Jammu is located at the foot hills of great Himalayas and is the winter capital of the state Jammu and Kashmir. It is believed that Raja Jamboolochan founded this exotic city in 14th century BC. The city, which figured in ancient epic Mahabharata, was named first as Jamboo, but later it became Jammu. History and archeological evidence says that Jammu was the integral part of Harappa civilization.
Jammu city is known for its ancient temples, palaces and historically renowned places. To list a few important attractions Shri Mata Vaishno Devi temple,Bahu fort, Amar Mahal,Mubarak Mandi Palace complex and many more. Surinsar Lake is a natural attraction one should not miss in Jammu.
Many festivals are celebrated here with much enthusiasm. They include Deepavali, Holi, Lohri, Ramnavami, Shivarathri and Baisakhi. The festival season attracts many tourists from India and abroad.
- Martand Sun Temple: The most memorable and beautiful work of King Lalitaditya is the construction of spacious Martand temple, which the emperor got built in honor of the Sun God or Bhaskar.
- Sudh Mahadev Temple: Situated in the town of Chanhani in the western part of the Jammu. It is a beautiful temple dedicated to lord shiv.
- Raghunath MandirRaghunath Temple: constructed by Maharaja Gulab Singh and his son Maharaja Ranbir Singh starting in 1851 and finishing in 1857.The lovely temple complex consisting seven historical shrines adorned with a tower. The chief deities in these temples are different incarnations of Lord Vishnu, Lord Surya and Lord Shiva.
- Ranbireshwar Temple: The temple is located on Shalimar Road near the New Secretariat and is one of the most renowned temples in Jammu
- Charar-e-Sharief: Chrar-e-Sharief is a shrine revered by both Muslims and Hindus dedicated to Sheikh Nooruddin, who was arguably the greatest mystic-saint of Kashmir.
- Hari Parbat Fort: The Mughal fort situated on the banks of the Dal Lake of Srinagar, it is positioned on top of the Sharika Hill.
- Bahu Fort:Babu fort is the oldest fort in Jammu city. The fort renovated by rulers of Dogra in a later period, was constructed by Raja Bahulochan, nearly 300 years back. A majestic garden, known as Bagh-e-Bahu with extensive lawns beautifully filled with flowers and plants is a favorite picnic spot.The garden has all types of attractions ranging from plants, shrubs, big trees and flowers to waterfalls.
- The Dargah o Peer Budhan Ali Shah (Peer Baba): This famous Dargah of the Muslim saint, Peer Budhan Ali Shah is situated on the backside of the Civil Airport
- Peer Kho Cave Temple: A cave temple of Lord Shiva, Peer Khoh Temple has its main deity as Swayambhu Shivling. This shrine is also known as Jamawant Cave located nearby river Tawi.
- Amar Mahal Palace Museum: Amar Mahal, constructed by King Raja Amar of Dogra in 1890s, is planned by a French architect.It was made out of a beautiful red sand stone.Later the palace was turned to museum with rich collections of paintings, books, inscriptions and sculptures.
- Mubarak Mandi Palace: Mubarak Mandi Palace was the royal residence of the erstwhile Dogra Kings. A very beautiful architecture, blended with Baroque, Mugal, Rajasthani and European styles, attracts the tourists invariantly to this spot. The most striking section is the Sheesh Mahal. The pink hall in this palace houses the Dogra art museum displaying many valued paintings.
- Adventure sports: Adventure sports are the main characteristic of this amazing city. Tourists are challenged with many opportunities like mountaineering, nature walks, trekking and Rafting.
Air: Jammu is connected with Srinagar, Delhi, Chandigarh, Leh, Mumbai and Bengaluru, the services are provided by major air carriers in India.
Train: Jammu city has a railway station called Jammu Tawi (station code JAT) that is well connected with major cities of India.
Road: National Highway 1A which passes through Jammu connects it to the Kashmir valley. National Highway 1B connects Jammu with Poonch town. Jammu is just 80 kilometres (50 mi) from Kathua town, while it is 68 kilometres (42 mi) from Udhampur city. Katra is also 49 kilometres (30 mi) away.
Local Transport: The city has JKSRTC city buses under and mini buses for local transport which run on some defined routes. These mini buses are called Matadors. Besides this auto-rickshaw service is also available. Local taxis are also available. Cycle rickshaws are also available for traveling short distances.
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- State : Jammu and Kashmir
- District : Jammu
- Famous for/as : Hill Station
- Languages : Hindi, Urdu, Kashmiri
- Best time to visit : Throughout the year
- Weather : Summer 5 to 40°C, Winter -14 to 10°C
- Pincode : 182301
- STD code : 01991
- State Govt. tourism website : http://www.jktourism.org/