The long, chequered history of Gool valley

The long, chequered history of Gool valley

You have to visit Gool to see how beautiful Gool is

Our paradise is Gool, the climate here is pretty cool.
Gool is a village in Ramban district with a population of over 50,000. It is situated 52 km from Ramban. Gool lies in the lap of nature. Its greenery is magical, attractive, and eye-pleasing.
Along this earthy wonderland, my heart falls in green love as I gaze awestruck at the trees sharing their grace from above.
As per the record of right (ROR) 1965-66 Bikarmi, Gool was first inhabited and owned by ancestors of Thakurs named Cheri Pal who had originally migrated from Ayodhya. The ancestors of Chari Pal cut the dense forest cover and enabled it for cultivation. One Cheri Pal family constructed a small house for living at Rooskote, presently known as Dachan, which was laden with dense forest at that time. At present none of the Thakur families reside at Dachan but some religious spots (Devasthals) are still evident in their original locations. The religious spots, though, have shrunk to debris and stones. The land around these spots has been made fully cultivable.
During the reign of Akbar, the Bhatal region which includes present-day Dheeda, Ind, Chachwa, Thatharka, Kalimasta, Bhim Dassa, Sangaldan, Bada Kund, Mahakund and Dharam was granted to Raja Jai Pal as jagir and thus all adjoining areas remained in the possession of descendants of Jai Pal. It is said that due to permanent possession over the areas, the descendants of Jai Pal constructed three kote – Ding Kote, Karlog and Dharam Shed. Later on, these three kote became three separate villages.
The initial name of Gool was Karlog and Gool was given keeping in view its round topography. From every side Gool appears round in shape. Mor Singh is considered as the last Raja of Gool. In 1947, Gool became part of Niabat Arnas of tehsil Reasi. Earlier, it had been under the Kulgam, Doda and Kishtwar districts. When Niabat was established at Arnas, its office was made functional for six months in summer at Gool and for remaining six months in winter at Arnas. At that time due to unavailability of motorable roads from Arnas to Gool, revenue record was shifted through horses or labourers. In 1966, an independent tehsil office was made functional at Mohore. Gulabgarh and Gool became a separate Niabat. The office of the revenue tehsildar was also shifted to Gool from Mohore. Tehsil level judicial magistrate office was also opened for the first time at Gool.
Our Gool and Gulabgarh are very beautiful and Allah has given them very beautiful valleys, mountains, springs, streams and a river. Their every corner is pleasant smelling. Right now Gool is with Ramban district and Gulabgarh is with Reasi. People of Gool and Gulabgarh do not want the separation, as their culture, language and tradition is same. Kashmiri language is mostly spoken, and Gojri and Urdu are also spoken.
There are famous health resorts such as Dhagantop and Ramakund, where you find people from Mohar, Reasi and from outside areas enjoying the beauty of nature. Gool Gulabgarh is the beautiful name of our area, which is not only known across the UT of Jammu and Kashmir but also throughout the country. Mountains here have a healing effect on the heart of tourists but it is unfortunate that Gool has been separated from Gulabgarh for administration purposes. The historic bonding between Gool and Gulabgarh has been broken. But still people use the name Gool Gulabgarh together.
If we turn the pages of history, this area was named as Dangbatal during the reign of Akbar. This name continued till Dogra king Gulab Singh ascended the throne. But still the name of Dangbatal is used by our elderly people. Gool is a village surrounded by mountains all around which adds to its beauty. It has a famous ancient site called Dang Gam, presently known as Gohra Galli, which is believed to be of the time of the Mahabharata. Giant sculptures and horses personally carved by Pandavas out of monolithic stones make this unique ancient site a tourist attraction. It is recognised by the state archaeological department but further excavation is needed.
You have to visit Gool to see how beautiful Gool is.

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