An approximate four to five hour ride from Kathua district will take the tourists to explore one of the most virgin destinations, that is Bani. Situated amidst towering mountains at an elevation of 4,200 feet, lies this petite glacial valley. Along the "SEWA"river, Town Bani thrives. It serves as the trekkers' base camp for places like Bhaderwah. Bani is characterised by meadows, gushing streams, waterfalls, and dense forest patches. The tourists are struck by Bani's breathtaking scenery once they arrive. Not far from Bani are the enthralling and revitalising meadows of Dhagger, Roulka, Doulka, Sarthal, Chattergala, Banjal, and Duggan. It is just 32 kms away from Sarthal thus providing an easy two destination trip. When ardent tourists visit these locations, they find themselves surrounded by pure nature and away from pollution. While there is currently no lodging available, visitors travel from Bani to Dhagger in the morning and return to Bani in the late evening. Shakti Mata Shrine in Bani, Jodian Wali Mata near Banjal, Dolay Wali Mata near Dhagger , Dhajji Mata Shrine on Bani-Sarthal road near Chandel are places deeply revered by the people of Bani. It is impossible to discuss Bani without bringing up its rich cultural history. The place is rightfully known as the land of folklore and festivals. The town is home to a thriving community that takes great pride in celebrating festivals. One of the most important attractions of Bani is the three day Shinj Mela which is celebrated every year in the last week of June. The mela includes a cultural program that includes songs from Himachali folklore, Dogri geetdu, and nukkad natak, as well as local dance and folklore. This is a place where one can authentic hospitality of locals by staying at their homestays. Be with the people here and enjoy the life of tranquillity.

  • Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year (If you are a snow lover, winter is the ideal time)
  • Ideal Duration: 2-5 days as one gets to explore the areas in and around
  • Distance From Airport: The nearest airport is in Jammu which is 229 kms away.
  • Distance From Railway Station: The nearest railway station is in Kathua which is 150 kms away.
  • Distance From Road: It is situated 232 kms away Jammu and 148 kms away from Kathua.
  • Travel Tips: Trekking, nature walks, picnicking, relaxation, stargazing and snow games
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