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Boniyar is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Location in Jammu and Kashmir, India
Boniyar is located in India
Boniyar (India)
Coordinates: 33°48′N 75°06′E / 33.80°N 75.10°E / 33.80; 75.10Coordinates: 33°48′N 75°06′E / 33.80°N 75.10°E / 33.80; 75.10
Country India
State Jammu and Kashmir
1,577 m (5,174 ft)
 • Total72,564
 • spoken[citation needed]Urdu, Kashmiri, Pahari
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationJK05

Boniyar[1] is a town and a municipal committee in tehsil Boniyar, Baramulla district in India's northernmost state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is located 20 km towards west from district headquarters Baramulla. Boniyar was given tehsil status in 2006. Prominent villages in tehsil Boniyar are Wopal Haq Marg Athishampora Bijhama, Trikanjan, Barnate, Uranbuha, Chandanwari Chahla and Nowshera. Major site of attraction is Lower Jhelum hydropower project at Chalah Boniyar having capacity of generating 105 MW. Lachipora wildlife sanctuary has been established for conserving markhoor and other vulnerable animals.

The bank of the dam of Lower Jehlum Hydropower plant has become a tourist destination with Nowshera at opposite side of river jehlum have got amazing view points.

There is diversity of people living in tehsil Boniyar of the baramulla district, with most of the people speaking Pahari. About 70-80 % people of tehsil boniyar speaks Pahari language. So, Pahari speaker are found in huge number. Left behind people mainly speak Kashmiri, Gujri, Urdu. It is a Muslim dominated region with about 60% belonging to the Sunni muslims community and 38% Shia muslims community. Other religions are found in minority with about 1% Hindus and 1% Sikhs. Noorkhah a village of boniyar tehsil is found prominent in mineral aspects like: Gypsum, Limestone and Ochre. With Gypsum currently being extracted. However this is also leading to Ill effects to the residents like:- deforestation, soil erosion, landslides etc.


  1. ^ Urdu: بونیار