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Chenab Valley, known traditionally as the Chandrabhaga Valley,[1] is the river valley of the Chenab River flowing through the Jammu Division of Jammu and Kashmir, India.[2][3]

Chenab Valley
Chenab River at Ramban
Chenab River at Ramban
Country India
  • Doda
  • Kishtwar
  • Ramban
  • Reasi


Chenab Valley lies between the middle and outer Himalayan range in the Jammu region of Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is divided into three districts: Doda, Ramban, and Kishtwar and 1 sub-division of Reasi are also believed to be a part of this sub-region. The valley touches the Anantnag district of Kashmir Valley to the north, Kishtwar district to the north-east, the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, and Kathua district to the South, the Udhampur district to the southwest, and Salal Reasi Subdivision to the West, with Doda in its middle.


Chenab Valley is mostly hilly terrain. The Chenab River flows through the Chenab Valley. The area is an active seismic zone.[4]


Chenab Valley is rich in cultural heritage and ethical values, but also has age-old traditions of secularism and tolerance.[citation needed]The main occupations of the people of the valley are farming and cattle rearing.


Chenab Valley is home to a variety of ethnic groups. Among the languages spoken in Chenab Valley are the following: Kashmiri, and its dialects Rambani, Pogali, Kishtwari and Serazi[5] is the most widely spoken language in the region. The other major languages are Gojri, Pahari, Ladakhi, Dogri, Bhadarwahi.

Natural disastersEdit

A 5.8 earthquake hit the Chenab Valley on May 1, 2013, killing two and injuring 69.[6] Seismic activity continued in the valley throughout 2013, prompting teams of seismologists to study the area. A local belief states that the earthquakes were being caused by hydroelectric construction projects in the area.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Handa, O. C. (1994), Buddhist Art & Antiquities of Himachal Pradesh, Upto 8th Century A.D., Indus Publishing, pp. 126–, ISBN 978-81-85182-99-5
  2. ^ "Geelani vows to resist settlement of retired soldiers in Kashmir".
  4. ^ "Chenab valley quakes not due to hydro projects: Scientists"
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  6. ^ "IIT scientists, NDMA assess damages in quake-hit Chenab Valley"
  7. ^ "Chenab valley quakes not due to hydro projects: Scientists"