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Rajouri – a town and a municipal committee in Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir.

Rajouri is a town and a municipal committee in Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir. Rajauri is important for defense point of view. Rajauri is about 130 kilometres (81 mi) away from Jammu city. This town is on the Poonch Highway.
Rajauri is also called the Vale of Lakes as there are many lakes around the city. The area has seen a decline in tourists due to the Kashmir conflict.
The District drives its name from Rajouri town. This town is historically known as Rajapuri/Rajapura. Rajouri District had been part of Poonch district prior to 1967. On 22 September 1967, the government bifurcated district Poonch into two districts namely ‘Rajouri’ and ‘Poonch’. This was to facilitate the process of development and better supervision of economic activities.
Rajouri emerged as a District from 1 January 1968. The District has an overall area of 2,630 km. The District is situated in the west of Jammu Division. This town is surrounded by the Poonch, Udhampur and Jammu Districts.
Rajauri is located at an average elevation of 915 metres (3001 feet).

The District comprises of six tehsils. They are:
• Rajouri
• Nowshera
• Sunderbani
• Kalakote
• Koteranka
• Thannamandi

The seven blocks are:
• Rajouri
• Manjakote
• Darhal Malkan
• Budhal
• Kalakote
• Sunderbani
• Nowshera

Attractions in and around Rajouri

1. Rajouri Day
• “Rajauri Day” is observed on April 13.
• This was to pay homage to those who laid down their lives for the liberation of Rajouri town from Pakistani raiders in 1948.

2. Lake of Pir Panjal Rajaouri
• The Pir Panjal falls under the jurisdiction of Rajouri-Poonch districts.
• It is a repository of beautiful lakes.
• These lakes are situated at an altitude between 13,000–14,500 ft.
• A lake is called “Sar” and meadow is called “Marg”.
• This stretch of Pir Panjal is full of lakes and meadows.
• It is considered a place to be well enjoyed by the tourists.
• There are more than 27 lakes between Simar Sar to Nandan Sar.
• This stretch is of an area of 900 km.
• Of these seven lakes are big in size.
• The rest of the lakes are smaller.
• Most of the big lakes are situated at the boundary line between Jammu division and the Kashmir valley.
• All of these lakes drain into the Kashmir valley.

The important lakes are:
– Sukh Sar
– Akal Dakshni
– Nandan Sar
– Chandan Sar
– Katori Sar
– Raviwalli marg group of lakes
– Chamar Sar
– Bhsg Sar
– Diya Sar
– Padyaran Sar I and II
– Katori Sar in Bela Marg and Smat Sar
• All the above lakes are situated in the highlands of Pir Panjal Range.
• These lakes freeze during winter.
• These lakes are available for rafting or boating only during summer season.
• Summer season is from during the months from June to October.

3. Sukh Sar
• This is the first lake.
• This is an oval shaped lake.
• This lake is situated at an elevation of about 3000 m.
• This lake is very small in size.

4. Akal Darshni
• This lake is situated next to Sukh Sar at a distance of about one km.
• Akal Darshani is worshipped by all Bakerwals.
• Lake is triangular in shape.
• Color of water looks black in comparison to blue color of other lakes.
• It is located slightly at higher altitude to that of Sukh Sar.
• The lake is at an elevation of about 3,300 m.
• This lake is about 200 m wide and 400 m long.

5. Nandar Sar
• This lake is one of the biggest and beautiful lakes which is at such a high altitude.
• Nandan Sar is oval in shape.
• This lake is more than one km in length.
• Water Lake is deep blue in colour.
• Lake is located at an elevation of about 3,500 m.
• The water of this lake flows through Jadi Marg nullah into the valley.

6. Chandan Sar
• At half an hour trekking distance from Nandan Sar is located Chandan Sar.
• This is amidst a depression formed by lofty mountains across the nullah to east.
• Chandan Sar is located at an elevation of about 3,600 m.
• This lake is as big as Nandan Sar.

7. Katori Sar
• From Chandan Sar route again enters Rajouri District through dharhal pass (3,650 m) in west direction.
• Just near is the saddle and irregular shaped lake.
• Katori lake or Sar at an elevation of about 3550 metres.

8. Ravi Walli Marg group of lakes
• From Katori Sar as one descends down due west, water of four lakes gives a panoramic view of Ravi Walli Marg’.
• The four lakes located in this Marg are Kokar Sar, Neel Sar, Bhag Sar and Ding Sar.
• Altitude of this place is about 3,300 m.
• This is one of the best camping sites at this altitude.
• This lake if full of icebergs till late July.
• Circumference of this lake is more than 12 km.

