Famous Places to Visit in Baramulla
When it’s about natural beauty, Baramulla is the most blessed town of Jammu and Kashmir. The location of the district, which is the transition zone from the Indian plains to the Himalayan range, makes it a fantastic tourist destination. It has all the beauty of the plains and also the mountain ranges. There are beautiful lakes and gushing waterfalls; there is Rolling Meadows as well as snow clad mountain peaks. Baramulla shares its borders with Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on one side. It also shares borders with the pooch, Budgam, Srinagar and Ladakh. There are some of the tourist attractions in and around Baramulla.
Ziarat – Baba Reshi
The Ziarat Baba Reshi is a holy place located on the slopes below Gulmarg. It is dedicated to the famous saint Baba Reshi who was a courtier of the Kashmiri king, Zain-ul-Abidin. It is a popular site visited by many tourists.
Parihaspora was once the capital of Kashmir during the reign of Raja Shanker Verman. This place also has the ruins of a Buddhist Stupa, and also a monastery that is visited by Buddhists. There is also the Raj Bhawan, a few Vishnu temples and a Chaitya. In 1914 there was an excavation project that unearthed several structures that represented the architectural style of an earlier period.
Khilanmarg is an astounding tourist destination that is famous for the world`s highest 18 hole golf course. It is 4 km from Gulmarg and attracts golf enthusiasts. One can get a magnificent view of the Himalayan peak. The site is also very close to several other tourist attractions in the form of lakes, meadows and waterfalls. There is a trekking trail from Gulmarg to Khilanmarg, and the trek is very rewarding as it gives a sweeping view of the great Himalayas from Nanga Parbat to the twin 7,100-metre peaks of Nun and Kun to the south-east.
The Wular Lake is located at the base of the Haramuk Mountain and has been declared as the largest freshwater lake in the Asian subcontinent. The lake covers an area of 200 sq. Km which measures 24 km in length and 10 km in breadth. This location is a perfect place to enjoy the sunset. The water reach towards the lake is from the Jhelum River. There is an island in the middle of the lake, which is known as the ‘Zaina Lank’ and was built by King Zainul-Abi-Din. The Wular Lake is considered to be the remnant of an even larger lake called Satisagar that is supposed to have existed here since ancient times.
Bandipore is located on the Lake Wular and is often called the `Port of Wular`. There is a beautifully landscaped garden, which is modelled on the famous Nishant Bagh. The town of Bandipore mainly visited for the activities such as trekking, fishing, and mountaineering. Travellers who love mountaineering adventure must visit Mt. Harmukh located in the eastern region of the town. Tourists can also set up camps at the Sheera Sir also known as ‘Lake of Spirits’. The Lake Arin Nallah is home to exotic fish species such as the grey trout, silver trout, and rainbow trout.
Sopore, a town found under the reign of King Avantivarman is on the banks of the River Jhelum. It is famous for being the `apple city of Asia`. The apples of Sopore are regarded as the best in the entire continent. Sopore town is known for the Jamia Masjid, Khan-kah Shah-i-Hamdan and several small shrines. The place is dotted with few Hindu pilgrimage sites including Kali Mandir, Shiv Mandir, Rishi peer Mandir located at Batpora and Bhairon Mandir.
Therefore, Baramulla is guaranteed to be a destination that will act as a balm for the mind, body and soul.