Azad Kashmir District
district is totally hilly. Total area of the district is 855
square kilometers. The district is divided in three tehsils.
Poonch district is bounded by Bagh district in the north, by
Sudhnuti in the south, it shares borders with occupied Kashmir
in the east and is bounded to Pakistan in the west. Total population
of the district according to 1998-census stands at 412,000 while
according to 1999 projections the population is 412,000.
end of the 17th century to 1837, Poonch was ruled by the Muslim
Rajas of Loran. It then fell into the hands of Raja Faiz Talab
Khan of Rahuri. In 1846 after the Treaty of Amritsar, it was
handed over to Mahrajah Gulab Singh. He handed over Poonch and
some other areas to his nephews, Jawahar Singh and Moti Singh
with some legal stipulations. Poonch was annexed and converted
into a Jagir by Mahrajah Hari Singh in 1935-36 by deposing the
Raja of Poonch. The Dogras always found it difficult to rule
in Poonch. In 1947, the people of Poonch started an armed struggle
against the Dogra and Indian forces.
Rawalakot is the district headquarters and is situated in the
heart of district Poonch. The altitude of this beautiful saucer-shaped
valley is 1615m, and is situated 76 Km from Kohala. During summer,
the place becomes full of green grass and beautiful flowers
including many varieties of roses.
It is Located 12Km from Rawalakot. The tourist spot is famour
for its calm and charming characteristics.
About 20Km from Rawalakot and at 1981m above sea-level is Banjosa.
A very attractive site full of scenic beauty which also houses
a small lake with boating facilities.
855 square kilometers