Bhaderwah is a town in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir. It is located on the foothills of middle Himalaya at an elevation of 5,295 feet. It is predominately a mountainous region that offers excellent opportunities for adventure tourism. The town is endowed with unmatched beauty of nature with picture perfect sceneries, keeping your camera busy! The mountain streams and green lush meadows are so inviting, which is why it is named as ‘Mini Kashmir’.
The town of Bhaderwah is dotted with temples and pilgrimages sites such as Vasuki Nag Temple, Kailash Kund making it a sacrosanct pilgrimage site among the devoted Hindu followers. Various colorful local fairs, festivals and unique mosaic culture add to the richness of this place. This unexplored paradise of the Jammu & Kashmir is yet to get global recognition for its immense tourism potentials.
A crowned summer destination, Chinta Valley is also known as the Green Bowl as it is surrounded by Black Forests. This scenic valley is 25 kms off Bhaderwah and the entire drive is beautiful and enchanting to say the least. Standing tall at 6,500 feet it has thick coniferous forests on all sides and the Chinta Nallah flowing through it.There are many scenic spots situated around this place like Thuba. Many visitors enjoy the Horse ride from Baggan to Thuba repeatedly. Thuba is the highest point which separates the Chinta Valley from Bhaderwah. Visitors also make it a point to visit an ancient temple of Lord Shiva at Thuba.
Jai Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys of Doda, situated at a distance of about 35 km from Bhaderwah. The meadow extends over 6 km, and the 7,000 feet height makes the climate conducive for many sporting activities. Jai Valley offers nice “igloo huts” to the tourists visiting the Bhaderwah town making it an ideal holiday destination.
Many visitors also bring their gear and erect tents for days’ altogether and enjoy the frequently changing weather. The tourists take pleasure in horse-riding and trekking alongside the blue streams pouring in from the mountains.
Seoj Meadow is situated 10 km from Bhaderwah and the journey is possible only on horseback. The whole track is serene, breathtaking and awesome; you won’t crib about the 5 hours needed to reach there. The long stretches of green grass lands stretch into miles and the cool air and serene environs appear heavenly.
Paragliding is the special attraction at Seoz and is feasible throughout the year except the wet season. Different areas of the town are used for flight; on the basis of level of expertise in paragliding. Seoj Meadow at 11,000 feet is an excellent spot for basic and intermediate flyers.
Padri is an undulating landscape located at a distance of 40 km from Bhaderwah on Chamba road. Perched at an elevation of 10,500 feet, Padri is the highest point on this road and experience heavy rainfall upto 5 meters during winter days. It is one of the popular picnic spots of Bhaderwah region.
The vast landscape runs in kilometers and is ideal for adventure sports like Snow-skiing in winters and Paragliding in summers. It is the highest Pass on Bhadarwah Chamba National Highway and the tourists feel extremely delighted reaching there.
Khani Top is a picturesque meadow is situated at 25 km away from Bhaderwah. Set amidst lush greenery, it offers a treasure of natural sceneries, especially during sunrise and sunset time. This place has immense potential of becoming good picnic site. Trekking activities can be undertaken from Khani top to Ashapati peak on the border with Himachal Pradesh.
Bhaderwah fort is only 3 km away from the main Bhaderwah town. The view from the top of the fort gives a magnificent view of the whole Bhaderwah Valley which is called as the “mini Switzerland” by the tourists who have traveled the world over.
This Bhaderwah Fort, with its up-do-date LED base light & sound system, stays a step ahead from other forts. This ancient fort fondly remembers the former kings of Bhaderwah and Chamba. Constructed in the year 1733, it also gave shelter to many freedom fighters like Sant Singh Teg, Pt. Kashyap Bandu and then the ex-Chief Minister Shri Sheikh Muhammad Abdulla.
Gupta Ganga Temple
The Gupta Ganga Temple stands to the East of Bhaderwah, located just 0.5 km from the bank of Neru River. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva but it is also known for its mention in Mahabharata. Here a stone inside the temple has a clear footprint on it and believed to be of Bhima.
Vasuki Naag Temple
When in Bhaderwah tourists should not miss the Vasuki Naag Temple, a wonder of art and sculpture. Located just 3 km from the city center, it has twin idols of Raja Jamute Vahan and Naagraj Vasuki, made up of black stone. Both idols are standing at 87 degrees for years without any additional support. Despite many earthquakes and geographical changes the idols are steady and this adds to the mystique to this shrine and with every passing year, the number of devotees keeps increasing.