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Jammu City Travel Guide

The winter capital of the state, Jammu is nestled against the backdrop of the Shivalik and Trikuta ranges that promise spectacular scenery. This ‘City of Temples’ is home to some of the most popular Hindu shrines that draws devotees from across the world. Jammu City is also a cultural hub offering travellers a glimpse of the rich art & craft along with native delicious cuisine that will urge you to explore this tourist attraction even more.

An Insight into Jammu City Tourism

Founded by Raja Jambulochan who named it Jambupur, Jammu City is the winter capital of the state of Jammu & Kashmir and an important tourist destination. Often dubbed the 'City of Temples,'' it is a significant Hindu religious place along with being a historically important destination. Due to its excellent connectivity, Jammu city is also called the 'Gateway to Kashmir.'

Dotted with numerous temples, the city makes for an ideal pilgrimage destination. The main attraction of this religious place is Raghunath Temple, situated right in the heart of the city. Started by Maharaja Gulab Singh, founder of the kingdom of Jammu & Kashmir in 1835, the temple complex is the largest one in north India. The Ranbireshwar Temple is a famous Shiva Temple and a popular tourist attraction in Jammu city. Built by Raja Ranbir Singh, the Hindu temple is famous for its 12 shivalingams and seven and a half feet crystal lingam. Located near the new Secretariat, the temple also offers marvelous views of the forested mountains. Another famous Shiva Temple in Jammu city is the Peer Kho Cave Temple. Situated on the banks of the Tawi River, it is believed that the Bear God, Jamvant meditated in this cave.

One of the oldest and most popular shrines of Northern India, the Nangli Sahib Gurudwara attracts devotees from all faiths. Hundreds of believers and tourists flock to the Gurudwara during the month of Baisakhi. The spiritual tour of this magnificent city cannot be completed without visiting the Mahamaya Temple and the Panchbakhtar Temple. These temples are important pilgrimage sites for hindus and draw devotees from all over the country. Jammu City is also at a close proximity to the popular pilgrimage of Mata Vaishno devi, and thus attracts a lot of devotees as a base.

The city is adorned with a fort and few palaces amongst which one of the major tourist places is Bahu Fort. Situated at a distance of 5 kilometers from the city center, the tall and magnificent Bahu Fort is a 3000-year-old structure built by Raja Bahulochan, the brother of the founder of the city, Raja Jambulochan. The fort houses a famous Goddess Kali Temple, also known as the Bave Wali Mata Temple, another top attraction of Jammu.

Jammu City also houses a museum for history buff. Amar Mahal is one of the prime attractions that was built in the 1890’s by the Dogra ruler Raja Amar. The site was transformed into a museum and now houses a collection of books, sculptures and paintings. The main attraction of this place is the Durbar Hall which is adorned with ‘Pahari’ paintings and portraits of the past rulers of Jammu & Kashmir.

Another popular and renowned site among tourists is the Mubarak Mandi Palace, the royal abode of the erstwhile Dogra Kings. The palace showcases a unique combination of European, Baroque, Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles. The Sheesh Mahal is the major attraction of this palace.

For nature lovers, Jammu City offers tranquil and secluded Surinsar Lake. Surrounded by thick forests and covered with blooming flowers during the summer months, the Surinsar Lake is a very popular destination among families and couples. For shopping, Jammu City makes an ideal destination to buy Rajma (kidney beans), handicraft items, and Pashmina shawls. The city is also the heaven for food lovers who can try the native Dogra cuisine which is lip-smacking in everyway.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Jammu City

The picturesque city of Jammu will charm you with its sacred ambience. This popular travel destination in Jammu & Kashmir is dotted with numerous temples that are ideal for Hindus to perform a pilgrimage. For history buffs, the city has on offer few palaces and a fort, whereas, the nature lovers can spend some quality time by the beautiful Lake Surinsar. This tourist destination is also ideal for handicrafts and dry fruits shopping.

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Best Hotels and Resorts for Holidaying in Jammu City

Being a tourism hub, Jammu offers a plethora of staying options ranging from budget to luxury category. The city is dotted with accommodations that promise a suitable option to travellers of different kinds. From 5-star properties to mid-range comfortable hotels to budget stays that are equally comfortable, the city has it all.

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