Anantnag is a city and a municipality in Anantnag district in Indian state of Jammu
.Anantnag is regarded as the commercial and financial capital of the Kashmir Valley
. It is a large business and trading centre of the valley.
Anantnag is the big hub of the economy of the Kashmir Valley, and it has remained a tourist destination for centuries. The valley has attracted travellers from around theworld for a long time and they travelled to the valley and Anantnag to take view of its breath taking beauty.The main area of Anantnag is among the most populous part of the Kashmir valley and crops like wheat and rice are cultivated for local consumption. Orchards produce a number of fruits, particularly apples. Another significant segment of the economy include handicrafts, weaving of woolen shawls and dress materials, and woodcarving.
Martand Sun Temple
is an important tourist site of Anantnag city. There are seven temple complexes in the city.The Anantnag district is not only the rice bowl of the Valley, it is equally rich in landscape. The nature has been generous in gifting the district with places of unparallel beauty. The district can rightly boast of possessing the largest number of health resorts in the whole State. Of them particular mention may be made of Verinag
famous health resort of Pahalgam
There are various places of interest for tourists in the city of Anantnag and these include hot springs, lakes, temples, shrines and few more places.There are two sulphur springs that are located in the city and also countless natural springs that provide fresh water.Malik Nag, Nag Bal and SalaK Nag are the main springs in the place. These are popular places to visit for the locals as well.
The place is known for its religious tolerance and there are shrines that belong to both the Hindus and the Muslims. Some of the shrines that can be found here are the Hazrat Baba Rashi, Goswami Gund Ashram, Shilagram Temple, Khanna Baranain Triposundari Astapan Devsar, Nila Nag and many more.
This world famous hill station is 45 km from the Anantnag and located on the banks of river Lidder at an altitude of 7200 ft. from sea level. Pahalgam is one among the five tehsils of Anantnag district and tehsil head quarters are located in the main town of Pahalgam. Once a great tourist puller and favourite place for shooting of Bollywood films is perhaps the best health resort in the country.
Anantnag has nearly 12 major colleges and 3 universities . Since the establishment of Islamia Hanfia College in the mid-19th century, a number of institutions of higher education have come up in Anantnag and include University of Kashmir
south campus and Islamic University of Science and Technology.
Highways and Streets
Anantnag enjoys a huge network of highways and roads and lots interchanges, ramps, and loops.
Anantnag is a station on the 119 km (74 mi) long Kashmir railway that runs from Baramulla
. The railway track will connect to Banihal
across the Pir Panjal mountains through the newly constructed 11 km long Banihal tunnel in 2013 and finally to Indian railway network after a few years.