Drive to Warwan Valley, a piece of paradise on earth!

If you're someone who would like to enjoy Green meadows, beautiful landscapes, lovely scenery, mesmerising rivers, cattle and horses grazing grass along with wonderful weather, you need to head to Warwan, a beautiful valley in the suburbs of Jammu district, just few hours drive from Kishtawar or Srinagar. Warwan valley is an unexplored valley where tourists are yet to reach and maybe that's why it's untouched and pristine till now. It is a place where you will find mesmerising views all around along with beautiful and caring people who will make you feel like home with their hospitality and warm attitude. It is a place where you will easily find solitude if you are in search for it.



We were on our annual trip to Himalayas and that's where we discovered this beautiful Warwan valley while looking for offbeat places to visit in north. We heard about this valley from one of the YouTuber and immediately understood that this could be our kind of place where the general tourists do not or would not dare to go and this is something which will fit into our criteria of visiting places which are far from crowds, serene, have good landscapes and is cold and have something to learn from. Warwan fitted into every criteria and we decided to head there.


We started our journey from Bangalore and after visiting few places en-route, we landed up in Warwan after a lot of changes to our plan because of the disruptions caused by monsoons and the landslides en-route. We started from Kishtawar, Jammu and it took us almost 6-7 hours to reach Warwan via Margan top (pass). Here is the route we took


Kishtawar - Sinthan Top - Larnoo Village - Margan Top - Warwan



The total distance from Kishtawar was around 180kms and it took us around 6-7 hours to cover this distance as 1) it was so beautiful and scenic drive that we stopped every few meters to take pictures and enjoy the views, 2) the road was very narrow, twisty and a major portion was off-road which was a bonus for us as we love driving in such terrain. The route was simple enough to follow and if you follow Google maps, it works till few kms after Larnoo village and then it's just single road that leads you to Warwan valley. You can ask locals en-route if you're lost anywhere which is highly unlikely as it's clearly marked as well.


So we were hungry and didn't had or I must say didn't get anything to eat today so we stopped at a local tea shop and had some local noon-chai and breads for breakfast here


Noon-chai (Salted Butter Tea)


Kashmiri breads..


Kashmiri breads.. I think this was called Kulcha if I remember it correctly!



Look at the all-wooden construction!



The woodfire oven ..



Lovely Views .. en-route


Lovely Views .. en-route



Beautiful Landscape all around



Me :)



There were a lot of horses here on this route like we cattle on the roads.. here it was horses and asses


The road from Kishtawar to Sinthan top at the time we went was fully tarred and pretty wide for the majority of the route. Just 10-15 kms before Sinthan top it became narrow and a little rough because of landslides and rocks falling on the road. If you maintain slow speeds, the road is pretty safe to drive and that also enables you to enjoy the drive rather than just rushing to the destination. Enjoy some scenes of the places en-route..


Road to Sinthan top


Road to Sinthan top .. notice the rocks fallen rom top .. it is dangerous and you need to be very careful while driving here or anywhere in mountains specially in and after monsoons..


Traffic Jam en-route to Sinthan top


Beautiful River en-route to Sinthan top



Lush green forests on the Road to Sinthan top


On the way, we saw one temple and decided to pay a visit. We also had a make an entry at the check-post just outside the temple to move further.


Mata temple on the way to Sinthan top



There are a lot of temples in this region and specially in Kishtawar district and this was one of the temples we visited as it wasn't crowded and was looking beautiful with no crowd :)


Mata temple on the way to Sinthan top


Mata temple on the way to Sinthan top


Mata temple on the way to Sinthan top


Sinthan Top


Beautiful Sinthan top


My beast at the Sinthan top


Lovely views from Sinthan top