The town of Reasi is a tehsil and notified area committee in J&K, India. This quaint town is positioned at the bank of Chenab River. It is also the headquarters of district Reasi. The town used to be a part of Bhimgarh State in 18th century, which was set up by King Bhim Dev. Earlier this town was known as “Rasyal” which was renamed as “Reasi” later.
History of ReasiRaja Bhim Dev was the first ruler of the Bhimgarh State during the 18th century when Reasi was considered to be a part of this state. The consecutive rulers who ruled the state were- Raja Hari Dev who was the emperor of Jammu in 1652 and Diwan Singh in 1810. Jammu was under total mayhem during the reign of Diwan Singh. The revolts and conspiracies inside the palace disturbed the administration.
In order to control the situation Raja Gulab Singh was sent here by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Raja Gulab Singh punished the mutineers and started the rule of law. After conquering the mutineers in Reasi, he gave away the administration to General Zorawar Singh, who was a trustworthy commander of Gulab Singh. This was in the year 1822, when Zorawar Singh was declared as the king of Jammu. The 1st municipal election in Reasi took place in 2005 and Mr. Kuldeep Singh was nominated as the 1st chairman of the municipal corp. of Reasi.
In the year 2014, in the month of September, Reasi witnessed a disastrous flood and the Saddal Village in the district of Reasi was totally erased due to a devastating landslide. Not a single human being could survive this flood.
Geography of ReasiThe Reasi town is located almost 72 kilometers from Jammu. The average elevation of the town of Reasi is 1529 ft or 466 m. The town is positioned at 33.08 degrees in the north and 74.83 degrees in the east. Agriculture is the main source of livelihood in Reasi. Government jobs and small scale businesses are the other sources of income besides agriculture. Majority of population in Reasi is constituted by the Hindus. Wheat, maize, bajra and paddy are the main crops that are cultivated in Reasi. Some vegetables are also cultivated here. Reasi is affluent with the existence of iron and bauxite ores. Several precious stones are also found here.
Majority of areas in the Reasi town, fall under sub tropical zone, while the remaining areas come under temperate zone. Generally, the summer months are hot and winters are chilly. During the summer months the day time temperature remains between 24 degree Celsius and 44 degree Celsius. In winters the maximum temperature remains between 15-16 degree Celsius and minimum temperature is almost 2-3 degrees. Snowfall can also be witnessed on the higher points.
Demographics of ReasiAccording to the census of 2011, the population of the Reasi town was 36,355. The official language of Reasi is Urdu. Kashmiri, Dogri and Gojri are the other major languages that are spoken here. 46 percent of the total population is constituted by females and the rest 54 percent belongs to the male population. The avg. literacy rate of the Reasi town is 75 percent with 70 percent female literacy and 78 percent male literacy. The population that belongs to kids below 6 years is 13 percent. There are total 177 villages in Reasi which occupy 74932 sq. kilometer of area and are housed by total 71501 persons.
Places of Attractions in ReasiThe scenic town of Reasi boasts of several places of tourist interest among which the Bhimgarh Fort and Kalika Temple are worth mentioning.
There are a few other spots located near Reasi which can be explored during the stay at Reasi town, these are:
- Vaishno Devi Katra
- Shiv khori
- Dera Baba Banda
- Salal Power Project
- Baba Aghar Jitto
- Sulla Park
- Siar Baba
- Nau Pindian
- Baba Dhansar
- Bhoomika Temple
Culture in ReasiThe culture of Reasi town is predominantly the “Dogra Culture”. The Dogra culture is reflected in their fables and myths in the form of folklores. The Dogra folklores also depict the religious stories connected with the temples in Jammu and Kashmir. Ras dances are also a part of Dogra culture and thereby contribute to the culture of Reasi.
Lohri, Diwali, Navratra, Holi and Baisakhi are the main festivals that are celebrated in the Reasi town. The cultural life of the residents of Reasi depends entirely upon agriculture. Since agriculture depends on the geographical conditions of the area, the locals rely on oxen and rain for the growth of crops.
Folk dances and folk songs have always been a part of festivals, fairs, harvest time or at the time of worshipping a deity. Various kinds of folk dances are performed during these occasions with great ecstasy.
Food in ReasiReasi has bountiful restaurants and road side dhabas which offer mouth-watering cuisines from various states of India. Some of the prominent ones are - Prem Vaishno Dhaba, Punjabi Haveli, Pooja Vaishno Dhaba and Kens Food Planet.
Shopping in ReasiShopping can be a wonderful experience if you are well acquainted with the town of Reasi. Here are some fantastic shops for buying miscellaneous items in Reasi:
- Shivanghis Paradise (Cosmetics Store)
Address: Nr Chowk Zorawar Chabootra,
Reasi, J&K, Pin code- 182311
- Chowk Zorawar Chabutra(Market Place)
Address: Reasi, J&K, Pin code- 182311
Services in ReasiAlong with the overall development of the Reasi town, there has also been a boost in the services offered to the inhabitants of the town. To fulfill the financial needs of the locals, the town offers some major banks which are listed below:
- Punjab National Bank (PNB)
Address: Main Bazaar, Reasi,
J&K, Pin code- 182311
Phone number: 01991-244154
IFSC Code: PUNB0338900
Branch Code: 338900
MICR Code: 182024251
- State Bank of India (SBI)
Address: Reasi, J&K,
Pin code- 182320
Phone numbers: 01991- 245281 & 82
IFSC Code: SBIN0006918
Branch Code: 006918
MICR Code: 182002421
- Name of the Post Office: Reasi
Address: Postmaster, P O Reasi (Sub office),
J&K, Pin code- 182311
Transportation in ReasiSituated 72 kms away from Jammu the Reasi town can be easily accessed via rail, road or air.
The Katra Railway Station is the nearest rail head to the Reasi town which is located 28 kms away from Reasi. The Shri Shakti express plying between New Delhi and Katra started since July 2014. This train stops at Udhampur, Jammu, Ambala, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Pathankot. From Katra the tourists can hire car or taxi to reach Reasi town which takes around 35-40 minutes.
The Jammu Tawi railway station is 77 kms away from Reasi. After getting down at the Jammu Tawi rail head, the tourists can get to Reasi by taking a bus or a cab.
The nearest airport to Reasi is the Jammu Airport which is located at a distance of 75 kms from Reasi. From Jammu there are various flights which connect the city with the rest of India.
Present Status of the Reasi TownAfter the establishment of the Salal Power Project in the 1980s, the economic progress of Reasi has improved a lot which was a bit slow earlier due to the hilly terrain. Moreover, after the initiation of Army in this region, people are more secured now than before. The Jammu-Srinagar Railway line which is expected to come into operation in a very short time will also go through the town of Reasi which will probably boost the prosperity and development of this region.
Fact File of ReasiBest Time to visit: March to October
Languages Spoken: Kashmiri, Urdu, Gojri, Dogri
State Animal: Kashmir Stag
State Bird: Black Necked Crane
State Tree: Chinar
Tourism Website: http://reasi.gov.in/tourism.html
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