Geography of HandwaraHandwara is located at 34.40° North latitude and 74.28° East longitude. It is situated at a distance of 23 from district headquarters Kupwara. The terrain here is hilly and the average elevation is 1,582 meters (5,190 feet). The entire area offers magnificent scenic beauty. Pohru, one of the tributaries of Jhelum, flows through this town.
History of HandwaraNot much is known about the history of Handwara. However, it is certain that the town has been in existence since long. As per records, the town was earlier known as Utter Machipora. It was an important center of trade and commerce. Punjabis were a dominant group of traders here. For generations, Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs have been living here in harmony. Each of these groups had their own places of worship.
Religious Spots in and around Handwara
Badra Kali Temple in HandwaraBadra Kali Temple is located in the Rajwar forest range on top of a beautiful hill. Its mention has been found in many old texts. The temple is situated at a distance of five Km from Handwara town and is connected by a motorable road. Apart from the temple, the area has a sacred spring and a dormant volcano, known as Soyamij. The later is also held sacred by the devotees. Those who go to pay their homage at Soyamji also make it a point to visit Bhadra Kali Temple. A fair is held at this temple every year and during that period devotees from far and near gather at this place,
Other Hindu shrines in Handwara
- Durga Kund Shiv Mandir
- Kandi Mandir
- Khirman Hanood Mandir
- Khirman Nandram Mandir
- Maratgam Mandir
- Shiv Ji Temple
Other places tourists might visit
Bangus valley, a tourist’s paradise, is also approachable from Handwara. However, to reach it you first need to go to Satkoji and then trek for 12 miles. Once you reach there you see a carpet of green grass with sheep grazing here and there. Wild orchids, chirping birds and cascading mountain streams add to your pleasure. As of now, the place does not have much of a tourist facility. However, there is a proposal to build a road and develop this virgin pasture land into a modern tourist spot.
Accommodation at Handwara
Administration in HandwaraWhile the Deputy Commissioner is the most important officer in the district of Kupwara, Handwara is directly administered by an Additional Deputy Commissioner. He is the senior-most officer posted in the city and is entrusted with all development work under his jurisdiction. It is his duty to see that the residents here do not face any kind of problem. While there is a police force to take care of law and order situation of the town, the ADC Handwara also has his role to play. In case of necessity, you may contact him at 94691-62400
There is also an Assistant Commissioner posted in the town. To contact him you may call at 01955-262-226 (O) or at 262-224(R).
Since Handwara is also a tehsil headquarters, there is also the office of Tehsildar located within the town. In case of necessity you may contact him at 01955-262-245
Municipal Committee of Handwara
The Municipal Committee of Handwara (MCH) has a standing income of Rs. 2.30 crores, which they spend on improving the infrastructure of the town. Besides, it is their duty to provide drinking water and healthy sewage facilities to the residents, maintain roads, provide birth and death certificates etc. Some of the on gong projects taken up by the MCH at present are upgradation of the ‘Bus Adda’, Chinar Park and Town Hall etc.
Court in HandwaraHandwara has one CJM and one Munsiff Court. Before 1979, the town had only one Sub Judge Court operating under District Court, Baramulla. However, once the district of Kupwara was carved out of Baramulla and Court of Principal District and Session Judge was established in Kupwara town, the Sub Judge Court at Handwara became Sub Judge/ Chief Judicial Magistrate Court., Thereafter in the year 2001, Fast Tract Munsiff Court was established in the city. .
Police in Handwara
Phone No: 01955-262-600
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Following are few other important phone numbers within Handwara Police Sub Division:
- Sub Divisional Officer, Handwara: 01955-262-235,
- Police Station, Handwara: 01955-262-234
- Police Station, Krulgund: 01955-210-674
- Police Station, Vilgam: 01955-210-672
Fire Service in HandwaraHandwara also has a fire station located within the city limits. In case of emergency you may contact it at 01955- 262-222. It has two fire appliances and one fire pump.
Economy in Handwara
A large percentage of the population in Handwara is also employed by different government agencies and educational institutions. There are also few small industries, which also help to sustain the economy of the region. Unfortunately, there is no big industry located here.
How to Reach Handwara
Facts about HandwaraTehsil: Handwara
State: Jammu and Kashmir
Elevation: 1,582 meters
Pin Code: 193221
STD Code: 01955
Assembly Constituency: Handwara
Parliamentary Constituency: Baramulla
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