Jammu & Kashmir had been a much craved holiday spot even before Bollywood made it famous. Even the Mughal royals chose to retreat to the Kashmiri valleys and hills during the scorching continental summers. It is no surprise that tourists from around the world congregate in Jammu and Kashmir to enjoy the natural and cultural exquisiteness of the much disputed State. There are many famous destinations in Jammu and Kashmir that tourists throng to. If you wish to visit a lesser known destination in Jammu and Kashmir that promises to offer you the best of the land then you should choose to visit Bhaderwah.
Travel in BhaderwahBhaderwah town is located in the Doda district of Jammu region in Jammu and Kashmir. The best way to reach Bhaderwah is by road from Jammu city. Depending on the vehicle you take, the approximately 200 km trip can be made in 4-6 hours. A faster route would be the rail route to Ram Nagar from where you need to take a 2 and half hour ride by road to Bhaderwah. The town is well connected. So you can use public transport within the town as well as to reach the destinations outside the town limits.
Places to Stay in BhaderwahKashi Yatra offers hundreds of pilgrims a reason to stop at Bhaderwah. Bhaderwah acts as a stop for the pilgrims who embark on their journey to Kashi. Apart from the Kashi Yatra, there are many festivals that draw pilgrims and tourists from various parts of the world to the town. Since there is a constant flow of travelers in the town, there are many hotels and guest houses. Various resorts are occupied by tourists while even the temples offer refuge to pilgrims.
If you end up visiting Bhaderwah during any festival then you might have to book well in advance. There is very little chance of not getting a place to stay in Bhaderwah.
Hotels in BhaderwahThere are many hotels in this city and some prominent ones are- Asha Pati View Hotel, Hotel Bagwan Guest House, Fiza Guest House, Hotel Surya, Igloo Huts at Khellani at Nalthi Park, Nirmal Guest House, Sky Mark Hotel, Snow Valley Guest House, Trc Bhaderwah Hotel series and Winners Guest House.
When you are travelling to Bhaderwah the first thing you will be looking for is a good hotel to stay, is not it? Well then for your help some of the famous hotels along with their contact details have hereby been enlisted below:
Sky Mark HotelSky mark is one of the most reputed hotels in this city today due to their extremely friendly ambience. This hotel is enriched with 11 luxurious rooms for the customers along with attached bath rooms. Now the best part is in case you are coming in a group and looking for your own kitchen, then this hotel even provides you to have your personal kitchen which is commendable.
Address: Bhaderwah, Doda City, Doda Jammu, Jammu, Pin code- 182202
Phone Number: +91- 9906195811
Hotel SuryaThis is another good hotel in case you are coming to the town for the first time. Along with 10 double beds and fully furnished attached bathrooms it will be a good choice for you to stay in. Main facilities of this hotel encompass veg and non-veg food habits of different guests. Deluxe rooms mostly have open view and light and air is abundant in such rooms. Balconies have views of the scenic beauty of the town. Attendants service here round the clock.
Address: JAI Rd, Bhaderwah, Doda Jammu, Jammu, Pin code– 182202
Phone Number: 01997-24416
Hotel BroadwayIt is situated in the middle area of the town. It offers deluxe rooms with carpet along the walls with attached bathroom and running hot and cold water. Rooms have television sets, telephone lines. They give various facilities of kitchen for tourists who come in small and big groups. This hotel has separate arrangements for additional persons, if any.
Address: Bhaderwah, Doda, Doda Jammu, Jammu, Pin code- 182202
Phone Number: 9419224585
Zainab HotelThis hotel provides several luxurious facilities to their guests. Wooden floorings in majority of the hotel rooms beat the coldness of the rooms. Comfortable beddings are essential for quick naps in the chilled town. This hotel also boasts of an awesome restaurant for the guests so that they do not have to go out for dinners and lunches.
Address: Bhaderwah, Doda, Jammu, Pin code- 182222
Phone Number: 946925124
Tourist Attractions in BhaderwahReligion plays a major role in the lives of the Bhaderwah inhabitants. Multiple temples offer pilgrims with a reason to visit Bhaderwah. But you do not have to be a pilgrim to enjoy the mystical magnificence of the temples in Bhaderwah.
The vanishing stream of the Gupt Ganga Temple draws many curious souls to the temple dedicated to Lord Shiv. Famous Laxmi Narayan temple is known for its history and architecture. The Subar Nag temple helps revisit the Naga culture of the region. Jamia Masjid is one of the oldest masjids in the Doda district. There are many more religious destinations in and around Bhaderwah where you can visit.
Let us now go into depths of Bhanderwah Tourist places:
Gupt Ganga TempleThis is an old Shiva temple in Bhaderwah which is made of stone slabs. The temple has a cave and as per a legend the Pandavas spent a few days here during their “Agyatvas”. It is also said that Pandavas used this long cave to get to Kashmir from Bhaderwah. There is also a big footprint on a rock inside this temple which is ascribed to “Bhima”. Read More..............
