Bhaderwah – The Chota Kashmir

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Bhaderwah also know as “Nagon ki bhoomi” means ‘ land of Snakes ‘. Bhadarwah is located on the foothills of middle Himalayas. The town is endowed with breath-taking natural beauty which is why it is popularly called “mini Kashmir”. Apart from having picture perfect scenic beauty due to beautiful forests, there are many small streams flowing through various parts of the town. The Halyan river flows through the main market of the town.

SIGHTS TO VISIT IN BHADERWAH

Chinta Valley

It is a picturesque valley located at a height of 6,500 feet, has thick coniferous forests on all sides and Chinta nallah flowing through it. Many scenic spots are situated around this place. One such place is known as Thuba, which is situated across Chinta nallah. Horse ride from Baggan to Thuba is enjoyable. Thuba is the highest point which separates the Chinta valley from Bhadarwah. This place also has ancient temple of Lord Shiva .

Seoj Meadow

If Gulmarg and Pahalgam are jewels of “Paradise ” on earth, Seoj Meadow is diamond in the crown of Bhadarwah, pride of Jammu region. The amazing beauty is found in plenty. On the south is the sacred Kailash Kund , surrounded by snow-capped mountains. On way to Kailash Kund, there is unique landscape at Shankh Paddar.

Padri

Padri is a “Gali” of undulating landscape, located 40 kms. from Bhadarwah on Bhadarwah Chamba road, at a height of 10,500 feet. It is the highest point on Bhadarwah-Chamba road. It experiences heavy snow fall upto 5 metres and snow-melting continues right upto mid June. It is one of the most sought after picnic spot even now, and with the opening of interstate bus service between Bhadarwah and Chamba, its importance will increase.

Sartingal

It is another unexplored area situated on the southern extreme of Bhadarwah Valley . Sunshine on the one hand and the fragrant breeze from Kailash, Ashapati hills and neighbouring forests on the other, make the place different from other spots. It is a place of undulating plains and streams. The valley is watered by crystalling streams in the backdrop of forests covered mountains. One feels close to nature which blissfully unfolds to the visitors virgin beauty in plenty.

Jai Valley

It is picturesque valley, 35 kms. from Bhadarwah. It is an extremely beautiful valley spread over 6 kms. Another extremely beautiful valley spread over 6 kms. Another nearby attraction is a beautiful sprawling meadow

Khani Top

Khani is situated 25 kms. from Bhadarwah. It too has potential of becoming a good picnic spot. Trekkers would also find it a convenient launching site for expedition to Ashapati peak on the border with Himachal Pradesh. Amidst greenery, it offers a treasure of scenic, splendor, especially during sun-set and sun-rise.

Nalti Basti

Courtesy: Jammu Darshan

This is 10 kms. from Bhadarwah which serves as a base camp for trekkers. It has come a junction point with the completion of Bhadarwah-Bani-Basholi road.

Trekkers from Sarthal (Bani) and Bhadarwah take rest at this beautiful place after descending from or ascending to 10,500 feet hight. Apart from dense deodar forests, it has been gifted with lush green patches of grasslands studded with blooming flowering plants of different colours. The cool breeze flowing across snow-clad mountains makes the place all the more fascinating in summer months.

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