Naranag (or Nara Nag) is a tourist village of Ganderbal
. It is located around 8 km from Kangan
, 6 km upstream from the Nallah Sindh. Noted for its scenic meadows, lakes and mountains, it is a base camp for trekking to the Mount Haramukh 16,870 ft (5,142 metres) and Gangabal Lake
. The village lies at the left bank of the Wangath river, which is a tributary of the Nallah Sindh.
The Naranag valley is noted for its scenic meadows.The village is a base camp for trekkers to the Mount Haramukh, the Gangabal Lake and Satsar (the seven lakes).It is also a base for the trekkers to Gadsar Lake
, the Vishansar Lake
and the Krishansar Lake
, though it takes 5 to 7 days of trekking.There are also many other peaks and alpine meadows around the Naranag Valley. In the winters, Naranag receives heavy snowfall, during which skiing is practiced.
The Naranag temple is the main attraction for the tourists. It is one of the important archaeological sites of the country.The site consists of a cluster of temples facing each other at a distance of about 200 meters. Historians say that the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva by the 8th century ruler Lalithdatiya muktadiya. It is believed that the king Awantivarman paid a visit and donated a pedestal for bathing at Bhutsher.
Its architecture reveals the art art of the 8th century. The government has only constructed walls to protect it from encroachments and nothing else has been done. It is now left in ruins of which only faint traces have survived.This temple has the typical Aryan structure as was present in Aryan Kashmir.