district came into existence in 1979-80, prior to which it was
part of Srinagar District. Budgam is formed of three tehsils
namely Budgam, Chadoora, Beerwah. It comprises of 496 Villages
and is surrounded by the Districts of Baramulla, Pulwama, srinagar.
The total Geographical area of the District is 1371 sq Kms.
Agriculture is the main occupation of the people and Maize,
Rice, Paddy, and oil seeds are grown in the District. The south
and south-western parts of the District are mainly hilly and
northern parts parts are plain. The climate of the District
is mainly temperate and the average rainfall is 585 cms (annual).
Petrol Depot at Sanat Nagar. It has a capacity of 50000 litres
of petrol. LPG plant at Peerbagh. It has a capacity of 20000
litres. Airport. The only civil Airport in the valley is situated
in this District which connects the valley to rest of the country.
Besides it provides helicopter services to Kargil,Karnah,Gurez.
Tomb of Sheikh Noor-ud-din-Noorani
The tomb of Alamdar-e-Kashmir is situated 28 Kms in southwest
of Srinagar at Chrar-e- Sharif in Budgam District. The shrine
on the burial site was constructed by the then ruler of Kashmir
Zain ul Abideen. Sheikh Noor-ud-din was born in Kaimoh and his
ancestors belonged to Kishtwar. He was a pious soul and travelled
throughout Kashmir to spread the message of his religion. He
meditated for 12 years inside a cave. Four centuries after his
death Afghan governor Atta Mohd. Khan issued coins in his name.
The shrine alongwith Khanqah was gutted in a devatating fire
in 1995. A new shrine is planned to be constructed in its place.
The Shrine of Khan Saheb
It is situated in the Khan saheb block of the District.It is
associated with famous saint Hazrat Saleh Khan who belonged
to village Pakhla of Pakistan(Azad Kashmir). Syed Saleh Khan
also meditated inside a cave for 12 years and stayed in Srinagar
for some time.He was also a fine calligrapher.
The Imambara is a holy place for Shiiete Muslims of Kashmir.
This building was constructed in the year 1857. The present
imambara is octagonal and has five main enterances each of 12ft
width. One of the doors is reserved for women. The Imambara
is a piece of indo-Iranian architectureand commands great reverence
among Shia masses.
The land of Khag was fortunate enough to have Sheikh noor-Ud-Din
as a visitor. Sheikh selected a rock a Khag for meditation and
this bears the imprints of his feet. This rock is known as shah
Kaen. A shrine is built there in the memory of the saint.
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