Kulgam is located at 33°38’24” N 75°01’12” E. It has an average elevation of 1739 metres (5705 feet). Now it has become a separate district of Jammu and Kashmir. Kulgam is known for a religious saint (Sayed Simnan Sahib), who gave it the name “Kulgam” (“Kul” means “clan” in Sanskrit; “gram” in Sanskrit means “village”), because he lost something in the stream. Syed Simnan came from a place called Simnan in Iran. Travelling in the Kashmir valley, he came to Kulgam and liked the spot on a cliff overlooking the river Veshaw. He made Kulgam his permanent abode and was buried at the very spot which he had found fascinating. His ‘aastan’ is a draw from the population in and around Kulgam. The family of Syed Simnan is buried in a nearby village called Amun. Both the shrines have a masonry plinth and a wooden superstructure of deodars. He was known for his mystical powers and had devotees amongst Muslims as well as Hindus.
Kashmir Hotel and Restaurant Association (KHARA) came into being in November 1956 when a few Hotel Owners came together and formed an Association with basic objectives to look into and protect the interests of the Tourism and Hospitality Industry and to promote Tourism in Kashmir. Ever since, KHARA has continued playing a very strong and positive role towards safeguarding the interests of Hospitality sector and working towards promoting touris read more