Kahnsahib is a small town located almost in the middle of the Badgam District in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It has been named after Hazrat Syed Saleh Khan, one of the Islamic saints of Kashmir. He lived in a cave near this town for many years. Today, the town is also the administrative headquarters of a tehsil of the same name.
Geography of KhansahibKhan Sahib is located at the coordinate of 33.9563° North latitude and 74.6653° East longitude at a distance of 24 km from district headquarters Budgam. The state capital Srinagar is 29.2 km from here. The town has an undulating terrain. The average elevation is 1668 meters above the seal level.
Climate in KhansahibKhan Sahib has a cold and temperate type of climate. The summers are pleasant here. July with an average temperature of 21.5 °C is the warmest month of the season. January is the coldest month of the year. During that period, the lowest temperature reaches -0.4 °C.
The area experiences rainfall throughout the year. While November, with 29 mm rainfall, is the driest month March with an average precipitation 139 mm is the wettest.
Administration in KhansahibEarlier Khansahib was part of Srinagar District. When in 1979, a separate Budgam district was carved out of Srinagar, Khansahib became a part of it. Since then, the administration of Khansahib is being controlled from the district headquarters Budgam. Deputy Commissioner, stationed at Budgam, is the head of administration here. In case of any necessity you may contact him at the following numbers:
Office Phone No: 01951-255-203
Fax No: 01951-255-204
Residential Phone No: 01951-255-668, 01951-255-374
Tehsildar in KhansahibWhile the Deputy Commissioner represents the state government in the district, the Tehsildar stands for him in the tehsil. Since Khansahib is a tehsil headquarters the town has a Tehsildar posted here. He is required by law to keep in close contact with the residents so that he can be aware of their problems and solve them at the earliest. It is also his duty to learn about their aspirations and convey the same to the district administration. In case of any necessity, you may contact him at the following numbers:
Phone No: 01951-277330
Mobile No: 9906540340
BDO and SDM in KhansahibIn addition to the Tehsildar, the Block Development Officer and the Sub Divisional Magistrate are two other important administrative officers posted at Khansahib. Their phone numbers are as follows:
BDO, Khan Sahib: 9697959304.
SDM, Khan Sahib: 01951-277324.
Municipality in KhansahibKhansahib also has a municipal committee to look after its civic administration. Its main responsibility is to make sure that the citizens of the town are able to lead a healthy and meaningful life. Along with providing clean drinking water and sanitation facility they also strive to keep the environment free from pollution. That is why they undertake special drive against polythene bags off and on. During these drives they not only confiscate the offending materials, but also levy heavy fine on the violators so as to discourage the use of polythene bags.
Executive Officer MC KhansahibJust as in anywhere else in India, the Municipal Committee in Khansahib is run by the elected representatives of the people. In addition, it also has an Executive officer, appointed by the state government. It is his duty to monitor the functions of the MC. In case of any necessity, you may contact him at 9419000448.
Police in KhansahibThe police force in Khansahib functions under the guidance of the Senior Superintendent of Police, posted at district headquarters Budgam. To reach him you may contact at the following numbers:
District Police Office Budgam
Phone Numbers: 01951-255240, 01951-255204
E-mail Id: email@example.com
Police Station in KhansahibHowever, in case of any necessity, the norm is to contact the local police station first. To contact Khansahib PS you may call at 01951-277540.
Banks in KhansahibJammu and Kashmir Bank Ltd is the prime bank in Khan Sahib. Following is the contact details and IFSC / MICR Code of the said branch.
The Jammu And Kashmir Bank Ltd
Contact No: 01951-277226
IFSC Code: JAKA0KSAHIB (5th character is zero)
MICR Code: 191051009
Branch Code: KSAHIB
Economy in KhansahibThe economy of Khansahib depends heavily on trading, agriculture and horticulture. The Main Market area not only houses numerous shops, the Block Library is also located here.
Rice is the main crops grown here. However, because of the weather condition, the area follows single crop pattern. The government is now trying to appraise the farmers about latest farming technology and also about the use of modern agricultural machineries through regular exhibitions. In addition, efforts are also being made to develop allied sectors such as horticulture and apiculture. Handicrafts also make significant contribution to the economy of the town.
Tourism in KhansahibAs we have already mentioned Khansahib has been named after an Islamic saint called Hazrat Syed Saleh Khan. His shrine, located in the Pankhia village in Khansahib block is one of the most popular places of tourist interest in this area. It is actually a cave where the saint meditated for many years. Later, a shrine has been constructed around it.
Other than that, the area around the town has awesome scenic beauty. You may visit the place just for the sheer beauty of rural Kashmir. The district also has many other places of tourist interest. For more detailed information on tourist places in the district you may refer to our page on Badgam Tourism and also about Charar-i-sharif. The later is famous for its shrine of Sheikh Noor-u-din Noorani, who is said to be the Flag bearer of Kashmir.
How to Reach KhansahibKhansahib can be reached from Srinagar in just one hour. The route runs through the district headquarters Budgam. If you take the Airport (IG) Road, the total distance from Srinagar to Khan Sahib is 32.5 km. However, if you take the Budgam Srinagar Road, the distance is even less (29.1 km). Regular buses ply through this route. You may also hire taxis to reach Khan Sahib from Srinagar.
Quick Facts on Khan SahibTehsil: Khansahib
State: Jammu and Kashmir
Geo-coordinate: 33.9563° N, 74.6653° E
Pin Code: 191111
STD Code: 01951
Assembly Constituency: Khansahib
Parliamentary Constituency: Srinagar
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