Kishtwar is a little hill station and prevalently known as ‘The Land of Saffron and Sapphire’ as it is one of the two spots in India where saffron is grown and cultivated. Unlike other traveler spots of Jammu and Kashmir, Kishtwar is not that much famous, however its delightful presence encompassed by high-altitude mountains never get ignored among vacationers.
Activities: Trekking, Camping & Mount Climbing
Best Places to Visit:
Kishtwar National Park: Set up on February 4, 1981, the Kishtwar National Park offers an extensive variety of vegetation and wildlife spread over an area of 42,500 hectares. Primarily, the Park was made to secure the Snow Leopards that are currently gradually vanishing from the nature.
Shrine of Shah Asrar: Shrine of Shah Asrar is a highly revered shrine popularly known as Darbar-e-Asrariya and Astan-e-Payeen. Made in the memory of Shah Asrar, who performed great miracles and became quite popular amongst the people. Presently, the shrine is one of the prime tourist attractions in Kishtwar.
Athra Bhuja Devi temple: Sarthal Mata Temple or Athra Bhuja Devi temple is a cave temple where a 18-armed single black statue of goddess is placed. The staue here is an incarnation of Goddess Durga. During Celebration, devotees as well as tourists throng this beautiful temple to seek blessings and to witness the acivities like Fire Dance, Walk on Fire and many other.
Jama Masjid: Built by the Muslims of Kishtwar with great diligence, penances and sacrifices, the excellent Jama Masjid of Kishtwar was one of the biggest mosques in Jammu territory. The appeal and eminence of this heavenly place is still reflected from its endless magnificence.
Chowgan: Chowgan or Parade ground located in the heart of Kishtwar town with a total area of 165 acres. Surrounded by the trees of chinar and Deodar, this spot offer wonderful view.
Besides this, there are some other beautiful places to visit in around Kishtwar town like Ziarat Shah Farid-Ud-Din, Chingam, Paddar, Sinthan Top and Warwan.
Best Time To Visit: September to March