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Poonch is a city and a municipal council in Poonch District in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The city is close to the line of control – the de facto border with Pakistan’s Azad Kashmir.

Poonch is located at 33.77°N 74.1°E. it has a median elevation of 981 meters. The Pir Panjal range of mountains separates Poonch valley from the Kashmir valley. For an extended time the only road connection between the 2 valleys was from Jammu. but currently with the completion of the Mughal Road connecting Bufliaz in Poonch to Shopian in Kashmir, there is a direct connection between the 2. It contains four tehsils, Haveli, Mendhar, Surankote and Mandi.

Poonch has a humid subtropical climate, much cooler than what’s found in much of the rest of India, due to its moderately high elevation and northern position. Winters are cool, with daytime a January average of two.5 °C, and temperatures below freezing at night. Summers are short and typically pleasant. The summer temperature typically doesn’t rise higher than thirty one °C. Winters are cool and characterised by rainfall due to western disturbances. Precipitation is quite common throughout the months of January and February.