Nowshera Kashmir

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For village in Khushab District, Punjab (Pakistan) see Naoshera

Location of Nowshera

Nowshera (alternatively spelt Nowshehra and Naushera) is a town and tehsil in the Rajauri district in Jammu and Kashmir, India.


Nowshera is a small town located on the bank of Manawer river just 4 km inwards from the Manawer bridge on Jammu-Poonch national highway. It is a border tehsil of Rajouri district with a vast areal and demographic extent. Nowshehra is located at 34.13°N 74.80°E. It has an average elevation of 1,575 metres (5,167 feet).

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Prior to the Partition of India, Nowshera was a subdivision in the Bhimber tehsil of the Mirpur district. A brigade of Jammu and Kashmir State troops was stationed here, with the responsibility of securing the whole of Mirpur and Poonch districts. Following the 1947 Poonch Rebellion and the First Kashmir War, Nowshera got separated from the Mirpur district. It was combined with the other 'liberated areas' of the Mirpur district and reconstituted into a new tehsil of the Poonch-Rajouri district.[1] Rajouri was made into an independent district in 2006.

Given its spatial and demographic extent, Nowshera has been given the status of a Sub-District. It is a beautiful place with a number of tourist attractions including the fort of Mangla Devi, holy cave temple of Mangla Mata, Central Gurudwara of Sikhs in Nonial, Qila Darhal and other Dargahs and temples.

Notable Persons

Martyrs of Kargil war from Nowshera:

Name (Rank) Village (District) Date of Martyrdom Unit
Gurdip Singh (Sepoy) Kanara Nautiyal (Jammu) -- Unit - 8 Sikh Regiment
Name (Rank) Village (District) Date of Martyrdom Unit
Hardip Singh (Sepoy) Rajpur Kamila (Jammu) -- Unit - 8 Sikh Regiment


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