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About Samba

The Samba town is a municipal committee in the district of Samba in J&K. Samba town was a part of the Jammu district before the establishment of the Samba district.  The industrial region of Bari Brahmana has been taken under the Samba district now which was earlier incorporated in the Jammu district. The name of the town is derived from “Samby Rajput” family who used to reside here. Samba town has a strong connection with Army since a long time.

History of Samba

It is believed that around 1400 A.D. , the town of Samba was founded. According to a traditional story, Samba was established by Malh Dev who was Lakhanpur’s Rai Saidu’s younger son.  Malh Dev married in the “Ghotar” family and after his wedding he started dwelling in Samba and became the leader of the area with Samba being its capital. Eventually Samba came under the governance of Jammu. This was during 1816 A.D. & 1846 A.D. in the reign of Hari Dev when it became an essential part of Jammu and Kashmir.

Geography of Samba

The average elevation of the Samba town is 1260 ft or 384 m. The town lies at 32.57 degrees in the north and 75.12 degrees in the east. The Samba town is nestled on Shivalik Range beside NH 1-A or on the bank of Basantar River which is 40 kms away from the city of Jammu.  The Samba district is enclosed by Kathua district in east, in west by Tehsils Bishnah and Jammu, Udhampur district in north and on its southern part it has the International border with Pakistan. Almost 2/3 rd area of Tehsil Samba is rain-fed. The Ravi Tawi irrigation canal helps in irrigating the southern area below the National Highway and contributes to the vegetable cultivation and main cereal crops.

There is an advanced industrial complex known as the “Industrial Growth Center” which has been set up on the bank of Basantar River in Samba. Samba also brags of several small and medium industrial corporations that have bestowed employment opportunities to the unemployed youth. Besides this, these industrial units have also helped the skilled and unskilled labors to establish their own enterprises in private sector.

Climate of Samba

The climate of Samba is cold during the winter season and hot and arid during the summers since it falls under the sub tropical zone. Since Samba lies in the foothills of mountains, the weather is cold during the nighttime. The temperature range remains between 6 to 47 degree Celsius.

Demographics of Samba

According to the census of the year 2011, the total population of the Samba town was 44, 562. The female population is 38 percent of the total population and the male populace is 62 percent of the total population. The populace which is below 6 years is 11 percent. The avg. literacy rate of Samba town is 80 percent which is more than the national avg. of 60 percent. The female literacy is seventy percent, whereas the male literacy is eighty six percent. Hindus are the predominant population of Samba and nearly 85 percent populace belongs to the Hindu religion. Among the Hindus there are mostly Rajputs and after that Brahmins.

Samba Tourism

The town of Samba lies in the Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir. The town offers an unforgettable and gratifying experience to the tourists visiting the place for the first time. The place brags of a myriad of spots in and around to check out. Long ago when the Samba district was not formed, the Samba town was a part of the district of Jammu.

Travel in Samba

The Samba rail head is the nearest railway station to Samba. There are total twenty four express trains which stop at this rail head. This station connects Samba with important cities like Udhampur, Jammu, Bhatinda, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Pune, Kolkata, Kanyakumari, Chennai, Rourkela and Mangalore. To travel within the Samba town and nearby towns and villages the J&K state run buses come to rescue. Jammu and Srinagar can also be accessed through excellent road network from the Samba town.

Accommodation at Samba Town

The following are the two places that the tourists can bank on for a comfortable stay in Samba:

  • Vishal Guest House
    Address: C/O Vishal Electronics,
    National Hhwy, Nr Subzee Mandii,
    Samba, Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Phone numbers: 9697162235
    and 9419123394
  • Sainik Rest House
    Address: Zswo Ward Number- 8,
    Samba, Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Phone number: +(91)-1923-243212

Tourist Places In and Around Samba Town

There are a number of tourist attractions to check out if you happen to be in the Samba town. All these places lie within a few kilometers from the town and can be easily accessed from Samba. Following is a list of some important tourist spots located in the vicinity of Samba town:
  • Mansar Lake
  • Purmandal
  • Chichi Mata Temple
  • Temple of Sri Narsingh Dev Ji
  • Baba Sidh Goria Shrine
  • Baba Goran Shrine
  • Baba Chamliyal
Here is a brief description of all the above places:

Chichi Mata Temple

This pious shrine is located on the National Highway and lies at a distance of just two kilometers from the town of Samba. Click here to know more about this temple.

