Top 5 Places to Visit in Poonch (Punch)

Exclaimed as “Mini Kashmir” by the great Huien Tsang, the infamous Chinese traveler who traversed this way in the 6th century, the region of Poonch or Punch has a long history and the charm of being acquainted with some of the most historical figures the world has ever seen. Visited by Alexander the Great, who in 326 BC, invaded the Jhelum belt to war with Porus, Poonch was vacillated in the war among the humans for ages until the Indian independence settled part of its location firmly within the country. Bound by the Actual Line of Control (A.L.C.) between India and Pakistan, the Poonch district was divided into two parts after the partition in 1947. Partially lying in Pakistan, this district is still one of the remotest in the state of Jammu & Kashmir and in India, the traumatic experience of the partition not having healed the region completely. Also a region of harsh and wondrous beauty, Poonch has many breathtaking sights that transports one back to the ancient past. The five best sites in Poonch are listed here.

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