Jammu, the winter capital of the State sprawls on the banks of river Tawi with Trikuta mountain range in the backdrop. The antiquity of this city of ancient temples and magnificent palace is shrouded in mythsand legends. It is said that Raja Jambu Lochan, a Rajput king of later Vedic period founded his capital here and named it as Jambupura. Lets see some of the important place of Jammu Tourism.
Raghunath Temple : The magnificent temple complex set in the heart of the city is one of the most important and largest shrines of northern India. Its construction was started in1835, by Maharaja Gulab Singh, the founder of Jammu and Kashmir kingdom and was completed by his son Maharaja Ranbir Singh in1860. The complex consists of 17 temples and the main ashrine is dedicated to Lord Raghunath (Rama).
Ranbireshwar Temple : This biggest Shiva temple in NORTH India was built by Maharaja Ranbir Singh in 1883. It enshrines a large number of Shivalingams. The central lingam in black stone is seven and a half feet high and the twelve crystal lingams measure from 15 cms. to 38 cms.
Peer Khoh : The ancient cave temple on the circular road has a naturally formed Shivalingam, which is highly revered by the devotees.
Bahu Fort : The ancient fort set majestically on a rock face, overlooks the gently flowing Tawi river. It is well known for the temple of Goddess Maha Kali, which is considered next only to the famous Mata Vaishno Devi Temple. The beautiful Baghi bahu garden is located at the base of the fort.
|REACHING THEREAirport : Connected by air Jammu Civil Enclave Airport . Other Nearby Airports -
Railhead : Jammu Tawi is one of the most important railways stations of the country.
Road : Jammu lies on NHIA
Amar Mahal Museum $ Library : The magnificent red-brick place is perched elegantly on a hill overlooking the Tawi river. It was built by Raja Amar Singh and now houses a museum exhibiting excellent miniature paintings from Kangra School, paintings of contemporary Indian artists and portraits etc. But, the highlight of the museum is the 120 kg. solid gold Dogra throne, which was used by the erstwhile Maharajas. The library at the palace has a collection of over 25000 books.
Mubarak Mandi Palace Complex : The palace complex is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal styles of architecture with influences of even Baroque European style. It affords a fine view of the Tawi river on one side and the city on the other and had served as the residence of the erstwhile Dogra rulers. The Pink Hall now houses the famous Dogra Art Museum with a rich collection of rare paintings.
Patnitop (112 kms.)
Panoramic Patnitop sprawls on a lush plateau, aat an altitude of 2024 metres on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. The charming resort amidst thickly wooded forests is probably the best developed tourist centre of Jammu. It commands awe-inspiring views of the scenic surroundings and is dotted with a number of beautiful picnic sites. During winters Patnitop receives good snowfall and provides oppurtunities for various snow games like skiing.
The 600 year old temple of Naga (cobra) at Ishadhari is highly revered by the devotees. The three must visit sites on the outskirts of Patnitop are- Chinar Garden, Picnic Spot and Skating Garden.
Mansar Lake (60 kms.)
This lovely lake amidst thickly wooded forest is a popular excursion point. Boating facilities are available here. A food and crafts festival is also organized here by J $ K Tourism around the festival of Baisakhi.
VAISHNO DEVIThe sacred abode of Goddess Vaishno Devi is perched at aheight of 5,200 ft. on the holy Trikuta Hills. The cave shrine of Mata Devi is regarded as one of the holiest Hindu temples of the country. Katra, 48 kms. from Jammu is the base camp for visiting the holy cave and is well connected by buses. From here one has to trek a distance of 13 kms. to reach the shrine. Obtain a yatra slip from the yatraregistration counter at the Tourist Reception Centre at the Katra bus stand, before starting the journey. The holy pilgrimage formally commences from Darshini Deori, at the northern end of the old Katra bazaar.
The journey has to be undertaken by foot, ponies or on palkhis or dolis (palanquins). Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board manages the shrine and the yatra with great efficiency, making the pilgrimage an unforgettable experience. The entire route is paved, well lit and kept cklean. Public utilities, bathrooms, shelters, medical units and shops are located at regular intervals. The holy cave enshrines three natural rock images (pindian) of the Goddess (Mata) in her three forms – Maha Sraswathi, Maha Lakshmi and Maha Kali, which represents creative, preservative and destructive aspects of the divine energy. According to legends, the darshan of Mata is rendered incomplete without visiting the Bhairon Temple, located 2.6 kms. from the main sanctum.
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