Margan Top: a promising tourist spot

On way to Mati Gawran to Margan Top one has to cross two beautiful places namely; ‘Lehenwan’ and ‘Nawkan’ located in lush green coniferous forests with gushing waters of beautiful streams, the waters of ‘Chavenz Nahla’ invites the passing visitor to have a sip of its cold water. The colourful flowers of Potentillas is another attraction.

Margan Top lies at an altitude of 3750 meters above sea level with latitude 33º49’411” N and longitude of 75º29’097”E. The valley of Margan is an alpine zone with lush green meadows and rich biodiversity. The entry point of Margan valley is called ‘Jandi’ which wellcomes the incoming tourists with small springs and red, purple-green, blue flowers of Primrose, Blue Poppy, and Gentian flowers. The Margan and its adjoining sides valleys like ‘Lehenwan’, ‘Shel-i-Sar- Gagad Nai’, ‘Chohar Nag’ and ‘Wadwan’, harbours beautiful flowers, some important medicinal & aromatic plants, lush green forest, alpine springs and lakes, unique animal species and snow clad mountains; meaning offers all in one for nature lovers and tourists.

In the midst of Margan valley flows a stream with crystal clear water which adds to its beauty. The stream is called ‘Honarkash Nalla’. On the banks of this stream various plant species grow with different coloured flowers, these colourful flowers take attention of every passing person. The source of Honarkash Nalla is Chohar Nag which is located on left side of Mati Gowran-Marwah road. Chor-Nag is a Kashmiri word which means four springs, these are actually four alpine lakes, and Chor-Nag valley is nature’s own creations with unique landscape, colorful flowers, huge rocks and pristine water bodies. All the lakes are oligotrophic with crystal clear water, the large meadows and the Rocky Mountains with rich biodiversity, the undulated land, the big grasslands and the lakes are so beautiful that human brain is forced to think about nature’s wonderful creations. Such a group of four clear water bodies at the alpine region is really mind blowing. On the way to Chor Nag one can see the underground holes of Mormots and these animals roaming and making different sounds, various endemic plant species and the beautiful flowers. If this area is brought onto tourist map it can prove first choice for both local as well foreign tourists and can prove a hot spot for Bollywood as well. On right side of Honarkash Nalla a beautiful green sloppy region called ‘Doabpather’ is situated. Here one sees plants with beautiful flowers and also a beautiful alpine lake with very clear and pure water; the lake is surrounded on three sides by lofty snow covered mountain peaks. The mountain peaks of Margan Top are decorated with lush green Junipers (Veethur) by nature in different patterns. On other side of Doabpather another beautiful side valley called ‘Shel-i-Sar- Gagad Nai’ is located. This side valley welcomes the visitors with crystal clear water fall of another alpine lake called ‘Shel-i-Sar’ and beautiful flowers of Corydalis, Androsac and Trolis etc. This alpine lake is located in the midst of huge lush green meadow which gives strange comfort and ease to eyes and soul. The gateway to the Shel-i-Sar- Gagad Nai is a narrow path in between rocks and water fall on left to this path. This area is paradise for the botanists, nature lovers, trekkers, and visitors.

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