My Words: Jasrota Fort and its Crumbling Ruins

The capital city of the Jasrotia Rajputs, founded by Jasdev, a descendant of The Royal House of J&K, in past few years. The Jasrota Fort which is situated on the banks of river Ujjh, around 60 km from Jammu, is crying for help but no one tries to actually do something to save this heritage. The local community have been asking the Govt. for help but no one knows when the help will come. The fort which is now covered by vegetation is still a treat for artists. The colours of the paintings are still fresh as if they were painted yesterday and the architecture is magnificent.

Jasrota fort Jammu

The castle which was raised to safeguard the kingdom from the attacks of Sikhs and other external threats is itself in dire need of safety. It’s very difficult to enter the castle as plants have taken over almost all of the fort.
The deteriorating condition of the Jasrota fort has exposed the true approach of the concern Dept. towards the upliftment of the spot while it has been often claimed by the department that they are investing lakhs of rupees by the state order to develop Jasrota as tourist spot in district Kathua. While having the enormous tourism potential the Jasrota spot has been ignored in tourism upliftment point of view by the Govt. of J&K.

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The area is popular among the people of the district as well as across the state for its natural green beauty along with varieties and species of birds and wild animals and many thousands tourists pay their visit every year to enjoy the beauty of the area.
It is highly unfortunate that no description of these places have been found in the books. Either this important part of our state has been ignored or gone unnoticed by the Archaeological Dept. This old historical Dogra heritage needs immediate preservation.

Written By Vishal Sharma

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