Kathua is a district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is the 6th largest city in the state. It is also called the city of Sufis. The tehsils of Basohli, Billawar, Hiranagar, Kathua and Bani together form the district of Kathua. The textile industry is the most prominent industry here. Sub tropical type of climate is experienced here. The temperature ranges from 48 degrees during summers to 4 degrees during winters.
TOURIST PLACES IN KATHUA
Dream Recreation Park: It is a recreational park. A canal, known as Kathua canal, flows through the park. A total of 24 canals are found in the Kathua region. Rafting is also available.
Ujh Dam Site: It is an ideal picnic spot. It is 20 kilometers away from Kathua. Migratory birds come here during the season and people enjoy watching them. One can take a bath in the River Ujh.
Fort and temple of Jasrota: Raj Jas Dev built the temple and fort at Jasrota in the year 1019. Recently, the temple of Mata Maha Kali was rebuilt.
Mata Sundrikote, Mata Bala Sundri, Airwan Temple, Asha Purani Mandir, Sapt Sarober Mandir, Peer Chattershah and Gurudwara Singh Sabha are some prominent spots in Jasrota.
Bani: It is also referred to as ‘Mini Kashmir’ due to the beauty of this place. Snow clad hills form the backdrop of the place. Ample of forests are also found here. The place has a height of 4200 feet. The man source of drinking water in this place is River Sewa.
Banjal: This place is famous for its natural gardens covered with colorful flowers.
Chandel: This place is 10 kilometers from Bani. Apples orchards, walnuts orchards and almonds orchards are present here.
Panyalag: Panyalag is one of the best mountain peaks in the district of Kathua. It is rich in waterfalls, gushing watercourses, deep forest and green meadows.
Some other major spots in Bani are Jodia Di Mata Temple, Dullangal, Sarthal, Chhatargalla, Duggan and Dhoula Wali Mata.
Basohli is another tehsil in Kathua district. River Ravi flows through here. Basohli was founded by King Bhupat Pal.
Dhar Mahanpur: It is situated in the middle of Himalayas. Basohli and Dhar are just 27 kilometers away.
Ranjit Sagar Dam: This dam is managed by the governments of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. The electricity generated is used in respective states.
Billawar: Rajput King Bhopat Pal founded Billawar during the time from 1598 to 1614. Billawar is famous for Mahabilvakeshwar Temple and other tourist spots.
Machhedi: This mountain peak has a height of 5000 feet. The environment is very calm and serene.
Bhaddu, Ramkote, Sukrala Mata temple, Shiv Temple also known as mahabilva keshwar temple and mooni shiv temple are some famous religious sites for pro-religion people.
Hiranagar: It is another tehsil in the district of Kathua. This was founded by Raja Hari Singh. He also renovated the Jasmergarh Fort.
Narsingh Ji Temple: Ghagwal city was founded around 1600 years back. Narsingh Temple has an idol of Maa Annapurna. Approximately, 500 people visit this place every day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served to 200 people every day. Special fairs are conducted on the occasions of Janmashtmi and Makarsakranti.