|State||Jammu and Kashmir|
|Borders on||Neelum Valley (North)
Kashmir Valley (South)
|- elevation||5,564 ft (1,696 m)|
|Length||15 mi (24 km)|
|Width||2 mi (3 km)|
|Easiest access||NH 1A|
The Lolab Valley is a Himalayan sub-valley and forms the north-western corner of the Kashmir Valley, formed by the Lahwal River in the Jammu and Kashmir state of India. The entrance to the valley lies 9 km (5.6 mi) north of Kupwara town, and the centre of the valley lies 114 km (71 mi) northwest of Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir. It is an oval-shaped valley 15 miles (24 km) long with an average width of 2 miles (3.2 km).
The Lolab Valley is situated within the jurisdiction of Sogam, a block of Kupwara. It is bordered by the Kashmir Valley to the south and the Neelum Valley to the north, and is separated by Nagmarg meadows from Bandipore to the east. It is formed by the flow of Lahwal River, which flows from east to west. The Lolab Valley is home to many ancient springs, and is covered with dense forests of pine and fir. Fruit trees such as apple, cherry, peach, apricot and walnut are common in the valley, which is known as "the fruit bowl of Jammu and Kashmir". The valley has several natural landmarks and tourist spots, such as the caves of Kalaroos. The main villages in the Lolab Valley are Sogam, Kalaroos, Kigam, Lalpor, Tekipora, Chandigam, Kandi and Muqam. The Lolab Valley has two divisions: POUTNAI and Brunai. The areas included in POUTNAI are, Chandigam, etc. In Brunai are Kuligam, Cheepora, Varnow, etc.
Like other valleys in the region, Lolab Valley is also home to many Himalayan wild animals, which include Himalayan black bear, Himalayan brown bear, snow leopard, ibex, markhor, hangul and musk deer. Lolab Vally is adjacent to Neelum Valley, and separated by the Line of Control. The Valley has seen many armed combats, which has resulted in the displacement of many wild animals.
The Lolab Valley is well connected by road to Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, and Srinagar Airport. A bus takes three hours to cover a distance of 114 km (71 mi) and leads through the towns of Sopore and Kupwara. An under-construction road from Bandipora to Lolab via Nagmarg Meadows will cut short the Srinagar-to-Lolab distance by 30 kilometers. In Lolab Valley, there are a few tourist huts and many camping sites. It has the potential to become one of the best tourist destinations in Kashmir.
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