Located in the Pulwama district in India’s northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, Pulwama city is located at a distance of 25 km from Srinagar. An interesting fact about this place is that it is also known as the ‘Anand’ and ‘Dudha Kul' of Kashmir for its high milk production.
Fundamentally an agricultural economy, the place is now developing as a tourist spot, as a lot of tourists from across the country arrive here to witness its beauty and indulge in adventure sports such as mountaineering and trekking. All this boosts the tourist economy and offers a good monetary share in the state's revenue model.
Months between April to October are the best time to visit Pulwama. During this time, the overall temperature is quite good for sightseeing and exploring the place to the fullest. Winters can be too chilly and at times, the rail route, highways, and flights get affected by extreme & unfavorable weather such as heavy snowfall in winters. Hence, a trip in the summertime is great.
History of Pulwama
Pulwama district was formed in the year 1979 in order to promote better administration, law & order, and other facilities. Pulwama was known as Panwangam before it was named Pulwama in 1979. Kashmir sultanate ruled the entire region before the Mughals invaded and captured the region in the 16th century. Pulwama has 4 major villages: Dalipora, Malikpora, Dangarpora, and Chattapora. These 4 villages were combined and the name Pulwama was coined which means ‘knitting together’.
Today Pulwama district comprises more than 300 villages that come under the following 5 tehsils: Tral, Pulwama, Awantipora, Pampore, and Shopian. Pulwama primarily has an agricultural economy that is known for the production of rice, saffron, and milk. Pulwama is known among tourists for its numerous spring streams, waterfalls, green meadows, and rich biodiversity. Apart from natural beauty, Pulwama is also home to various historical monuments in India. Some most popular among them are the Payer temple, Avantishwar temple, and Khankha Tral.
Major Attractions in and Around Pulwama
1. Aharbal Falls
There is no doubt about the fact that Aharbal Falls is one of the most interesting places to experience in Pulwama. Being a tributary of the Jhelum river, this place is through and through amazing to experience in all its immensity. The scenic and natural beauty of this place attracts a great number of tourists and travelers from around the world.
Located at an approximate distance of 3 kilometers, the Shikargah is quite an enchanting place to visit, especially with your family. This place is surrounded by lush green forests which makes it one of the most awesome tourist attractions to explore. Locals claim that the last ruler of Jammu and Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh, used to arrive here to hunt wild animals.
3. Payer Temple
The Payer Temple is also located at a distance of around 3 km from Pulwama. If the legend is to be believed, then this temple dates back to the 10th century. The most fascinating thing about the temple is that it is a monolith structure.
4. Avantishwar Temple
Located in the Jawbrari village this temple dates back to the 9th century AD. Dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu this place has an amazing spiritual aura owing to which it attracts a great number of devotees.
5. Tarsar and Marsar Lake
The Tarsar and Marsar trek which is in Kashmir is quite different in trekking as compared to anywhere else in the country. However, you would get to explore some of the most amazing alpine lakes while on this trek.
How to Reach Pulwama
Pulwama is quite a small town situated in the Pulwama district in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir. The beauty of this place is so impeccable that many times it is also referred to as the delight of Kashmir. To reach here, you will need to cover an approximate distance of 839, 2,026, 2,199, 2,807 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Here is how you can reach Pulwama by the following means of public transportation.
If you are planning to visit Pulwama via air then you need to first take a flight to Srinagar airport, and from there, you can board a cab or a bus to reach Pulwama, which is nearly 30km away from the airport.
Srinagar Airport receives direct and connecting flights from across the country hence booking flights would not be a problem.
From Jaipur - Board Air India, AirAsia, Vistara Airlines from Jaipur Airport. The flight tickets will cost you between INR 4,000 - INR 5,000
From Pune - Board IndiGo, AirAsia, Air India Airlines from Pune Airport. The flight tickets will cost you about INR 4,000 - INR 5,000
There are no regular trains to Pulwama. However, to reach via train you would need to go to Srinagar railway station first. From there you can get a cab or a tourist bus to reach the desired location in Pulwama. The Srinagar train station is well connected to different metro cities of India.
Pulwama is quite well connected via road. So, if you are planning to visit Pulwama by road then it would be a convenient experience for you as you may even take your personal car. bike or may reserve a seat in an inter-state/intra-state tourist bus as well to reach Pulwama.