Bungus Valley

The vast Bangus Valley, as beautiful as  Gulmarg and Pahalgam,but less spoiled and more pristine is located in Handwara sub district. This valley is replete with natural vegetation and flowers of wild nature. The vast green plains look like natural tapestries as if spread by divine hands.

Bungus has been proposed to be developed  as an Himalyan Biosphere valley by INTACH, on the following criteria:

The Bungus valley biosphere is being established to assure that an increasing population, accompanied by expanding  settlement,growing mechanization and ensuing developmental activities does not occupy and modify all areas within the valley, leaving no lands designated for preservation and protection in their natural condition. The proposed biosphere is being established  as a design the policy for securing the people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring natural environment.

Extreme natural beauty, serenity, splendor are few synonyms associated with the majestic Valley of Bangus. So far this valley has remained unexplored but now it is coming up as one of the most exotic places of Kashmir.  Lying in the northern border of district Kupwara, the Bungus Valley is at an altitude of 10000 feet from the sea level. Covering an estimated area of 300 sq.kms Bungus Valley consists of an linear elliptical bowl aligned along the east west axis. This valley is ideal for Eco tourism in which tourist’s seek out wild and scenic areas such as mountains for an active and educational trip.


Situated in the lap of Himalayan Mountains, Bungus is a part of a unique ecological area, comprising Mountain and Grassland with flora, Taiga or Coniferous forest. The area also contains wetlands in the form of a Fresh Water Marsh located within the Bungus valley.