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Jammu Sightseeing

The city of Jammu comprises of two distinct parts which are the Old Town that overlooks the Tawi river and the New Town. Some of the famous tourist attractions in Jammu are the Raghunath Temple, Bahu Fort, Art Gallery and Amar Mahal Museum.

 

Sightseeing Places in Jammu

Raghunath Temple
The most outstanding landmark and famous tourist attraction in Jammu is the Raghunath Temple. Raghunath Temple is situated in the heart of the city and surrounded by a group of other temples. This temple is dedicated to Lord Rama, and one of the largest temple complexes in the North India. The work on its construction was started by Maharaja Gulab Singh, founder of the principality of Jammu and Kashmir, in 1835 AD and was completed by his son,

Raghunath Temple Jammu

Maharaja Ranbir Singh, in 1860 AD. The temple consists of seven shrines and each shrine has a simple tower. The tower over the central shrine is curvlinear. Its fluted surface, arches and niches indicate a Mughal influence. The inner walls of the main temple are covered with gold sheet on three sides. There are many galleries with innumerable 'saligrams'. The surrounding temples are dedicated to various Hindu deities from the epic Ramayana, images of Vishnu in various incarnations, Shiva and Surya. There is also a stone lingam here and is a great centre for the Shakti worship. The portrait of Ranbir Singh and a sculpture of Hanuman are situated at the entrance.

Peer Khoh
Peer Khoh is a cave shrine located on the Circular Road, 3.5 kms from the heart of the town. There is a naturally formed Shiva lingam in the cave which is quite mysterious as neither its antiquity nor its cause are known. Legend has it that the cave leads underground to many other cave shrines and even out of the country.

Ranbireshwar Temple

Ranbireshwar Temple is located on Shalimar Road near the New Secretariat and built by Maharaja Ranbir Singh in 1883 AD. The Ranbireshwar Temple is situated opposite the Dogra Art Gallery in Jammu. This historic temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is a local landmark due to 75 m tower and an extraordinary central crystal lingam measuring seven-and-a-half feet in height. It also has twelve Shiva 'lingams' of crystal measuring from 15" to 38" and galleries with thousands of others are carved on stone slabs.

Ranbir Canal
A small garden along the Ranbir Canal, which runs through the city outskirts, provides a cool picnic spot during the summer. The canal branches off from the river Chenab at Akhnoor, 32 kms away. Its water remains icy-cold throughout the year and its banks serve as good viewpoints and walkways.

Bahu Fort and Gardens

Bahu Fort is situated near the Amar Mahal museum and about 5 kms away from the city centre. It is entered through a large quadrangle. This fort stands on on an upland plateau on the left bank of the river Tawi. The Bahu Fort is the oldest fort and edifice in the city, and constructed originally by Raja Bahulochan over 3,000 years ago. The Bahu fort was later improved and rebuilt as the Mondi Palace by the Dogra rulers. Looking at this fort one can imagine the wars fought, invasions prevented, and even the grandeur of the royal family must have enjoyed at the time. The ancient Bahu Fort is now in ruins. Today it is surrounded by a lush green terraced garden, with waterfalls and flowers of every kind and colour. It is a favourite picnic spot for the city folk. Inside, there is a temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali. Its ramparts swarm with devotees during the festivals who come to pay their homage to goddess Kali. An extensive terraced garden, known as Bagh-e-Bahu, has been developed around the fort.

Aquarium Bagh-I-Bahu

Bagh-I-Bahu is the India's largest underground aquarium in Jammu. This aquarium is drawing a large number of tourists ever since it was opened to the public. Besides students, the aquarium has become a centre of attraction for tourists, giving them an opportunity to revel in the exotic aquatic world. The aquarium-cum-awareness centre comprises of 24 aquarium caves including 13 small caves for holding freshwater fishes, two large caves for holding marine water fishes and nine medium sized aquariums for holding marine and fresh water fishes. It has state-of-the-art equipment, a public gallery, museum, laboratory and a multimedia conference hall. The entrance is designed in the shape of the mouth of a fish and the exit in the shape of a fish tail. The aquarium houses a museum where 400 varieties of freshwater and marine fish are on display.

Peer Baba

Behind the Civil Airport is the famous Durgah of the Muslim saint, Peer Budhan Ali Shah. On Thursdays, Hindu and Sikh devotees who visit this shrine, vastly outnumber the Muslim devotees.

Mahamaya Temple and City Forest

On the bypass Road, behind Bahu Fort, the city forest surrounds the ancient Mahamaya temple overlooking the river Tawi. A small garden surrounded by acres of woods provides the best view of the city.

Mubarak Mandi Complex

The oldest buildings in this palace complex date back to 1824. The architecture is a blend of Rajasthani, Mughal and even baroque elements. The most stunning segment is the Sheesh Mahal. "The Pink Hall" houses the Dogra Art Museum which has miniature paintings of the various Hill Schools.

 

Amar Mahal Palace Museum
The Amar Mahal Museum was built by the Amar Singh in 1907. This museum is more like a French chateau with its sloping roofs and turrets. The Amar Mahal Palace is built on an eyrie overlooking the Tawi river. The museum was designed by a French man. The exhibits in the Amar Mahal Palace museum includes Pahari paintings, royal miniature paintings, manuscripts, finest library of antique books. The museum also has a portrait gallery which contains the family portraits of ancient Dogra kings and rulers of Jammu and Kashmir. An entire series of miniatures on the epic Nal-

Amar Mahal Palace Museum Jammu

Damayanti can be seen in the museum. The museum also conducts a "heritage walk" programme for interested student to familiarize them with the history of Jammu.

Dogra Art Gallery

The Art Gallery in Jammu is located opposite the New Secretariat. The Gallery has a rich display of Dogra art belonging to the Pahari and Basholi schools, fine miniatures of the Jammu and Basohli School of painting, Terracottas, medieval weapons, sculptures and ancient manuscripts.

 
 
 

 

 
 
 

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