Basohli, Kathua's crown and famous battleground

Basohli is a small town in Kathua district situated in the uneven lofty hills of Shivalik on the right bank of River Ravi at an altitude of 1876 ft. The town is about 72 km from Kathua city and is famous for a gamut of things- Ranjit Sagar dam or Thein dam, paintings, Chamunda Devi temple, Basohli Bridge, Dhar Mahanpur etc.

According to 2011 census India census, Basohli had a population of around 5433. Males constituted 52.01% of the population and females 47.99%. Basohli had an average literacy rate of 77%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 57% of the males and 43% of females literate.

Basohli is majorly a Hindu dominated landscape with around 83.01% Hindus and 16.38% Muslims. The town was founded by Raja Bhupat Pal sometime in 1635. Also, it was once a battleground for famous Sikh-Mughal Battle of Basohli.

Main attractions:

1) Basohli Paintings are considered as maiden Pahari paintings which emerged from this place by mid-eighteenth century.

2)Chamunda Devi Temple, located near the main chowk in Basohli town. The temple is known for the deity present in the shape of rock.

3) Ranjit Sagar Dam (Thein), Hydro electric Project constructed at the west bank of river Ravi by the Govt of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. It is 600 MW Hydel project and its beneficiaries include Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

4) Dhar Mahanpur, a tourist spot famous for its temperate type of climate and varied range of trees like chir, deodar and shrubs.

5) Atal Setu bridge, a stunning 592-meter long cable-stayed bridge over river Ravi is an important link between Pathankot and Basohli and is first of its kind in North India.

How To Reach

Regular Bus service plies from Jammu, Kathua, Udhampur, Pathankot and Billawar

 

 

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Author

Hardeep Bali