Er J.R.Aryan Almighty the supreme power, the creator is really the greatest scientist and Architect having created the universe and life with utmost precision, skill, balance, harmony, charm, beauty and topmost ecology to mould it and shape it clean, green, fascinating and exquisitely elegant in one way or the other. All components of the universe have much of their own to offer or expose in one manner or the other to make us realise that providence is unique, unprecedented and unparalleled. Be it the shining sun, the serene Moon, the twinkling stars the milkyways or the other known or unknown planets or be it our own planet the earth, all these happen to be in perfect order neatly arranged presenting their own dignity and stature, charm, grace and glory. Thus, every place on earth has it own worth, its own prestige, its own image, own face, own charm and its own grace. It may be full of natural gift and many hidden treasures amidst some of its owes and some pleasures. In some aspects it may be self sufficient and in some somewhere deficient with something to give and something to get. District Kishtwar one of the eight newly created districts has the unique distinction of being one of the biggest districts of J&K Union Territory in respect of area just next to Leh and Kargil districts. Its area is almost one half of the total area of 10 districts of the valley and one third of total area of Jammu region which too has 10 districts. History, geography, topography, demography and population define the status of a place or region and Kishtwar, in the light of above factors, deserves a lot. It is often said that first deserve and then desire; yes, it is true and vey true when it comes to argue in respect of Kishtwar, be it for its district status which it has had though too late or for its tourism development in view of its enormous tourism potential which has not been taken care of by the govt. And has been brutally neglected by the Tourism Department till date to the utmost frustration of the people of the area for the step motherly treatment which reflects glaring injustice in its cruelest form. With an area of about 8000 sq km amidst almost mountainous and hilly topography like that of Kashmir, Himachal or Ladak region, District Kishtwar has its boundaries touching the valley on its North-West side and Ladakh region on its North-East with Lahul Spiti valleys of Himachal in the South-East and Doda district on South-West. The entire district is full of hills and mountains, forest and vegetation. The population or demography is mixed. Hindus, Muslims, SCs, STs, Sikhs and Bodhs all reside here with amity and brotherhood. The population is found settled upto an altitude of 9500 fts above mean sea level (MSL) in the hilly and upper region. The district has 11 tehsils namely Marwah, Warwan, Dachhan, Chatrro, Mugalmaidan, Padder, Machail Nagseni, Drabshalla, Bunjwah and Tehsil Kishtwar. Almost entire district receives snowfall during good winter. The climate is similar to that of valley of Himachal. With a high potential for tourism the district is full of hidden charm, wonderful sites and alluring sports, health resorts, attractive tourist location, famous hisotical and religious places, sacred shrines and monuments. The forests are full of mineral wealth, variety of timber and trees of highest quality drugts and herbs and other medicinal shrubs and plants like Mushroom, Chilogosa, Black Zeera, Artemisia, Saffron besides the other forest resources of tremendous utility. Mineral wealth if property explored and extracted can become a boon to generate revenue particularly the huge sapphire reserves in the sapphire mines of Machail Padder. Tehsil Kishtwar with head quarter at Kishtwar extends upto Galhar in the east, Palmar in the North, Thakrai etc. in the weast and Sarthal Saroor, Bunjwa in the south-east. At Sarthal the prominent holy famous temple of Mata Asht-Dash-Bhuja”i.e. Godess with 18 Arms i.e. Mata Sarthal Devi Ji is located where people and devotees come round the year to pay their obeisance and get blessings. At Rakna Palmar there is famous holy Ziarat as also at Bhanderkote where sacred temples of Lord Shiva and Durga Mata are also located where people throng to pay their obeisance. At Saroor Bimal Nag and in Bunjwa a Charming spot Devigole are the centre of tourist attraction for their enormous beauty and grandeur worth seeing. At proper Kishtwar. We have a holy Gurudwara where many devotees come to have blessings. Tehsil Paddar with head quarters at Atholi is 62 kms away from and in the east of district head quarters Kishtwar and has much of its own to offer. From Atholi 1 km away on the other bank of river Chenab is located the other famous spot Gulabgarh where many govt. Offfices are located. The confluence point of river Chenab and tributary Bhota vnallah is really very fascinating which non can afford to miss. The most religious and sacred shrine of Mata Chandi is located at an altitude of 9500 ft. At Machail where lakh of yatries and devotees come to pay their obeisance every year during famous Machail Yatra during August. One can’t and must not afford to miss the chance of visiting Gumpas of Bodh religion which happen to be 3 kms away from Machail and has much of its own to offer. All the foot journey form, Padder Gulabgarh to Machail of 40 kms length is a treasure of a natures glimpses, attractions, expeditions, enroute temples, caves, art and galley, bubbling streams, springs, lushing greenery snow clad peaks and even naked mountain peaks. The natures smiling creativity in the two magnanimous waterfalls of the entire volume of Bhote river provides a very thrilling experience and a feast of excitement to every passer-by which no camera eye can afford to miss. The govt. Must bend its all energy to complete the construction of road from Gulabgarh to Machail on war-footing basis to boost tourism and provide easy access to the sacred shrine of Chandi Mata and the holy Glimpses of the sapphire mines. A famous hot-water spring at Tata Pani (Kundal) has it own importance where streams of people rush to have a bath to get rid of joint pains and skin disorders. Similarly Chhatroo Tehsil with its head quarters at Chhatroo has a charm of its own amidst its topography, geography, landscape, bubbling streams, meadows, valleys green fields and forest ranges. Chingam is really fascinating and thrilling location where natural beauty and providential touch has it own say. The work on Kishtwar-Sinthan road is nearing completion and in due course of time this shall throw open a historic journey for the tourists to enter into the valley or leave the valley with a new thrilling experience through a new landscape, routes and people to have sweet memories of the trip.
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