Verinag

The first tourist spot of the Kashmir valley when travelling from Jammu to Srinagar by road is the Verinag. About 80 kilometers from Srinagar, Verinag is situated at a height of 1876 meters and is supposed to be the major source of River Jhelum. It is located at the entry point of the Kashmir Valley just after passing the Jawahar Tunnel.

The Verinag Spring has an octagonal base encircled by a covered walkway. The construction work around the base as well as the walkway was started by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. However the work got completed during the reign of Emperor Shahjahan. The chiselers for building up the spring were brought from Iran. There are ruminants of the Mughal summerhouses and baths in Verinag, down the stream to the east. The spring is never known to dry up or overflow. The Verinag spring and the arcade surrounding it are officially acknowledged as a Monument of National Importance by Archaeological Survey of India.

Spectacular in its scenery and encompassed by huge pine trees, the spring is distinguished by waters that are serene and brightly clear. Verinag is made even more special by the scene of diverse flowers in different colors, calmly swinging to the tune of cool air around the mountains.

The road to reach Verinag is through a link on the Jammu Kashmir highway near Lower Munda. The climate is warm and temperate and there is notable rainfall. July is the warmest month of the year with average temperature being around 23 degree Celsius. A very good option to visit on a day trip as there are few other places in the vicinity to be explored like Kokernag and Pahalgam.



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