Baba Goran Shrine


Tourist Places In and Around Samba Town

This religious shrine is located 20 kms away from the Samba town. Thousands of devotees from the Samba town as well as the Samba district throng this place every year.

Mansar Lake

Tourist Places In and Around Samba TownThis beautiful lake is located on the Samba-Udhampur road and lies just 22 kms away from the Samba town.

This lake is enclosed by small hills along with many shrines of various Hindu deities.


Tourists can take shelter in a tourist complex located on the bank of this lake. This complex offers 5 tourist huts and several rooms.


Purmandal

Purmandal is about 39 kms away from Jammu. This holy place is also linked with Samba through the road named “Purmandal-Utterbehani-Vijaypur Rd”. The place is also famous as “Chota Kashi” and it brags of many ancient Shiva temples. The place also offers a picturesque view to its visitors because it is enclosed by the Shivalik Hills. The Purmandal temple is the main attraction of this place which is devoted to deity Umapati (or Parvati). Every year the Purmandal Mela takes place for 3 days this occasion is marked by the wedding ceremony of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva.

Baba Chamliyal

Tourist Places In and Around Samba Town

This shrine is located at a distance of 42 kms from Jammu and can be accessed from Samba as well. The place attracts a plethora of pilgrims from Pakistan as well as India. Located on the Indo-Pak border, this shrine witnesses an annual fair which is attended by thousands of pilgrims throughout the country to pay homage to Baba Dalip Singh Manhas or “Baba Chamliyal”.

Baba Sidh Goria

Tourist Places In and Around Samba Town
This shrine is nestled at a village named Swankha in the vicinity of Vijaypur in the district of Samba.

This famous temple is situated about 20 kms away from the Samba town. Baba Goria Nath, who was a disciple of Guru Gorakh Nath, is the main deity of this shrine. The shrine is flocked by millions of devotees across the district to pay homage to Baba Goria Nath.

Temple of Sri Narsingh Dev Ji

Tourist Places In and Around Samba TownThis popular shrine is located merely 300 m from the National Highway in Ghagwal.

This temple can be accessed from the Samba town as well due to its proximity to Ghagwal. This place is thronged by many tourists and local people especially during Navaratra and other festivals.

Culture in Samba

The Dogra culture is the predominant culture in the town of Samba. Dogras are mostly Hindus but a few Dogras are Muslims. The “Dogri” language is spoken by the Dogras in Samba. Kashmiri and Urdu are the other languages which are spoken in Samba. Ras dances, Dogra folklores and folk songs are some important features of the Dogra culture. All these jointly contribute to the culture of Samba. Lohri, Baisakhi, Holi, Shivratri, Navratri and Ramnavmi are the main festivals that are celebrated with great fervor in Samba.

Transportation in Samba

Jammu Tawi rail head and Jammu Airport are the nearby railway station and airport respectively from the Samba town. Samba Railway Station is also an important rail head located close to Samba and it connects majority of villages and towns situated in the Samba district. The J&K state buses (JKSRTC) ply between the important villages and towns of the Samba district including the Samba town. Samba town is also well connected with Jammu and Srinagar via road network.

