With ghosts of lost relics from as far back as 5000 BC, and the presence of nature at its best, it is difficult to find a geographical parallel to Anantnag tucked away between two arms of the Pir Panjal mountain range. The city derives its name from the Sanskrit word ‘anant’ meaning ‘countless or never-ending’, and ‘nag’ the Kashmiri word for ‘spring’. Unsurprisingly then, the city and the surrounding synonymous district are a natural haven blessed with numerous fresh water springs, fast flowing streams, deeply wooded hills and abundant snow in the winter.
Using Anantnag city as base, one can explore its surrounding regions at ease. Natural springs like Kokernag and Achabal are not to be missed. Lying 17 km and 7 km from the city, these are beautiful picnic spots with natural springs as the main attractions. A trout farm on Kokernag and beautifully laid-out terraced gardens around Achabal are up for providing unforgettable experiences to city dwellers. The gardens at Achabal are said to have been the favorite retreat of Mughal Empress Noor Jehan.
Pahalgam, a neighboring town, has been immortalized by numerous Hindi films and is as much in demand for its sylvan beauty as for activities such as horse riding, trekking, and winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding, during the winters. The city itself is one of the most rapidly growing areas in the country and is known for its production of traditional woolens, Kashmiri carpets and rugs.
Located at Kehribal, 9 km from the city, the Martand Sun Temple is probably one of the most important archaeological sites in India today. Although relatively unknown, this temple complex was built around 500 AD and is a prime example of Aryan architecture. Similarly, history buffs can visit the ruins of temples built by Lalitaditya, the Emperor of Kashmir, and King Awantivarman at Awantipora, midway between Srinagar and Anantnag.
Government run transport buses as well as smaller private buses are the modes of travel preferred by locals to move in and around the city. For trips to surrounding resort towns, it is best to hire private taxis that are easily available within the town.
On a daily basis there are approximately 66 flights that operate at Sheikh Ul Alam Airport.Air India, IndiGo and SpiceJet are the most popular airline brands that fly frequently to this airport.
By road Anantnag is surrounded by Badgam, Srinagar, Udhampur which are 29.32 km, 32.08 km, 55.22 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.