Jammu is a famous pilgrimage to the south of the great Himalayan range, and the winter capital of the northern Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. Located on the banks of Tawi River, it also attracts tourists for its scenic beauty arising out of the settings of thick forests and natural splendor. Lying to north of the plains of Punjab, it has lower and higher altitudes covered with forests of oak, chestnut, deodar and pine.
Jammu is home to a renowned Hindu shrine, the Vaishno Devi, and it catches the fancy of nature lovers for its scenic beauty. Founded and named by King Jambu Lochan in the 8th century BC, the backdrop here is full of temples, which gives it the tag of ‘City of Temples’. A big number of devotees flock here right through the year to pray at the legendary Vaishno Devi Temple, dedicated to Hindu Mother Goddess, Vaishno Devi.
The imprint and finesse of Mughal architectural style is visible in the famed Raghunath Temple, built by the erstwhile kings of the state. The Mubarak Mandi Palace is a prominent site that exquisitely displays the blend of four different architectural styles, namely European, Mughal, Rajasthani and Baroque. A visit to the palace is incomplete without gazing at the charm of Sheesh Mahal, which is the key attraction here.
The Mansar Lake is a major religious site in Jammu with big crowd each year. Situated amid lovely green forests, it’s a shrine of the Hindu Snake God, thus of great importance to devotees. The 300-years old Bahu Fort is a must-see attraction here to feel the ethos of the Solar Dynasty. The fort complex houses a sprawling lawn and the Bawey Wali Mata Temple.
The Peer Baba Dargah and the Surinsar Lake are other notable places of interest in Jammu. Nature lovers can head to Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary to quench their thirst. Other sites of note here include Peer Kho Cave Temple, Ziarat Peer Mitha and Amar Mahal. In overall, Jammu is an ideal destination when you wish to soak in the natural essences and spirituality together!