Udhampur is a city in Jammu and Kashmir.
The National Informatics Center (NIC) District Unit Udhampur became functional in March 1989. Since then the NIC Center Udhampur has been providing the IT support to the District Administration. The NIC Udhampur started the journey one XENIX based 386 PC/XT and NICNET connectivity with C-200 VSAT. With the change of time and technology, the infrastructure was updated at the NIC Udhampur. At present the NIC Udhampur is having one Xeon Server and Four Pentium PC's. The NIC Udhampur is also maintain a Local Area Network at the office complex of DC Office. All the major sections of the District Administration has been connected to the central server located at NIC Office. Also the Internet facility has been provided to different departments on LAN as well as dialup.
One of major job of the NIC Udhampur is to provide the training in handling & operating Computers to the employees of various department in order to promote the IT culture in the district. NIC Udhampur conducts three to four such training programme every year. In addition to this some of the major Projects implemented in the district are:
The Education Information System The Village Information System Personnel Information System Election Information System Online Telephone Directory
NIC Udhampur provided the full support to setup the Community Information Center (CIC) at the block level in the District. The main object of the CIC is to provide the IT Facility and to increase the IT Literacy among people living in the remote areas of the district. The CIC have been provided with the high speed internet connection.
The above are only a few milestones covered and several challenging paths are still to be treaded by NIC Udhampur. But viewing the fact that services provided by NIC Udhampur have generated wide in the Government circles, the dream of complete computerization and informatics culture in the district will definitely realized in the near future.
Nearest airport is Jammu.
Now Udhampur is connected through train also.
Takes 1 and half hrs from Jammu station fares by bus ₹40 By taxi ₹700
- The Bhawan - the Sacred Sanctum of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji is about 13 Kms away from the Base Camp Katra and is linked with a hilly track. Mostly the journeys are made during night, so the entire route has ample illumination. Number of basic facilities such as Drinking Water, Toilets, Medical Dispensaries etc are made available throughout the track. Apart from these facilities the entire track contains number of shops providing the refreshments and other local products.
- The Goddess Vaishno Devi's abode - is in 100 feet long cave with a narrow opening. The holy cold and crystal clear water washes the lotus feet of the Mata's "Pindian". There are three natural pindies representing Maha Sarswati, Maha Lakshmi, Maha Kali which represent creative, preservative, and destructive aspects of the Super Power. It is an ancient shrine whose reference is found in the Vedas and ancient scriptures.
- Patnitop - Development Authority (PDA) came into existence on 26th of March, 1992 vide notification SRO 69 dated 26.03.1992 under section 4 of the J&K Development Act 1970. The jurisdiction of the Authority is spread over an area of 265 Sq. Km, spreading over two districts, Udhampur and Doda. This area extends from the tehsil headquarters of Chenani from the South to the administrative town of Batote to its North. and from Sanasar in east to Basantgarh in west. The area has number of places having very high potential for the tourism like Sanasar, Batote, Patnitop, Kud, Sudh Mahadev, Gourikund, Mantalai, Latti, Dudu and Basantgarh.
Earlier the PDA was under the administrative control of Housing and Urban Development Department, but during the year 1998 the Authority was brought under the administrative control of Tourism Department. The objective of bringing the Authority under Tourism Department is to create infrastructure incidental to the promotion of tourism industry in harmony with Environment / Ecology of the area. The primary objective of the Authority is to promote/ facilitate the development of only critical infrastructure without disturbing the Environment / Ecology of the area rather focus will be on sustained preservation and improvement of the fragile ecology.
The entire area is predominantly rural in character except Batote, a Class VI town and a traditionally important halt on Jammu Srinagar National Highway . Chenani, another Class VI town is situated at a strategic location on the foothills side of the NH from Jammu and is just outside the Patnitop Circuit Area. The entire area under Patnitop Development Authority (henceforth to be referred as Patnitop circuit) has been divided into three broad zones (or sub-circuits) based on physical proximity, accessibility and prevalent trends of tourism in order to achieve an effective and phased development of the plan
- Shiv Khori - Shiva' means ‘auspicious' - is one of the Hindu god which makes the supreme Trinity, comprising of Brahma, the creator, Vishnu, the Preserver and Shiva or Mahesh, the Destroyer and Re-Producer of life. Lord Shiva is the destroyer of the world, which is responsible for the change. Lord Shiva is worshipped in many forms. He is conceived in his unborn and invisible form as lingum. The "Shiv-Lingum" symbolizes the power behind the creation. It is believed that at the end of all creation, during the great deluge, all of the different aspects of God find a resting place in the Lingam.
- Shiv Khori Yatra, Shiv Khori cave, Shiv Khori pilgrimage - Shiv Khori Famous cave shrine of "Shivkhori" situated in District Reasi of J&K state depicts the natural formation of shivlingum. It is one of the most venerated cave shrines of Lord Shiva in the region. The Holy cave is more than 150 mts long & houses 4 foot high Svayambhu Lingum, which constantly baths in a milky lime fluid dripping from the ceiling. The cave is full of natural impression & images of various Hindu Deities & full of divine feelings. That is why Shivkhori is known as "Home of Gods". The route from Jammu to Shiv Khori is full of beautiful & picturesque mountains, waterfalls & lakes
- Shri Mata Vaishno Devi - Shri Mata Vaishno Devi is one of the oldest shrine of India, located at a height of 5300 feet on the holy Trikuta Hills of the Shivalik Hill Range. The Town Katra is 50 Kms away from Jammu and 35 Kms from District HQ Udhampur. In early 80's the number of pilgrims was just more than 10 lakhs annually but their number increased steeply after the historic reforms initiated with taking over the shrines by the statutory independent Board under the Chairmanship of the then Governor, Sh Jagmohan, on August 30, 1986. These reforms were carried forward with equal zeal by the successive Governors.