Bhaderwah has many names and legends talk of this region with different names in different eras. In the Neelmat Puran in 6th century, it was known as ‘Bhogvati’, in Rajtarangi in 10th century Bhaderwah is referred as ‘Bhadravashka’, and lastly in Vasuki Puran in 12th century as ‘Bhadrashram’. Bhaderwah is now commonly known as ‘Chota Kashmir’ and by some legends attached to it as ‘Naagon ki Bhumi’ (Land of snakes). Spreading from Qabristan to Gatha and from Killa Mohalla to Gupt Ganga, Bhaderwah has grown into a popular tourist destination in past few years given the efforts of Gulam Nabi Azad. A lot of different versions of legend stories are attached to the formation of Bhaderwah linked to different emperors.
Nearest Airport Jammu, 200 kilometers away
Nearest rail head Jammu, 200 kilometers away.
The 200 kilometer journey is broken in four parts. One can either reach directly to Bhaderwah or take stoppages in between as follows:
1. Jammu to Udhampur – 65 kms, OR Jammu to Udhampur (By train) – 50 kms
2. Udhampur to Batote – 55 km
3. Batote – Pul Doda – 50 kms
4. Pul Doda – Bhaderwah – 30 kms
Tourists who can withstand cold weather can visit all year round. Normally, Bhaderwah is enjoyable between March to November when cold is okay and not frightening. The landscapes are captivating with blooming flowers in all hues and snow on mountain tops. Those looking for Paragliding should avoid the wet seasons.
Bhaderwah boasts of cool and pleasant weather throughout the year.
The winter season from October to March sees the temperature fluctuate from 15 to 2 degrees during nights and sometimes approach the freezing point. Tourists need heavy woolens as chilly surface winds hurt their spine frequently. The afternoons are somewhat cozy but the blanket of snow turns everything into white.
This festival is somewhat similar to the festival of KARVA Chauth which is celebrated during the spring season. This festival is celebrated in winter and woman ornament themselves well enough. However, they break the fast immediately after Gouri Pooja unlike the Karva Chauth where women wait till evening. The celebration instead continues for about three days, where women gather in groups in night and sing and dance.
People at Bhaderwah are mostly farmers by profession and thus irrespective of their caste, they celebrate the onset of farming season. Dharamdees is celebrated during the month of Chet, after which the agricultural activities commence.
Bhaderwah is land of Gods and Goddesses among which Goddess Chandi and Sheetla are of prime importance to the inhabitants. During the autumn Navratas, on the eighth day a fair is organized at the Rehoshira Temple where people from across Bhaderwah come and offer prayers to deities.
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