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قاضی گُنڈ
Qazigund is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Location in Jammu and Kashmir, India
Coordinates: 33°35′32″N 75°09′56″E / 33.592132°N 75.165432°E / 33.592132; 75.165432Coordinates: 33°35′32″N 75°09′56″E / 33.592132°N 75.165432°E / 33.592132; 75.165432
Country  India
State Jammu and Kashmir
District Kulgam
Elevation 1,670 m (5,480 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 4,307
 • Official Urdu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration JK18

Qazigund (Kashmiri: قاضی گُنڈ (Perso-Arabic)), known as the Gate Way of Kashmir, is a town and a notified area committee in Kulgam district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Qazigund is located at 33°35′N 75°10′E / 33.59°N 75.16°E / 33.59; 75.16. It has an average elevation of 1670 metres (5478 feet) above mean sea level .


As of 2001 India census,[1] Qazigund had a population of 4307. Males constitute 62% of the population and females 38%. Qazigund has an average literacy rate of 99%, higher than the national average of 64.8%, male literacy is 99%, and female literacy is 80%.In Qazigund, 8% of the population is under 6 years of age. Qazigund has always been known for religious tolerances.Amongst Hindus, Sh Pushker Nath Raina, of Chowgam, was a highly respected person and a great thinker and philosopher, who ensured communal harmony all the time. Muslims , Hindus and Sikhs reside peacefully in Qazigund from centuries. Qazigund is surrounded by springs known as Nags in local language. Verinag source of river Jehlum is only 10 Km from Qazigund. Panzath Nag is just 3 Km from Qazigund and famous Kound Nag is around 7-10 Km from qazigund.


Qazigund is connected to Anantnag and Srinagar by road and railway. There is a train service from Qazigund to Srinagar four times a day, and is connected to Kulgam by road.Qazigund is connected to Banihal on the other side of Pir Panjal mountain by road.

Banihal railway tunnel[edit]

Banihal railway tunnel or Pir Panjal Railway Tunnel, is an 11 km long railway tunnel under the Pir Panjal mountains to connect Qazigund railway station to Banihal railway station. It was bored in late 2011 and became operational by the 26 Dec 2012. It is India's longest and Asia's third longest railway tunnel and reduced the distance between Quazigund and Banihal to only 11 km.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ "India's longest railway tunnel unveiled in Jammu & Kashmir". The Times of India. October 14, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2011.