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Jammu Travel Guide

Jammu Travel Guide
Jammu district derives its name from the city of Jammu which besides being the winter capital of the state, is known as the city of temples. It is believed that the city was originally founded by Raja Jamboo Lochan, which came to be known as "Jamboo" after his own name. With the passage of time and due to its frequent use the pronunciation of the name got slightly distorted and the city, came to be known as 'Jammu' as it is called now. Jammu is a land of grand ancient temples, and beautiful palaces. All nestling in the foothills of the Himalayas, Jammu is justly famous for its temples. In fact it is known as the city of temples and the every fame of it tends to overshadow its palaces, forts, forests and powerful ziarats.

Besides, Jammu is also a paradise to those who love - trekking, skiing, and Aero-sports. Tourist Attraction in Jammu:

1. Raghunath Temple
This temple is dedicated to Lord Rama and is surrounded by a group of other temples, dedicated to various Hindu deities from the epic Ramayana. The inner walls of the main temple are covered with gold sheet on three sides. There are many galleries with innumerable saligrams".

2. Ranbir Canal
Ranbir Canal is situated approximately two km from the center of the city. The canal is famous for a small garden that serves as a perfect picnic spot during summers. The water of the canal remains icy cold throughout the year. The embankments of Ranbir Canal serve as good viewpoints and pathways.

3. Bahu Fort
One of the popular tourist spots for sightseeing in Jammu is Bahu Fort, situated on the left bank of Tawi River. Perhaps the oldest fort and the oldest structure in the city, it was originally constructed by King Bahulochan over 3,000 years ago. Later, the fort was renovated and rebuilt by the Dogra rulers. Surrounding the fort are extensive gardens known as Bagh-e-Bahu. The fort also houses a temple of Goddess Kali.

4. Dera Baba Banda
This historical place is situated on the bank of Mighty River Chinab (Chanderbhaga). Baba Banda Bahadur was a great soldier during Emperor Aurangjebps time, who fought against Mughals and became a great disciple of Shri. Guru Govind Singh Ji Maharaj. Visitors from various parts assemble there on the eve of Baisakhi festival.

5. Mubarak Mandi Palace
Mubarak Mandi Palace is a fusion of Rajasthani, Mughal and even Baroque European architecture. The oldest structure in this palace complex dates back to 1824. The Pink Hall of the palace has now been converted into a museum, known as the Dogra Art Museum. It houses beautiful miniature painting of the various Hill Schools. But, the most magnificent structure inside the palace complex is the Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace).

Excursion of Jammu:

Patnitops Is the most popular tourist spot of Jammu region. Located 112 kms from Jammu this famous hill resort is perched on a beautiful plateau, at an altitude of 2024 metres across which the Jammu-Srinagar Highway passes. It has lush green meadow and pine trees which resembles with Gulmarg.

Patnitop offers beautiful picnic spots, peaceful walks and breathtaking views of the mountains cape of the Chenab basin. In winter, it is covered with a white carpet of snow and its slopes have been successfully experimented for skiing. Skiing courses are conducted at Patnitop in the months of January and February.

129 Kms.from Jammu and only 19 Kms. from patnitop is Sanasar (2079 m), a satellite resort of Patnitop, with a cup-shaped meadow surrounded by gigantic conifers. A place for a quiet holiday, the meadow has now been developed as a golf course. There are several walks in the surrounding hills. The resort itself is ideal for paragliding, which is being promoted by the Tourism Department.

Mansar Lake
Mansar Lake located 62 Kms. from Jammu is a beautiful lake fringed by forest-covered hills. Boating facilities are available in the spot. Every year around Baisakhi, a food and crafts festival is organised here by J&K Tourism.

How to get there:

Jammu is well connected to the rest of India by air. Both Indian Airlines and Jet Airways operate daily flights to Jammu. The average flying time from New Delhi is about 80 minutes.

One can also reach Jammu by rail. Jammu is connected to other parts of country on broad gauge and numerous passenger trains ply from various parts of the country to Jammu.

Jammu is well connected through road also to rest of India. National Highway No. 1A passes through Jammu towards Srinagar. Regular bus services from all major North Indian cities are available for Jammu as well as Katra. Many standard and deluxe buses of various State Road Transport Corporations as well as private operators connect Jammu with important cities and towns of North India.***

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