International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | Geology | India | Volume 12 Issue 4, April 2023

Geological, Archaeological and Natural Heritage of Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir: Its Prospects and Challenges

Raj Kumar [58]

Abstract: Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory is brimming with Geological, Archaeological and Natural heritage. Heritage is a treasurer we inherited from our ancestors, each and everything they created, assembled or produced. It is right time to explore and identify our heritage and conserve it for future generations. Various Geo - Heritage sites include: Siwaliks which harbor fossils of different animals that lived on the face of earth; Extremely Rare Bentonite Deposits of Purmandal, District Samba; Gold flakes or Placer deposits of Nathal Khad and adjoining area of Chowki Choura, Tehsil Akhnoor; Magnesite Deposits of Panthal area of District Reasi; Coal Mines of Kalakot and adjoining areas; of District Rajouri, Reasi and Udhampur, Bone Bed of Siyal Sui, District Rajouri harboring yet another set of Fossils; world famous Sapphire Mines in Paddar area, District Kishtwar and many others. Archeological Heritage sites are the well constructed and exceptionally designed age old Monuments, which include Forts, Palaces, Buildings, Temples, Tombs, Ponds, Dug wells, besides many other structures/creations of our ancestors. The Lakes, Caves Springs, Waterfalls and areas of Scenic Beauty, etc. are included in the Natural Heritage which has a lot of significance for living organism and human beings. All these sites of wonder whether Geological, Archaeological or Natural heritage must be put on the tourist map by the Tourism Department of J&K and other Associated Agencies of Jammu and Kashmir as well as Government of India to make it easily accessible to the tourists and pilgrims from all over the globe. If conservation of these age old treasures will be done well in time by exploration and development, it will definitely create employment opportunities to the unemployed youth and generation of huge revenue to the exchequer of Government of Jammu and Kashmir.

Keywords: Heritage, Exploration, Conservation, Tourism, Archaeology, Geology, Jammu and Kashmir

Edition: Volume 12 Issue 4, April 2023,

Pages: 1781 - 1793

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