Kishtawar, the upland
valley in the north-east corner of Jammu region, lies ensconced among
the picturesque folds of the Pir Panjal and the Great Himalayan Ranges.
The area is drained by the Chenab river
system which, flowing in from neighbouring Himachal Pradesh, enters the
area through Paddar, home of the famous sapphire mines.
Paddar, Dacchan and
Marwah are major valleys of Kishtawar. It is along these valleys
that the trans-Himalayan trekking trails leading to the Suru and Zanskar
valleys of Ladakh pass amidst breathtaking mountain sceneries.
Kishtawar town occupies a
central plateau set amidst sylvan surroundings of forested hills. It is
famous for the fine saffron grown here. Several waterfalls provide
enchanting contrasts to the lush green landscape. The nearest of these
is only 3 kms away from the town and drops down from a height of over
700 m in a series of seven cascades. Other local attractions include the
highly revered shrines of two Muslim Sufi saints to which thousands of
devotees and pilgrims throng from far and wide.