Tulail Valley

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Tulail Valley
Wooden houses in Tulail.jpg
Wooden houses in Tulail
Tulail Valley is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Tulail Valley
Tulail Valley
Gurez, Bandipore, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Floor elevation2750
Length40 mi (64 km)
Width0.6 mi (0.97 km)
Borders onDrass (East)
Gurez (West)
Astore (North)
Sind Valley (South))
Coordinates34°33′22″N 75°03′15″E / 34.55611°N 75.05417°E / 34.55611; 75.05417Coordinates: 34°33′22″N 75°03′15″E / 34.55611°N 75.05417°E / 34.55611; 75.05417
RiverNeelum River

The Tulail Valley is a Himalayan sub-valley of Gurez in the State of Jammu and Kashmir in India. The Valley lies 120 kilometres (75 mi) northeast of Bandipore and 200 kilometres (120 mi) from Srinagar the capital of Jammu and Kashmir.[1]


The Tulail Valley is situated at an average altitude of 2,750 m (9,020 ft), within the jurisdiction of Gurez tehsil, of Bandipora district. It is bordered by the Gurez Valley in the west, Drass in the east, Astore in the north, separated by Line of control and the Kashmir Valley in the south. It is formed by the Neelum River which flows down from east to west. The river originates from the Krishansar Lake in the alpine meadows of Sonamarg. Badugam is the central town of Tulail Valley. The other main villages of the valley include Badoab, Niru and Sheikhpora.[1]


Tulail Valley is one of the remotest valleys of Jammu and Kashmir. The Valley lacks cellular connectivity and the internet.[2][3] It remains cut off for six months every year due to heavy snowfall. It is connected by a 200 km road which leads from Srinagar through Bandipore crossing Razdan Pass. The Valley is also connected with Drass by a motorable road over Kabul Gali and Mushkoh Valley. However the road is only used by Indian Army. No any local or a private vehicle is allowed to ply on the road due to its close proximity to the Line of Control.[4][5] Tulail is also connected with main Kashmir valley by hiking trails which lead to Naranag over Satsar Pass and to Sonamarg through Gadsar Lake. [6][7][8]


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  2. ^ "Gurez: A paradise under surveillance". DailySabah. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Tulail Valley: Unexplored 'heaven on earth'". greaterkashmir.com. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Gurez and Talial Valleys: Where the Dards Live". Outlook Traveller. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  5. ^ Jameel, Yusuf (4 August 2018). "A motor expedition explores Gurez valley". The Asian Age. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  6. ^ Lawrence, Sir Walter Roper (2005). The Valley of Kashmir. Asian Educational Services. ISBN 9788120616301.
  7. ^ Wood, Levison (4 January 2016). Walking the Himalayas: An adventure of survival and endurance. Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 9781473626270.
  8. ^ "Expeditions : Himalayan Journal vol.04/16". www.himalayanclub.org. Retrieved 12 February 2019.