View of old Jhula Bridge at Medina Colony,Rajouri.
|State||Jammu and Kashmir|
|• Type||Municipal Council|
|• Body||Rajauri Municipal Council|
|Elevation||915 m (3,002 ft)|
|• Total||41,552(Including Kheora and Jawahar Nagar)|
|• Official||Urdu, Gojri, Dogri|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Rajouri (rəˈʤɔ:rɪ) (Hindi: राजौरी) is a town and a municipal council in Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir. Rajauri is about 130 kilometres (81 mi) from Jammu city on the Poonch Highway. Rajauri is known as the Vale of Lakes as there are many lakes around the city. Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University is based in the town.
Rajouri saw some of the toughest fighting during Pakistani intervention in Kashmir during Operation Gibralter. The Town was initially Captured from Indian Army by under cover Pakistani Commandos with the aid of local Mujahideen, However because of overall failure in Operation and an all out war imminent with India, Pakistan withdrew it's troops. Major Malik Munawar Khan Awan a Pakistani Commando officer who led the ferocious attack on Rajouri on the night of 6 August 1965 was later entitled with the name "King of Rajouri" by Pakistani Government.
The climate of Rajauri is somewhat cooler than the other areas of Duggardesh plains. Summers are short and pleasant while sometimes they may be irritating. The summer temperature generally does not exceed 41 degrees. Winters are cool and chilly characterized with rainfall due to western disturbances. Snowfall is scanty but may occur in cool months like that of December 2012. Average rainfall is 769 millimetres (26.3 in) in the wettest months.