Bonhomie on border: Baba Chamliyal located on border is a shrine revered in both countries. On fourth Thursday of June, thousands converge here for a mela. There are two shrines, samadhis, one on theÂ Indian side, another in Pakistan. A decorated “chadarâ€™â€™ is offered at the shrine on the Indian side byÂ Pakistani devotees. The water (called sharbat) of the well is said to have curative properties as also theÂ mud (shakkar) in the fields around. Together, they are said to be capable of curing many skin diseases.
During the fair, Pakistani tractor/s carry away sharbat (water) from the well, next to shrine, and mudÂ (shakkar) from fields around for distribution among Pakistani devotees. Coloured patches on the skin,Â called chambal in local parlance, get cured reportedly on smearing the body with “shakkar”â€™ and “sharbat”.
Nearest city: Jammu, 30 km.
How to reach Baba Chamliyal: Travel westwards from Jammu on national highway, up to Vijaypur town,Â and then turn south for Ramgarh town. Takes about less than an hour and a half for reaching the shrine.
By rail: Vijaypur has a railway station but not very many long distance trains halt here. Jammu railwayÂ station is 30 km away further west from Vijaypur.
Airport: Satwari in Jammu is 25 km away.