Poonch has witnessed many historical events. Hieun Tsang
, the well known Chinese traveler, passed through Poonch in the 7th century. Around the year 850, Poonch attained sovereignty under Raja Nar.
Poonch is bounded by the districts of Baramulla and Pulwama in the north-east, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) in the west, and Rajouri District in the south. Spread over an area of 1,674 sq km, the district is totally hilly and mountainous barring a few low-lying vales. The people speak Gojari and Punchi. Agriculture is the main occupation of people - maize, wheat, and paddy are the chief crops.
Shivratri, Tihar, Navroze Festival, Id,
Baisakhi, Bahu Mela, Chaitre Chaudash, Purmandal Mela, Jhiri Mela, and Mansar Mela are the main festivals celebrated. Chann, Kainchi Sepaiah and Maiah are some of the popular folk songs. Folk ballads exalt the bravery and heroism of the native people.
Situated in the middle of majestic snow-capped mountains, lovely lakes, and meandering streams, the district has many tourist spots. Noori-Chammb, Girgen Dhok, Poonch Fort,
Dehra-Gali, Mandi, and Nandi Shool are some of them. Moti Mahal, Baldev Mahal, and Sheesh Mahal are the prominent old palaces.