district was carved out of Mirpur district in 1995. Prior to
this it was a sub-division (Tehsil) of the Mirpur district.
The district is bounded to Mirpur district in the northwest,
shares borders with occupied Kashmir in the east. It is bounded
to Pakistan in the west and south. Total area of the district
is 1516 square kilometers and is divided in three tehsils. According
to 1998-census total population of the district stands at 297,000
while its population according to 1999 projections is approx
303,000. The area is very rich in archaeological remains. Bhimber
falls on the route that was followed by the Moghul rulers of
India for their frequent visits to the Kashmir Valley.
Jandi Chontra is a scenic spot located 17Km from Bhimber and
67Km from Mirpur district. The area is known for its panoramic
views. The Shrine of the Sufi Saint Baba Shadi Shaheed is also
Baghsar Lake is situated at 975m above sea-level in the Samahni
valley. The Sar, local name for a lake, is nearly half kilometre
long sheet of clear water that soothes the senses of the visitors.
A Mughal Fort is situated on top of a hill in Baghsar. The Fort
over-looks the Sar Lake that adds grandeur to the area. This
four storey massive structure of granite is a feat of Mughal
engineering that has stood the ravages of time. It has also
played important roles in history during the times of Ahmed
Shah Abdali, Ranjit Singh and Gulab Singh. It is said that the
Mughal Emperor Janghir, on his way back from the Kashmir Valley,
fell ill and ultimately died in this fort.
1516 square kilometers
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