Poonch is a remote district in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, which is also known as ‘Mini Kashmir’. Located amidst beautiful nature, the district of Poonch is enclosed by the Actual Line of Control (ALC) from three sides.
There are several tourist attractions in this district including, historical monuments and religious centres along with beautiful waterfalls, valleys, peaks, and lakes. Poonch Fort is one of the popular historical buildings located in the district. Raja Rustam Singh, the Emperor of Poonch got it constructed in 1713 and its style of architecture is similar to that of Mughals.
Noori Chamb is another popular tourist spot, which is located 45 km away from Poonch. It is said that the Mughal King Jahangir got so impressed with the beauty of this place that he named it after his lovely wife Noor Jahan. There is a beautiful waterfall here where queen used to bathe.
Gurudwara Nangali Sahib is considered as one of the most sacred religious centres of Sikhs, which is about 7 km from Poonch. Also a popular tourist attraction in the region, this gurudwara was constructed by Thakur Bhai Mela Singh in 1803. The building of this gurudwara was burnt during 1947 but Mahant Bachitar Singh got it renovated. Around thousand devotees visit every year to offer their prayers and the Sikh festival, Baisakhi is celebrated here with gaiety and enthusiasm.
Another popular religious site in Poonch is Swami Budha Amarnath Ji Mandir, which is dedicated to Hindu Lord Shiva. Situated 25 km from Poonch, this temple is constructed amidst Pir Panchal Mountain Range. The four door of the temple faces in each direction that is north, east, south, and west, which symbolises that the doors of the temple are open for all the four castes of Hindus.
Shri Dashnami Akhara Mandir, Ram Mandir, Ziarat Chhote Shah Sahib, Ziarat Sain Illahi Bakhsh Sahib, and Ziarat Sain Miran Sahib are the other religious sites located in the district. The nearest domestic air base to Poonch is the Jammu Airport.
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