Tosa Maidan is located a 10- to 15-kilometer walk from Drung in Kashmir. This former army ordnance testing ground was opened to the public in 2014. An alpine meadow with an altitude of 3100 meters, it lies at the heart of the Pir Panjal ranges outside of major light domes. The best time to visit is from May to September when the area is free of snow and sheep and cattle graze the lands. The peaks of Shin Mahinu and Shiv Nag offer majestic views. Campers can set up base at Dam Dam.
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