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Basohli City Travel Guide

Basohli, Jammu And Kashmir: Basohli or Bishohli is a small notified area committee town in Kathua District in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. Positioned at 32.50°N 75.82°E  coordinates, and at an elevation of 1876 feet, Basohli is situated on the right bank of River Ravi. Basohli is about 20 kms from its District main city – Kathua, and is 160 kms south-east of Jammu.

A historic place, Basohli is a fortress town perched on top of a hill at the periphery of lush green woods. Reflecting a strong artistic streak backed by solid history, Basohli is known as a princely town of temples.

Basohli is the corrupt form of the Sanskrit name ‘Vishvasthali’ which was an ancient town of the Indus Valley Civilization.

Basohli is primarily known for its paintings. The painting style derives its name from the hill-town – Basohli where the painting style originated. Known for their distinct style of portraying faces and using the 4 primary striking colours in their original hues along with bold lines, Basohli Paintings emerged in the 17th Century at the foothills of the Western Himalayas in Jammu and Punjab. The earliest paintings in this style have been dated to the time of Raja Kirpal Pal (1678-93) in Basohli and later spread to Mandi, Mankot, Nurpur, Kulu, Suket, Bilaspur, Nalagarh, Chamba, Guler and Kangra. The Archaeological Survey of India made the first acknowledgement of Basohli Paintings in its Annual report. The report mentions the purchase of old Basohli Paintings which belonged to the pre-Moghul Era. ‘Guler’ Style Basohli Painting prevailed during the reigns of Raja Amrit Pal (1757-1776), Raja Vijay Pal (1776-1806) and Raja Mahendra Pal (1806-1813). Basohli Pahari (hilly) style miniature paintings had flourished during the 1800s which were fused with Hindu Mythology. Basohli Paintings derived their themes from Hindu mythological literature such as Shringara, Rasamanjari, Gita Govinda and Ragamala.

According to the 2001 India census, Basohli had a population of nearly 6000 of which males constituted 53% of the population and females 47%. The small town had an average literacy rate of 77%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 57% of the males and 43% of females literate. 12% of the total population is below 6 years of age.

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Ancient town but ignored by J&K Govt. J&K Govt to uplift its development by creating tourist place, constructing ring road with view points of lake Rangit Sagar Dam.Establishment of industrial complex for employment etc... added by   Bhupinder Vikas (Bantu Sharma) on Nov 12 2015
economy in basohli is dependent on handloom pashmina shawls and their are many peoples in field of handloom.sh.kewal krishan padha .sh.sushil padha etc...some how now due to the ignorance of the govt. some firms in india start making pashmina shwals by machine and thus selling that as handloom .......so the sector of pashmina shawls in getting reduced day by day ..business of people is going to their worst figures......ovt must make quality checks and do some quick measures to save handloom ind... added by   Er.udit sharma on Aug 20 2014
economy in basohli is dependent on handloom pashmina shawls and their are many peoples in field of handloom.sh.kewal krishan padha .sh.sushil padha etc...some how now due to the ignorance of the govt. some firms in india start making pashmina shwals by machine and thus selling that as handloom .......so the sector of pashmina shawls in getting reduced day by day ..business of people is going to their worst figures......ovt must make quality checks and do some quick measures to save handloom ind... added by   Er.udit sharma on Aug 20 2014
J&K Govt through Tourism Deptt should encourage and help local Youths to start Village Tourism, Adventure Tourism, Bird Watching and Water Sports activities so that people should get some earnings and of-course subsidy is required.... added by   Pawan Kumar on Oct 6 2012
"Mr Sushil Sharma" famous Pahari Miniature Painter has painted so much Paintings and have collection of Pahari Miniature Paintings. He has also involved and manufacturing Hand-loom made good quality of Pashmina Shawls... added by   Pawan Kumar on Oct 6 2012
Temples of Basohli: Chanchlo Devi Temple, Lord Shiva Temple (near Ramlila Ground)Mahadev Shiva Temple (Mahadera Temple: Shitla Devi Temple, Mahakali Temple, Bharon Temple. Few of temple has submerged into Ranjit Sagar Dam. Jodian Devi Temple (partially motorable till Village Poond and from there its Trek to Temple... added by   Pawan Kumar on Oct 6 2012
Best tourist attractions: ancient Chanchlo Devi Temple and have good panoramic view of Dam and famous for Sunrise and Sun set. motorable. Pahari Miniature Paintings "Paharai Kalam" are avaiable by local Miniature Painters... added by   Pawan Kumar on Oct 6 2012
Basohli is also famous for hand-loom Pashmina Shawls and majority of locals have their business of making Pashmina shawls and selling them to all over the world. ... added by   Pawan Kumar on Oct 6 2012
Basohli is also famous for hand-loom Pashmina Shawls and majority of locals have their business of making Pashmina shawls and selling them to all over the world. ... added by   Pawan Kumar on Oct 6 2012
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