This page contains brief descriptions of frequently mentioned places. The list shall be updated when new places appear in posts.
Last Updated: 13 July 2012.
Doda city is the administrative headquarters of Doda District. (Doda District was the third largest district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, after Leh and Kargil. In July 2006, Doda was trifurcated into Doda, Ramban and Kishtwar) It is one of two cities close to Breswana, the other being Kishtwar. Nearest ‘good’ medical and other facilities for Breswana is in Doda. It is 15 kilometers from Premnagar, and about 185 kilometers from Jammu.
Premnagar is a town at the base of the hill range on which Breswana lies. Of the two roads heading to Breswana, one ends here. One needs to either walk or ride a horse from this point to reach the village and the school. Despite being only 7 kilometers away, it takes about 3 to 3.5 hours for outsiders and about 2 hours for the locals to reach Premnagar, due to the mountainous terrain. (Riding a horse down is generally discouraged due to safety concerns). Premnagar houses the post office closest to the school.
The wooden bridge is visible from Breswana as a small brown dash the size of a matchstick.
Premnagar lies on one side of River Chenab, and Breswana on the other. A good part of the 300+kilometer ride from Jammu to Doda to Premnagar is by the banks of the Chenab.
Quoting from the volunteer manual: “Breswana is a proper mountain village, so volunteers need to be relatively fit [not necessarily prime athletic condition] to manage the to and fro journey easily. Once IN the village, it’s a very relaxed, easy stay.” :)
Breswana – Brausan in the local vernacular – spread between 7000 and 8500 ft above mean seal level on an Himalayan mountain range, is a largely agrarian village of less than 2000 inhabitants, most of whom are away in summer working in Srinagar/Leh/elsewhere. Who better to tell you about Breswana than someone who’s lived there all his life? :)