Kokernag

Kokernag is a sub-district town and a notified area committee in Breng Valley (The Golden Crown of Kashmir), Anantnag district in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. The place is known for its gardens, pristine fresh water springs and rainbow trout farms. It is 25.3 km from Anantnag via NH244.It is one of the most popular weekend getaways from the state capital Srinagar.[1]

Kokernag

Brang kokernag
Sub-District
Nickname(s): 
Brang kokernag
Kokernag is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Kokernag
Kokernag
Location in Jammu and Kashmir, India
Kokernag is located in India
Kokernag
Kokernag
Kokernag (India)
Coordinates: 33°35′05″N 75°18′31″E / 33.584721°N 75.308601°ECoordinates: 33°35′05″N 75°18′31″E / 33.584721°N 75.308601°E
Country India
StateJammu and Kashmir
DistrictAnantnag
Government
 • TypeParliamentary
 • BodyMunicipal
Elevation
2,000 m (7,000 ft)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total6,553
Languages
 • OfficialUrdu, Kashmiri,
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
192202
Vehicle registrationJK03
WebsiteAnantnag District

Names

The etymology of the word 'Kokernag' is controversial and there are various theories and none has any conclusive historical proof. One theory is that the name derives from the two words namely, koker and nag. Koker has been taken from a Kashmiri word for chicken, while nag has been taken from Sanskrit word for springs. The springs gush out of the base of a thickly wooded hill from where it divides into channels, which resembles to the claw-foot of a hen, hence its name.[2] A second theory is that Koker means 'fowl' and nag means 'serpent'. Another theory is that the word Kokernag originates from Koh (Mountain) kan (from or under) nag (spring).[3]

Kokernag is known also as Breng Kokernag, the name given by Shiekh ul Alam, poet and scholar. He said "kokernag breng chu sunsund preng" which means that "Kokernag is Golden crown of kashmir". Kokernag is also mentioned in Ain Akbari, where in it has been mentioned that the water of Kokernag satisfies both hunger and thirst and it is also a remedy for indigestion.[2]

Geography

Kokernag is at the height of approximately 2,000 m above sea level. Towns situated around Kokernag are Wangam, Devalgam, Hangalgund, Nagam, Sagam, Zalengam, Daksum, Magam, and Soaf Shali. The total area of Kokernag trouth farm about 400 Kanals of which 129 kanals is for the purpose of gardens and area.[1]

Economy

It is known for its trout streams and the largest fresh water spring in Kashmir, Trout hatchery department which has constructed pools in series where in trout is reared.

The state's first rural mart has been set up in Kokernag, to promote and market the handicraft products manufactured by the local women self help groups, by NABARD.[4]

Demographics

According to the 2011 India census Kokernag had a population of 6,553.Males constitute 68% of the population ●Females 32%. Kokernag has an average ●Literacy rate of 63%, higher than the national average of 59.5%.Male literacy is 77%,Female literacy is 33%.In Kokernag, 9% of the population is aged under 6 years.

Transport

Kokernag is situated at a distance of about 22 km from Anantnag on the right side of Anantnag-Kishtwar National highway. The easiest and most comfortable way of reaching this place is to hire a Sumo at Anantnag. One can also catch a local bus that is easily available in Anantnag and head towards Kokernag. It takes about one hour to reach Kokernag.[1].The nearest airport is 88 km away, at Srinagar. The nearest railway station is Anantnag railway station on the 119 km long Kashmir Railway that runs from Baramulla to Banihal. It lies at a distance of 30 km from kokernag.

References

  1. ^ a b c "Kokernag". Department of Tourism, Government of J&K. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b Tourism, Jammu and Kashmir. "Kokernag". J & K Tourism. Archived from the original on 19 February 2014. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  3. ^ Khan, Ruhail (6 July 2017). Who Killed Kasheer?. Notion Press. ISBN 9781947283107.
  4. ^ "Jammu & Kashmir's first rural mart set up in Kokernag". The Indian Express. 18 February 2018. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
Akingam

Akingam is a village in South Kashmir and a newly formed tehsil in the Anantnag district, in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir.It is at a distance of 14.2 km or 8.8 miles (approx) from the Lal Chowk in Anantnag along a route passing through the tourist resorts of Achabal and Kokernag. In revenue records the village Akingam is still called Maqan Shiva Bhagwati. The adjacent villages are Mohripura, Hiller, Badasgam, Hardpora and Badoora.

Anantnag district

Anantnag is a district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is one of ten districts which make up the Kashmir Valley. The district headquarters is Anantnag city. As of 2011, it was the third most populous district of Jammu and Kashmir (out of 22), after Jammu and Srinagar.

