Bandipore is the administrative headquarters of the new district of Bandipora in the state of Jammu
. It is located on the northern banks of Wular Lake
- the biggest lake of clean water in Asia
. Bandipore 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).
Bandipore is situated on the banks of the Wular, the largest fresh-water lake in Asia which is home to a lot of migratory birds. Inadvertent dumping of the polluted river waters and sewage affluence has led to a pandemic growth of algae in the waters of the Wular which is threatening the lake and its supporting life itself. Bandipore is also a stepping town to the higher reaches of Razdan, Gurez and Tragbal.
Bandipora plays host to one of the famous Forest Training and Research Institute in Jammu and Kashmir. Its a 3km distance from the main town. Apart from being beautiful, the Darul-Ullom-Rehamia [School for Philosophers] is the largest religious Institution in Jammu and Kashmir.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 The 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 [17km] 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 Guraze, One of the most beautiful places in Jammu and Kashmir is 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, all of which are inhabited by the Gujjars ("Bakarwals"). Although being a scenic place where peace and tranquility is in the environment, Bandipora has never been considered a tourist place and does not figure anywhere on the tourist map of Jammu and Kashmir.