Darbar Move

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Darbar Move is the name given to the bi-annual shift of the secretariat and all other government offices of the Jammu and Kashmir from one capital city to another. From May to October, governmental offices are housed in the state's summer capital, Srinagar, and the other six months in its winter capital, Jammu. The tradition was started during Dogra rule in 1872 by Maharaja Ranbir Singh. [1] The issue of discontinuing the move has occasionally been raised, but the economic benefits the move brings to Jammu has led to resistance to any plans to reform it.[2][3]


  1. ^ "What is the Darbar Move in J&K all about". thehindu.com. The Hindu. 8 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Darbar Move: Expensive Move". onlykashmir.in. Archived from the original on 7 May 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  3. ^ Jeffries, Stuart (11 August 2015). "Why it's time for summer capitals to make a comeback". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 July 2018.