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|State||Jammu and Kashmir|
|Elevation||301 m (988 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Telephone code||91 1924|
Located 28 km (17 mi) from Jammu, Akhnoor is located in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is an extremely beautiful town. The picturesque town is located on the banks of the Chenab River. The Akhnoor Tehsil is divided into two Revenue Blocks - Akhnoor & Khour. Akhnoor is also divided into three Education Zones of Akhnoor, Khour & Chowki Choura.
The popular story of how "Virat Nagar" got its name converted to Akhnoor is that when Mughal emperor Jahangir died on way back from Kashmir at Sarai Sadabad in 1627. There was a speculations of revolt in Mughal Empire by his son for the crown, to overcome the revolt it is necessary to keep secret of his death, so his body preservedin Chingus & the entrails were removed and buried in the Chingus Fort near Rajouri (Chingus means Intenstine in Persian). The body was then transferred to Lahore to be buried in Shahdara Bagh, a suburb of Lahore, Punjab. When they are going to cross Chenab river in Akhnoor, Jehangir fallen away in Boat and seeing this Noorjahan, weeped there so this place is named as Akhnoor. There is a famous Local Proverb "Jahan Gire Noor Jahan ki Aankhon ke Noor, Wahan basa Shehar Akhnoor". On going from Akhnoor to Tanda, we can find two sign boards one read as “Gulistan bana Rahega Noorjahan ki Ankhoon ka Noor Akhnoor” and other as “Aao Pandavon ki Tapobhumi ko hara bhara banaye”. This signboard are installed by Army many years ago anfd they are still lying there. There is another popular story that the Mughal emperor's wife had a vision problem. It was prescribed by a local Hindu priest that she wash her eyes with the holy water of the Chenab River.when she washed her eyes with the pure water of the river chenab she felt relaxed and after Using some ayurvedic medicines, her vision was restored. In Urdu noor means "vision/glow/shine" and aankh means "eye", so the town was renamed as Aankhon(Eyes)ka Noor (Vision) and with the time changed to Akhnoor. Some peoples also said that it is the same city of "Ander Nagri" where everything is available in 2 Takka (Two Paisa = 1 Takka).
Akhnoor is located at  It has an average elevation of 301 metres (988 ft).Akhnoor is located at the right bank of the mighty Chenab.Chenab enters plains at Akhnoor.On the North and East,the Shiwaliks, Kali Dhar and Trikuta range surround it.Akhnoor lies on (Mughal Road) Jammu-Poonch National Highway about 28 km away from Jammu. It connects with Rajouri District on North, Reasi District on East & Chamb Tehsil (Pakistan Occupied Jammu Kashmir Area) on west..
As of 2011[update] India census, Akhnoor had a population of 11,225.Akhnoor is governed by Municipal Committee of Akhnoor having 13 wards. Males constitute 54% of the population and females 46%. Akhnoor has an average literacy rate of 78%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 56% of the males and 47% of females literate.
The languages spoken are Dogri followed by Punjabi, Urdu, Hindi and English.
Akhnoor has historical places to visit, such as the caves where the Pandavas stayed during their exile. Close to the town there is a Parashurama temple where Parashurama Jayanti is celebrated annually, on the same day in May as Akshaya Tritiya.
The people of this town had fled during the Indo-Pakistan War in 1965 and 1971, returning after the ceasefire. The border is around 18 km (11 mi) away by road, but the aerial distance is only some 8 km (5.0 mi). The people had also suffered problems from the time that the main bridge over Chenab River was washed away on September 10, 1992, until it was rebuilt and opened on April 13, 1994. Many companies came and tried to construct a bridge many times but never got success but recently a company was able to construct a new modern bridge in around 2008 25 april. our prime minister Dr. Manmohan singh came for the inauguration of this bridge.
There is a beautiful park built on the bank of Chenab stretching from Jiya Pota Ghat to Parashurama Temple. It looks like a glittering necklace during the late evening and during night hours under beautiful lights on the bank.
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Akhnoor
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
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