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J&K government has set up the Poonch Development Authority (PDA) under the Prime Ministers Reconstruction Plan; to build tourism infrastructure in the area and a network of roads to make it easily accessible.

Poonch

Poonch is known as a Mini Kashmir due to natural beauty, Glamour's scenic spots and people of good faith. Poonch is one of the remote and border district of Jammu and Kashmir state situated at Line of Control. Poonch has distinction on global map for trade across LOC and crossing point at Chakan-da-Bagh

Poonch is separated from Kashmir valley by the gigantic Pir Panjal range, whose higheset peak Poonch is separated from Kashmir valley by the gigantic Pir Panjal range, whose higheset peak TATAKUTI standing at 15560 ft. falls in Poonch. Historical Mughal Road links up Poonch with Kashmir Valley. Poonch is separated from Kashmir valley by the gigantic Pir Panjal range, whose higheset peak TATAKUTI standing at 15560 ft. falls in Poonch. Historical Mughal Road links up Poonch with Kashmir Valley. TATAKUTI standing at 15560 ft. falls in Poonch. Historical Mughal Road links up Poonch with Kashmir Valley.

Poonch has been bestowed with stunning scenic beauty. Snow covered peaks, lush green meadows, dense forest, natural beautiful lakes, waterfall etc elevate the gorgeousness attracting nature loving tourists. Poonch has rich religious heritage. A large number of religious tourists reach Poonch to pay pilgrimage every year

History

Poonch has witnessed many historical era. Around 326 BC when Alexander the Great invaded the lower Jhelum belt to fight with Porus, this region was known as Dravabhisar. In 6th Century AD, the famousChinese traveller Huien Tsang passed through this area. According to his observation, this region was known as Part of Kashmir. Around 850 AD Poonch became a sovereign state ruled by Raja Nar, who was basically a horse trader. According to Rajtrangani Raja Trilochan Pal of Poonch gave a tough fight to Mahmood Ghazanavi who invaded this area in 1020 A.D. In 1596, Mughal King Jahangir made Siraj-Ud-Din ruler of Poonch. Siraj-Ud-Din and hisdescendent Raja Shahbaz Khan, Raja Abdul Razak, Raja Rustam Khan and Raja Khan Bahadur Khan ruled this area upto 1792 AD.

In 1819 this area was captured by Maharaja Ranjeet Singh and it remained under the occupation of Khalsa Darbar of Lahore till 1850. In 1850, Raja Moti Singh who was son of Raja Dhayan Singh, the Prime Minister of Khalsa Darbar set up its separate Principality known as Poonch state. This dogra dynasty ruled Poonch state from 1850 to 1947 when the traumatic events of partition of the country affected this area. Half of the Tehsil of Haveli (85 villages out of 173), some part of tehsil Mendhar (14 villages out of 99) and whole of Bagh tehsil (113 villages) and tehsil Sadhnuti (101 villages) of Poonch state were grabbed by the raiders from Pakistan.

The era from 1850 to 1947 is considered as the Golden Period of the history of Poonch. The Principality of Poonch got status of a state from British Raj in 1901 AD during the reign of Raja Baldev Singh.

The rule of Raja Moti Singh, Baldev Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Jagatdev Singh and Raja Shiv Rattan Dev Singh witnessed all round development of Poonch state.

The historic Poonch fort was renovated and redesigned. Town Hall and Court building were constructed on the line of Mubarak Mandi of Jammu, Fountain garden Poonch was established on the pattern of Shalimar Garden of Kashmir,. Baghi Khanna, Bagh Deodi the gateway of city and number of other buildings were also constructed. Palaces of rulers called Baldev Mahal, Moti Mahal and Sheesh Mahal reflected the aesthetic of the rulers. A number of temples, mosques and gurdwaras also emerged during these years.