Martand sun temple? Have you heard of it? In all possibility you would have seen it. Take a second guess. We will tell you where you would have seen it at the end of this post.
When we went to Kashmir last year to see tulip garden in bloom, we spent a day in Gulmarg and another day in Pahalgam. One of the reason for us to go to Pahalgam apart from lovely Lidder river was an opportunity to visit Martand sun temple. Musthaq, our driver was well versed with this place and took us there.
We reached the place around 10 in the morning. A nice winding road took us to the temple. Getting down from the Scorpio, we enter the temple premises which is well-managed by Archeological Survey of India. There was no one in the temple except us.
We enter and we could imagine how this temple would have been in eighth century when it was built. It should have been a big and beautiful temple. We will take you through a pictorial tour of Martand sun temple. Click on the pictures to see them in larger size.
We spend an hour appreciating the heritage structure. There was nobody except us in the temple. As we were coming out we saw this young boy with a can……
a) The Martand sun temple is close to Pahalgam. It can be either seen as a day trip from Pahalgam or seen on the way back to Srinagar. The drive to the temple to Pahalgam goes through picturesque roads.
b) No guide is available. Go around yourself and appreciate the beauty of the temple.
c) Few small shops at the entrance sell some snacks/soft drinks. There are no restaurants. Carry your own food.
d) There is a small entrance fee to enter the temple complex. One can buy the entrance tickets at the ASI counter.