Nambla Uri: a tourist place to visit

Kashmir has been bestowed with scenic beauty, evergreen forests, springs, rivers, meadows and much more. There are numerous places that are worth visiting by tourists. Uri, the border town of the northern district of J&K It is one of those places to visit. Uri is a beautiful city that sits on the banks of the Jehlum River. The city is 45 km from the district headquarters and about 100 km from the summer capital, Srinagar. The town is surrounded by beautiful mountains that add more beauty to the town. In ancient times, Uri was known as the gateway to Kashmir, and a stopover station cum transit camp for passengers and tourists coming from abroad to visit Kashmir. Uri is also famous for its walnut market, which is mainly established in Lagama. Two major power projects operating in Uri have shown a good impact on the economic condition of the people in this area and are supplying power to JK UT and the rest of the country on a large scale.

Uri has more than 40 villages and Nambla is one of the tehsil Uri villages. Nature has blessed the town with scenic beauty. Nambla is located at a distance of 8 km from the Tehsil headquarters and about 52 km from the Baramulla district headquarters. It is one of the largest villages in Tehsil in terms of population according to the 2011 census. Nature has bestowed the village with freshwater bodies and good forest cover. The town is covered with small mountains that present a beautiful valley-like view. The two main streams of water flow between the village which also acts as the main source of irrigation for agricultural purposes and also supplies drinking water to the nearby villages namely Garkote, SaidPura, Balkote and also the headquarters of tehsil Uri. There are a number of small ponds and springs that also act as a source of drinking water for the local inhabitants. The town witnessed a good number of tourists visiting various parts of the valley to enjoy the scenic beauty of the town during the covid-19 lockdown and restrictions after the repeal of article 370. The most important and famous destinations that attracted tourists include the Rustum, the waterfall, Baba Farid ziarat, Danna and Kandi, the highest mountain peak in Uri.

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The village is a good place for botanical tour for high school and college level medical students as there are various medicinal plants and herbs in various places in Nambla village. The main crops grown in the town include corn, walnuts, apples, pears, apricots, etc., which act as a source of income for the inhabitants. The waterfall that is located in the upper belt of the town is one of the important places that attract the most tourists. Well worth seeing, Nambla Waterfall reaches an estimated height of 250 to 300 feet. The waves of water falling from such a height make the place quite cool and people like to sit on the lap of the waterfall to spend time with nature there. The place is surrounded by beautiful pine trees and other plants. From the left side of the waterfall it is an uphill path that goes towards the glacier that is the main source of the waterfall at an estimated distance of 1 to 2 km on foot from the waterfall. People usually go to bhaks in the month of May, June and July to graze their cattle and other animals. Two major bhaks are under security forces as they are located on the border line of India and Pakistan and people can only enter after a security check at the post located at the entrance of the bhaks. Chappar Galla, Jodhralla and Lonewalla are the main important bhaks in the village.

Baba Farid is also a tourist destination present in the village. Baba Farid is a religious place of sofi santo Baba Fariduddin which is located on the top of the mountain, it is also an attraction for tourists throughout the year except harsh winter as there is no road access to this place. Road access to this religious site has long awaited demand from locals and tourists alike. The demand for the Rope Way to the Sanctuary will facilitate access and also promote the place as a popular tourist destination and ultimately provide employment opportunities for local people. Road access to these places, particularly Baba Farid and Nambla Waterfall, will increase the influx of tourists and travellers. you may not face any difficulties while traveling to these places. The people of the town are waiting for the kind attention of the local authorities and the UT for the qualification of these places as tourist points.

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Most areas of Uri are worth promoting as tourist destinations Baba Qazinag Shrine in Kamalkote, Bosnia and Baath in Upper Gingle, ChattiPadshahi at Paranpillan, NHPC 1St. & twoNorth Dakota reservoir sites, Salambad Tourist Reception Center, Garkote Viewpoint, Nambla Danna, Sokar, are some of them. The local inhabitants are mostly working class and economically weaker, promoting these places will generate good income and ultimately help the common masses to make a living. As we are aware that Uri is a border tehsil, some of its villages are severely affected during cross-border shelling. Residents suffer huge economic and life losses due to this cross-border sale from time to time and are forced to move to safer places leaving their homes behind. A complete ceasefire on the border has been in place for more than a year now, giving the locals a ray of hope to live in a peaceful environment. The inhabitants are very peace-loving and hospitable.

The Department of School Education and the Department of Physical Education also organized several local follow-up tours of the students from the schools present in the Subdivision to these places from time to time. Local picnics are often organized in these destinations to enjoy nature. It is worth mentioning here that Nambla and all these destinations are good places to visit for Botanical Tour, Environmental Tour and other educational activities for high school and college students.

In the recent past, the Department of Tourism has published a list of notified tourist towns, but it is very unfortunate that Uri has been neglected by the relevant authorities. The locals have long hoped that the town will be promoted as a full-time tourist destination and hope that necessary steps will be taken in the near future to promote these sites on the tourist map.

(The author is a nursing scholar and can be contacted at: [email protected])

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