Awantipur is a town located in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The place is recognised as a pilgrim centre due to the existence of two ancient temples here. Awantipur is surrounded with various points of interest such as temples, lakes and gardens. The culture and cuisine of this place are some of the chief attractions here. Nearby popular destinations include Pulwama, Badgam, Anantnag and Srinagar.
The main attraction of this place is Avantiswami Temple, which was built during 855 to 883 AD. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and houses a central shrine, which is surrounded by four other shrines. The architecture of this temple is inspired by Greek architectural styles. It was made with sand stone and this is the reason why it could not withstand the ravages of time. Some of the idols found at the time of excavation here are preserved and showcased in the SPS Museum, in Srinagar.
The other noteworthy ancient temple in the region is the Avantishvara Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is quite smaller than the Avantiswami Temple and is located a kilometer away from it. The gate of the temple is entirely made of stone and is well known for its architecture. Both the above mentioned temples were built by King Awantivarman , in the 9th century.
Apart from these temples, there is a lake here named Tulian Lake, which is located at an altitude of 3353 m above sea level and remains frozen throughout the winter. The lake is situated at distances of 11 km from Baisaran and 16 km from Pahalgam.
The nearest airport to Awantipur is the Srinagar Airport, at a distance of 24 km from the town. The airport is situated at an elevation of 5190 m and hence is one of the highest airports in India. The Srinagar Airport is connected to almost all the major cities of India. The nearest railhead to this town is at Jammu, at a distance of 7.2 km from where, cabs and buses are available to reach Awantipur.
The best time to visit this town is in between the months of April and November.