Udhampur is a city and a municipal council in Udhampur District in the Indian administered state of Jammu
. Situated among lush green forests of Eucalyptus, it is the second-largest city of the Jammu region and the fourth-largest city in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Named after Raja Udham Singh, it serves as the district capital and the Northern Command headquarters of the Indian Army. A Forward Base Support Unit (FBSU) of the Indian Air Force is also stationed there.Udhampur is used by the Armed Forces as a transit point between Jammu and Srinagar
when travelling by road (National Highway Number 1A).
The district of Udhampur is located in the shiwalik range of Himalayas and the terrain is mostly mountainous. The upper reaches of the district experience snowfall in the winter season. The city of Udhampur in a relatively flatter part of the district at an elevation of 756 metres (2480 feet) and rarely experience any snowfall.The city itself spreads on uneven hills of Shiwaliks.Srinagar.Katra
too is only 23 km off Udhampur.
- Udhampur is well connected by road as it is located on National Highway 1A to Srinagar, which is the only national highway that connects Srinagar to the rest of India
. Four laning work on Jammu-Udhampur National Highway is on full swing. Bus services (both private and state owned) are the most common mode of public transportation to and from Udampur. Frequent connections to the Kashmir Valley
and Jammu are easily available.
- The town was recently connected by the new Kashmir Railway line leg 0 from Jammu which is part of a wider project to connect the Kashmir valley with the rest of India via a rail link. The Uttar Sampark Kranti Express train from New Delhi was the first train to run on this link in 2005.
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