Shitla Mata RehosheraThis ancient temple is dedicated to Goddess Shitla and is positioned on a slanting hilltop.
A plethora of devotees throng this temple throughout the year to worship the deity. “Mundan” ceremony (first hair cut) of little children is celebrated in this temple and is accompanied by melodious sounds. On the eighth Navaratra, which falls on the month of September or October each year, the main function takes place inside the temple. During this function hundreds of lambs are offered to the deity and their flesh is cooked and distributed among the devotees as Prasad.
Vasuki Naag Temple
Jamia Masjid Bhaderwah
Lakshmi Narayan TempleThis is one of the most renowned temples of the Bhaderwah town. Beside this marvelous temple there exists a big inn which was mainly constructed for the tourists. Inside the temple there are two gorgeous idols of Lakshmi Mata and Lord Vishnu made of white colored marble. The entrance gate of the temple is quite big, wide and high. The temple was constructed with an amount of 1 lakh rupees. Read More...............
Thubu Naag TempleThubu Naag temple is located on a hillock a bit above the Bhaderwah-Jai road which disconnects Bhaderwah from the Chinta Valley. The main deity of this temple is “Thubu Naag” who is renowned for sanctifying his devotees with male child.
Alalbani TempleAlalbani temple is another very old temple positioned at a hilltop in Bhaderwah. The local people play old musical instruments (which are made of copper metal) to gratify the deity of the temple. It is said that the deity of this sacred temple has enormous spiritual powers. A large number of devotees throng this temple during the occasion of Janmashtami. According to the legends, a few years back, some intruders tried to seize a part of the land of this temple. However, all their efforts were in vain because of the prayers offered to the deity by the residents.
Subar Naag TempleThis temple is positioned at an altitude of approximately 8200 feet on a hilltop of Bhaderwah town. This 700 year ancient temple symbolizes the Naaga Cult. The main deity of this temple is the serpent “Subar Naag”. This sacred temple is thronged by a large number of devotees during Baisakhi. Till date, it is a ritual to sacrifice sheep by the devotees after they get their wishes fulfilled by the deity. Read More..............
Valleys and Meadows outside Bhanderwah TownWhile looking for natural
beauties you need to wander to locations just outside of the Bhaderwah
Town limits. The Jai Valley, Sarthal Valley, Chinta Valley and Seoj
Meadow rival the beauty of more popular destinations like the Gulmargh
and Pahalgam. Apart from the valleys, the Sonbain Glacier and many other
destinations are a must visit while you are in Bhaderwah. You need to
plan your trip well in advance if you wish to enjoy all that Bhaderwah
region has to offer. Here are some of the most famous ones for you:
- Chinta Valley
- Jai Valley
- Seoj Meadow
- Nalthi Basti
- Khani Top
- Hanhga, Noorie, Devchater and Kellar
There is also a Youth Hostel which can house about 150 people and offers trekking and other adventure activities. In the east of this valley lies the Bhalessa Valley at a distance of 46 kilometers and is linked through the Jai-Bhalessa road. Jai Valley is also connected to the Kahara area which lies 27 kilometers away from it and is linked through the Kahara-Jai road. Jai valley is a perfect place for winter sports and people can enjoy it during the summer months as well when the valley remains crowned with snow. Tourists can also erect their own tents for several weeks and take pleasure in trekking and horse-riding in the blue streams pouring from the mountains. The Roshera Mata temple is about 2 kms away from Jai Valley and the Subar Naag temple is situated 4 kms away from Jai Valley. The valley is also popular for wild herbs such as Aconitum, Digitalis Purea and Podophyllum, just to name a few.
There exist long stretches of grasslands on the eastern side of the Seoj Meadow.
Seoj Meadow is located 10 kilometers away from Bhaderwah. The total time taken to cover this distance is nearly 5 hours and it is carried out by riding on a horse. The clear water of Seoj stream pours down towards the Ramnagar zone in Udhampur district. Every year thousands of pilgrims embarking on the Kailash Yatra who come from Bhaderwah and even outside the state of J&K, camp at this stunning meadow.
Sarthal is a gorgeous valley which lies on the Bhaderwah-Bani-Basohli road. This site has become a halt-station for the tourists who switch their path from Lakhanpur to the town of Bhaderwah through the Bani-Basohli road after giving a halt to their journey at this valley. The way which passes through Sarthal was a very old route for the town of Bhaderwah, Bani and Basohli regions as a very important connecting link via Chatergalla Pass (which is the highest pass in this region). This scenic valley is gifted with rare biodiversity. The valley serves as a sanctuary for bear, musk deer, tahr (Himalayan wild goat), leopard, western tragopon and monal. Apart from these there also exists a range of reptiles and birds in this region.
