A Brief Guideline For Travellers
- There is a constant traffic police presence both at Jandichontra and at Pirgali. All travellers are advised to observe traffic rules as much as possible to avoid any unnecessary trouble.
- Visitors should carry their national identity cards at all times to verify their identity if asked for at various check points.
- Baghsar, though a beautiful location in the Sub division, is somewhat a restricted zone due to army installations, therefore prior permission should be sought from army officials before embarking upon a journey to this place. Alternatively you can try your luck at the Army checkpoint set up on the way to Baghsar and please don't try to play smart with them, tell them the truth that you want to visit the lake only and have no intentions of visiting the fort. They will keep your ID cards which should be reclaimed upon your return.
Beware photography is strictly prohibited at Baghsar.
- Some parts of the Sub division are within a very close distance to the line of control. Therefore always ask for advice or directions from the local population if unsure.
- Drive sensibly and never try to engage yourself in any form of racing on these winding and mountainous roads as it could result in fatal accidents.
- While on foot, visitors should take extreme care when approaching steep mountainous paths and shear cliffs especially in the rainy season due to increased chances of slips and falls. Families with children should avoid steep areas altogether to stay safe.
- If you are planning a day trip to the valley then it is advisable to start your journey as early in the morning as possible to maximise the duration of your visit and to leave enough spare time for your return journey in daylight.
- The ideal time to visit this valley is in March & April and then in July, August and September. The vegetation and the scenery during these months are at their best therefore you are more likely to have a memorable trip of the valley.
- Samahni valley's beauty lies in its tranquil and noise free environment. Therefore creating a deliberate noise through modified bikes might be an enjoyment for some but it is very annoying to the local population and could land you in trouble either with police or with the locals.
And last but not least, please show respect to the local environment. Be responsible citizens and do not throw cigarettes ('jalta howa' cigarette) or create lit fires in the jungle. Your single irresponsible act could destroy not only the whole jungle and its habitats, but it could also deprive you and the others from enjoying this God gifted landscape for years to come.