The Lolab Valley is a Himalayan valley located in Jammu and Kashmir, India. The entrance to the valley lies 9 km (5.6 mi) north of Kupwara town, and the centre of the valley lies 114 km (71 mi) northwest of Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir. It is an oval-shaped valley 15 miles (24 km) long with an average width of 2 miles (3.2 km).
|Floor elevation||5,564 ft (1,696 m)|
|Length||15 mi (24 km)|
|Width||2 mi (3.2 km)|
|State||Jammu and Kashmir|
|Population center||Sogam Lolab|
|Borders on||Neelum Valley (North)|
Kashmir Valley (South)
The Lolab Valley is situated within the jurisdiction of Sogam Lolab, a block of Kupwara. It is bordered by the Kashmir Valley to the south and the Neelum Valley to the north, and is separated by Nagmarg meadows from Bandipore to the east. It is formed by the flow of Lahwal River, which flows from east to west. The Lolab Valley is home 9 many ancient springs, and is covered with dense forests of pine and fir. Fruit trees such as apple, cherry, peach, apricot and walnut are common in the valley, which is known as "the fruit bowl of Jammu and Kashmir". The valley has several natural landmarks and tourist spots, such as the caves of Kalaroos. The main villages in the Lolab Valley are Putushai, Diver, Khumriyal, Sogam, Lalpora,Cherkoot,Kalaroos,Wavoora, Warnow, Michal, Takipora, Goose etc. The Lolab Valley has two divisions: Poutnai and Brunai. The areas included in POUTNAI are, Chandigam, etc. In Brunai are Kuligam, Cheepora, Varnow, etc. There is way from Lolab to Bandipora via Nagmarg-Kitsen
Like other valleys in the region, Lolab Valley is also home to many Himalayan wild animals, which include Himalayan black bear, Himalayan brown bear, snow leopard, ibex, markhor, hangul and musk deer. Lolab Vally is adjacent to Neelum Valley, and separated by the Line of Control. The Valley has seen many armed combats, which has resulted in the displacement of many wild animals.
The Lolab Valley is well connected by road to Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, and Srinagar Airport. A bus takes three hours to cover a distance of 114 km (71 mi) and leads through the towns of Sopore and Kupwara. An under-construction road from Bandipora to Lolab via Nagmarg Meadows will cut short the Srinagar-to-Lolab distance by 30 kilometers. In Lolab Valley, there are a few tourist huts and many camping sites. It has the potential to become one of the best tourist destinations in Kashmir.
Travelers visiting Lolab sometimes visit the resting place of the saint Kashyap reshi, which is located at a distance of 1 km from village Lalpora. A spring called Lavnag can be found nearby. The spring is three feet deep and has crystal clear water. Gauri spring is another major spring in the area. Due lack of intervention by government the place has very poor flow of tourists which keeps it potential for tourism still unexplored. This place still manages to be one of the top most camping sites in Kashmir.
Some tourist attractions in the valley include Nagmarg Camping Site Diver Anderbugh, Satbaran Kalaroos, Chandigam, Warnav, Machil and Kariwan Green Meadows Diver.
Lolab Valley was once visited by one of the greatest Urdu poets of all time, Dr. Sir Muhammad Iqbal and wrote a poem, O Valley of Lolab! in the honour of Lolab's natural environment which starts with the stanza:
پانی ترے چشموں کا تڑپتا ہوا سیماب
مرغانِ سحَرتیری فضاؤں میں ہیں بیتاب
￼اے وادیِ لولاب
Your springs and lakes with water pulsating and quivering like quicksilver,
the morning birds fluttering about the sky, agitated and in turmoil,
O Valley of Lolab!
￼گر صاحبِ ہنگامہ نہ ہو منبر ومحراب
￼دیں بندہٌ مومن کے لیے موت ہے یا خواب
When the pulpit and the niche cease to re‐create Resurrections,
faith then is dead or a mere dream, for thee, me and for all.
O Valley of Lolab!
Abdul Haq Khan is a Kashmiri politician, lawyer, and former Minister for Rural Development Department and Panchayati Raj and Law & Justice, Jammu and Kashmir under PDP-BJP coalition government. He was Member of Legislative Assembly representing Lolab constituency at the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly from January 2009 to November 2018. He is associated with Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party.
Abdul Haq Khan was born in Diver Anderbugh village of Lolab Valley. He has studied B.A. LLB from Kashmir University which he completed in 1977.
In 2014 Assembly elections, Khan was elected for the second time by defeating Qaiser Jamsheed Lone of National Conference by a margin of 2870 votes.Khan is a critic of the liquor trend in Kashmir.On January 6, 2019 when his security was withdrawn by the Government, Khan blamed BJP for the same.Arjun Singh Jasrotia
Captain Arun Singh Jasrotia was an Indian military officer with the 9 PARA (Special Forces) unit. On 15 September 1995, terrorists attacked Jasrotia's team in Lolab Valley in Jammu and Kashmir. In retaliation, Jasrotia killed a terrorist with his commando knife and neutralized the other terrorists by lobbing grenades at them. This gave his team an opportunity to take control of the situation and eliminate the remaining terrorists. But Jasrotia sustained gunshot wounds in the process and succumbed to the injuries. For his bravery, he was posthumously awarded the Ashoka Chakra, the highest peace time military decoration in India.Bandipore
Bandipora (English: ) or Bandipora is the headquarters of district of Bandipore in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is located on the northern banks of Wullar—the second-largest freshwater lake in Asia. Bandipora has a terraced garden similar to that of Nishat Bagh in Srinagar. Bandipora is bound by mountains on three sides and by Wular Lake on the fourth.Diver Anderbugh
Diver Anderbugh is a village situated in the Lolab Valley, Kupwara district, Jammu & Kashmir, India. The site is connected to the village of Anderbugh.
