P.C: Adrien Olichon
Pulwama, the 'Rice Bowl of Kashmir', is the agriculturally rich district of Jammu and Kashmir. Formerly known as 'Panwangam' or 'Pulgam', Pulwama was ruled by the Mughals in the 16th century before the Afghans took over in the 19th century. Home to some of the most picturesque and scenic locales, nestled in Pulwama are some of the most elusive mountains, pristine waterfalls and verdant valleys of unparalleled beauty. With mesmerising sites and vistas to enchant you here are some of the most alluring places to visit in Pulwama.
How To Reach Pulwama:
By Air: The nearest airport to Pulwama is located at Srinagar, which is approximately at a distance of 37 km away from the place. Frequent cab services are available from the airport.
By Rail: The nearest railhead is Jammu Tawi railway station located in the Jammu city at a distance of 281 km from the town.
By Road: Pulwama is well connected to other major cities of India via roads. There is a sporadic bus service from the bus terminus, which is located in the heart of the town. Self drive or hiring a vehicle is the best option if you wish to travel by road.
Best Time To Visit Pulwama:
The weather remains pleasant throughout the year, making it a year round destination. The temperature keeps fluctuating in an average range of 15°C to 20°C.
Places To Visit In Pulwama:
1. Avantishwar Temple
P.C: Animesh Basnet
The Avantishwar Temple of the Pulwama district, is one of the most historical and revered pilgrimage sites of all. The temple is sanctified to the Hindu mythological deities of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva and was built by Raja Awanti Verma in 9th century A.D. Nestled on the banks of river Jhelum, the Avantishwar Temple is now protected and is under the maintenance of the Archaeological Survey of India. With beautifully adorned walls with intricately detailed carvings of ancient myths, folklore and deities, the temple is always busy with tourists and devotees from all around the world and makes for a popular tourist destination in Pulwama.
2. Aharbal Falls
P.C: Lindsey Costa
The Pulwama District being home to many rippling waterfalls, the Aharbal Falls is the one that you cannot give a miss! Cascading from a height of 25 m down a narrow gorge in a valley ensconced by dense Pine and Fir trees in the Pir Panjal mountain ranges, the waterfall is one breathtaking sight to behold! With gushing silver streams roaring out of the dense woods, set against an alluring backdrop, the Aharbal Falls is sure to take you by awe.
3. Payer Temple
P.C: Nandhu Kumar
Locally known as the Payech Temple, the temple is believed to be dating back to the 10th century A.D. This one of a kind temple is believed to be carved out in its entirety from a single monolithic stone. The uniqueness in its architecture still resonates of the glory of its antiquated past. Shrouded by dense woods and set against a striking milieu of soaring mountains, the temple is sure to take you by awe!
P.C: Austin Ban
Once a favourite hunting ground among the royals and frequented by the last ruler of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the stretches of the Shikargarh area is replete with abundant wildlife and flora. The area is ensconced by dense wild forests and is located at an altitude of 2130 m from the sea-level. Snuggled at the junction of the mountains Wasturwan and Kherwon, Shikargarh is also a cherished picnic spot for the locals.