Bandipore, also known as Plan Bandipora, is located in the Bandipore District of Jammu and Kashmir. As in rest of Kashmir Valley, Bandipore also offers exotic locations seeped with natural beauty. Magnificent mountains and swift flowing streams make the area in and around the city a tourist’s delight.
Parks and Gardens within BandiporeIf you are in Bandipore, do not miss Nishat Garden. It is a terrace garden located near the main market. It has been modeled after the Nishat Garden, Srinagar and has been named accordingly. Indeed, the Nishat garden in Bandipore provides a wonderful place for relaxation. Another lovely place to visit is Walnur Vintage Park. However, it is located just outside the city in a village called Gurura.
Wulnar Lake in Bandipore
Other Places to Visit inside Bandipore TownZanalankh Island in the middle of Wulnar Lake is an artificial island built in 1444 by Kashmiri Sultan Zain-ul-Abidin. You may visit that as well. Darul-Ullom-Rehamia is another of the attraction of this town. It is not only the largest religious institution in Jammu and Kashmir, but is also very beautiful. Besides, one may visit the Forest Training and Research Institute located at a distance of 3 Km from the town.
Some Places to Visit from Bandipore
Lies Gurez is another beautiful valley that you can visit from Bandipore. It is located at a distance of 86 km from the town. The main town in the valley is known as Dawar. Shared taxis offer regular trips between Bandipur and Dawar. Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (JKTDC) has also set up a hotel here. Besides, the town also has few other guest houses and restaurants. Therefore, fooding and lodging is no problem if you do decide to spend a night here. Do not miss the sunrise at Habba Khatoon, the main peak in this area. It offers an unforgettable experience.
The road to Dawar offers spectacular view of Wulnar Lake. One can also get a glimpse of Harmukh Mountain from Razdan, a small town en route to Dawar. However, due to heavy snow fall, this road remains closed for three months in the winder. Connectivity to the town is maintained y helicopters.
Adventure Tourism in Bandipore
To scale Mt Harmukh from Bandipore, one must first go to Kodara. You can travel this distance by commercial vehicles, available from Bandipore. Trekking starts from there. Climbers generally put up their base camp at Sheera Lake; you can do that as well. It may be interesting to note that K2, the world’s second highest mountain was discovered from top of this mountain.
Hotels in Plan Bandipore
Following is a list of hotels in Plan Bandipora:
Phone No: 98589-99366
Phone No: 96224-90871
Phone No: 88038-49237
Phone No: 96225-45646
Phone No: 97971-91278
Phone No: 96227-47386