Known as Mini Switzerland, Baisaran is a clear opening among the mountains with lush green grass. It can be reached from Pahalgam on horseback and takes a total of about 3 to 4 hours. The sojourn through the forest is quite exciting and interesting. One gets to meet a lot of locals on this trail. They even offer rabbits and lambs to the tourists to take photos with. with huge conifers dwarfed by the gigantic mountains, Baisaran is an enchanting place, and a sight for sore eyes.
Martand Sun Temple
How to Reach: Easily reached from Anantnag main market (about five miles).Mythology: (More like history) The temple was built by King Lalitaditya of Karkota Dynasty. The temple has been described in scriptures as a sight to behold. It stood grand and glowed in the snow with all it's valour. Now it stands ruined (but not completely) as Mughal emperor Sikander Butshikan completely destroyed it. I is said and noted that many rulers tried to wipe out Martand's structure before Sikander, but were unable to. Built in an estimated period of 370-500 A.D., the temple (as per local legend) has been given a boon to stand until the apocalypse and now human power will ever be able to completely erase it.(The sight is heart breaking. Especially when you imagine the glory in which it must have stood, the sheer grandeur is overwhelming. And now I am overcome with grief that my eyes will never have such privileged.)
Avantiswami Temple Ruins
A centuries old ruins symbolizing the history of Hindu culture in the region. There are guides who will show you around. There is not a lot to see, but without someone telling you what you are looking at, you will probably be at a loss to understand the significance of the place.