Nestled in the Kishtwar district of Jammu, Paddar is a hidden gem renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and rich historical legacy. The sapphire mines in this region are especially well-known, drawing traders and gem enthusiasts for many years. The Paddar sapphire mines are some of the most important in India, yielding sapphires of the highest caliber distinguished by their intense blue color. A single sapphire from the Kishtwar district's Paddar mines sold for an astounding $1.50 million last decade. The peacock neck bluish color of the sapphire of state gives it a unique characteristic and gives it a monopoly over other sapphires in the world. This makes it noticeable. The mines are located 116 kilometers in length and at an elevation of 15411 feet above sea level. According to reports, sapphire deposits were first found in 1882. Since then, J & K has gained notoriety for manufacturing high-quality sapphire products. Gemologists have discovered that Kashmiri sapphires are highly prized due to their finest specimens, and they have studied the enormous untapped potential in gem and jewelry. Apart from its sapphires, Paddar's innate beauty is an additional allure. With its verdant meadows, crystal-clear rivers, and thick forests, the area is a haven for both nature enthusiasts and thrill-seekers. Popular outdoor pursuits in this area include bird watching, fishing, and trekking, which offer lots of chances to explore and enjoy nature. Paddar is a place that is sure to make an impression, whether you are drawn to it by its breathtaking natural scenery, its rich historical background, or the allure of its priceless sapphires. It's a very special place to visit because of its rare blend of cultural heritage and natural wealth.

  • Best Time to Visit: April to September
  • Ideal Duration: 1 to 2 hours
  • Distance From Airport: The Jammu airport is 278 kms away
  • Distance From Railway Station: The nearest railway station is in Udhampur which is 210 kms away
  • Distance From Road: It is situated 273 kms away Jammu
  • Travel Tips: Trekking and hiking, enjoy nature and wildlife and photography
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