The hilly and rocky land of Bhalessa is encircled by the extensive Himalaya Mountains from the north to the west. “Kalgoni” is the main river in Bhalessa which stretches out from “Kansozoo” and then later joins the “Chenab River”. In order to encourage tourism in Bhalessa, the Bhaderwah Development Authority is making constant efforts to promote this area. Tourists can witness the snow even in the June month. The famous Jai Valley is also located nearby Bhalessa.
Hanga, Noorie, Devchater and KellarThis place is located at a distance of 10 kilometers from Bhaderwah. This is a scenic spot located at the bank of the Hanga Nallah. The water of the Hanga Nallah is crystalline and it runs with muttering beats which makes the atmosphere very melodious. This lovely place received attention of the mass when the popular Bollywood movie “Noorie” was picturized here. Moreover, for the first time Bhaderwah got recognition for its culture as well as natural splendor.
This place attracts a plethora of adventure lovers who enjoy spending two-three nights here in exploring the wilderness and unexplored environs of the place. The trek usually starts from the “Noorie” village to a meadow named “Devchater” (located at an altitude of 15000 ft) and thereafter it goes down to the “Kellar” village. In between it passes through the “Chilly” village which is renowned for conserving the ancient culture, economy and lifestyle of this valley. The “Kellar” belt is well-known for horticulture and agriculture (rice fields. Here pear and apple trees are found in large quantities. This culturally vivid area also brags of numerous stone carved statues.
Yatras in BhanderwahBhaderwah has grown up to be the centre of pilgrimage. The religious function of the well known Subernag temple which is located at 10,200 feet in the Swardhar Mountains starts from early April each year. The festival is celebrated for 2-3 days amongst the followers of Lord Shiva. Devotees across the nation come to offer worship in this occasion which is followed by another seven days of fair at Roushera around the temple of Roushera Devi.
The tourists from Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh gather to celebrate the prolong celebration of Navratri which happens for a span of 9 days at a stretch. Trekking is an adventurous option for the tourists who can both enjoy trekking and seek religious blessings at the same time. So popularly known as the “Yatras” or Holy treks, the pilgrim journey to Bhaderwah has an extensive importance to the natives as well as the tourists from all over India.
Here in this segment we will discuss about the 3 famous Yatras- Kailash Yatra, Machail and Mani Mahesh Yatra in detail for the readers. Among all the three Yatras, the Kailash Yatra is one of the most famous one due to its enriched historical impact. The following are the details for all these three Yatras:
Kailash YatraThis Yatra starts from the Gatha in Baderwah and after that it goes to Ramtund and also Vasuki. At Vasuki nag this Yatra holds for a bit and then it goes to Kailash. The time for the Kailash Yatra is in the month of August of every year. It takes more than two to three hours to complete the periphery of the Kund which is considered to be an extremely holy endeavour to do. In this occasion of Kailash Yatra many people participate in the Dako folk dance at the night and the best part is people from across the different communities participate in this genre of dance and enjoy themselves.
Machail YatraThe Machail Yatra is trekked in the Baderwah-Pul Doda-Thatri-Machail route. This Yatra is the tradition of the Thakur family and ends at the Chandi Mata temple of Machail. Machail Yatra is trekked for around 48 days and the journey begins every year on 1st July. Almost 2000 to 3000 people visit Bhaderwah during this time. Mainly Hindu and Jain religious followers participate in this trek. So considering the stats it is one of the biggest Yatras among all these three Yatras purely on the basis of number of people turn on to take part in this Yatra.
Mani Mahesh YatraThe Mani Mahesh Yatra commences every year in the month of August from the Bhaderwah town and moves to Mani Mahesh with Chari. Nearly 10000 people take active participation in this auspicious Yatra. Since the year 2006 this famous Yatra starts on the 7th day of August each year. Like the other two Yatras, the Mani Mahesh Yatra is also considered to be an extremely religious trek for the people who are taking part in it.
Adventure Sports in Bhanderwah
Millions of people visit different places all across the world in search
of exciting vacations. People who love thrill and enjoy the rush of
adrenalin in their veins, are in continuous pursue of the places that
are well equipped for trying out different adventurous games and sports.
One of such destinations is Bhaderwah.
Situated in Doda district of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, this mountainous valley offers great adventures to those who are keen of challenging sports. The town is not only famous for its picture perfect scenic beauty, but is also known for its daring terrains. These terrains offer huge scope for adventures seekers to try their hand on different games like paragliding and snow skiing.
On an addition, mountaineering and cross country motorbike and car rallies are one of Bhaderwah’s most popular events that invite and welcome millions of audiences from all over the globe. Mountain biking on the high altitude meadows is a sport that very brave would only take up. However, the rugged mountain terrains proof to be a perfect ground for mountain biking and is utterly dangerous. A look at it will surely give you Goosebumps. Here are some of the most popular activities that adventure seekers die to try their hands on.
Trekking, Camping and Mountaineering
- Bhaderwah to Seoj to Kailsh Kund to Nalthi Village.
- Jai Bach Dhar to Padri to Thanalla Village
- Hanga to Chilli to Khillani Village