After the Pitthoragarh trip, after one month me and my family were again ready for a trip. Destination decided was the Heaven Kashmir. The last we went to Kashmir was 3 months ago in April and before that in January also. I am always attracted to Kashmir as it potrays real beauty. In this trip we decided to visit the unexplored area Baramullah which the tourists visit very less. We booked our flight tickets. The date to leave was 19th July. Boarded the flight and in another couple of hours we were in Kashmir. Took the taxi and went straight to the hotel.
Green fields enroute
Further On this day visited the same old Dal Lake. The next day we visited Baramulla. My dad’s friend came to our hotel and we went in his car. First went to Budgam. This is a district which is just adjacent to Srinagar. It is Situated at an average height of 5,281 ft above sea-level. The World’s biggest chinar tree is at Chattergam Budgam.It is also famous for its Kani Embroidary Shawl. We stopped there just for half an hour, clicked few pics and moved towards Baramulla.
Baramulla is the third largest city of Jammu & Kashmir. It is located about 60 Kms north of Srinagar. It is located at a height of 1600 metres above sea level and bounded by river Jhelum. The name Baramulla, meaning “Boar’s Place”is derived from two Sanskrit words Varaha (Boar) and Mula. According to Hindu teaching, the valley of Kashmir was once a lake called “Satisaras”. Gulmarg also comes under the Baramulla District.
NH-1D between beautiful tall trees
BRO Sign Boards
I always wanted to visit Baramulla. It is definately not a tourist place. Its name is often heard in the news for the wrong reasons. But the place has its own charm and beauty. Visiting these places which are away from the crowds of tourists gives a different and a unique feeling. It really helps to interact with the local people. The place is nestled with the natural beauty with the mountains in the backdrop. In winters it is totally covered with snow. The route to Baramullah is very beautiful with apple trees all along the way and lush green fields. Sopore also came in the way but we did not go there. This highway further leads to Uri and then Muzaffarabad which is in Pakistan.
Muzaffarabad is in Pakistan
The apple trees
The turn for Sopore. Also showing Muzaffarabad.
As we reached there, roamed around in the local market. Then We asked the locals about the place to visit nearby. They told about the Eco Park. We decided to go there. As we came near to the park, we saw below a wodden bridge over the Jhelum which links the Park. This Eco Park is located in Khadniyar Baramulla.It is situated on Uri road 5kms from baramula town.Eco park is actually an island on Jehlem river, Jehlem river takes two way diversion and in between this tourist place took birth, it has great view and vast area. This place is fully maintained by jammu and Kashmir tourism development corporation.
This is Baramulla
This is the wooden bridge
Walking on the bridge towards the park
As we entered into the park , it was really breathtaking view. Mountains in the backdrop, Jhelum river flowing aside and lush green well maintained garden. This park was even better than the Eco Park Of Dhanaulti in Uttarakhand. In the Park wooden huts are made which adds to its beauty.In the park there were only the localites no tourists except us. There we consumed a good one hour and then started our return journey to Srinagar. On the return journey we visited the Sugandhesa Temple.
The well maintained Park
The wooden huts
The wooden platform facing the Jhelum
The Jhelum River
Sugandhesa Temple is one among the three ancient temples located at Pattan in Baramulla District.The temple was constructed near Srinagar and was named after Sugandha, the wife of King Sankaravarman.the temple stands on a double base and has a pillar in front. There are inscriptions and images depicted on the niches. On entering the courtyard, there are two chambers with a partition wall and a doorway in the middle. There are many architectural fragments on the site.This temple was never completed but the ruins give us a definite picture of the kind of architectural skills of the medieval times. The entrance to the main courtyard of the Sugandhesa Temple is right in the middle of the eastern wall of this temple’s peristyle that has two chambers.
It took us couple of hours to reach back Srinagar. It really gives extreme pleasure to visit such unexplored areas of Kashmir. Every tourist visit the famous spots but visiting such different spots make you feel really good. Last year I had visited Anantnag and Pulwama. This time visited Baramulla. After visiting it, I can surely say that it is not the usual tourist destination but an offbeat area. While some undercovered areas are still left. Hope to cover them in my future visits.
A pic of Eco Park left
The cute baby in the plane just made my trip. He was sitting with his parents on the across side, but the whole 2 hours he was on our seat playing with us.
In my next post, I will take you to the real heaven Gulmarg, which I visited the next day after Baramulla.
Till then :-)