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Along the National Highway-1B, on the route of Anantnag - Sinthan - Kishtwar Road, is located this mesmerizing tourist spot called Daksum. It is known for the stupendous natural beauty that it possesses. Daksum is a favorite picnic spot in this region and rightly termed as Walker’s paradise due to its excellent trekking locations. This serene locale is situated at an altitude of 2438 m above the sea level at the distance of 40 km away from main Anantnag city. Right after Achabal Mughal Gardens, this picturesque place can be reached. It is situated amidst the famous fresh water springs of Kokernag.
Daksum is a thickly wooded gorge covered with coniferous forests and undulating verdant meadows. It basically lies on the route of trekking towards Kishtwar. From here, one can take a trek to the Sinthan pass and then, to Sinthan Top. At a whooping height of 12000 ft above sea level, Sinthan Top is a magnificent place to be explored by those fond of natural trails and trekking. For accommodation in Daksum, there is a tourism department hut and Government rest house, though, they are not that well maintained by the authorities.
Activities in Daksum
Daksum is a tranquil destination that has bounty of nature to be explored in its landscape. Here, one can enjoy the serenity that Kashmir Valley offers as a Paradise on earth. Also, this is the place where you can enjoy taking leisurely strolls past its natural trails. The most famous activities at Daksum are:
Trout Fishing at Daksum:
Kashmir Valley is blessed with infinite trout in its gushing streams. This makes it angler’s paradise as well. Those fond of this species can any time enjoy angling at Daksum. The accessories along with complete kit can be obtained from tourism office at Anantnag itself. Then, a trail towards Daksum will let you enjoy fishing for trout in a natural ambiance with peace swinging in the air and filling you with complete joy.
Trekking at Daksum:
This, in fact, is the most preferred activity in Daksum. This area is blessed with lush flora and fauna which pervades the entire landscape. There is complete calmness here to enjoy your trek fully. On your way, the only sound that touches you is the sweet murmuring of Bringhi River flowing nearby and typical music of flute blown by a shepherd tending his flock. Also, Daksum has a variable landscape full of surprises for the trekkers.
From the densely covered hills, suddenly, you will be greeted by lush green pastures full of sheep. The snow clad mountains acting as the milieu complete this picture which is nothing short of a dream destination for any nature enthusiast. From April to September, this trail remains open for the trekkers while for rest of the months, it remains snow covered and it is difficult to trek.
Camping at Daksum:
Daksum is a befitting location for camp sites for a trek towards Sinthan Top which is located at 31 km distance from Daksum. It has excellent locations and extremely pleasant climate for camping before starting the trek which has steep trails to be followed. It is located amid Kokernag Springs and hence, there is no dearth of natural beauty and grandeur at this place.
How to Reach Daksum
Daksum is easily approachable through National Highway 1B that connects the two districts of Anantnag and Kishtwar. It lies on this route around 40 km from Anantnag. To reach this location, you can hire the buses run by JKSTDC plying on this road at regular intervals. These buses are easily available at Anantnag. You can also hire a taxi to reach this spot which is easily accessible through road ways only.