Bhaderwah

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"Mini Kashmir / Nagon ki Bhoomi"

Bhaderwah Tourism

Bhaderwah is a town located in the district of Doda in Jammu and Kashmir. It belongs to the Jammu division of the state. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, it has been given the status of sub-district. The spread of flora and fauna, stony hills, snow-capped mountains, valleys and the grasslands offer a natural exposure. It is also nicknamed as Mini Kashmir. Skiing can be enjoyed on the slopes of the snow-filled mountains.

At an elevation of 1613 metres, the town is also popular for the different species of snakes. It is also popularly referred to as the Land of Snakes or Nagaon ki Bhoomi. A thrilling horse ride can be enjoyed around the valleys to have a look around the beautiful landscape. The city is also popular for trekking as it lies in the foothills of the mountain range. Also, the city is popular for the 600-year-old festival, Mela Pat.

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Places to Visit

1. Jai Valley
The beautiful green valley lies in the North-East of Bhaderwah at a distance of 32 kilometres. It is connected to the city by the Bhaderwah-Link Road and bisects the stream named Jai Nallah.

2. Chinta Valley
It is a small valley which is located 6500 feet above sea level. It offers a captivating view from specific points such as Thuba, which is the precise point that splits Bhaderwah and Chinta Nallah.

3. Seoj Meadow
Popularly called as the Crown of Bhaderwah, it is a beautiful place surrounded by snow-capped mountains and coniferous forests. On the west, the river Kailash Kund emerges from the mountains, giving the landscape a gorgeous appearance.

4. Bhaderwah Fort
Established in 1733, the Bhaderwah fort used to house Pandit Kashyap Bandhu, the later former Chief Minister Sheik Mohammad Abdullah and many other freedom fighters. The structure was eventually converted into a prison in 1919.

Local Culture of Bhaderwah

The population at Bhaderwah comprised of Muslims, Hindus and scattered religions like Christianity and Sikhism with Muslims forming the majority of the crowd in the city. The official language is spoken by all the people in Urdu. However, Kashmiri and Bhaderwadi are also spoken by some.

Mini Kashmir

Due to the widely spread natural vegetation and the beautiful peaks, it is referred to as Mini Kashmir. The city, because of the cold climate, gives the feel of being in Kashmir. Also, there are many picturesque places such as Seoj Meadow, Padri, Chinta Valley, and so on, which provides the city with a stunning beauty.

Nagon ki Bhoomi

It is also called as Nagon ki Bhoomi because of the various unique species of snakes that can be spotted around the city.

Mela Pat

Mela Pat is a famous festival celebrated in Bhaderwah which has been under tradition and practice for over 600 years. The story behind this festival is that a noble king named Nag Pal who belonged to the Paul dynasty impressed the Mughal kings with his powers and courage. The festival is celebrated in remembrance of the event and is devoted to Lord Vasuki Naag on the third day of the Holy festival. The festival is organised at the finishing of Kailash Yatra, which attracts many people from different parts of the state to seek blessings. The people dance the traditional Dikko dance, which symbolises pride, peace and happiness.

Bhaderwah History

Bhaderwah has its exciting tale of history. Mohenjo Daro and Harappa civilization were what ruled the city for a long time in history. Back then, the towns Dugha Nagar and Udha Nagar also belonged to the town. It is said that Bhaderwah used to be a very wealthy and prosperous city in ancient times. Unfortunately, it was destroyed during a volcanic eruption from the Kailash Mountain. In the location where the Bhaderwah University is now situated, there used to be another college which could accommodate around ten thousand students. After the destruction of the two major cities, the rulers of the town became incapacitated. This lead to the invasion of the city by the rules of Bhadu Blawar. Over time, the prince Radhk ruled the city under the name of Raja Lakshmi Dev. The law of his dynasty prolonged till the 16th century until which the town was referred to as Bhaderkash. Its inclusion in the state took place when 1841 AD when Maharaj Pratap Singh gifter the city to his younger brother as a jagir.

Traveller Tips

  • The hairpin roads call for caution as it can be quite dangerous to ride along those roads.
  • Although there are a couple of ATMs around the city, it is recommended that enough cash is on hand as the town is not very cashless.
  • Also, one must watch out for the cold climate as it can be hard to manage for people who are very receptive to cold climatic conditions.

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FAQs on Bhaderwah

What is famous about Bhaderwah?

The chilling climate and the beautiful landscape is what makes Bhaderwah worth visiting. Trekking also adds to the positives of it.

What is not so good about Bhaderwah?

There are not many historic and informative places to visit within the city.

Who should visit Bhaderwah?

It is the best place for all the adventure seekers. Also, nature lovers would enjoy the place to a great extent.

What is the best time to visit Bhaderwah?

The climate at Bhaderwah is cold and pleasant throughout the year. During summers, the temperatures rise a bit, and the atmosphere is slightly on the warmer side. From September, the temperature begins to drop, and the city is completely covered with snow by the end of December. For people who are very receptive to cold climate, April - July would be the best time to visit the city. Else, the city can be visited between October - February when the snowfall can be enjoyed to the fullest.
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What are the places near Bhaderwah?

The top places near to Bhaderwah are Dalhousie which is 55 km from Bhaderwah, Khajjiar which is located 57 km from Bhaderwah, Manali which is located 160 km from Bhaderwah, Patnitop which is located 37 km from Bhaderwah, Vaishno devi which is located 71 km from Bhaderwah

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