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Introduction.
Bandipore(Bandipora) is the administrative headquarters of the district of Bandipora in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is located on the northern banks of Wular Lake - the biggest fresh water lake in Asia. Bandipora has a terrace garden similar to the Nishat Bagh in Srinagar. In Kashmiri there is a famous phrase about Bandipora or in other words Bandipora is famous for three A's - A'lim (knowledge), Adab (good habits or literature) and Aab (water). As can be known from the folklore, the name of Bandipore (pronounced as Band- e- pur) originated either from Band of Wullar Lake, due to the Bands of place or due the Closed (Band in Kashmiri) geographical location (i.e., Bandipora is bound by mountains on three sides and by Wullar Lake in the fourth).
Geography.
Bandipora is situated on the banks of the Wular, the largest fresh-water lake in Asia which is home to a lot of migratory birds. Bandipora is also a stepping town to the higher reaches of Razdan, Gurez and Tragbal. The famous Lolab valley in Kupwara district is adjacent to the Bandipora. It is just 30 km from Bandipora via Aaloosa village. Bandipora was the connecting link between North India and Central Asia via the Silk Road. At Pazalpora village there was a custom and immigration department which is now a forest check post. There are strong links between Skardu, Gurez and Bandipora.
Attractions.
Bandipora is the location of the Forest Training and Research Institute in Jammu and Kashmir. It is at a distance of mere 3 km from the main town. The Darul-Ullom-Rehamia (School for Philosophers) is the largest religious institution in Jammu and Kashmir. It is the largest Islamic institution of valley. Bandipora is known for tracking, mountaineering and fishing. The famous Arin Nallah is home to one the most exotic trout (Rainbow Trout, Silver Trout and Gray Trout). For mountaineers Mt Harmukh remains the main attraction, It is located in the eastern side of the town. Commercial cabs ply on that route till Kodara that is the farthest point where the cabs stop, and there onwards the terrain becomes hilly and one has to track [17 km] till the higher reaches of Mount Harmukh, Sheera Sir [Lake of Spirits] acts as a base camp for all the mountaineering expeditions for Mt Harmukh. In the north lies Gurez, 86 km from Bandipora. Commercial cabs ply on this route during summers, however in winters the route remains closed due to heavy snowfall. The place is surrounded by areas of scenic beauty and ranges such as Sarendar, Kudara, Vewan, Mowa and Tresangam.

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