For those who love watching cattle grazing, Bangus valley is the stop. Spread over 20 km with the width of 15 km, Bangus has been derived from two words Ban (means forest) and Gus (means grass). The valley is known for its grazing pastures. Dozens of bakkerwals (nomads) take cattle to the pastures in summers.
The valley is at an altitude of 3,500 m. With rugged terrains and lush meadows, the valley is ideal for jeep safaris. The valley is close to the Line of Control and is surrounded by Shamsberry Range and Leepa Valle. High-end tourists and nature lovers visit the place, which the state tourism department intends to bring on tourism radar.
Bangus is replete with a diverse variety of flora and fauna. The meadows and the slopes of the side plateaus are covered with a range of flowers and medicinal plants. Fresh water fishes of moderate size and their fingerlings inhabit the streams. The Valley’s forests and plains serve as the breeding, feeding and protection grounds for many wild animal species. The wild life of includes about 50 species of animals and about 10 species of birds. The animal species include the musk deer, antelope, snow leopard, brown bear, black bear, monkeys, and red fox. A large number of residents and migratory birds can also be found feeding and breeding in the valley. The prominent resident birds include the Pheasants, Tragophan, Monal Pheasant, Black Partridge Jungle, Bush Quail, and Wild Fowl.
There is no adequate tourist infrastructure in the Bangus valley and help of local has to be sought if one intends to stay there. Food arrangements have to be made in advance.
From Srinagar, one can drive down to Magam in SRTC buses or Sumos. From Magam, another bus or small car can take one to the valley.
It can be reached from Reshnari Rajwar (upper rim of wadarbala) through two paths or gullies
- a) Rahwali
- b) Yaddil.
Rahwali leads to a bigger ground known as Masheed Angan and Yaddil culminates into a yaddil maidan ( ground) Masheed Angan and Yaddil comprise chotta Bangus .
Chotta Bangus narrows down into a lane known as Goriber, surrounded on two lateral sides by number of mountain peaks.
Goriber opens into a large grazing meadow known as Bada Bangus. It is vast meadow comprising hundreds of acres abounding in large number of wild and rare medicinal plants. At one side of Bada Bangus is another plain table land called as Nicherian, at the top of which it harbours alpine vegetation and still at a good height is a flat ground known as Jatti which is approachable through Mawar area via Neelvan forest. This area is famous for medicinal plants.It takes at least three days stay at Bangus to visit major portion of the Bangus valley.