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Jammu Travel

The City of Jammu is popularly known as the "City of Temples". Innumerable temples and shrines with glittering "Shikhars" soar into the sky, like caretakers of the city, creating the ambience of a truly holy city. Jammu Kashmir is the first Himalayan state of India, but its not another hill land of India. Jammu and Kashmir is really three regions: the foothill plains of Jammu; the lakes and blue valleys of Kashmir rising to alpine passes, the high altitude plains and starkly beautiful mountains of Ladakh, which lies beyond those passes.

Places of Interest Jammu

 Raghunath Temple

This Temple is situated in the heart of the city and surrounded by a group of other temples, this temple dedicated to Lord Rama, takes pride of the place, being situated right in the heart of Jammu. The temple has seven shrines, with god-plated interiors. The most important houses the Dogra's patron deity, Rama, Vishnu's eighth incarnation. The cluster of temples makes it the largest temple complex in Northern India.

Work on the temple was started by Maharaja Gulab Singh, founder of the Dingdom of Jammu and Kashmir in 1835 AD and was competed by his son, Maharaja Ranbir Singh in 1860 AD. The inner walls of the main temple are covered with gold sheet on three sides. There are many galleries with lakhs of 'Saligrams'. The surrounding temples are dedicated to various Gods and Goddesses connected with the epic Ramayana.

 Ranbireshwar Temple

This temple is located on Shalimar Road near the New Secretariat, and built by Maharaja Ranbir Singh in 1883 AD, Ranbireshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This historical temple  has one central 'Lingam' measuring seven and a half feet in height (7.5 ft.) and twelve Shiva 'Lingams' of crystal measuring from 15cms to 38cms. And galleries with thousands of Shiva 'Lingams' fixed on stone slabs.

 Mubarak Mandi Palace

This historical oldest buildings in this Palace complex dated to 1824. The architecture is blend of Rajasthani, Mughal and even Baroque European influences. The most stunning beauty segment is the Sheesh Mahal. The Pink Hall now houses the Dogra Art Museum which has miniature paintings of the various Hill Schools.

 Peer Baba Shrine

On the back side of the Civil Airport is famous Dargah of the Muslim saint, Peer Budhan Ali Shah. This Muslim Shrine open on Thursdays, Hindu and Sikh devotees vastly outnumber their Muslim brethren at the shrine.

 Travel Excursions from Jammu

 Katra

50 kms from Jammu. This small town serves as the base camp for visiting the famous shrine of Vaishnodeviji in the Trikuta Hills. The shrine is approachable on foot along a 12 kms. Long well laid foot-path.

The Legend of Mata Vaishnodevi -
Every year, nearly 4 million pilgrims pass through Katra on their way to Vaishnodeviji. Popular belief holds that anybody who walks the Himalayan trail to the goddesses abode to ask for a boon rarely goes back disappointed. Whatever be it, a new enterprise or a forthcoming examination, marriage or birth, the devout look up to the Mata For blessings and guidance. There are many who journey year after year to pay obeisance regardless of their faith or belief, creed or class, caste or religion.

Other Tourist Places -

Patnitop : - 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. Patnitop is surrounded by thickly wooded forests. Patnitop offers beautiful picnic spots, peaceful walks and breathtaking views of the mountainscape of the Chenab basin. In winter, the resort is generally covered with a thick mantle of snow thus providing opportunities for various snow games including skiing.

Aghar Jitto : An another pilgrimage is Just 5 km away from Katra is Aghar Jitto, the Shrine of Baba Jitto, a devotee of Mata Vaishno Devi and a revolutionary who led a campaign against the feudal order.

Dera Baba Banda : At about 30 kms from Katra lies this major Hindu-Sikh pilgrimage centre. Baba Banda Bairaagi was Guru Gobind Singh's favorite 'Saint-soldier', who had the gurudwara (A sikh religion) constructed on the banks of river Chenab, where he spent his last days.

Baba Dhansar : Located 10 kms from Katra (1 km on foot) is Baba Dhansar, a beautiful and cool picnic spot. Here, a huge spring gushes out of the mountainside in a thick grove of trees and forms a number of small waterfalls before flowing into the holy Banganga.

Shiv Khori : This holy cave is nearly a kilometer long and houses a 4 ft high, naturally formed 'Shivling'. It is considered second only to the shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi in religious importance.

 General Information About Jammu

Temperature
Summer: Max. 43.0, Min. 23.4
Winter : Max. 26.2, Min. 4.3

Clothing
Summer : Light cottons
Winter : Woolens

 How to Reach Jammu

By Air:
Indian Airlines operates scheduled service from Jammu to Delhi and Srinagar/Leh.Jammu. Airport is 8 Kms. from the city centre. Jet Airways also operates service between Jammu-Delhi and Jammu-Srinagar.
By Rail:
Jammu Tawi is an important railhead of the Northern Railways serving the Jammu and Kashmir State.
By Road:
Jammu falls on National Highway 1-A and is connected by national highway network to all parts of the country. Some important road distances are : Artisan - 243 kms, Chandigarh - 436 kms , Delhi - 586 kms., Katra - 48 kms, Srinagar - 305 kms, Manali - 428 kms, Patnitop - 112 kms. Mansar - 60 kms.

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