in Jammu and Kashmir is a small city that is covered by the majestic Himalayas
from all sides. It is replete with natural beauty, which makes it an excellent
tourist destination. It is home to the beautiful Jhelum river that flows across
it. The city boasts of some fine tourist attractions, such as Gulmarg,
Khilanmarg, Wular Lake, and more. Other places to visit include the Buddhist
Stupas, and monasteries, temples, and mosques that are of immense religious
climate of Baramulla is ideal for tourism, and since not numerous sightseers
know about this place, it is relatively calmer and less commercialized. Even
though Baramulla may not have a lot of offer in terms of shopping, it is a
great spot to relax and unwind for travelers traveling to Gulmarg. It has an
abundant natural beauty to boast of and has been speculated as one of the most
beautiful places in India by researches and scholars. It is an excellent
get-away for tourists tired of their monotonous daily routine, writers looking
for inspiration, and wanderlusts wanting to sate their soul with natural
is something for everyone in Baramulla.
Legend of Baramulla
literal sense, the word Baramulla is derived from two Sanskrit words. One is
Bara which means boar and the other is Mulla which means molar. Legends also
suggest that the Kashmir valley was originally known as ‘Satiasaras’. In
Sanskrit, Satiasaras means Parvati’s Lake. It is said that the devil Jalodbhava
infected the water of the lake, making it harmful for the consumption of the
locals. Lord Vishnu, then took the form of a boar and defeated the devil
Jalodbhava to remove all the water from the lake. Due to this, the mountain
broke and the city of Baramulla was discovered.
Places to Visit in Baramulla
is known as ‘Paradise on Earth’. It is probably the most preferred tourist
destination in the valley of Baramulla. People from around the world visit
Gulmarg to witness its natural splendor. Translated into English, Gulmarg means
the valley of flowers. And, rightly so, it offers exquisite sights to witness
and exotic fauna that mesmerizes one and all. Due to its unique landscape,
Gulmarg is one of the most preferred sites for trekking too.
Eco Park is located on an island in the river Jhelum. It is surrounded by the
mighty Himalayas, covered in snow during winters. During summers, the mountains
are covered in green and offer a beautiful view from the Eco Park. Tourists
flock to the park to relax and catch a glimpse of the Himalayas.
small town of Parihaspora was founded by Lalityaditya Muktapid, who rules
Kashmir in the 8th century. If you have an interest in history and
architecture, you can visit the Buddhist Stupa and a monastery in the town.
There are also ancient Vishnu sanctuaries, Raj Bhawan and a Chaitya made from
huge single stones that were found during excavations.
Ziarat of Baba Reshi
also houses a popular Muslim shrine known as the Ziarat of Baba Reshi. The
shrine is dedicated to Baba Payam-Din, who was a popular saint there. It is
said that the saint spent his final days praying and meditating at the same
place. His grave is covered with a decorated cloth that exhibits extreme
craftsmanship. It is believed that if a person offers his prayers and comes to
the shrine with a wish, it is fulfilled.
Wular Lake obtains most of its water from the river Jhelum. It is the second
biggest freshwater lake in Asia and covers a length of 24 kms and breath of 10
kms. A small island named Zaina Lank rests in the middle of Wular Lake.
Tourists visit the Wular lake to watch the sunset. It is also a popular boating
is a great place to relax and unwind which is why it serves as a great picnic
spot for both the locals of the area and tourists who arrive only to spend a
few days. Take a stroll down the beautiful meadow of colorful flowers for an
enchanting experience. Tourists also visit the Khilanmarg because it allows
them to see the majestic Himalayan mountain ranges and beautiful Kashmir
valleys easily. Besides, there are plenty of other tourists attractions in
Khilanmarg, such as Bandipore, Sopur, Alpatha Lake, and more.
History of Baramulla
city of Baramulla was established by Raja Bhimsina in 2306 BC. Since the city
is quaintly situated between Muzaffarabad in POK and Rawalpindi in Pakistan, it
is geographically situated in the Kashmir Valley and is literally the entrance
is the burial place of Syed Janbaz Wali, who visited there with his companions
and devotees in 1421 AD. Such was the charm of the place, that he decided to
make it the center of his mission. The city is therefore considered a religious
place for Muslims. Since the 15th century. Every year, several Muslim tourists
from India and abroad flock to Baramulla to pay their homage. Not just Muslims,
it gets tourists of all religions. In the year 1894, Shri Hargobind, the sixth
Sikh Guru visited Baramulla. Since then it has a composite culture where
individuals of all religions live in harmony and bond together really well.
has received many other famous individuals. Chinese traveler to India Heiun
T’Sang and the British historian Moorcraft too have visited the place. Also, it
was the favorite resting spot for Mughals in early times because of its
fascinating geography at the mouth of the valley.