Shopping in Samba

Samba abounds with a number of shops from where you can buy miscellaneous items. Each and every shop is dedicated to a particular stuff. Following are some well-known shops in the Samba town for buying varied items:

Hardware Stores in Samba

Here's the list:

  • Ashwani Hardware Store
    Address: Link Rd, Samba,
    Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Phone: 9858124748
    and +(91)-9419138543
  • Milan Electrical and Hardware Store
    Address: National Highway Rd,
    Samba, Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Landmark: Nr Mansar Gas Agency
    Phone: 9906242399
    and +(91)-9906148951

Electronic Shops in Samba

Here's the list:

  • Gari Electrical Works
    Address: Samba, Jammu,
    Pin code- 184121, Paluta
    Phone: +(91)-9697584224
  • DEV Raj Electrical Works
    Address: Nanga, Samba,
    Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Phone: +(91)-9858653276

General Stores in Samba

Here's the list:

  • N R General Suppliers
    Address: Swankha More,
    National Hwy, Samba,
    Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Landmark: P.O. Vijaypur
    Phone: 9018484505
    and +(91)-9419157196
  • Gupta General Store
    Address: Border road, Samba,
    Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Phone: +(91)-1923-243962
    and +(91)-9419153263

Stationary and Book Stores in Samba

Here's the list:

  • Shiv Stationary Mart
    Address: Amar Mrkt Vijaypur,
    Samba Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Phone: +(91)-1923-231077
  • Vinod Book Center
    Address: Ramgarh, Samba,
    Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Phone: +(91)-9419126293
  • Sunil Book Centre
    Address: Mandir Mrkt Vijaypur,
    Samba Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Phone: +(91)-1923-231205
  • Vicky Book Depot
    Address: Nearr R K Model Higher Sec School,
    Bari Brahmana, Samba,
    Jammu, Pin code-184121
    Phone: 9086741536
    and +(91)-9906212376

Sweet Shops in Samba

Here's the list:

  • Joginder Sweet Shop
    Address: Ramgarh, Samba,
    Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Landmark: Nr Police Stn
    Phone: +(91)-9419619059
  • Lovely Sweet Shop
    Address: Ramgarh Rd, Samba,
    Jammu, Pin code- 184121, Vijaypur
    Phone: +(91)-9018040818
  • Sharma Sweet Shop
    Address: Ramgarh, Samba,
    Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Phone: +(91)-9596964746
  • Ashok Sweet Shop
    Address: Nanga, Samba,
    Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Phone: +(91)-9596936149

Miscellaneous Shops in Samba

Here's the list:

  • Sanjay Pansari Ayurvedic Store
    Address: Link Rd, Samba,
    Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Phone: +(91)-9858221330
  • Kasturi Lal Chicken Store
    Address: Ramgarh Rd Vijaypur,
    Samba, Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Landmark: Nr Gurdwara Vijaypur
    Phone: +(91)-9419155284
  • Rakesh Chicken Store
    Address: Samba, Jammu,
    Pin code- 184121
    Phone: +(91)-9906390883
  • Basantar Bottlers
    Address: Samba, Jammu,
    Pin code- 184121
    Landmark: IGC Sidco
    Phone: +(91)-9419152891
  • Ajay Sharma Wine Shop
    Address: Ramgarh, Samba,
    Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Phone: +(91)-9469051175
  • Berger Paints India Limited
    Address: Sidco Industrial Growth Centre,
    Samba, Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Phone numbers: +(91)-1923-246451,
    246458 and 246459
    Website Address: www.bergerpaints.com

Services in Samba

The following are some important services that are offered to the residents of Samba:


Police Station in Samba

  • Address: Shah Balode Samba, Mansar Rd,
    Samba, Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Phone number: +(91)-1923-233034

Post Office in Samba

  • Name of the Post Office: Samba Adda
    P. O. Type: Sub office
    Address: Samba Adda P. O.,
    Samba Adda, Jammu,
    Pin code- 184121