9. Bhag Sar
• Bhag Sar is the highest lake situated in this series of lakes.
• This lake is at an elevation of about 3700 meters.
• It is an oval shaped lake.
• It is enclosed from all the four sides and is always full of icebergs.
• To approach this lake one has to skirt around the chamar Sar from left side and then go up the glacier up to 4,000 m from where the lake is visible.

10. Diya Sar
• This lake is also accessible from Sarota Marg.
• It is located due west from Chamar Sar.
• Shape of the lake is typical like an Indian earthen lamp and hence named as Diya Sar.
• This lake is about one km long.
• The lake is located at an elevation of about 3,600 m.

Some more lakes are
• Padyaran Sar (I & II)
• Katori Sar in Bela Marg
• Gum Sar
• Samot Sar

During their visit to Rajouri, tourists can also visit Pahalgam and Srinagar.

Attractions of Pahalgam

• Mamaleshwar Temple
• Sheshnag Lake
• Tulian Lake
• Baisaran Meadow
• Betaab Valley
• Kolahoi Glacier
• Lidder River Rafting
• Lidderwat Valley Trekking Trail
• Pahalgam Golf Course

Attractions in Srinagar

• Shalimar Bagh
• Nishat Bagh
• Dal Lake
• Shankaracharya Temple
• Mughal Gardens
• Shikara Ride
• Houseboats
• Chashme Shahi Garden
• Hazratbal Mosque popular
• Pari Mahal (Quntilon)
• Nagin Lake popular
• Dastgir Sahib Shrine
• Khanqah of Shah Hamdan popular
• Sri Pratap Singh Museum
• Jamia Masjid
• Wular Lake
• Sangin Darwaza
• Masjid of Akhund Mullah
• Hari Parbat Fort
• Pathar Masjid
• Rozabal Shrine
• Kathi Darwaza
• Tomb of Madin Sahib
• Rainawari
• Naseem Bagh
• Harwan Garden
• Burzahom
• Garden of Char Minar
• Chatti Padshahi Gurudwara
• Khanqah of Khwaja Moinuddin Naqsbandi
• Jyeshtheshvara Temple
• Imambara Hassanabad
• Makhdoom Sahib Shrine

Things to do in Srinagar

• Shikaras in Dal Lake
• Parihaspora, Dewar
• House boating
• Bird viewing

Best time to visit / climate

The best time to visit is between April and September.

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How to get there?

1. Srinagar by Air
• Srinagar domestic airport is connected with many airports of the major cities in India.
• Regular flights are operated between Srinagar and Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh and Shimla.
• International travelers get the connecting flights from Delhi International airport.
• This is at a distance of 876 km from Srinagar.

2. Srinagar by Train
• Jammu is the nearest railway station to Srinagar.
• This is at a distance of 290 km.
• Jammu railway station is well connected to all major cities in India by rail.
• Direct train services are available from Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Trivandrum.
• Taxi services are available from Jammu to Srinagar.
• The fare is about Rs 6000.

3. Srinagar by Bus
• Many tourist bus service providers arrange deluxe luxurious bus package tours from many neighboring cities to Srinagar.
– Srinagar is well connected by tourist bus services to:
• Chandigarh (630 km)
• Jammu (290 km)
• Delhi (876 km)
• Leh (434 km)
• Phalgan (96 km)
– Packaged tours charge about Rs 4 – Rs 5 per km.

4. By plane
• Sheikh ul Alam Airport is commonly known as Srinagar Airport.
• It is an international airport.
• Flights are operated by Jet Airways, Air Deccan, Spice Jet, Kingfisher Airlines, Go Air, Jet Lite and Indian Airlines from Delhi and Mumbai to Srinagar.
• The frequency is once or twice a day by each airline.
• The cost is approximately Rs 2,500 from Jammu, Rs 2,500-5,000 from Delhi one way and higher from Mumbai.

5. By taxi from Jammu to Srinagar
• Hiring a TATA Sumo SUV from Jammu costs approximately Rs 1,900-2,700 depending on time of year or even time of day.
• The journey takes around 8 hrs.

6. By bus from Jammu to Srinagar
• J&K State Road Transport Corporation (J&KSRTC) operates fairly comfortable buses from Jammu costing around Rs 350 and does the journey in around 12 hrs.
• 2 day buses run between Srinagar and Leh staying overnight in Kargil.
• There are also direct buses from Delhi taking almost 24 hrs to reach Srinagar.

Some travel books from Amazon about Rajouri

The Vale of Kashmir Travels in Kashmir: A Popular History of Its People, Places and Crafts Agony Of Dal Lake

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

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Blogs / Sites about Rajouri

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Images and photos of Rajouri

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