriad of avian species dance through the air. From regal eagles to the graceful flight of kingfishers, every moment is a celebration of nature’s beauty.

4. Majestic Mount Harmukh Trek

Embark on an exhilarating trek to the towering Mount Harmukh, a majestic sentinel overlooking Zurimanz. The trek offers a perfect blend of adventure and tranquility. Whether you’re a seasoned trekker seeking the thrill of heights or a casual hiker enjoying the scenic trail, the views from the summit are a reward in themselves.

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5. Homestay Harmony

Immerse yourself in the soul of Zurimanz by choosing a homestay. Experience the warmth of Kashmiri hospitality, savour local cuisine, and witness the daily rhythm of village life. It’s an opportunity to forge connections with the locals, sharing stories and laughter around a communal hearth.

6. Scenic Roadtrips

The journey to Zurimanz is as enchanting as the destination itself. Whether you opt for the aerial views from Srinagar International Airport, the nostalgic charm of Sopore railway station, or the scenic road trip from Jammu, each route is a prelude to the wonders awaiting you in this hidden gem.

So, pack your sense of adventure and head to Zurimanz, where every moment is an exploration of serenity and charm.

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