Sopore is a small town that is
located 48 kms away from the Srinagar district. It is situated on the banks of
the beautiful river Jhelum of Jammu and Kashmir. The town is said to be founded
in as early as 880 AD by the then ruling King Avantivarman of the Utpala
Dynasty. In the modern times, Sopore is famous as the Apple town of Asia
because of its high yield of fruits. It is the second largest fruit market in
Asia. It is also the place in the North Kashmir where trade takes place and is,
therefore, of significant importance.
It has some famous monuments,
such as Said Mouj Mundji, Jamia Masjib, Khan-kah Shah-i-Hamdan, and more
shrines that speak of its religious culture. The town is easily accessible from
Anantnag. One can reach Sopore from there in less than 2 hrs by cab. The place
is well planned and has abundant arrows and landmark assistance along the way
to help tourists reach there without much difficulty. Sopore also has adequate
fooding and lodging facilities, so tourists can stay there and take a good
night’s rest on their way to further destinations. Of course, the travel time
is dependent on traffic and road conditions as well.
More about Anantnag Sopore
Anantnag is quite populated as
compared to the 22 districts of Jammu andKashmir. It is locally called
Islamabad and was the third most populous district in J&K as in 2011. Jammu
and Srinagar were first and second, respectively.
Administration and Tourism
The Anantnag district has
earned its name among the most preferred destination spots in India. Tourists
have plenty of places to visit here. They can visit Achabal, Daksum, Pahalgam,
Dandipora, Martand, Sinthan top and more. All these places are famous for the
natural Diaspora and architecture, Pahalgam and Kokernag being the most famous
and easily accessible because they are not far from the main town of Anantnag.
Among all the natural beauty and monuments of historical importance is the holy
shrine of Amarnath Temple, in Pahalgam, where lacs of people visit every year
during the Amarnath Yatra to catch a glimpse of the nature-made Shivalinga.
The climate in Anantnag varies
vastly from season to season. While the temperature is normally moderate, it is
affected by the geographic location as well. The hilly areas of Anantnag in the
East are cooler than the flat part in the north. The weather is cool in spring
and autumn. A lot of tourists visit then. Winters are very cold and sees
snowfall. Tourists from around the world visit
Anantnag during winters to enjoy skiing and the beauty of snowfall.
Though the temperature in Anantnag is usually low, the month of July is the
hottest, with mean maximum temperature of 32 degree Celsius. The end of the
year and the beginning, i.e. the months of December and January, are the
coldest. Temperature can drop to as low as -15 degree Celsius. Till date, the
lowest temperature has been -18 degree Celsius and the maximum has been 33
degree Celsius, which is still low as compared to other parts of India. In
January 2012, emergency was declared and the entire valley observed two days of
off on Jan 6 and Jan 7 because of extremely turbulent weather conditions that
left the district in chaos.
Since the weather is generally
cold, you will find adequate arrangement for bonfire and barbecue. A lot of
families and groups visit the place to enjoy the wonderful moments spent here.
Online connectivity, however, is weak.
Tips for Visitors
Tourists are advised to carry
winter clothes because the weather is often very cold and get chilling at
times. Blanks and warm clothes help keep visitors warm during travel, which can
take over 2 hours to travel the distance of 104 kms from Sopore to Anantnag.
Connectivity to Sopore
Sopore is well connected by
train and road. There are airways too nearby.