One of the offbeat tourist destinations in Kashmir, Sinthan Top is a high mountain pass that is located between the Breng valley in Anantnag district and Kishtwar. However, most of its part lies on the Kishtwar side.
If you have been to this heavenly destination then you are probably aware of its magnificent beauty. And if you haven’t but are planning a trip to Kashmir then this mountain pass should definitely be on your must-visit list.
While the road leading towards it is often difficult and the weather too can sometimes be challenging, the views once you reach there are most definitely worth it.
If you have been looking for some information on the Sinthan Top then you are certainly at the right place. Here, in this article, we will tell you everything that there is to know about it. So, come along, as we explore this breathtaking destination with you.
What is Sinthan Top?
Also known as Sinthan Pass, this mountain pass or hill station is located 12,440 feet above the sea level. While it is one of the offbeat and lesser explored tourist destinations of the valley, the place is slowly getting more and more popular among the tourists. It is located about 80 kilometers from Kishtwar and about 73 kilometers from Anantnag and lies about 130 kilometers south of Srinagar.
A very picturesque place, Sinthan Top is nothing short of a paradise if you are a trekking or mountain lover. There is no doubt that the roads leading to this destination are often difficult and challenging but once here, the place is sure to give you an experience of a lifetime. As this place is also snow-capped for most of the year, it is a must-visit for every snow lover.
If you are an adventure lover looking for some untouched places in the mountains, we can guarantee you that this mountain pass is meant for you.
This mountain pass has no local population as such and only shepherds from nearby areas and those working in the tourism sector usually reside here.
While this destination is worth visiting in itself, there are several mesmerizing spots on the way to this mountain pass, making the journey towards it even more beautiful.
How to reach Sinthan Top?
If you are looking to visit this place then this is an important question you would need answers for.
You can start your journey from Srinagar and hire a cab/ car from there. From Srinagar, it will take you about 4 to 5 hours to reach this mountain pass. The road throughout is extremely picturesque and you will have a fun-filled ride throughout as there is no shortage of beautiful sights to watch.
Another way that you can get to Sinthan Pass is from Pahalgam. You can take a car or a taxi from Pahalgam and it should take you about 2.5 to 3 hours to reach Sinthan Top.
You can also begin your journey from Anantnag and from there, it will take you an hour to an hour and a half to reach this mountain pass.
Apart from taking a car or a taxi, reaching Sinthan Pass with a two wheeler is also a good option. As the roads are often narrow and challenging at times, a bike can be a better option.
Achabal Mughal Garden, Kokernag, and Martand ruins are some of the tourist spots that you can cover either on your way to or on your way from this mountain pass.
What is the ideal time to visit Sinthan Top?
As this mountain pass experiences snow almost all through the year, the weather conditions here often get dire. As a result, it is closed for entry for about 6 months of the year, from about October/ November until March. So, during most part of the year, this mountain pass remains inaccessible to the public.
Considering this, the ideal time to visit the Sinthan Pass would be from April to September. While it still snows during these months, the weather conditions are quite favorable for travellers to visit. This is the ideal time to visit this mountain pass considering all the factors and a trip here during this time would give you the best ever experience.
Who should visit Sinthan Top?
Sinthan Top is one of the lesser explored and relatively untouched places of Kashmir. It is quite high up above the sea level and the journey to reach Sinthan Top isn’t always very smooth.
Not only that but there also aren’t any hotels/ resorts or other kinds of places to stay here. The place only has a few small local eateries.
Due to constant snow, the temperatures here also are always low and as a result, Sinthan Pass always has very cold weather.
Keeping all of this in mind, this mountain pass isn’t the most ideal place for a family trip, especially when small kids or elder citizens are involved.
Nonetheless, this mountain pass offers breathtaking 360-degree views of the snow-capped mountains all around and the landscapes are absolutely out of this world. As it is one of the lesser explored places, there are lesser tourists here and absolutely no crowds.
Considering this, if you are a solo traveller/ mountaineer/ on a trip with your friends and are looking for some adventure and some peace away from the crowded tourist spots then this destination is ideal for you.
If you are looking to revel in natural beauty away from all the crowds and hustle bustle and just wish to spend some time in the mountains then there is nothing quite like Sinthan top. With its breathtaking beauty, you wouldn’t regret a visit to this place.
Things to do at Sinthan Top
Here are a few things that you can enjoy at this stunning location.
- Trekking- This is a very good spot for trekkers and trekking enthusiasts. With the area being less crowded, there is a lot of scope for trekkers here.
- Photography- If you love photography or are a professional photographer, there is no spot for you quite like this one. The landscapes are stunning, the natural beauty is plenty and you wouldn’t find a prettier place to use your camera.
- Just relax and enjoy- You don’t always need to do a lot when you are on a vacation. Sometimes, just witnessing and reveling in the beauty around you is all that you need, especially when it is at places like this one. Just pick your favorite spot, sit, and relax while letting your eyes soak all the beauty that this place has to offer. This is a great place to enjoy some time with yourself or your loved ones doing nothing in particular.
- Eat at local eateries- Nothing like a plate of warm and hearty food in the mountains. This place has a few local eateries where you can just sit, eat, and enjoy the views.
How long should I stay at Sinthan Top?
Ideally, just a day’s trip is enough to have a good time at this mountain pass. As there aren’t any resorts/ hotels here, it would be best to spend a day here.
You can start your journey early in the morning, spend a day here, and reach back to your destination by the evening time.
However, if you are a photographer/ trekker wishing to stay here, you can spend a night at the Sinthan Pass. In such cases, you can look for hotels that are nearby this mountain pass. Alternatively, you can also stay in a tent and spend a night at this beautiful location.
Tourist Attractions near Sinthan Top
While this spot in itself is very beautiful, calm, peaceful, and enjoyable, the road that leads to it is quite mesmerizing too. In fact, there are quite a few tourist spots that you can visit on your way to Sinthan Pass. Depending upon the route that you take, you can also cover these spots on your way back from the Sinthan Pass.
So, if you are planning a trip to Sinthan Top then you must check out the spots nearby it too.
Achabal Garden: This garden was built by Nur Jahan in 1620 A.D. and this garden is thought to be one of the greatest Mughal gardens ever. About 60 kilometers away from Sinthan Pass, you must visit this beautiful garden.
Kokernag: This is another place you can cover when you visit Sinthan Top and it is situated 46 kilometres away from this mountain pass. It is famous for gardens, fresh water springs, and trout streams.
Dakshum: This is also a must-visit on your trip to Sinthan Pass as it is only about 30 kilometers from there. Dakshum or Daksum is famous for its gushing streams, grassy meadows, and much more.
So, When are You Travelling to Sinthan Top?
We hope that this article gave you all the information that you need on Sinthan Top. The stunning views that this place gives, the beautiful road leading towards it, and the peace and calm definitely make this place worth visiting.
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