Gurez , Jammu and Kashmir

Gurez is one of the well-kept beautiful region of Jammu & Kashmir, situated at a height of 8,460 ft. about 146 km from Srinagar, One can reach Gurez by driving along the Jhelum River and crossing Bandipore where one of the largest and beautiful fresh water Wullar Lake is situated.

From Bandipore, the beautiful road climbs up to 11672 ft. at Razdan Pass and then the road slopes down to reach Dawar the district administrative center with small market, situated at a height of 8,460 ft. the road link is closed from December till April.

Habba Khatoon Peak and Kishenganga river ,  Gurez

Gurez is situated on LoC and until few years ago permission from the DC office was required for any non-residents of the region to visit Gurez

Historically, Gurez was part of Dardistan stretching between Shardapeeth to Baghtor and Drass to Minimarg , falling along the old silk route , the capital of Dardistan was Dawar on the banks of river Kishenganga, which is now part of India and further ahead is Shardapeeth, which is in PoK. It is said that the last Buddhist council meeting was believed held in Kanzalwan. The region in POK is known as Neelam valley and river is known as Neelam

                                  Gurez Valley , LOC Peaks

Gurez has its identity with formidable pyramid shape Habba Khatoon peak named after a Kashmiri poet of 1554-1609. She was married to the ruler of Kashmir – Yusuf Shah Chak who was arrested by King Akbar and sent into exile to Bihar, where his grave is, Nalanda district . Habba Khatoon waited for twenty years writing and singing her poetry of sorrow and separation after which she ended her life by drowning herself in the river Jhelum.

The valley is very serene and beautiful with river Kishenganga flowing through the valley along the rich meadows, forests of lime bushes, willow and walnut trees. The entire valley is full of wild flowers, small villages with log huts. The people here are warm and welcome the tourists with open arms and hearts.

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Shiv Khori near Katra, Jammu & Kashmir Pilgrimage

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Shiv Khori is situated in Jammu & Kashmir state and one can combine it with Mata Vaisno Devi Pilgrimage, it is located about 80 Kms from Katra, 140 kms from Jammu and 120 kms from Udhampur upto Ransoo village and then 3 Kms trek to the holy cave. Regular buses and taxis are available at rates approved by the J&K Tourism Department, from Katra, Jammu and Udhampur. Pilgrims may also travel from Jammu on Akhnoor-Bhambla Road, Ransoo is 6 kms from Kanda More (turn) on Reasi- Rajouri Road.

The Starting Point of Shiv Khori Pilgrimage Trek
The Starting Point of Shiv Khori Pilgrimage Trek

The Cave

This cave which was discovered about 100 years ago by the local shepherds is more than a kilometer long but pilgrims are allowed upto 150 meters, it has two chambers, outer chamber is little large and after crossing a narrow and low passage, one enters the inner chamber which is comparably smaller, the cave is illuminated and pilgrims take help of ropes to walk and even at places one has to crawl to move ahead in the chamber, there  is four feet tall natural Syambhu Shiva Lingam which bathes in a milky water dripping from the ceiling of the cave,  just above the Lingam is a structure which gives impression of Kamdhenu Cow, one can even recognize the structure near the Lingam Goddess Parvati, the other deities are Lord Ganesha, Lord Kartikeyen, Lord Hanuman, Lord Ram, Laxman and Sita even one can recognize Sheshnag here, in the center there is a hollow structure giving impression of Lord Shiva’s Jattas, all these are sourrounded by self made Shaligrams in the cave, pilgrims call it a Home of GODS, it is a miracle.

The Shiv Khori Cave
[quote]The Shiv Khori Cave[/quote]

The View from the Outside, Shiv Khori Cave
The View from the Outside, Shiv Khori Cave

Legend

The demon Bhasmasur meditated and pleased Lord Shiva,  received the blessings that “If he put his hand palm on any ones head, that person will die“, to test this Bhasmasur wanted to put his palm on Lord Shiva’s head, and had a battle, Lord Shiva to save himself  threw his Trident ( Trishul) which created this cave, along with Devi Parvati and Nandi Bull entered , leaving behind Bhasmasur,  Lord Vishnu who visualized the ill designs came here, disguised as Apsra, lured Bhasmasur to dance to her steps, each step and move was so planed that finally Apsra (Lord Vishnu) made him to put his palm on his own head thus killing the Bhasmasur of his own powers, after this dance and killing, Lord Vishnu entered the cave along with other Devtas, it is said that 330 million Devtas are in this cave lying as Shaligrams and Pindis.

Around Shivkhori

Around Shivkhori one can visit the shrine, Dera Baba Banda Bahadur, the army commander of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji about 20 kms from here on the banks of River Chenab.

Nau Pindian, this is about 9 kms from Katra on same road to Reasi, there is a natural formation dedicated to the Nine incarnations (Avatars) of Maa Shakti in the form of Pindi.

Dhansar Baba, this place is about 10 kms from Katra , 17 kms before Reasi , off the main road trek for 1 km, it is a natural formation of Shiva Lingam and natural dropping of water on the lingam.

River Chenab and The Bridge over it near Reasi Village
[quote]River Chenab and The Bridge over it near Reasi Village[/quote]

Other Places

Siar Baba situated on the banks of River Chenab near Talwara about 6 kms from Reasi, famous for its beautiful waterfall.

Kalka mandir is just near the bus stand of Reasi.

Bhimgarh Fort, it is also known as Reasi Fort, originally constructed of clay but later it was reconstructed using stone, the main entry gate is having Rajasthani carvings, there is a statue of Goddess Maha Kali and Lord Hanuman Ji, there is a water pond and a temple in the fort and rooms. This fort though small in size was built by Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1817 when he was the commander of Sikh Maharaja Ranjit Singh under the supervision of General Zoravar Singh who was responsible for driving the Chinese out of Ladakh.

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About the Author

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[author_image timthumb=’on’]wp-content/uploads/authors/anil-rajput.jpg[/author_image] Anil Kumar Rajput – Managing Director Promark Travel , is in the travel trade since 1980, has worked in India and abroad. A boxer, a Rifle Shooter and a Para Jumper in his college days, as a Boy Scout and NCC cadet, attended camps at many places which developed his interest in traveling and to explore new places, trekking and photography, loves driving to adventurous places , owns a business (promarktravels.com) which caters all the travel needs of it’s clients. Connect with him on Facebook (htttp://www.facebook.com/anil.k.rajput) and Twitter (@PromarkTravels)
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