Sopore is a border town that
is located between India and Pakistan. This is the center
of all activities and the town which Pakistan claims it owns.
It has seen extreme violence in the past few months, but the
region has calmed down now. This is the most beautiful place
in Kashmir with the prettiest people who you will not see
anywhere else in India.
Although this place has heavy military presence,
they do not bother tourists. The locals are very friendly. You can
reach the Mont Nebo from her which is also known as the heaven on
earth by a few historical Indian rulers. It is located in the district
of Baramullah. The place is famous for the local bakers who bake
the famous varieties of Kashmir bread. Tourists are welcome in the
bakeries and its interesting to see the bakers using the same techniques
used by their great grand fathers to bake breads. This town is built
around the Jhelum River which flows through the middle of the town.
The town is filled with lush green trees and houses which are unique
to this place. The food here is classic Kashmiri food, unlike in
other places which has mixed with the Indian cuisine.
The locals are friendly, but it is advised to check
the political situation in this town before visiting it. Since the
politicians can call for a lockdown of the entire town when ever
they feel like. To reach Sopore you will have to begin from Srinigar.
It is just a 30 minute drive from Srinigar. Sopore does not have
any airports of its own, hence this is the shortest possible distance.
Avoid going in the months of November and December which is the
season of Winter. The winters are harsh and accommodated by snow
and negative temperatures.