Situated on the banks of the majestic Jhelum River, the earlier name was given was Varahmula which means ‘Boars Molar’ in Sanskrit. Founded by Raja Bhimsina, the place has had its fair share of visitors during earlier times which includes Xuanzang from China, British historian Moorcraft, Sikh Guru Shri Hargobind, Akbar entered here via Pakhil and spent time here and the likes of Jahangir has visited this place.
Baramulla has a historical and religious importance for different sects who have lived together in harmony and upheld its culture during medieval times, it is one of the oldest towns in northern Kashmir. Baramulla is the largest producer of horticulture products in the state and top quality apples are grown here.
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Gulmarg – The Meadow of flowers, a serene and popular tourist hub draws people from around the world thought the year. Nestled among the stunning Himalayan peaks, the original name of Gaurimarg referred by the shepherds was changed by Sultan Yusuf Shah during Chak dynasty. The place was a gateway for Mughal emperor Jahangir, the British too were no strangers to the charms of Kashmir with lush green meadows, pine trees and stunning peaks used this place as a summer retreat.
Winding your way up the Gondola to the top of mount Apharwat leaves you breathless for views of the Himalayan ranges via Kongdori is mind-blowing, a little trek near the summit takes you to Alpathar Lake.
Some of the popular sights to see are Baba Reshi Shrine, Maharani temple, golf course, and St. Mary’s Church, Gulmarg’s a very popular Ski destination in Asia, Skiing, Snowboarding, Paragliding, and mountaineering draws adventure souls thought the world. The place is also a darling for Bollywood as many romantic movies have been shot in this serene background like Bobby, Highway, Haider, etc. An annual winter festival is held in March for artists to showcase their talents in the fields of music, films, and photography.