Breng Valley

Breng Valley (The Golden Crown of Kashmir) is located in Anantnag district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The valley is named after the rivulet Brengi which is a tributary of famous Jhelum River. Akingam is the gate way of Breng valley. The valley spans over 40 km on either side of Brengi and Kokernag is the center of the valley where famous Kokernag Garden is located. The valley has been praised by the Kashmiri Sufi saint Sheikh Noor-u-din Wali as Breng Gov Sonsun Preng, i.e. Breng Valley is a Golden Crown.

Bringhi River

The Bringhi or Brengi river is a river in Jammu and Kashmir, India. It originates from the glaciers of Sinthan in Anantnag district. The river passes through a gorge at Daksum (altitude 2,438 metres (7,999 ft)). Kokernag is in the Bringhi river valley.

Burhan Wani

Burhan Muzaffar Wani was a commander of Kashmiri militant and separatist group Hizbul Mujahideen active in Indian Kashmir. He gained popularity through his social media presence, which modernised the image of militancy in Kashmir, and made it more relatable to Kashmiri youth. He was killed by Indian security forces on 8 July 2016, sparking protests across Kashmir. These resulted in the deaths of more than 96 people and injuries in over 15,000 civilians and 4,000 security personnel. The unrest following his death was described as the worst in the region since 2010, with Kashmir being placed under 53 consecutive days of curfew, which was only completely lifted on 31 August 2016.

Doru Shahabad

Doru Shahabad (also written as Dooru Shahabad or only Doru) is a town and a notified area committee in Anantnag district of the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. It is also known as historical township in South Kashmir's Anantnag district. Doru shahabad has been known as a place of intelligentia where great scholars like Mehmood shah Gami, Rasul Mir shahabadi, were borne who contributed to the literature and culture of kashmir. In present times shahabad has produced chief minister like syed mir qasim and many other politicians, beuracrates and some leading agricultural scientists.

Government Degree College, Kokernag

Government Degree College Kokernag is a college in Kokernag town and famous tourist resort of Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir. It is affiliated to the University of Kashmir in Srinagar and was recently accessed by NAAC, Bangalore for Assessment and Accreditation and was accredited with by the same UGC agency.It is a co-educational college, founded in 2008. During the initial years the college functioned in dilapidated huts in the premises of the Higher Secondary School, Kokernag.Now the college has been shifted to Irkumu, Kokernag, which is about two kilometres from the main township and has a lush green campus with snow-clad mountains in the background. It now has a suitable infrastructure which satisfies the basic demands of students. As of year 2019, the college has about 1,800 students on roll and about 55 teaching and non-teaching staff to cater the students.

The college offers following bachelor's degree courses:

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Bachelor of Science (BSc)The college was allowed to offer the Bachelor of Science program from the year 2017. In addition to the regular courses offered, the college got IGNOU membership in the year 2018 to run the non-regular or distance courses in future.

Hakura Badas Gam

Hakura Badasgam is a large village in Tehsil Dooru of Anantnag district, in Jammu & Kashmir India with a population of 9,088 in 2011. The neighbouring villages are Akingam, Mohripura, Arhama, Hiller, Dahruna and Hardpura.

Badasgam and Hakura are actually two separate villages for all purposes but in revenue records they are kept together.

Badasgam has a shrine of famous Sufi saint "Sultan Sahab" where thousands of devotees from across the valley visit every year to pay homage and respect to the shrine of famous saint.

Badasgam has a good literacy rate with competitive atmosphere among students. Its people have excelled in all walks of life. Badasgam village is undergoing rapid expansion and modernization.

Badasgam has two sub divisions viz Badasgam A, Badasgam B separated by a flood channel of runoff river Brengi. This channel is a place for late night walks and relaxation.

Badasgam has two main mosques besides others, one is located near a pond in Badasgam (A) and the other near Syed Mohalla in Badasgam (B).

Badasgam's economy is dependent on Hoticulture but a large number of people are doing Government Jobs.

The village can be accessed by Islamabad-Kokernag road. The village is situated at junction of Achabal-Kokernag and Islamabad-Kokernag road.

Cricket and Volleyball are the main sports in the village. There is a cricket stadium located in the village.

Rubiya Sayeed of Badasgam is the first-ever Kashmiri girl who participated in North Zone women's team organised by the Board of Control for Cricket of India (BCCI) in Mumbai. She is the first women cricketer of Jammu and Kashmir to represent North Zone team.

Now the other village Hakura,it is about 10km far from the District Headquarters Anantnag.The village is surrounded by other villages like Dhamhal,Kushipora,Hardpora,Gundi hakura.The village is further divided into Mohallas like Malikpora,Darpora,Gadipora,Manzgam and many more.The people of this area are kind and helpful.

