Located en route to Yusmarg and set at a distance of 40 kms from Srinagar, Charar-e-Sharief has the distinction of being one of the most ancient shrines in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The history of Charar-e-Sharief goes back 600 years and was constructed to pay homage to Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Noorani-- one of the holiest saints of the Sufi sect. Oft known as Hazrat Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Wali, Charar-i-Sharief has seen some very turbulent times. It was devastated during the Indo-Pakistan war and was then rebuilt with the help and efforts of local governing authorities.
In the year 1995, there was a horrific militant attack on this shrine, which left the structure in a broken condition. However, these damages were also taken care of in due course—thus leaving behind an array of intriguing tales and anecdotes. The origin of Charar-i-Sharief is oft linked with Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Noorani; born in 1377 and also called Nund Reshi or Sahazanand--he was responsible for propagating the significance of Rishism in Jammu & Kashmir.