Soaring Shikharas, Splendid Divinity and Scintillating History… Jammu Conjures Nature and Humanity
The bright gemstone of the crown that scintillates on the forehead of majestic India, Jammu is the prized Kohinoor that has an unmatched history. Stretching expansively along the resplendent Pir Panjal range, there is a wide horizon offering exotic places to visit in Jammu. Popularly known as the City of Temples, it is the earthly abode of Mata Vaishno Devi situated on Trikuta Hill and Machail Mata in Kishtwar district. Experience divinity at its best and enjoy flamboyant aura of Jammu. A series of paradoxes that prevail in the region provide brilliant opportunity to explore the majesty of prevalent natural beauty, history and spirituality.
Jammu Travel Guide: Often dubbed as Duggar, Jammu is nestled between the Vale of Kashmir in the north and Daman Koh Plains in the south. Stretching a 222,200 sq km area, this region of stunning landscape is also the abode of many Hindu temples. Travel to Jammu for mild winters, pleasing summers, ample of adventure and recreational activities. The surging scenery encounters visitors at every nook and corner and the glorious history finds its permanent address here.
Places to Visit in Jammu:
Katra: Gateway to Spirituality
Visitors often throng Katra with the slogan Maa Aap Bulandi. This small city brings devotees a step closer to divinity as the shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi is situated at a short distance from Katra. Believed to have attained divine blessings, Katra has been the base for many devotees heading to the sacred mountain top. The sacred river called Banganga, marks the beginning of the pious journey to Vaishno Devi. After the rigorous 13 kms trek, Katra offers a perfect refuge for the pilgrims and serves the devotees with amiable environment replete with spirituality and sacredness. Helicopter ride to the sacred shrine is arranged at short intervals of time. A visit to Bhairon Temple situated at an altitude of 6619 m above sea level is a brilliant way to conclude the holy voyage of Vaishno Devi. Katra city offers a blend of scenic landscape and divine traces at Sanjichhat, which is known for the panoramic view of Himalayan range and the adjacent valley. The fresh mountain air and the friendly locale make Katra the feather in the hat of Jammu.
Patnitop: An Abode of Nature
Situated at a distance of 112 kms from Jammu, Patnitop is indeed the abode of nature. Perched at an altitude of 2024 m, this beautiful destination is a popular resort for visitors. Gourikund, Shivgarh, Sudh Mahadev Mandir, Udhampur, Engraved stairs and Pine forests form its exotic surroundings. The cup-shaped meadows at Sanasar offer a brilliant place to play golf making it a popular spot in Patnitop. Trekking is another much sought-after adventure activity that holds a firm ground here. The long and beautiful natural trails provide plentiful options for spectacular sightseeing and exotic walks. The snow-clad mountains n winters often intrigue ski lovers to dash to Patnitop. Madha Top is a suitable slope for all levels of skiing experience. On the other hand the thrill of flying can be experienced at Dawariyai in a form of paragliding.
Attractions in Jammu:
Pilgrimages: Experience Unmatched Divinity at Jammu
Jammu is blessed by its presiding deity, Bawey wali Mata, whereas, the Dargah of Peer Budhan Ali Shah is believed to protect Jammu from all odds. Walk the sacred walk and cherish spirituality like never before at:
Aap Shambhu Temple Sathrian:
The Aap Shambhu Temple Sathrian in Roopnagar is one of the prime tourist attractions of Jammu. Spirituality takes center stage and the air is filled with the name of Shiva. The ancient lingam that presides over the temple is considered to be self-made and thus revered immensely by devotees. Experience enlightment of the soul and take home multiple blessings of Lord Shiva from here.
Built in 1857 in the heart of Jammu city, Raghunath Temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. It is considered to be the largest temple complex in North India. The 130 years old temple complex is also known for a plethora of ancient scriptures and texts with many of the manuscripts in Sanskrit. A large numbers of lingams are located in the complex, along with a deity of Vishnu and his eighth incarnation Rama.
A historic temple, built in 1883, Ranbireshwar Temple is situated on Shalimar Road near New Secretariat. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple was built by Maharaja Ranbir Singh. A seven and a half feet crystal lingam and 11 other often compels visitors to travel to Jammu. Other prominent feature of the temple is that its three walls are gold-coated.
Peer Kho Cave Temple:
Located on the banks of the meandering River Tawi, Peer Kho is known for its naturally formed Shiva lingam. Legend has it that Jamvant (the bear god, Ramayana) meditated here. The fact that the cave can lead to several underground caves helped it gain popularity.
Often dubbed as the protector of Jammu, Budhan Ali Shah lies in peace at Peer Baba Dargah. Thronged not only by Muslims, but Hindus also have a reverence for this sacred dargah. Known for unmatched divinity, the place is almost always packed on Thursday.
The epitome of religious sentiments, Vaishno Devi blesses the region of Jammu and brings prosperity. Perched atop the Trikuta Hill, the temple of mother goddess is situated in Katra. It is located 48 kms from Jammu and 13 kms from Katra. The benign presence of the goddess in the form of Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasarasvati in the caves bring divinity to the entire region.
Besides the spiritual respite Jammu brings, there is a wide array of historical treasure that is waiting to be explored. The charming riches of history and the unprecedented glory surging in the air of Jammu are definitely something to be witnessed at:
Amar Mahal Palace:
Considered the pride of the Dogra dynasty, Amar Mahal Palace was constructed under the reign of Raja Amar Singh. The structure boasts of magnificent architecture inspired by the Grand Chateaus of France. Any Jammu tour package will be incomplete without a visit to this splendid mansion. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Shivalik ranges and river Tawi flowing below, Amar Mahal Palace is defines royalty. Most portions of the mansion have been converted into a museum and it also treasures a well-stocked library. Swathed with ethnic environment, the palace is also a patron for many artistes as it also has an interesting art gallery.
Displaying the glory of the bygone era, Bahu Fort is amongst the most spectacular monuments in India. Built by Raja Bahulochan about 3,000 years ago, the fort is appreciated for its marvelous architecture. Terrace gardens (Bagh-e-Bahu) and waterfalls in the premises are the prominent features along with Maha Kali Temple (Bawey Wali Mata). Taking into account its mystical powers, it stands second only to Vaishno Devi in popularity.
Mubarak Mandi Palace:
Mubarak Mandi Palace is an exemplary complex of the royal leagues. It takes credentials for taking one back in time. The complex is believed to be constructed in the 19th century and the oldest building dates back to 1824. A unique mixture of Mughlai, Rajput, Rajasthani and couple of more architectural style can be distinctively witnessed. The palace overlooks the Tawi River and thus offers a picturesque setting as well. The Pink Hall (Dogra Art Gallery) remains the main attraction of the palace for visitors, as it displays a splendid collection of paintings and sculptures.
Cuisine: Holidays in Jammu can only be accomplished when one savors the local taste. The food in Jammu has lot of similarity with Punjabi cuisine. The typical Jammu cuisine however includes khatta meat, yakhni, chaamp, tava chicken, tandoori , murgei da aachar, andei da aachar, seekh-tikka, khoye wala kardam, tandoori murga, rajma (rajma of Bhadrwah), mitha madra, maa da madra, talei-ma, kyeuur, khamira, aambal and shardai. Karda (suji ka halwa) is a popular desert along with Mal purda and rasmalai.
Accommodation in Jammu:
There is a wide array of options for hotels in Jammu. From the lavish 4 star to budget-friendly hotels, the city offers something for everyone. Pleasant locations and the high standard of services promise a comfortable stay for all visitors.
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