Famous Places to Visit in Kishtwar
Kishtwar is a district in Jammu & Kashmir which is popularly known as ‘The Land of Saffron and Sapphire’. The purest quality of Saffron is produced here in the iron rich soil at Pochhal, Matta, Lachdayaram and Hidyal. The Padder area grows world-class Pine nuts called chilgoza, which is a delicacy and costly dry fruit. Kishtwar also contributes as the base camp for trekking and mountaineering to various mountain peaks like Sickle Moon, Crooked Finger, Eiger, Brammah-I, etc. Nagseen, Sarthal, Dachhan, Paddar, Chowgan, Shrine of Shah Asrar are the key attractions of Kishtwar’s sightseeing.
Hudh Mata & TRI-Sandhya Yatra
Shri Hudh Mata Shrine is located at the height of 8500 feet from sea level on the Northern side of District Headquarter (Kishtwar). 2-3 Kms away from this shrine is seen another miracle where Mata Ganga in the form of Trisandhya waterfall flows thrice in a day. There is no lake or even a pond on the top of the hill where from the water could spill out. The water comes out and stops naturally from the mountain. Besides this, there are other worth seeing scenic spots, i.e., Doodh Ganga where water comes out from the earth as if it is boiling and in that process, it looks white milk and is therefore called DOOD Ganga (Milky). Brahmsarovar in the foot of Brahma peak where pilgrims have a holy bath in its cold icy water.
The Jamia Masjid is the oldest mosque in district Kishtwar. It has already said that a mosque had been constructed in Kishtwar before 1650 A.D. Masjid-e-Faridiya and Jamia Masjid Kishtwar follow. The Jamia Masjid of Kishtwar was one of the biggest mosques in Jammu province. Its premises are vast. The Muslims of Kishtwar had constructed a grand Jamia Masjid with great diligence and sacrifices. The new Jamia Masjid shall be a three store yard complex with two minarets of 130 feet height. Muslims in each mohalla and village have constructed a mosque for worship. The devout among them perform ‘Namaz’ five times a day. The regular ‘Azaan’ from mosques reminds every believer of the existence of God and man’s duty to pay his obeisance to him. The Jamia Masjid Kishtwar is the biggest and the towering mosque in the heart of a city. Its construction was, first started in 1941 A.D. its two minarets were as tall as 60ft. each. Unfortunately, the mosque got gutted in a mysterious fire on the night of 1st January 2001, putting everyone under the pall of gloom.
Ziarat Shah Farid-Ud-Din
A ziarat constructed over a tomb of Shah Farid-Ud-Din, a great Muslim saint and is situated in the heart of Kishtwar town. It is believed that Shah Farid-Ud-Din came to Kishtwar during the reign of Raja Jai Singh to propagate Islam. He hailed from Baghdad and arrived in India in the times of Mughal emperor. He is stated to have done many miraculous deeds, and a big fair is held here on the 7th Aashad every year.
Chowgan or parade ground is located in the heart of Kishtwar town. It has the total area covered about 165 acres. Chinar, Deodar and different kinds of trees surround it. It is surrounded by temple called Gori Shanker Mandir in North, and to its south, there is a Shrine (Ziyarat) of Asrar-Ud-Din-Baghdadi.
Chingam is midway between Sinthan Top and Kishtwar/Chatroo. Chingam is the most beautiful small valley scenic spot, with lush evergreen forest surrounding the corners from Top to bottom hills merging into crystal clear river flowing at the foot. Chingam Valley has an amazing array of Terraced Paddy Fields, can well remind of you famous Bali (Ubud). Many small villages surrounding Chingam are deeply embedded into forests, just awesome. Chingam is connected to Jammu via Kishtwar all around the year, but Srinagar route shuts down in winter due to heavy snowfall.
Paddar is famous for sapphire/ruby mines located in this area. It has hot springs and a river, which is ideal for canoeing. This place is also known for the largest producing of BLUE DIAMOND. Padder is also famous for the MACHAIL CHANDI MATA temple located in the Machail area. Every year lakhs of devotees pay obeisance at the Chandi Mata temple during the month of August. Padder has a unique culture separating it from the rest of the state.
The sinthan top is a spot 12000 ft above sea level in Kashmir, which is midway on the Kishtwar-Srinagar road. It is about 83 km from Kishtwar town, and it is 132 km from Srinagar. The journey is in itself an experience, and once you reach the top it is a 360-degree view, and snow everywhere. Best time to visit this place in April-September.
Warwan is one of the most picturesque valleys, located near Dachhan Valley. This beautiful valley spreads from Hanzi and Inshan villages. Marwah River flows through the centre of the valley. The area is abundant with trout fish. Places of tourist interest are Tuiller, Nopachi, Marwah Valley, Dashbal and Nunkun. Tata Pani, nearby interesting place, has a hot water spring and its good to have a bath in sulphur containing water for skin diseases and rheumatic pains.