is a stunningly beautiful place with a vast tourism potential. The tragedy however is that it is a relatively unknown station and has not yet been completely developed as a tourist station. However, the work is in progress on fast track basis to bring it on the tourist map of Kashmir. The Valley is located in the Kupwara district in North Kashmir. It is located at an altitude of 10,000 ft. at a distance of about 115 km from Srinagar. It lies within the Handwara sub district. The valley lies close to the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. The valley consists of Bod Bangus (Big) and LokutBangus (small). It covers an area of about 300 sq. km.
Bangus Valley is a part of unique ecological area which comprises mountain and Grassland. The valley is more beautiful than the famous tourist places in the valley and is also virgin as not many tourists travel to this part of the valley. The valley is blessed with some splendid natural beauty and has yet not faced the destruction of human interference. Natural vegetation, flowers and forests are abundant. It has been proposed to be developed as a Himalayan Biosphere valley by INTACH. The valley is calm, serene and mesmerizing.
The Bangus stream, which is one of the headwaters of the Kamilriver, originates here. The Qazinag spring is said to be the source of the various springs and streams in Bungus. The Dodkol has sweet and cold water. It emerges from the Dudi hill and merges with the TilwanKol at the BaddiBehek meadow. RoshanKol, Satkol Nag, and its seven streams, are some other streams and lakes of the valley.
The large pasturelands of the area produce some of the finest grass in the state. Bungus has more than a hundred meadows. A little more than half of these are on top of plateaux, while the rest are in the plains. The meadows have a great cushioned fee as the grass is soft. The grass has a tremendous nutritional and medicinal value for the cattle.
Bungus can be approached from Srinagar through two routes. One is through Handwara through Satkoji and other through Chowkibal, through Malasari. Transport is not readily available as the road is not in a good condition. The place is yet to be brought on the tourist map of Kashmir and hence you may have a difficult time while reaching there, but the place is worth all the trouble.