Showcasing the heritage tourism potential of the beautiful village of Naranag in northern Kashmir, India
The Naranag spring is located about fifty kilometers north of Srinagar city, in a valley known as Naranag 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 There are historical references to the effect that the earliest temple was built by Jaluk, son of Ashoka in 200BC.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.