Diver Anderbugh is a large village with total 1378 families residing. The village has population of 10863 of which 5495 are males while 5368 are females as per Population Census 2011.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.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.List of valleys in India
The following is a partial list of valleys in India, listed alphabetically. Many of these valleys in India are named after the river that flows through them.
Araku Valley, Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Bangus Valley, Jammu and Kashmir
Barak Valley, Assam
Baspa Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Betaab Valley, Jammu and Kashmir
Bhakra Nangal Valley, Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh
Brahmaputra Valley, Assam
Breng Valley, Jammu and Kashmir
Chamba Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Chambal Valley, Madhya Pradesh
Chenab Valley, Jammu and Kashmir
Chumbi Valley, Tibet, China, the intersection of India (Sikkim), Bhutan and China (Tibet) in the Himalayas
Dah Hanu Valley, Jammu and Kashmir
Damodar Valley, West Bengal
Darma Valley, Pithoragarh District, Uttarakhand
Upper Dibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh
Lower Dibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh
Dihing Valley, Arunachal Pradesh
Doon Valley, Lower Himalayas, Uttarakhand
Dzükou Valley, Nagaland
Godavari Valley, Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh
Gurais Valley, Jammu and Kashmir
Gwass-Bagi Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Habban Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Imphal Valley, Manipur
Indus Valley, Jammu and Kashmir
Jhelum Valley, Jammu and Kashmir
Joginder Nagar Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Johar Valley, Uttarakhand
Kabaw Valley, Manipur, India and Sagaing region, Myanmar
Kambam Valley, Tamil Nadu
Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Kashmir Valley, Jammu and Kashmir
Kaveri Valley, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu
Ketti Valley, Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Kharahal Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Krishna Valley, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh
Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Kunihar Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Kuthi Valley, Uttarakhand
Leepa Valley, Jammu and Kashmir
Lidder Valley, Jammu and Kashmir
Lolab Valley, Jammu and Kashmir
Lug Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Mahanadi Valley, Odisha and Chhattisgarh
Mandakini Valley, Kedarnath, Uttarakhand
Markha Valley, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
Mushkoh Valley, Jammu and Kashmir
Narmada Valley, Madhya Pradesh
Neelam Valley, Jammu and Kashmir
Neora Valley, Kalimpong, Darjeeling
Nubra Valley, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
Patratu Valley, Jharkhand
Pangi Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Parvati Valley, Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
Pin Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Pindar Valley, Uttarakhand
Sangla Valley, Kinnaur District, Himachal Pradesh
Satluj Valley, Kinnaur District, Himachal Pradesh
Saur Valley, Pithoragarh District, Uttarakhand
Shiladesh, Himachal Pradesh
Silent Valley, Palakkad District, Kerala
Sind Valley, Jammu and Kashmir
Solang Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Soon Valley, Punjab (Pakistan) and Jammu and Kashmir (India)
Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh (India) and Tibet (China)
Suru Valley, Ladakh region, Jammu and Kashmir
Tlawng Valley, Mizoram
Tons Valley, Garhwal region, Uttarakhand
Tosa Maidan, Jammu and Kashmir
Valley of Flowers, West Himalayas, Uttarakhand
Visalakshi Nagar, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Yumthang Valley, Sikkim
Zanskar Valley, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
Zoji La Valley, Jammu and KashmirLolab (Vidhan Sabha constituency)
Uri (Vidhan Sabha constituency) is one of the 87 constituencies in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir a north state of India. Lolab Valley is also part of Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency.Nasir Aslam Wani
Nasir Aslam Wani (also known as: Nasir Sogami; born 31 August 1964 in Rajbagh, Srinagar), is a politician of Jammu and Kashmir and belongs to National Conference party. He has served the State as the Minister of State for Tourism & Culture, Housing & Urban Development, PHE, Revenue & Relief and later taking on responsibility for the Home department as an additional portfolio.
Nasir Aslam Wani is presently the Provincial President of National Conference for Kashmir.
Nasir Aslam Wani is the grandson of a Legendary politician, then Cabinet Minister and MLA Lolab, Late Ghulam Nabi Wani Sogami.
He contested elections in 2008 from Amirakadal Constituency, the main Business, Commercial and Educational hub of summer capital Srinagar.Shah Faesal
Shah Faesal (born 17 May 1983) is an independent politician and former bureaucrat from Jammu and Kashmir. In 2009, he became the first Kashmiri to place first in the Indian Civil Services Examination. He resigned from the Indian bureaucracy in protest on 9 January 2019, citing "unabated killings" in Kashmir among other things. On 4 February 2019, Shah Faesal began his political life by giving a public speech in his hometown of Kupwara. Shortly after on 16 March 2019 he announced that he would be launching his own political party, the Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement (JKPM).Sogam Lolab
Sogam Lolab is a municipality situated in the Lolab Valley of Kashmir and is the home of many administrative offices for the area and acts as sub-district. It is separated by Nagmarg Meadows from Bandipora district to east. Sogam is at an altitude of 1,589 metres (5,213 ft) above the sea level and has a population of about 16,166 with literacy rate of about 79.61%.Tourism in Jammu and Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir is the northernmost state of India locked in Himalayan Mountains. Jammu and Kashmir is home to several Valleys such as the Kashmir Valley, Chenab Valley, Sindh Valley and Lidder Valley. Some major tourist attractions in Jammu and Kashmir are Srinagar, the Mughal Gardens, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Patnitop, Jammu, and Ladakh. Some areas require a special permit for non-Indians to visit.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.