Famous For: Baramulla is famous for its Gurudwaras, Temples, Monasteries and Shrines. Its beside, many other attractive places here to visit. Such as Parihaspora, Wular Lake, Sopur (Village), Alpather Lake, Shiva Temple, Khilanmarg (Picnic Spot), Ferozepore & Ningle Nallah Lake, Eco Park, Gulmarg (Picnic Spot) etc.
Major Attractions: Eco Park, Gulmarg & Khilanmarg, Ferozepore & Ningle Nallah Lake, Wular Lake, Parihaspora, Alpather Lake,
Ideal Visit Time: The ideal time to visit Baramulla is from April to July, which is the summer season there. Tourists interested in skiing may plan their trip to Baramulla in the first days of winter.
Baramulla is a city and a municipality in the Baramulla district in the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. It is on the bank of the Jhelum River downstream from Srinagar, the state capital. The city was known as Varahamula earlier. It is one of the most famous tourists places of India. In the winter season, people from here and abroad gathers here in Baramulla to spend their holydays. Baramulla provides many natural attractive places.
Let’s discuss about some of those places below:
The Eco Park is located on the island in the middle of the Jhilam River on the road from Baramulla town to Uri. It is approached by a wooden bridge. In the basic view of this eco-tourism park are the hills, the Jhilam river flowing by the side of the island and the beautifully designed wooden huts. It presents a mind-blowing view with green and well-maintained gardens. It is one of the best places to visit in Baramulla and a popular destination for locals. It is very popular, especially on summer evenings. In addition, it is developing as a major tourist attraction.
Gulmarg & Khilanmarg
Gulmarg is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Baramulla district. It is located about 57 km west of Srinagar near the Indo-Pakistan border. Earlier this place was known as ‘Gaurimarg’, later Sultan Yusuf Shah changed the name of Gulmarg. Its metaphorical name is “Flower Valley”, which is significant for its scenery and variety of flower species. In addition to a variety of plants and flowers, it is also known for trekking routes and snowfall. Gulmarg has many scenic spots, the most popular being its golf course. This golf course is called the highest green golf course in Asia. This golf course was started by the British in 1904. Currently, the golf course is run by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation. Undoubtedly this is the perfect place to enjoy your beautiful moments.
Khilanmarg is a popular picnic spot in Baramulla located at Gulmarg. This place is surrounded by dense forests and secluded valleys. Its meadows display a carpet of abundant colorful flower species. Its main tourist spot is the 600m high valley of Gulmarg. It is an ideal spot for panoramic views of the Kashmir Valley and the Himalayas.
Ferozepore & Ningle Nallah Lake
Ferozepur Nallah, also known as “Shinmahinyu” is a mountain stream that originates from the Ferozepur Peak. It lies at the distance of about 5 km from Gulmarg. It is a popular spot for trout fishing and angling. It is surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountains and a forest of pine trees.
This place is great to spend a sunny afternoon. This stream also serves as a source of water for the rural inhabitants. Many believe that it has been blessed by the spirit of the mountain. It flows down to join the Bahan river at Waters Meet, which is another popular tourist attraction. Ferozepur is located near Nalla Tosamaidan. It takes 3 days to reach here through a trek of about 50 kilometers.
Wular Lake is the 2nd largest water lake in Asia, located at the foot of the Haramuk Mountains. It is about 200 square kilometers long and covers about 24 kilometers and its width is spread over 10 kilometers. This lake is located between Baramulla Road and Sopur & Bandippore town in Sangrama. The main source of water in Wular Lake is the Jhilam River. There is also a small island in the center of the lake called ‘Zaina Lank’. This island was built by King Zainul-Abi-Din. The lake is also said to be a remnant of the ancient Satisar Lake. The courtyard of this lake, full of natural beauty, forms a popular sunset point.
Parihaspora is an ancient town located near Baramulla district, just 2 km from Srinagar. The city was the capital of Kashmir during the reign of Shankervarman. It was discovered by King Lalitaditya Muktipid of Kashmir in the 8th century AD. The most popular features of this place are Parihaspora Pattan and various ancient archeological specimens present in Pattan Bazaar. In addition to these monuments, the town has a number of Buddhist stupas and monuments. During an excavation held here in 1914, several Vishnu temples, a palace and a Chaitya were found. After this excavations, the site is thought to have been built from large stones that existed in ancient times.
The Alpather Lake is a significant lake as well as a picnic spot of Baramula, situated in Gulmarg. It lies in a valley situated down the twin Afarwat Peaks at an altitude of 4,511 m. The lake has a triangular structure with a backdrop providing views of Himalayan ranges. Its premises also have several resting gardens.
How To Reach
By Road: Baramulla is well-connected with another cities of India. You can easily get regular buses to Baramulla from other major cities of the country. There are many convenient ways to reach Baramulla by road. NH-1A connects the town to other parts of the country. It is connected to Uri, Tangmarg (40 Kms), Sopore, Gulmarg, Pattan and other towns via road. It is also connected to Srinagar (55 Kms) and other towns of Kashmir by road. Baramulla is well connected by the cities like Delhi, Srinagar and Chandigarh by Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (JKSRTC) and some private services.
By Train: Baramulla does not have any railway station. The nearest railway station is Srinagar, Kashmir. Baramulla is 46 km away from Srinagar. Another nearest railway station from Baramulla is Banihal (BAHL), Jammu & Kashmir. It is 115 km away from Baramulla. Taxi and cabs are available from the railway station to reach your preferred destination.
By Air: There are no regular flights from other major cities of the country to Baramulla. The nearest airport is Srinagar Airport. Baramulla is 46 km away from this airport. Another airport is 175 km away from Baramulla. It is Satwari Airport (IXJ), Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir. You can hire a taxi or cab to reach your preferred destination easily.