Chemical Dealers in Samba

  • Krishi Rasayan Exports Private Ltd.
    Address: First Parallel road, IGC,
    Sidco, Samba, Jammu,
    Pin code- 184121
    Phone numbers: +(91)-9419123021,
    +(91)-1923-243061, 9906031244
    and 9906031250
  • Shivalik Agro Chemicals
    Address: Samba, IGC, Jammu,
    Pin code - 184121,
    Phone number: +(91)-1923-246825

Medical Stores in Samba

  • Arjun Medical Store
    Address: Link road, Samba,
    Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Phone: 9796668917
    and +(91)-9419152917
  • Shiva Medicos
    Address: Nanga, Samba,
    Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Phone: +(91)-9697564149
  • Sharma Medical Hall
    Address: Ramgarh, Samba,
    Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Phone: +(91)-8803117616

Courier Services in Samba

  • Origin Couriers
    Address: Sidco Complex, Samba,
    Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Phone: +(91)-9419105024

Packers and Movers in Samba

  • Manglam Packers and Movers Private Limited
    Address: H Number 116, Ward Number- 5,
    Rajeev Clny, Bari Brahmana, Samba,
    Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Landmark: Near Sidco Chowk
    Phone: 9018161110 and 9622061110
    Website address: www.manglampackers.com
  • Bhagwati Packers and Movers
    Address: Samba, Jammu,
    Pin code- 184121, In Transport Area
    Phone: 9350701004 and 9818981564

Banks in Samba

Following are the contact details of some major banks located in the Samba town:
  • Central Bank of India
    Address: P.O. Samba,
    Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Phone: (01923) 243504
  • State Bank of India (SBI)
    Address: Samba, Jammu,
    Pin code- 184121
    Phone: 01923-243209, 243268
  • Bank of Baroda (BOB)
    Address: BOB, National Highway,
    Samba, Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Phone: 0181-5057853
  • Corporation Bank (CorpBank)
    Address: Samba Adda, Facing NH 1A,
    Samba, Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Phone: 01923-246953
  • Jammu & Kashmir Bank (JK Bank)
    • Address: Narsingh Dev Mandir, Birpur,
      Samba, Jammu, Pin code- 184121
      Phone: 01923-249168

    • Address: Patli Morh Tarore,
      Samba, Pin code- 184121
      Phone: 01923-210149

    • Address: Vijaypur, Samba,
      Jammu, Pin code- 184121

    • Address: Main Bazaar, Samba,
      Jammu, Pin code- 184121
      Phone: 01923-217925

    • Address: VPO Surara, Samba,
      Jammu, Pin code- 184121
      Phone: 9906268998

    • Address: DC Offc Cmplx,
      Nandani Hills,
      Samba, Pin code- 184121
      Phone: 09419139387

    • Address: SIDCO Cmplx, Samba,
      Jammu, Pin code- 184121
      Phone: 01923241130

  • State Bank of Patiala (SBP)
    Address: Opp Bhargava Degree College,
    NH, Samba, Jammu, Pin code- 184121
  • Punjab National Bank (PNB)
    Address: Ward No.- 2, National Hwy,
    Samba, Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Phone: 9419193210
  • ICICI Bank
    Address: ICICI Bank Limited,
    Chakmanga Rakval,
    Nr BDO Offc National Highway,
    Samba, Jammu, Pin code- 184121
    Phone: 9906909558, 9906909557
    and 9906909559
  • HDFC Bank
    Address: HDFC Bank limited,
    Mandi Kotli, Samba,
    Jammu, Pin code- 184121
  • Canara Bank
    Address: Opposite Bhargava College,
    Pathankot National Hwy, Samba,
    Jammu, Pin code- 184121
  • Punjab and Sind Bank
    Address: NH 1A, Samba,
    Jammu, Pin code- 184121

Fact File of Samba

Best Time to visit: March to November
Languages Spoken: Kashmiri, Gojri, Dogri and Urdu
Currency: Rupees
State Animal: Kashmir Stag
State Bird: Black Necked Crane
State Tree: Chinar


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