There is a famous shrine of Malik Dawood.

Kokernag a famous tourist place is 13 km far from Hakura.

Achabal via Dhamhal is approximately 6km far from Hakura

Hill station

A hill station is a town located at a higher elevation than the nearby plain or valley. The term was used mostly in colonial Asia, but also in Africa (albeit rarely), for towns founded by European colonial rulers as refuges from the summer heat, up where temperatures are cooler. In the Indian context, most hill stations are at an altitude of approximately 1,000 to 2,500 metres (3,300 to 8,200 ft); very few are outside this range.

Kashmir Valley

The Kashmir Valley, also known as the Vale of Kashmir, is an intermontane valley in the portion of the Kashmir region administered by India. The valley is bounded on the southwest by the Pir Panjal Range and on the northeast by the main Himalayas range. It is approximately 135 km long and 32 km wide, and drained by the Jhelum River.Kashmir division is one of the three administrative divisions of the Indian administered state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Kashmir division borders Jammu Division to the south and Ladakh to the east while Line of Control forms its northern and the western border. The division consists of the following districts: Anantnag, Baramulla, Budgam, Bandipore, Ganderbal, Kupwara, Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian and Srinagar.

Kishtwar National Park

Kishtwar National Park is a national park located in the Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is bounded to the north by Rinnay river, south by Kibar Nala catchment, east by main divide of Great Himalaya and west by Marwa river.

Kumar Mohalla Akingam

Kumar Mohalla is a part of Akingam village in Anantnag district of state Jammu and Kashmir and a part of tehsil Akingam. It enroutes kashmirs most famous tourist resorts such as Achabal, Kokernag and Daksum.

On one side of Kumar Mohalla Akingam there is a famous craft centre.

Kumar Mohalla Akingam famous for earthen ware

Leh district

Leh is one of the two districts located in Ladakh, the other being the Kargil District to the west, in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. With an area of 45,110 km2, it is the second largest district in the country (after Kutch, Gujarat) in terms of area. It is bounded on the north by Ghanche District (Gilgit-Baltistan), a small border with Xinjiang, China, via the Karakoram Pass which is part of the district. Aksai Chin and Tibet are to the east, Kargil district to the west, and Lahul and Spiti to the south. The district headquarters is in Leh. It lies between 32 to 36 degree north latitude and 75 to 80 degree east longitude.

The whole of Ladakh was under the administration of Leh until 1 July 1979, when the Kargil and Leh administrative districts were created. Religion has been a source of grievances between Buddhists and Muslims since the late 20th century and was a contributor to this division.As of 2011 it is the second least populous district of Jammu and Kashmir (out of 22), after Kargil.In 2017, the district was declared a tobacco-free zone. The Directorate of Health Services Kashmir under the National Tobacco Control Programme began working towards the designation early in 2017 and the status was declared in August. Rehana Kousar (in-charge, NTCP, Kashmir) said that work was done with civil society, religious and women's groups and that a "major success was achieved by the involvement of women in the anti-tobacco campaign."

National Highway 244 (India)

National Highway 244 (NH 244) is a National Highway in India. It is located entirely within the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It was originally called National Highway 1B.

Sadura

Sadura is a village located in Anantnag district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It has a railway station which lies on Banihal-Anantnag railway line.

Sinthan top

Sinthen top is a mountain pass, a popular tourist destination located between South Kashmir's Breng Valley (Sub-District Kokernag) in Anantnag district and Kishtwar in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Most of the part lies on Kishtwar side.

Uri, Jammu and Kashmir

Uri is a town and a tehsil in the Baramulla district, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Uri is located on the left bank of the Jhelum River, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) east of the Line of Control with Pakistan.

Verinag

Verinag (; Urdu: ويریناگ‎) is a tourist place and a notified area committee with tehsil status (Shahabad Bala Verinag) in Anantnag district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is about 26 kilometers away from Anantnag and approximately 78 kilometres south-east from Srinagar which is the summer capital of the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Verinag is also the first tourist spot of Kashmir Valley when travelling by road from Jammu, the winter capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir towards Srinagar, the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It lies at the entry point of Kashmir Valley right after crossing Jawahar Tunnel and is also known as Gateway of Kashmir.

A major tourist attraction of this place is Verinag Spring, for which this place is named. There is an octagonal stone basin at Verinag Spring and an arcade surrounding it which were built by Mughal emperor Jahangir in 1620 A.D. Later, a beautiful garden next to this spring, was laid out by his son Shah Jahan. This spring is known to never dry up or overflow. Verinag Spring is also the major source of river Jhelum. Verinag Spring and Mughal Arcade surrounding it is officially recognized by Archaeological Survey of India as a Monument of National Importance.

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