Destination: Lolab Valley

Kashmir is full of beautiful valleys. Lolab is found on the north-east of Srinagar. The valley has a length of 15 miles while the width is 3 miles. Many rich pasture lands as well as forests are found in this beautiful valley. The valley is included in the Kupwara district. The Lolab valley is also referred to as ‘Lulavaka’ or ‘Laulaha’.

Lalkul is a stream that flows in the Lolab Valley. Numerous tributaries from the nearby hills join to give rise to this stream. Deodar forests cover these hills. The valley has 11 ponds the average depth of which is 7 to 15 feet. There is a village named Varnow. Allama Anwar Shah Kashmiri was born here. The Sattbarren and a cave called as Tramkhand located in the Jungles of Madmadav are two significant spots in the valley. Both are architectural marvel. Sattbarren is present near the village Mahadev at a place called Kalaroos. A cave believed to have a connecting link to the Central Asian States is present next to this structure.

Three valleys namely, Kalaroos, Potnai and Brunai constitute Lolah. Lolab is separated from Bandipore by the meadows of Nagmarg. The headquarters of Lolab lie at Sogam. Kotraja ruled Sogam along with numerous other villages. Sogam stretched from Kralmiyach to Wovura during the rule of Chaks.

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