Kishtwar

KISHTWAR the land of Saffron and Sapphire is nestled in the lap of beautiful & Majestic “CHOWGAN” endowed with a high degree of Natural Beauty, crowned with Naginshiru” peak to its North and mighty river “CHENAB ” under its feet. Existence of Kishtwar goes back to the period of Mahabharata time when it was called “LOHIT MANDAL” meaning the land of Saffron. According to some historians, it was previously called “KASHYAPWAS” meaning place of Kashyap Rishi. Kishtwar town has a great historic significance. It has remained the capital of Erstwhile Kishtwar State upto 1821 AD.

Kishtwar is the upland valley in Northeast corner of Jammu lies among the picturesque folds of the GREAT HIMALYAN Range. The area is drained by Chenab river system which is flowing from Himachal and enters the area at Padder. Kishtwar District is bounded on North by Kashmir & Zanskar, on South by Doda , the East by Himachal Pardesh and on the West by Anantnag & Ramban Districts. Dacchan, Marwah,Wadwan, Padder& chatru are major valleys and Tourist Spots of Kishtwar, through these valleys the Internationally renowned Trans- Himalayan Treks are leading to Suru,Zanskar and Kashmir.

Best Time To Visit

May to September

How To Reach

The Kishtwar Town being the District Headquarter is connected with rest of country with NH244.

By Air:

The nearest airport is situated in Jammu (250-kms).

By Rail:

The nearest Railhead is situated in Udhampur (180 Kms) & Jammu (248-km).

By Road:

The road is constructed Anantnag via Sinthan Pass. Daily bus services and share Taxis are plying from Jammu & Other cities.

Kishtwar is home to people of diverse ethnic origins, ranging from Paharis, Kashmiri, Gujjar, Gaddi & Buddhists. The People are mostly Pleasant class in rural areas areas growing wheat, millet, rice, maize, vegitables, rajma, potato & fruits. The people of Mandal area (Villages near to Town) are Saffron growers, where as, in Cities mostly employed & business class people are residing. People speak languages of Kashmiri or Koshur , Urdu, Kishtwari, Hindi, Balti, Paddri, Pahari and Gojjri.

The culture and lifestyles of the people is simple with little diversity. Nomads settled here and have brought their traditional practices along with them. The culture exhibits distinct lines of demarcation as well as areas where influences merge and people today have developed tolerance as well as acceptance of Islam ,Hindu, Sikh, and Buddhist philosophies. Modernity is making inroads into the traditional practices and lifestyles of people especially youngsters. However, a walk through older portions and a visit to places not so open to modern values can get you glimpses to age old practices and traditions. A typical way of lifestyle is farming and raising their domestic animals. The Gaddi & Bakarwals, a nomadic tribe, for instance, still follow age old practice of walking their herd of sheep from one pasture to the other, covering a distance more than 400 kilometers on foot each year.

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