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City / Tehsil
|Union Territory||Jammu and Kashmir|
|Elevation||1,613 m (5,292 ft)|
|• Other Spoken languages||Kashmiri, Bhaderwahi|
Bhaderwah (or Bhadarwah valley) is a town and tehsil in the Doda district of Jammu Division in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, India. It has now been given the status of sub-district. The town is governed by a Notified Area Council (city council). The Bhaderwah valley is located in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains, 80 km (50 mi) from Batote.
Known as Naagon ki Bhoomi meaning the land of Nagas, the valley is rich in its own culture. The natives are mostly the followers of the Naga Tradition. Many festivals of the local importance very often present an enthralling spectacle of local culture. The Mela Patt and Kailash Yatra are two of the most important festivals of the valley.
The town is known for its natural and scenic beauty. Because of its topographical and cultural similarities with Kashmir valley it is popularly called as "lokut kasheer" in kashmiri translated as"Mini Kashmir".
Very little is known about the history of Bhaderwah to the common people and larger masses but in the folklore the history dates back to the prehistoric times. Earlier, the town was known by the name of Hettary Nagar and prior to that, there were two other towns namely Donga nagar and Udho Nagar. Both the Nagars were supposed to be situated somewhere to the east of the present Bhaderwah town. Both the Nagars flooded due to torrential floods from the Himalayan Ranges. Modern day abundance of boulders present reveal the occurrence of disaster then. Aftermath of the catastrophe made people of Bhaderwah select a place for their rehabilitation in Seeri (from word ‘SEER' meaning a vast piece of land), the present day Bhaderwah.
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- Bhaderwah Town, Department of Tourism, Jammu and Kashmir
- History of Bhaderwah, Bhaderwah.com
- 'Mini-Kashmir' Bhaderwah is new hotspot for tourists escaping sweltering heat, Business Standard, 11 July 2018.
- History of Bhaderwah, Deptt. of Tourism, Jammu and Kashmir