Anantnag, the beautiful city of Jammu and Kashmir, is always full of tourists. Surprisingly, the name of this city is related to a district. The city is a wonderful tourist destination which is crowded with tourists during the humid summers. This part of Kashmir is called ‘The Paradise on Earth’. Here you will get to see beautiful views of the Himalayas, due to which tourists like this place very much. Be prepared to have a panoramic view of the Garden of Kashmir here.
However, these magnificent gardens were built by a Muslim ruler. Members of the royal family stepped in here to spend their holidays and entertain themselves. He liked the natural beauty spread all around Kashmir. Achabel Gardens, Lidder View Park, Sherbag Park, and Aishmukum Park are worth visiting here.
The word ‘Nag’ has many meanings: one of which ‘springs’ means waterfalls falling in a rhythm. There are innumerable enchanting springs, whose beautiful structures mesmerize tourists and remind them of the Mughal period. Martand Sun Temple is a famous tourist destination of Anantnag. The right time to visit Anantnag is the right time to visit this place in the summer season. You can come here during the onset of monsoon as well as the warm months of May to October. It is a favorable time to visit the scenic spots of Anantnag as during this time the temperature here does not exceed 25 ° C.
How to reach Anantnag
By Air: Srinagar Airport is also known as Sheikh ul Alam Airport. Talking about international airlines, international flights come from many states and cities of India. If you are traveling by Air India, then you will get a flight to Jeddah, Goa, Mumbai, Delhi, Leh, and Jammu. Go Air will help you fly to Mumbai, Jammu as well as Delhi. This feature of SpiceJet is that you can also come here from Bangalore, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Goa, Delhi, Mumbai, and Jammu.
By Rail: Getting to Anantnag by rail is also an interesting experience. The railway station here is known as Anantnag railway station and it comes under the Northern Railway zone of Indian Railways. The Anantnag railway station is operated by the Kashmir Railway which operates as far as Baramulla and Qazigund. Express trains are usually not allowed to stop here so you have to get down at Sahara Jammu Tawi railway station if you travel by express.
By Road: If you are traveling by road, then the bus is the best option for you. You will find its bus stop at KP Road in Hussainabad, which will give you an opportunity to explore the beautiful views of the Himalayan mountain range. Buses operated by the Jammu and Kashmir Transport Development Corporation are also available from the surrounding areas. You will get regular buses to important places like Jammu, Pahalgam, Kokernag and Srinagar. The journey from Srinagar to Anantnag takes about an hour while from Jammu it takes about 4 hours. The culture of Anantnag is celebrated here on the death anniversary of saintly people in the name of Jirat or Urs. A huge fair is held near the Aishmukam temple during Urs and devotees and tourists from all over the world come to see this fair. Another spectacular festival here is Eid-ul-Fitr. The main dish of Kashmiri people is non-vegetarian. Here you will get to taste the taste of Rojnosh, Yakhni, and Killeyya. This city of Kashmir has a bitter cold and hot tea is something else to be enjoyed during this season. This tea contains a mixture of milk, cream, walnuts, and almonds. The local tea is known as Noon Tea.
Tourist places in Anantnag
During the journey to Jammu, Verinag falls on the way and its shining blue water surprises the tourists. The gardens and summer house here also cannot be ignored. An octagonal footpath was also built by Emperor Jahangir, which was built around a water fountain. The emperor was delighted by Verinag’s mesmerizing aura. The resort is located at Tehsil Shahabad Bala, 26 km from Anantnag city. A magnificent bungalow, a rest house, and some huts can be seen at this place.
A magnificent waterfall like the Sukabal originates from the Sonsanvar hill and was revered as a delightful and beautiful unit by Emperor Jahangir. The real source of the Sukabal is the Brangi Nala which becomes invisible at Devalgam through a crack or division of the earth with limestone. Tourists are mesmerized by the splendor of this gleaming waterfall. The Mughal gardens here are decorated with fountains.
It is one of the most attractive health resorts in Jammu and Kashmir, situated to the northeast of the district Anantnag. This resort is surrounded by hills and lush green forests. The climate here is quite pleasant and convenient while the calm environment of Lidder Nala also attracts tourists. It also serves as a major transit camp during the Amarnath cave visit. From here, one travels to the holy Amar Nathji cave located 72 km from the district headquarters.
Martand Sun Temple
Martand Surya Temple, located only 9 km northeast of Anantnag district, was built by the Kshatriya king Liladitya of the Surya dynasty. This temple is quite popular for its amazing Aryan structure. This temple introduces the skilled art of Kashmiri Hindus and is dedicated to the holy place Bhaskar or Surya Dev. This square of square shape is made of limestone. You will find the ruins of the temple close to the snow-capped mountains. In terms of its exquisite art, design, and beauty, this temple competes against the Taj Mahal, Parthian and St. Peters.
Amarnath Ji Cave
It is in Tehsil Pahalgam, about 46 km from the district headquarters of Anantnag. You can get a chance to visit this holy place only while visiting Amarnath Cave. The Amarnath Yatra starts from Srinagar. Lord Shiva resides at this place. Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, and son Maha Ganesha are present in the form of ice lingam in the Amarnath cave. Along with the size of the moon, the size of the Shiva lingam of Amarnath also varies.
Masjid Syed Shaab
The place was built as a tribute to Hazrat Sayyid Mohammad Inayat-Ullah Qadri and is a beautiful mosque built in 1528 AD along with other disciples of Central Asia. The location of this mosque is the Martand Plateau in the lower part of Annicut. Syed Mohammad Inayat-Ullah Qadri died at the age of 75. His body was buried neatly in a temple which was close to the mosque. The 8th Sha’ban is celebrated as the death anniversary of Saint Sayyid Saheb according to the Islamic calendar. During this time one can come to see this mosque.