Showcasing the heritage tourism potential of the beautiful village of Naranag in northern Kashmir, India
Kashmir’s uniqueness makes it fascinating for every kind of tourist .Extremely wide-ranging and possibly the most extensive sites and attractions make Kashmir a truly world class destination. Romantic green meadows, mountains, bewitching lakes and valleys remains a spectacular facet of countryside in Kashmir. The glory of the valley in its pristine charm is in the picturesque rural Kashmir, sounding like a fairytale and portraying the true culture of Kashmir. Even though life and atmosphere in villages have a lot to share in common but villages in Kashmir stand apart for their unique features and traits. Kashmiri villages have got their own style, structure and architecture. Villages of Kashmir valley are characterized as the beautiful spots on representing nature in its chaste form. The essential features of these villages are congenial climate, numerous streams, water-falls, springs, fragrant flowers, delicious fruits, caves, pastures and other natural sceneries. Home to many renowned shrines, Saints, ascetics and the sages have always been attracted to Kashmir Villages.
Naranag Tourist Village Profile
The Naranag spring is located about fifty kilometers north of Srinagar city, in a valley known as Narayan Nag Valley. It is located at a distance of 15kms from Kangan, taking off from Srinagar-Leh National Highway.
An uphill motorable track of about ten kilometers takes one to the clusterof ancient temples, commonly known as Wangath temples although, the village Wangath is itself located about three kilometers from this site. These temples are protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.
In ancient times, Naranag site was called Sodaritha, an ancient place of pilgrimage in Kashmir. The site is also sacred due to the presence of a large perennial spring. In close proximity to this spring, there are two groups of temples belonging to medieval era. There are historical references to the effect that the earliest temple was built by Jaluk, son of Ashoka in 200BC. All the temples as of today are in state of ruin. The stone used here is the greyish granite which is found in abundance in these place.
The surrounding mountain ranges and gangbal lake, which is also believed to be source of naranag spring, are the major tourist attraction of the place.