Considered to be among the “most revered Muslim shrines in India” is the Charar-E-Sharif located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. This 600-year-old shrine is located in the Budgam district at a distance. This shrine is also commonly referred to as “Hazrat Sheikh Noor-Ud Din Wali” and was built with the intention to pay rich tribute to this renowned Kashmiri Sufi Saint. According to a popular myth this saint who was born in the year 1377 apparently refused to drink milk for three full days after he was born. He was then eventually fed by a female saint (Yogini) called Lal Ded.
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a. Best time to visit the Charar-E-Sharif
The ideal time to visit this pious Muslim shrine is from April to October when the climate is extremely pleasant with the temperature ranging from maximum of 30 degree Celsius to a minimum of 14 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Charar-E-Sharif
1. By train:
The closest station to this Muslim shrine is the Jammu Tawi and the Udhampur Railway Station. Both these stations are well connected to major cities in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this Muslim shrine the ideal starting points would be New Delhi, Pathankot, Pahalgam, and Patnitop.
- Via New Delhi:
There are two routes from New Delhi to this Muslim shrine, and they are via NH44 and via NH9 and NH44.
- Via Pathankot:
There are two routes from Pathankot to this Muslim shrine, and they are via NH44 and via NH144A.
- Via Pahalgam:
There are three routes from Pahalgam to this Muslim shrine, and they are via NH501, via NH44, and via NH501 and NH44.
- Via Patnitop:
There are two routes from Patnitop to this Muslim shrine, and they are via NH44 and via NH44 and NH444.
3. By air:
The nearest airport to this Muslim shrine is located in Srinagar. The Srinagar Airport is well connected to major cities in the country such as New Delhi.
c. Religious significance of the Charar-E-Sharif
Located in close proximity to Srinagar this renowned shrine essentially consists of the tomb of a Sufi saint called “Sheikh Noor-Ud Din Noorani” also known as Hazrat Sheikh Noor-Ud Wali. This shrine has been constructed exactly at the spot where the tomb of this great saint has been laid. This saint was revered in the Kashmir region mainly because he preached concepts such as communal harmony and nonviolence. In fact such was his popularity that when he died in 1438 about nine lakh people from all over the state visited the tomb of this revered saint and that too in a space of just two days.