Famous Places to visit in Jammu
Jammu, the beautiful summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir. The district known for its scenic views. The colourful and wide variety of flowers, greenery and freshness in the environment make it a paradise on earth. The city is divided into two parts, old and new. The city has some temples wrapped in age-old myths and quite a few forts and palaces.
As one of the wonderful hill stations in Jammu region, its name is taken from small local lakes ‘Sana’ and ‘Sar’. This town is surrounded by huge conifer trees and offers beautiful views. This place has achieved a lot of tourist attention in the recent times and provides an excellent spot for adventure sports.
Popularly known as “Mini Kashmir”, the town is gifted with awe-inspiring views and graceful beauty due to striking woodlands and gleaming streams flowing through different parts of the city. It also has many historical and religious places. And, in the area of Bhaderwah, you can also witness Machail Mata Temple, which is popularly known for the shrine of Goddess Durga.
Vaishno Devi hills, located in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, are famous all over the country for housing the Vaishno Devi Temple. This temple, being one of the holiest Hindu temples in the nation, is dedicated to Vaishno Devi, who is also known as Vaishnavi or Mata Rani. Apart from being the Mother Goddess, She is said to be the incarnation of Shakti.
One of the key hill stations in the region, it is famous for its adventure sports like skiing in winters. In summers, it offers paragliding rides and picturesque picnic spots.
Bahu Fort is an ancient fort, believed to have been built by Raja Bahulochan about 3,000 years ago and later refurbished by kings of the Dogra Dynasty in 19 CE. The fort houses a Mahakali Temple (aka Bave Wali Mata) within its premises, in favour of the deity who is believed to preside over the region. The aquarium in the garden, the Bagh-i-Bahu, is one of the subcontinent’s largest underground aquariums, housing over 400 varieties of fresh and marine water fish–all maintained in a state-of-the-art shape.
Amar Mahal Palace Museum
Amar Mahal Palace Museum is housed in the Amar Mahal Palace. It was built in 1862 in a unique, French-chateau style of architecture. Located atop a hill overlooking the Tawi river, four rooms of the palace have been converted into art galleries and historical museums, depicting the royal history of Jammu.
The star of this museum is the golden throne of Jammu, weighing a whopping 120 kgs, done up in pure gold. The art collection here is also quite impressive, with paintings of M F Hussain and Laxman Pai on display, among other famous Indian contemporary painters. Another interesting aspect is the Pahari paintings shown here, depicting tales from the Mahabharata and other folklore, especially those of Nal Damyanti. The museum also organises heritage walks around the compound to give detailed insights into the history of Jammu and surrounding cities.