Best Places to Visit in Jammu

Jammu is the largest city in the Jammu Division and the winter capital of state of Jammu and Kashmir in India. It is situated on the banks of the Tawi River. It is administered by a municipal corporation.

1. Bahu Fort

The Bahu Fort is located in Jammu city in state of Jammu and Kashmir. The fort, said to be built by an earlier ruler, was refurbished during the Dogra Empire by Raja Gulab Singh in the 18th century. The fort is a religious place, and within its precincts has a temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali, the presiding deity of Jammu. The temple is known locally as the “Bawe Wali Mata temple”

 

2. Mubarak Mandi Palace

Mubarak Mandi is a palace in Jammu, India. The palace was the royal residence of the maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir from the Dogra dynasty. It was their main seat till 1925 when maharadja Hari Singh moved to the Hari Niwas Palace in the northern part of Jammu. The palace is located in the heart of the old walled city of Jammu and overlooks the Tawi river.

 

3. Amar Mahal Palace

The Amar Mahal Palace is a palace in Jammu, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, India, which has now been converted into a Museum. It was built in the nineteenth century for Raja Amar Singh, a Dogra king by a French architect on the lines of a French Chateau. The palace was donated to the Hari-Tara charitable trust by Dr. Karan Singh for use as a museum. It has many exhibits including a golden throne weighing 120 kg, Pahari miniature and Kangra miniature paintings, a library of 25,000 antique books and many rare art collections.

The palace was the last official residence of the Dogra dynasty, and a large collection of portraits of the royal family are also on display in the Museum.

 

4. Raghunath Temple

Raghunath Temple consists of a complex of seven Hindu shrines, each with its own Shikhara. It is one of the largest temple complexes of north India. It is located in Jammu in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The temple was built during the period 1822–1860 by order of Maharaja Ranjit Singh , while Jammu was under his administration by Maharaja Gulab Singh. The temple has many gods in its complex of shrines, but the presiding deity is Rama, an Avatar of Vishnu. The Mughal architectural influence is seen in all the spiral shaped towers which have gold plated spires, except the tower over the main shrine which is said to be in Sikh architectural style. The niches in the walls of the shrines are decorated with 300 well crafted images of deities. The paintings in the 15 panels of the main shrine are based on themes from Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Bhagavad Gita.

The temple was also in the news during 2002 when suicide bombers Fidayeen of the Lashkar-e-Toiba attacked it twice with grenades and indulged in indiscriminate firing which resulted in death of many devotees and also in injuries to many people.

 

5. Durgah Peer Budhan Ali Shah

The Dargah, about 10 kms from the city towards the City airport at Satwari, is thronged every Thursday by hundreds of devotees who visit the shrine to make their offerings including oil for lighting lamps. They belong to different religions; one is Muslim while the other is Hindu. Yet they go to the same shrine to offer the prayers. The shrine has been held in high veneration by them for ages now. Popularly known as “Satwari Wale Peer Baba”, this Dargah of Baba Budan Ali Shah Peer, situated in south Jammu across the Tawi river, is held in high esteem among all, irrespective of caste, creed or colour. The shrines of mystic saints are place of national integration but the Shrine of Peer Baba Budan Shah presents a spectacle, not seen elsewhere in the country.

 

6. Suchetgarh Border Tourism

One of these spots is Suchetgarh border post, which is to be developed as a tourism spot by the state tourism department.  The Suchetgarh Border post is 35 km from the main Jammu town. Suchetgarh lies in the Jammu district,

Suchetgarh Post served as the route to Sialkot during the pre-partition era, which is just 11 kms from the post. On the other side of the border post lies a spectacular Banyan Tree, which is as old as 100 years.

The Tourism Department intends building of tourist facilitation centers, restaurants, flower stalls, and view decks at both the border posts. A Radha-Krishan temple and Peer Baba Ziarat may come up at the Suchetgarh post in near future.

 

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