Lolab Valley

The Lolab Valley is a Himalayan[2] 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).

Lolab Valley
Lolab Valley-Kupwara
Lolab Valley
Floor elevation5,564 ft (1,696 m)
Length15 mi (24 km)
Width2 mi (3.2 km)
StateJammu and Kashmir
RegionKashmir Division
Population centerSogam Lolab[1]
Borders onNeelum Valley (North)
Kashmir Valley (South)
Coordinates34°30′N 74°22′E / 34.500°N 74.367°ECoordinates: 34°30′N 74°22′E / 34.500°N 74.367°E
RiverLahwal River


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[3] 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.[4] 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".[5] 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.[6] Lolab Vally is adjacent to Neelum Valley, and separated by the Line of Control.[7] The Valley has seen many armed combats,[8][9] 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

اےوادیِ لولاب

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!

Notable people

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  1. ^ "Sogam page on Fallingrain". Fallingrain Genomics. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  2. ^ S.A. Qazi (2005). Systematic Geography of Jammu and Kashmir. APH Publishing. p. 16–. ISBN 978-8176487863.
  3. ^ John Murray, 1906 (1906). Handbook to India, Burma, and Ceylon. John Murray. p. 253–. ISBN 978-8178350172.
  4. ^ "Loalab Valley on Ikashmir". Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Fruit bowl of J&K". Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  6. ^ Charles Ellison Bates (1980). A gazetteer of Kashmír and the adjacent districts of Kishtwar, Badrawár, Jamu, Naoshera, Punch, and the valley of the Kishen Gang. Light & Life Publishers. p. 26–.
  7. ^ India Today Volume 25. Thomson Living Media India Ltd., 2000. 2000. pp. 53, 54–. ISBN 978-0674018174.
  8. ^ Outlook. Volume 46, Issues 39-47. Hathway Investments Pvt Ltd. 2006. p. 162–.
  9. ^ Sumantra Bose (2005). Kashmir: Roots of Conflict, Paths to Peace. Harvard University Press. p. 282. ISBN 978-0674018174.

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Abdul Haq Khan (advocate)

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.


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Diver Anderbugh

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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

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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

Nagarjunasagar, Telangana

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 Kashmir

Lolab (Vidhan Sabha constituency)

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He contested elections in 2008 from Amirakadal Constituency, the main Business, Commercial and Educational hub of summer capital Srinagar.

Shah Faesal

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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.

Hill stations
Mughal gardens
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