Tosa Maidan is meadow in khag tehsil of Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir.Tosa Maidan is not only famous as a pasture but also for its historical background. Bounded by dense forests, it is situated about 10 kms from Khag in the mountains of the Himalayan range. After crossing the upper mountain reaches of Drang, Zakhora and other small villages, one reaches the pasture of Tosa Maidan. It is said that Tosa Maidan is one of those pastures which the shepherds of other neighbouring countries also used to visit in ancient times. The Mughals used to go to Poonch using this route. It is said that they had constructed a seven-storeyed building – Dam-Dam – here.
The Basmai Gali(13,000 ft) is the pass which leads into Tosa Maidan. Another pass – Poonch Gali – on its right side leads to the valley of Poonch. This pass was deemed to be the safest, easiest, and nearest to reach Punjab in ancient times. From here, a path also leads to Nilnag. Tosa Maidan is the largest pasture in its surrounding areas, 3 miles in length and 1.5 miles in width. Sky-touching deodars fence this pasture presenting a view of a green carpet in summer. During the summer, the camps of the Gujjar community and shepherds with their grazing sheep in the pastures present a riveting picture. Also, the fragrance of wild flowers refreshes the whole environment.
How to Reach :
The nearest airport is the Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport (Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir). Tosamaidan is at a distance of 70 Kms From this Airport and it takes about 2.5 hour by Car or Taxi.
The nearest railway station is situated in Budgam town at Ompora at a distance of 65Kms to Tosamaidan.
Tosamaidan is easily accessible from Srinagar in under 2.5 Hours by car or Taxi via budgam. Another route is from Srinagar Gulmarg road,the route starts from Srinagar to Magam, Magam to Khag via Aripanthan total distance about 50 km.
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