Jammu is situated on a hillock on the banks of the river Tawi. It is the winter capital of jammu & Kashmir, from November to April, when all offices move from Srinagar to jammu. The city has numerous shrines belonging to the Hindu, Muslim and Christian faiths. Jammu is also the base camp for the holy shrine of Vaishno Devi. Jammu is also an important railhead and a national airport is located at Satwari in this district.
Places of Interest Jammu
This fort on the banks of the river Tawi, is known for its historic temple of Goddess Mahakali, who is popularly known as Bawe-Mali Mata.
Sitauted on a hillock under the Bahu Fort, this beautiful locale is fashioned along the lines of the Mughal gardens of Kashmir. An artificial lake, lush green lawns, flower beds, fountains and a cafeteria can be found here.
Mubarak Mandi Complex
This 150 years old historic complex was once the royal residence of the dogra rulers. It now houses 76 government offices and courts. The complex also has halls and galleries, which were used for official functions and public events.
Rani Charak Mahal
Located on the riverside, it is also connected with Toshakhana on the other side.
Amar Mahal Museum
Once the presidential palace of Raja Amar Singh, this beautiful masterpiece of red sandstone has been converted into a museum and is managed by the Hari Tara Charitable Trust. Located among scenic surroundings, the museum still has the golden throne on which the Maharaja used to sit, made of 120kg of pure gold. The museum has a gallery of paintings known as Naldamyanth and a library containing about 25,000 books on various subjects.
Dogra Art Museum
Presently located on the Pink Hall of Mubarak Mandi Complex, the museum houses about 800 rare and exquisite paintings, a gold painted bow and arrow of the Mugal Emperor Shah Jahan and various hand-written Parisian manuscripts.
Ziarat Baba Budan Shah
This famous shrine dedicated to Baba Budan Shah is visited by many people. It is located in the outskirts of Jammu, about 8km from the main city.
Ziarat Baba Budan Shah
This famous shrine dedicated to baba Budan Shan is visited by many people. It is located in the outskirts of Jammu, about 8 km from the main city.
Ziarat Baba Roshan Shah Wali
This shrine built on the slopes of Gumat, is in memory of a 6th century Arabian Fakir who travelled all over the Asian peninsula and came to Jammu and settled down here.
Ziarat Peer Mitha
This magnificent tomb and mosque in the heart of Jammu city, was built in memory of a saint who was popular among the masses as Pir Mitha, as he used ot accept a pinch of sugar among the offerings.
This dargah is called so because it was the residence of five Peers (holy men) who lived here and dedicated themselves to meditation. It is located near the Maharaja’s Palace on the Jammu-Srinagar national Highway.
Aap Shambu Temple
Located at Sathrian in Roopnagar area of Jammu City, this stone temple has a self-made stone lingam.
Perhaps the most splendid temple complex in northern India, this complex in the heart of Jammu city consists of 17 temples. The main commercial market of Jammu is named after this complex. Almost all deities in the Hindu pantheon are represented here.
This temple was constructed by Maharaja Gulab Singh near his palace (Mubarak Mandi), soon afer he became the ruler of the state. The temple has two life-size statues of Narayana and Lakshmi.
The biggest Shiva temple in North India, this temple was constructed by Maharaja Ranbir Singh. The temple also has a 7ft. tall lingam is black stone and huge images of Ganesha, Karthikeya and the Nandi Bull.
One of the oldest Shiva temples in Jammu.
Jammu city is also known for its many historic churches of these, the Protestant Church on Wazarat Road is the oldest in the city. The other Church on G.L. Dogra Road and the Presentation Church of the Virgin Mary.
Dargah Garib Shah
This dargah at Samba, was built in memory of a Peer (Muslim saint) who had immense spiritual powers and many devotees from all faiths. His Samadhi is maintained by the local Hindus.
This cave shrine of Lord Shiva, also known as Jamawant Cave, is considered to be theoldest place in the Shivalik region. This shrine is located among igneous rocks and acacia jungle northeast of Jammu city.
Also known as “little Kashi”, this tow is located on the banks of the holy Devika river, which is considered as sacred as the Ganges. Many devotes visit this town on Shivarathri and Chaitra Chaudashi.
A historic place, the temple of Nagdevta is located here.
Situated near Samba, this place is popularly known as Pehla Darshan of Vaishno Devi pilgrims.
Surinsar and mansard Lakes (45km)
These lakes are of religious and historical importance, as they date back to the Mahabharata period, according to a popular legend. A small island can be found in the middle of the Surinsar Lake. There are facilities for boating in both these lakes.
A popular picnic spot on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, a flowing ravine, groves, recreational rooms and a café can be found here.
The Jeopota temple is located here on the banks of the river Chenab. A huge sedimentary rock used by Maharaja Ranjit Singh to bestow Raj Tilak on Gulab Singh can be seen here.
Located on the jammu-Akhnoor highway, a fair is held here to commemorate the martyrdom of Baba jitto.