Poonch District is sometimes referred to as mini Kashmir and is a remote district of Jammu and Kashmir. It is bound by the Actual Line of Control (ALC) on three sides. The ALC is about 103 km from Tarkundi in Balakote to Sawjian in Mandi Block.
Poonch is set amidst snow-capped mountains, meandering lakes and streams, with the fertile soil supporting abundant growth of fruits, flowers, forests and other natural vegetation. There are also several age-old historical monuments in this region.
Poonch is a very historical area and has been ruled by both outsiders and local rulers at different junctures till it became a part of independent India. In the 6th century AD, Chinese traveller Hiuen Tsang passed through Poonch. He wrote that Poonch was famous for graphics, fine tea (Musloom) and good horses.
Around 850 AD, Poonch became a sovereign state when Mr. Nar, a horse trader declared himself the Raja of Poonch. In 1596 AD, the Mughal King Jehangir nominated Siraj-ud-din of village Kahuta as the Raja of Poonch. In 1798 AD, a Gujjar leader Rooh-ullah-Sangu became the ruler of this area.
Tourists visiting Poonch often go to the Noori Chammb. It has been named after the Mughal Queen Noor Jahan and is famous for its scenic beauty and water fall. It is situated near Behram Galla in Surankote tehsil about 45 km from Poonch town. The fall of the stream gives rise to dense clouds of water vapours which surround the area and spread all over.
Emperor Jahangir developed a strong fascination for this site and so went ahead and named it after his wife. The Mughal queen was believed to often stay here for her elaborate bathing rituals and relaxation during her visits to Kashmir. She had a mirror fixed next to the waterfall where she would get dressed after her bath. The remnants of this mirror are still there which draw visitors to this site.
Poonch can be reached by road from Jammu. Buses are available from Jammu to Poonch. It is also reachable by rail and air. The nearest rail station is at Jammu which is well connected with major cities like Howrah, Chennai, Delhi, etc. The nearest airport is also at Jammu, at a distance of 250 km. From the airport, taxis are available to reach Poonch.
Poonch can be visited throughout the year; however, the winter months are quite cold and may see snowfall.