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Kaobal Gali-Mushkoh Valley

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Kaobal Gali-Mushkoh Valley, previously a battlefield during the Kargil War, has been opened for tourists.

About

  • The valley connects the high-altitude passes of Gurez in north Kashmir with Mushkoh Valley in Kargil’s Drass Sector, Ladakh.
  • A 130-km road has been established to facilitate tourist access.
  • Kaobal Gali, the highest pass at 4,166.9 meters in Gurez, serves as the connecting point.

Gurez Valley:

  • Gurez Valley is located near the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir, at an elevation of about 2,400 meters above sea level.
  • It boasts diverse wildlife, including ibex, musk deer, marmots, Himalayan brown bears, and snow leopards.
  • The Kishanganga River flows through this valley.
  • Gurez is known for its unique log houses, devoid of urban concrete materials, making it distinct from other habitations in Kashmir.

Mushkoh Valley

  • The Mushkoh Valley is situated in Dras, Ladakh.
  • It is known for its vibrant wild tulip flowers and is home to the endangered Himalayan yew.

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