About Doda

Doda

Doda is a small town located in the eastern segment of the Jammu region in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is the administrative headquarters of Doda district. Consequently, the town is very important from administrative point of view. In addition, the area having wonderful scenic beauty is also a favorite tourist destination.

History of Doda

Although not much is known about the history of Doda, there is an interesting story about its origin. This area was once ruled by the Rajas of Kishtwar. We do not know exactly when, but it is believed that one of the Rajas once invited a utensil maker called Deeda to settle here.  This man was originally from Multan. He accepted the king’s invitation and set up utensil factory here. Soon the place began to be known as Deeda, which over the years became Doda.

From this little episode we can gather that Doda was actually a prosperous town under the principality of Krishtwar. Most people at that time followed Hinduism.  Islam was introduced in Doda in 1650 with the arrival of Hazrat Shah Farid-ud-Din. He came here via Ramban and Dengbattal and lived here for 14 years teaching the tenets of Islam. He then left for Kishtwar.

Later the area was amalgamated with Udahmpur District. When in 1948, a separate Doda District was carved out of Udhampur, Doda town became its administrative headquarters.  However, due to vastness of the district, the state government in 2006 further trifurcated it to form three separate districts; i.e. Doda, Ramban and Kishtwar. Doda town remained with the Doda district and till now continues to serve as its administrative headquarters.

Geography of Doda

Geography of Doda
Source: Panoramio

Doda is located at the coordination of 33.13° North latitude and 75.57° East longitude in the northern part of the district. It has a hilly terrain with an average elevation of 1,107 metres (3631 feet). River Chenub runs quite close to this town.  Pul Doda, located on the bank of this river, is six kilometer from here.

Climate in Doda

Climate in Doda

According to Köppen-Geiger climate classification system, Doda has a humid subtropical climatic condition.  It enjoys cold and humid weather throughout the year. Even in summer, the temperature vacillates between 6° C and 27° C.  In May, the average temperature remains around 13° C.

 January with minus 1° C is the coldest month here. In February it increases up to 1° C. By March it reaches 6° C and in April 9° C.  Therefore, the period between April and November is the best time to visit this town. Many also come here to enjoy the snow in winter.

The town has a yearly average rainfall of 248 mm. Although it enjoys limited precipitation throughout the year, maximum rain falls in July (29.8 mm) and August (30.7 mm).  September with 2.5 mm of precipitation experience the least.

Administration in Doda

Doda Town

Doda, being a district headquarters, is the seat of the District Collector. He is the senior most administrative officer of the district and also acts as the Deputy Commissioner and District Development Officer. In case of necessity you may contact him at the following numbers:

Office Phone Number: 01996-233230, 01996-233529
Mobile Number: 9419012477

Municipal Committee in Doda

Doda also has a Municipal Committee to look after its civic needs. Like all municipal committees of the country, it is made up of elected representatives of the people and is led by a Chairman selected from among them. In addition, there is an Executive Officer attached to the Committee. He represents the state government and monitors the functions of the Municipal Committee. In case of necessity, you may contact him at the following numbers:

Office Phone Number: 01996-233534
Mobile Numbers: 9796012367, 9419168120

Police in Doda

Police in Doda

The police force in Doda functions under a Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP). In case of any emergency, you can contact him at the following address:

District Police Office
City: Doda
Office Phone No: 01996-233396, 233501, 233224
Mobile No: 9419172566
E-mail: sspdoda-jk@nic.in

Additional Superintendent of Police, Headquarters is another important police officer stationed at Doda.  In case you need any help you may also contact him. His office phone number is 01996-233582.

Police Station in Doda

However, the norm is to to contact the local police station first. Doda Police Station can be contacted at 01996-233546.

Services in Doda

Services in Doda

Although Doda is a small town it offers all kinds of services required for modern living. For example, the town has a good hospital run by the government and it offers effective treatments to all kinds of ailments. Following are some other essential services available in this town::

Post Office in Doda

Just as any other district town, Doda has a post office that caters to the residents of the entire area. Its pin code is 182202. To contact the Post Master you may dial at 01996- 233012.

Fire Station in Doda

Doda also has a fire station capable of handing any kind of crisis.  It has three fire appliances and three fire pumps. In case of any fire, you must call at 01996-233458.

In addition to that, you may also contact the Command Office, Fire & Emergency Services. It covers both Doda and Kishtwar districts. Following are contact numbers of the said office:

Phone No: 01966-234159
Mobile No: 09419127631

Banks in Doda

In spite of its remoteness, Doad has a number of nationalized and private banks operating from its periphery. Following are some of them:

Punjab National Bank
Poppy Law Complex, Near Bus Stand
Contact No: 9469000031
IFSC Code:  PUNB0616400
Branch Code: 616400
MICR Code: 182024101

State Bank of India
Contact No: 01996-233271 / 234480, IP: 340232,
IFSC Code: SBIN0003198
Branch Code: 003198
MICR Code: 182002341

Jammu and Kashmir Bank
Contact No: 01996-233442
IFSC Code: JAKA0DECODE
Branch Code: DECODE
MICR Code: Non MICR

HDFC Bank
Nehru Complex, Main Bus Stand
Contact No: 1800 180 4333
IFSC Code: HDFC0002908
Branch Code: 002908
MICR Code: 182240101

Tourism in Doda

Doda Tourism
Source: Panoramio

As we have already mentioned, the area in and around Doda is famous for its scenic beauty. Tourists looking for offbeat places often come here to enjoy its natural beauty. In addition, the town has many places of tourist interest located in and around it. Pul-Doda-Ramban Water Body, located at a distance of 22 Km from here, is one of them. Bhaderwah is another must see place near Doda.

Bhaderwah near Doda

Bhaderwah is located at a distance of 34.6 km from Doda.  Apart from scenic beauty, the town is known for its many temples.  Vasuki Nag Temple, Sheetla Mata Temple, Subar Nag Temple and Gupt Ganga Temple are some of the famous temples of this town. Besides, there are Nagni Mata Temple, Thubu Nag Temple and Alalbani Temple that you may also visit. In addition, the valleys around this town also offer great scope for adventure sports. Do take time to visit places like Khanitop, Chinta Valley, Jai Valley, Bhal Padri etc.

Adventure Sports near Doda

It is not only Bhaderwah, but the whole area around Doda offers fantastic opportunities for adventure sports like trekking, gliding and hot air ballooning. Sanasar, located at a distance of 90.5 km, is a well known spot for that. If you have time, you must also visit Patnitop (71.7 km), Batote (60.7 Km), Udhampur, (117.6 Km) Verinag (147.9 km) and Daksum (172.6 Km) from Doda.

How to Reach Doda

Transport in Doda
Source Panoramio

Doda does not have any railway station. The nearest railhead is Jammu Tawi Railway Station located at a distance of 175.7 KM from the town. Jammu also has an airport and therefore, if you intend to travel by air you can also do that

It is easy to reach Doda from Jammu. Regular buses and taxis ply between these two towns. If you are traveling by your own vehicle you must first take up National Highway 1A and then switch to NH 1B. Finally, you need to cross River Chenub and reach Pull Doda. From there, Doda is few minutes more. One generally takes four hours to travel this distance. 
 

Fact File about Doda

District: Doda
State: Jammu and Kashmir
Language Spoken: Urdu and Bhadrawahi,
Coordinates: 33.13° North and 75.57° East
Elevation: 1107 meters above Sea level
STD Code: 01996
Pin Code: 182202
Vehicle Registration Number: JK-06
Assembly Constituency: Doda
Parliamentary Constituency: Udhampur

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