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Jammu

 

Jammu

Jammu

Places of Interest in Jammu:

Raghunath Ji Temple, Bahu Fort, Bagh-e-Bahu, Amar Mahal, Mansar Lake, Mubarak Mandi Palace

 

Jammu is the winter Capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Jammu city is also known "City of Temples" as there are many temples and shrines with their Shikars soaring in the sky. Vaishno Devi which is India's one of the most visited shrines is located in Jammu Division. Jammu is famous for its ancient temples, landscape,  Hindu shrines,Raghuath Temple, Mubarak Mandi Palace, Amar Mahal Palace which converted now in  Museum, gardens and forts. Vaishno Devi attracts millions of Hindu devotees every year.  Jammu's historic monuments feature a unique blend of Islamic and Hindu architecture styles. Jammu's beautiful natural landscape has made it one of the most favoured destinations for adventure tourism.
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Raghunath Temple:

Raghunath Temple is located in Jammu. It has  seven temple complexes each with its own Shikhar. It is one of the largest temple complex of north India. Raghunath temple was built during the period 1835-1860 by Maharaja Gulab Singh and his son Maharaja Ranbir Singh. The temple has many gods, but the presiding deity is Rama, an Avatar of Vishnu. Raghunath Temple is located in the heart of Jammu City . There is market is right next to the Raghunath Temple in Jammu and it is named after the temple . The famous market of “Raghunath Bazaar” is very popular among the tourists/ pilgrims as it is right in the heart of Jammu city. Some of the most liked restaurants in the adjoining Residency Road provide food ranging from the simple to the exotic.

Bahu Fort:

Bahu fort, was originally built by Raja Bahulochan some 3,000 years ago. It was refurbished by the Dogra rulers in the 19th century. The fort is a religious place, and within its precincts has a temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali, the presiding deity of Jammu. The temple is known locally as the "Bawe Wali Mata temple". Lot of devotees visit the temple especially on tuesdays and sundays. Festival known as "Bahu Mela" is held during the Navaratras in the fort area, twice a year, during March-April and September-October. This attracts a very large number of pilgrims to the fort and the temple located within it.

Amar Mahal Museum

Amar Mahal was built in the nineteenth century for Raja Amar Singh, a Dogra king of Jammu. It was built by a French architect on the lines of a French Chateau.It is now converted into a museum. The palace was donated to the Hari-Tara charitable trust by Dr. Karan Singh for use as a museum.It has many exhibits including a golden throne weighing 120 kg, Pahari miniature and Kangra miniature paintings, a library of 25,000 antique books and many rare art collections.

Mansar Lake:

Mansar is a beautiful lake fringed by forest-covered hills, over a mile in length by half-a-mile in width.  It is situated approx. 60 km  from Jammu.  It is popularexcursion destination in Jammu. It is also a holy site, sharing the legend and sanctity of Lake Mansarovar. On the Eastern Bank of the Lake there is a shrine to Sheshnag, a mythological snake with six heads. Two ancient temples of Umapati Mahadev & Narsimha as also a temple of Durga are situated in the vicinity of the Mansar lake. People take a holy dip in the water of the lake on festive occasions. The lake has cemented path all around with required illumination, with projected view decks to enjoy flickering of seasonal birds, tortoise and fishes of different species. There is a wild life Sanctuary housing jungle life like Spotted Deer, Neelgai etc. besides other water birds such as Cranes, Ducks etc.