district is located between 70 degree and 74 degree-4'East longitudeand
32 degree-58'and 33 degree-35'north latitude.It is approx.at
a distance of 160 Kms.from Jammu district. It is bounded by
Poonch district in the north, Jammu district in the south, Udhampur
district in the east Azid Kashmir (Mirpur area) in the west.Carved
out of the district of Poonch in 1968 to facilitate process
of development and better supervision Rajouri district has an
area of 2630 Sq.Kms. with six tehsils,seven blocks,77 Panchayats
and 381 villages. The district with an area of 2,630 Sq.Kms.
has peculiar features.The Dhaula Dhar range runs across the
north eastern part of the district and topography of Rajouri,Budhal
and part of Kalakote tehsils consists of numerous hills and
small valleys of meandering brooks. District Rajouri offers
a representative of the State in clime,culture and secular outlook.The
district presents a composite culture-Pahari,Gojri,Dogra and
Kashmiri.Irrespective of ethnic groups all speak the pahari
language with ease. The climate varies from semi-tropical in
the sourthen part to temperate in the mountanious northen part.The
sub-tropical region receives regular monsoons whereas the northen
part prone to hailstorms experiences excessive rains.The district
is drainded by small rivers.Rajouri has witnessed both the patronage
as well as carnage of the time.The remnants of fortified Mughal
inns are a pleasant reflection of the glorious days of the place
when it used to be a camping site for the Royal Mughal entourage
proceeding towards Kashmir Valley.
Historical Places and Monuments
Thanamandi:- This is an important historical place from the
time of Mughals who used to stay there during journey from Delhi
to Kashmir and vice versa.The climate of this place is very
charming and infact a health resort.It is also famous for its
artistic wooden products.The famous shirne of Shahdara Shariaf
is 6 Kms from this place.
Dhandidhar Fort:- It is a historical monument located on a hill
in the vicinity of Rajouri town.This fort was probably constructed
by Mughal King during the reign of Emperor Jahangir nearly 400
years back.It is just 2 Kms.away from Rajouri presenting panoramic
and impressive view of the entire area.
Shahdara Sharief:- It is the shrine of Baba Ghulam Shah in the
lap of montains which is well connected with 30 Km. black topped
road from Rajouri Town. The shrine commonly known as Shahdara
Sharief is a popular tourist spot in Rajouri district. Thousands
of pilgrims visit the shrine daily. There was a pir named Ghulam
Shah who was born in Syed Family at village Saidian Rawalpindi.
Ghulam Shah made Shadara his abode for the rest of his life.
Chandan Sar:- Chandan Sar,a bean shaped lake and full of iceberg
till end of July, is situated at an altitude of 3,800 meters.Two
kms.in circumference, it is a source of Chamar Nala which joins
Bafliaz nala near Behram Gala. It is day's trekking from Ravi
Gum Sar:- This is an another small lake at the foot of Dhakyar
peak at an elevation of 3,600 meters. Dhakyar peak is the highest
peak in this range. It is a pyramidical mountain with height
of about 4,660 meters.
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