Situated in the heart of Bringhi valley, Kokernag
(2,020 m, 70 kms from Srinagar), is set amidst sprawling gardens fragrant
with the bloom of thousands of flowers. The Kokernag spring bubbles at
seven places at the foot of the forested mountain. The water of the spring
is famous for its medicinal and digestive properties.
The spring gushes out of the base of a thickly
wooded hill from where it separates into channels which bear an uncanny
resemblance to the claw-foot of a hen, hence its name.
The great Mughal historian, Abul Fazl, has
chronicled for posterity the benefits of the sweet water spring of
Kokernag. This beneficent gift of nature is still regarded as having
extraordinary healing powers and the sick are brought here for treatment
by its waters and solitude. Kokernag is also known therefore, and most
aptly, as Papashudan Nag or sin-cleansing spring.
Kokernag, whether it is to drink of its curative waters or breathe in the
fragrance and quiet beauty of its gardens, remains one of the loveliest of
all the springs in this verdant valley. Accommodation is available at well
furnished cottages and rooms at reasonable rates. Excursions can be made
to Daksum, Achhabal, and Verinag.