Famous Places to Visit in Rajouri
Rajouri is a district of Jammu and Kashmir that comprises six tehsils. River Tawi is the lifeline of the region, and one can come across people interacting in Gujri, Pahari and Dogri language. Primarily identified as a Muslim district, Rajouri has 37 percent Hindu population. Sikhs make up for around 2 percent of the people in Rajouri.
Rajouri synonymizes its name ‘Vale of Lakes’ and owns the presence of numerous lakes around the town of Rajouri.
It is also known as Rajapura, occupied a place of prominence during the ancient times. Historians point out that some Aryans crossed over from the Himalayas and settled in Rajouri. It is said that at the time of Alexander’s invasion, Rajouri was a prominent place. During the Mauryan era, Rajouri was a key trade centre.
Later on, Maharaja Gulab Chand took charge of this place from Raja Faqir Ullah in 1846. And, changed the name of Rajouri to Rampur. The governor of Rajouri Mian Hathu who was appointed by Maharaja built the imposing Rajouri fort in Dhannidhar village.
Rajouri is a culturally rich region with a blend of Poonchi, Pahari, Dogri and Kashmiri that can be seen here. The district is known for its embroidery work, basket making, Chikri woodcarvings, and copper work.
As the district shares its borders with Jammu, Poonch and Udhampur, the dance forms have a reflection of the cultural diversity of these three areas. Rajouri is famous for its Dogri Bhangra, Keekli, Jattar, Chowki Naach and Gorgi dance.
Dehra Ki Gali
A beautiful tourist place located at an altitude of 6600 feet. Dehra ki Gali is situated in Pir Panjal Range and connects Rajouri and Poonch districts. It offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan ranges. The famous shrine of Rattan Pir is also located in the vicinity. So if you are planning a visit to the shrine, Dehra ki Gali can act as the base.
Law Bawli is a spring that is connected to Nandansar Lake, located 20 km away in the Pir Panjal ranges. People from Rajouri and nearby areas frequently visit Law Bawli to discover immense tourism potential.
Holding great historical significance, Thannamandi was the stay region for Mughal rulers during their sojourn from Delhi to Kashmir. The location still has a Mughal Sarai, which reveals of its glorious past.
Thannamandi is famous for its wooden products and the shrine of Shahdara Sharief, which is located 7 km further and popular amongst the visitors.
Located 25 km from Rajouri, this bowl-shaped valley is popular as a stopover for the Religious tourists on the way to Khanghah of Saint Ganj Baba to enjoy the natural ambience of the place.
Kotranka Budhal situated at a distance of 40 km from the district headquarter is a major tourist spot of the Rajouri region. It is located on the banks of River Ans, and the town serves as a base camp for trekkers to Sedhue and Arnas.
The fort was built by Mian Hathu, the governor of Rajouri from 1846-56. It was primarily designed to serve as a base for the Dorga forces to keep an eye on the region. And, now though much of ruins, the fort gives a glimpse of the cultural richness of Rajouri at the same point.