Raja Bhimsina founded this ancient city in 2306 BC. The great Mughal Emperor Akbar visited this place in the year 1508. The place derives its name from two Sanskrit words, ‘Varrah’ which means ‘boar’ and ‘Mul’ which means ‘molar’. The peculiarity of the place’s name has a tale behind. It is believed that Kashmir was once a large lake named Satisara. It was controlled by a demon name Jalodbhava. Lord Vishnu disguised himself as a boar, appeared to rid the lake off the demon. He dug a whole into the mountain with his molar and the water flowed out.
Many gurudwaras, temples, monasteries and shrines are found in Baramulla. Gulmarg, which is present at a height of 2730 meters, is nearby and is worth visiting.
TOURIST PLACES IN BARAMULLA
Gulmarg: Gulmarg is famous for its green golf course. It is the world’s highest golf course. Khilanmarg, Acchabal, Gondol Lift, Tanmarg and Verinarg are surroundings places that can be visited. Gulmarg Biosphere Reserve is another area of interest.
Parihaspora: Raja Shankervarman made Parihaspora as the capital of Kashmir during his rule. Parihaspora Pattan and Pattan Bazaar are two places worth visiting.
Excavation sites: There are Vishnu pilgrimage sites that are of interest. People can also visit the Raj Bhavan and Chaitya. These places were dug out in 1914.
Lakes: Visitors can also see various lakes such as Wular, Manasbal and Alpather.
Shrines: There are several shrines located in and around Baramulla. These are of Baba Reshi, Tujjar Sharief, Janbaz Wali, Dastigeer Sahib, Baba Shakoor-ud-Din, Ahim Sharief, to name a few.
Shiva Temple: This temple is also known as Mohineshwar Shivalaya Temple. It was built by Mohini Bal Sisodhia in the year 1915. She was the wife of Maharaja Hari Singh, the King of Kashmir. The idols of Lord Shiva an goddess Parvati are enshrined here.
HOW TO REACH BARAMULLA
By air: Srinagar is the nearest airport. You can take flights up to Srinagar. The rest of the distance can be covered via buses and taxis.
By rail: The nearest railhead is Jammu Tawi. It is well connected to the major cities of the country.
By road: Baramulla is well connected to other parts of the state via buses and taxis.