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Tourist Attraction in Jammu & Kashmir

Tourist Destinations of Jammu

Jammu, the town of temples, is positioned along River Tawi at the base of the Himalayas. The tranquil site was revealed by Raja Jambu Lochan. Jammu is in fact a blend of 2 townships, and is particularly famous for its temples and shrines. People come here from all over the nation and overseas to give their reverence to the variety of Gods that are worshipped here.

There are 2 perfectly conflicting facets to the town of Jammu which one can observe whilst shopping. For example, in the jam-packed streets of Raghunath Bazaar, among the age-old dry fruit shops, you'll find designer boutiques that display the very latest in fashion and fashion accessories. Besides its breathtaking views and many temples, Jammu is also a good place for shopping. Guests can anticipate discovering an excellent blend of customary Kashmiri handicrafts and contemporary trend at big bargains.

Places of Interest
Amar Mahal Palace
This magnificent palace, with inclined roofs and high towers, so typical of continental castles, reminds one of France. The palace has been transformed into a museum which also houses the city's best library of very old books and paintings. A complete sequence of miniatures on the epic Nal-Damayanti can be seen in the museum.

Peer Khoh
This cavern shrine is positioned 3.5 Kms from the township of Jammu. This shrine is devoted to Shiva and a naturally formed Shiva ling is worshipped here. The distant past of this lingam is not identified. It is said that this cave gives way to other subversive caves and shrines, a few of which are even positioned outside India.

Ranbireshwar Temple
This temple was built by Maharaja Ranbir Singh in 1883 A.D., and is devoted to Lord Shiva. The main Shiva lingam in the temple is 71/2 feet in elevation encircled by numerous little Shiva lingams made of crystals.

Raghunath Temple
This temple is devoted to Lord Rama. The inner walls of the temple are enclosed with gold sheets on 3 faces. The adjacent regions of the temple are devoted to other Gods and Goddess from the classic Ramayana. The temple is positioned in the center of Jammu.

Ranbir Canal
These gardens are positioned on banks of a canal which branches from River Chenab. The gardens offer outstanding pathways and a wonderful sight of the adjoining areas. Even during summers, the water in the canal is ice cold. The Ranbir Canal is a well-liked picnic destination.

Bahu Fort
This fort is conceivably the oldest construction in Jammu. The fort is built on rocks opposite the Tawi River. A temple devoted to Goddess Kali is inside this Fort. Close to the fort are elegantly laid gardens, which offer a fantastic sight of Jammu.

Peer Baba
Jammu is dwelling to the renowned dargaah of the Muslim saint, Peer Budhan Ali Shah. On Thursdays, apart from Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs also arrive here in great numbers to give their reverence to the Saint.

Peer Mitha
It is one more renowned Muslim shrine in Jammu. Peer Mitha was a contemporary of Ajaib Dev and Ghareeb Nath - both saints were well-known for their divination and phenomenon. "Mitha" means "sweet", for the Peer would accept nothing more than a dash of sugar in present from his devotees.

Mubarak Mandi PalaceThe structural design of this palace is a distinctive mix of Rajasthani, Mughal and Gothic styles. The palace compound dates back to 1824 A.D. The Sheesh Mahal section in the palace is most renowned. The pink hallway has now been transformed into the Dogra art museum, which is a treasure house of miniature paintings from the different hill schools.

Katra acts as a foundation camp for devotees coming to visit the Vaishno Devi Shrine. One must not neglect the chance to saunter all the way through the central bazaar for buying mementos, dry fruits, woolen clothes, hosiery, leather jackets, etc.

Places of Interest in Katra

Vaishno Devi
The consecrated place of worship of Mata Vaishno Devi is located at a space of 14 Kms from Katra. From Katra, one has to hike uphill to arrive at the renowned place of worship. Located atop Mount Tricuta, Vaishno Devi temple is well thought-out to be one of the most consecrated places of worship in India.

The place of pilgrimage of Vaishno Devi is not the final spot of pilgrimage. One has to journey uphill to Ban Ganga, where it is understood that, the divine Mata quenched her thirst. A further journey of 6 Kms will carry you face to face with another place of worship, Adhkawari. Legends say that, Mata Vaishno Devi had hidden in this cave while trying to elude a demon.

Aghar Jitto
Just 5 km from Katra is Aghar Jitto, the place of worship of Baba Jitto, a follower of Mata Vaishno Devi and a radical who led a movement against the feudal order. According to legends, a plunge in the holy spring water, flowing in front of the shrine, does miracles to pre-natal women for secure delivery of children. A path from here leads to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi.

Dera Baba Banda
Nearly 30 Kms from Katra lies this key Hindu-Sikh pilgrimage centre. Baba Banda Bairaagi, who was Guru Gobind Singh's favourite 'Saint-soldier', spent his last days here.

Baba Dhansar
Positioned just 10 Kms from Katra lays Baba Dhansar, a stunning and breezy picnic spot. Here, a massive spring gushes out of the ridge in a solid orchard of trees and forms a number of little waterfalls before flowing into the sacred Banganga.

Shiva Khori
This sacred cave is just about a kilometer long and houses a 4 ft high, naturally formed 'Shiva ling'. It is considered second only to the place of pilgrimage of Mata Vaishno Devi in spiritual significance. Situated at a distance of about 100 Kms from Jammu and about 75 Kms from Katra, Shiva Khori hosts a key fair on Shivratri day each year.

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