The paradise on earth Kashmir has almost everything that nature can offer. One such breathtaking destination is Tosamaidan. An alpine meadow that has been under the army since 1964 and is now open for the world to visit. After decades of being utilised by the army as an ordinance testing ground, the place is now open for tourists as the lease of the army expired in 2014.
At an altitude of 3100m, Tosamaidan is the heart of the Pir Panjal ranges. A summer meadow it is frequented by shepards and herders with their flock of sheep and cattle. The peaks of Shin Mahinu and Shiv Nag in Tosamaidan offer majestic views.
Tosamaidan is surrounded by gentle slopes and easy gradient that are referred to as ‘writing desk slopes’. There are high altitude sparkling lakes like Damam sar and Bodh Sar which can be trekked to. Beyond Damam sar a trail leads towards the pass of Chini marg that goes towards Poonch via Jamian Da nallah. The cattle herders use this route.
Tosa Maidan is a perfect spot for campers. You can camp at the base called Dam Dam. There are two possible ways you can move about in the place; you can either foot it or you can ride a horse.
Best time to visit Tosa Maidan is from May to September. Tosa Maidan remains covered with snow from November till April.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!