Daksum – The Hidden gem of Kashmir
A scenic picnic spot, Daksum lies 14 km southeast of Kokernag at an altitude of 2438 m (8,099ft) above sea level on the Anantnag- Kishtwar highway. The picturesque Daksum, situated in a densely forested gorge, presents an awe-inspiring sight with ubiquitous peace and tranquility. The only sound heard there is that of the Bringi River, rushing right through its center. Daksum in Kashmir valley is a must for those fond of walking and nature as a number of treks branch out from this fascinating place. A walk-in Daksum will take you up to the hills enveloped in lush coniferous trees and past gurgling brooks. The simple music coming out of the flute of an unseen shepherd tending to his flock will keep you mesmerized
The landscape of Daksum is quite unique. From the tree-covered hills, you will suddenly find yourself in grassy meadows serving as host to the sheep coming for pasture. The invigorating mountain air, the calm and serenity, the densely clad hills, all make the trip to Daksum a memorable experience. Then, there are the snow-capped mountains in the background that further enhance the beauty of this place. The trek to the gorgeous Sinthan top meanders its trail through some pristine and virgin meadows and valleys. You will be crossing the dashing Bringi River many times with every crossing opening to a new and better treasure of natural beauty.
Daksum is a place where you can revel in solitude and be one with nature. Pine trees, green meadows, clear gurgling brooks, fresh mountain air all promise to make your experience invigorating and long-lasting. The place has gained importance as being the last habitation before Sinthan Top. A number of restaurants have come up here, offering all that a visitor needs at such places. Daksum also serves as the base for a trek to the Marwah area with some pristine lakes and valleys welcoming the trekkers. The place is open to visitors almost throughout the year barring the winter when Daksum experiences heavy snowfall. It is also an angler’s paradise as the Bringi River teems with Trout fishes. Angling in mountainous terrain, sitting on a huge rock or the pebbled- strewn banks, has its own charm and can be felt on the spot only.
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Source – JKTourism.jk.gov.in
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