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The District Shopian derives its name from its Town SHOPIAN, about which Frederic Drew, while justifying the basis of its nomenclature, states that it is the distortion of word “SHAHPAYAN”, i.e, Royal Stay. Shopian has been an ancient Town of Kashmir, which among other factors has a certain historical importance since it is situated on the ancient imperial route commonly known as Mughal Road which connects Lahore & Srinagar. Currently under construction Mughal Road links Distict Shopian with the districts of Rajouri & Poonch.

Shopian is a historical town, and has gained importance from the time of Mughal rulers. It was previously known as ‘Sheen-e-van’ meaning ‘forest of snow’. Shopian was one out of six Wazarat Headquarters in Kashmir from 1872-1892 A.D. The District is situated in the laps of foot Hills of Pirpanchal range and most of its area is Hilly Terrain. The District is having an area of 30,741.6 hectares. It is at a distance of 51 km from city Srinagar. Shopian has been an ancient Town of Kashmir, which among other factors in the past has historical importance, since it is situated on the ancient imperial road commonly known as Mughal Road. Shopian has the honour to had Imam Shahi Hamadan entered via it into the Kashmir valley to spread the message of Islam. Shopian Town-the District Headquarter is situated at a distance of 51KM from Srinagar & 20KM from Pulwama on 2146Mts above the sea level.It has decades of old road connectivity with Anantnag as well as Kulgam.

Presently the District Shopian having two Assembly Constituencies consists of nine Tehsils, eight CD Block Shopian & a part of Block Keller, One Muncipal Committee with 13 Wards, 43 Patwar Halqas & 231 inhabited villages. As per census-2011, the total population of the District is 2.66 lacs including 15% of ST population.About 95% of the population lives in its rural areas.About 62.49% of the population was found literate.

The district has the privilage of having the “Holy Relic: of Prophet Mohammad (SAW) at khankah Pinjoora. The district is known as Apple Bowl of the state as it is famous for Horticulture Sector.

The district possesses tremendous scope for expansion of friut industry under different schemes which can boost the economy not only of this district but the whole state.

The District with lush green forests especially in the areas like Sedow, Hirpora & Keller is rich in scenic beauty. Development of these villages/areas as tourist villages will boost the tourism in the District for economic development of the people.

History

Shopian or Shupiyan is a town and administrative division of the Shopian district, located in southern part of Kashmir Valley, bounded by Pulwama, Kulgam, Anantnag, and Peer Ki Gali where temperature often drops to as low as -7°c in winter, which is one of the extremely coldest towns of Jammu and Kashmir, India. The geologist Frederic Drew stated that Shopian derived its name from a distortion of word shah-payan, i.e. “royal stay”. However, the local people hold the view that Shopian was earlier named as “Shin-Van” meaning “snow forest”. The Shias have a different view, believing it was earlier inhabited by Shias so it is “Shin-Van” that is “The Forest of Shias”. Shopian is an ancient town of Kashmir and had an importance due to it being situated on the ancient imperial route, commonly known as Mughal Road, which connects Lahore and Srinagar.[4] Shopian was one out of six Wazarat Headquarters in Kashmir from 1872-1892 A.D. Shopian town is 51 kilometres (32 mi) from Srinagar and 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Pulwama at an elevation of 2,146 metres (7,041 ft) above sea level. It has decades-old road connectivity with Anantnag as well as Kulgam.

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Shafafiyat is an innitiative by the District Development Department and National Informatics Center of District Shopian for greater transparancy of having a qucik overview of the works being taken over within the district and its current progress.

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Published: July 10, 2020 ; Last Updated: April 26, 2021