JAMMU

JAMMU

Known as the state's winter capital Jammu was once the seat of J&K's Dogra dynasty. The region is set against the Pir Panjal Mountains, forming the shift between the Himalayan range in the north and the plains of Punjab in the south; Jammu forms the southernmost unit of the state of Jammu & Kashmir. It is the land of majestic old temples, and stunning palaces.  Geographically, Jammu constitutes series of wooded mountain ranges and river valleys, incorporating diverse microclimatic regions. The rivers Ravi, Tawi and Chenab cut their way through this region.

National Highway 1A  passes through Jammu connects it to the Kashmir valley.  Jammu city has a railway station called Jammu Tawi that is connected with major cities of India. The last stop on the railway line north is Udhampur, Once in the city, buses are operated by J&K SRTC to most points around the state are best for local transport. Besides this auto-rickshaw and cycle-rickshaw service is also available. Local taxis are also available and you can also hire SUVs/MUVs.

On your itinerary should be the Amar Mahal Palace Museum which was planned in 1862 by a French architect, based on the lines of a French Chateau heavily influenced by the Queen Anne style. Bahu Fort & Gardens are situated on the left bank of the river Tawi and are the oldest fort and edifice in the city. The subcontinent's largest underground aquarium in Jammu's Bagh-I-Bahu area is a must see along with the famous Mubarak Mandi Palace.

The city of Jammu is also known as the ‘City of Temples’. Countless temples and shrines, with sparkling ‘shikhars’ gliding into the sky, dot the city’s skyline, creating the ambience of a holy and peaceful city. Some of the must visit temples are the Raghunath Temple, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi, the Peer Kho cave temple which overlooks the Tawi river, Mahamaya Temple with a small garden encircled by acreage of woods presents an excellent panorama of the city.

Furthermore, Jammu grants the blend of both conventional as well as modern shopping. The renowned market of “Raghunath Bazaar” is very famous amidst the tourists as it is situated right in the heart of Jammu city. Named after the famed Raghunath Temple, this market is right next to the Raghunath Temple. Some of the most savored eateries in the neighboring Residency Road present food extending from the simple to the exotic. Shops classify from Handicrafts (Kashmir Government Arts Emporium),Handloom (Poshish - an Outlet of J&K Handloom Development Corporation) to Dry fruits. Besides Rajma is one of the specialty dish of Jammu. There are plenty of Dry Fruit outlets selling a broad range of dry fruits comprising of specialty like Rajma, walnut, almond and much more.


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