Jammu is known for its
landscape, ancient temples, Hindu shrines, Amar Mahal Palace (a
castle type) now a Museum, gardens and forts. Hindu holy shrines
of Amarnath and Vaishno Devi attracts tens of thousands of Hindu
devotees every year.
Jammu's beautiful natural landscape has
made it one of the most favoured destinations for adventure
tourism in South Asia. Jammu's historic monuments feature a
unique blend of Islamic and Hindu architecture styles.
Amongst the temples in Jammu, the Raghunath Mandir takes pride
of place being situated right in the heart of the city. This
temple is situated at the city center and was built in 1857.
Work on the temple was started by Maharaja Gulab Singh, founder
of the Kingdom of Jammu and Kashmir in 1835 AD and was completed
by his son Maharaja Ranbir Singh in 1860 AD.
Situated 62 km from Jammu, Mansar is a beautiful lake fringed by
forest-covered hills, over a mile in length by half-a-mile in
width. Besides being a popular excursion destination in Jammu,
it is also a holy site, sharing the legend and sanctity of Lake
is a wild life Sanctuary housing jungle life like Spotted Deer, Neelgai etc. besides other water birds such as Cranes, Ducks
The Bahu fort, which also serves as a religious temple is
situated about 5 km from Jammu city on a rock face on the left
bank of the river Tawi. This is perhaps the oldest fort and
edifice in the city. Constructed originally by Raja Bahulochan
over 3,000 years ago, the existing Fort was more recently
improved and rebuilt by Dogra rulers. There is a temple
dedicated to the Goddess Kali inside the fort popularly known as
Bave wali Mata. The fort overlooks the river running through
Jammu city. Every Tuesday and Sunday pilgrims throng this temple
and partake in "Tawi flowing worship". Bave Wali Mata is the
presiding deity of Jammu. Today the fort is surrounded with a
beautiful terraced garden which is a favourite picnic spot of
the city folk.
The holy cave shrine of Vaishno devi is situated in a beautiful
recess of the Trikuta Mountains forming a part of the lower
Himalayas at an altitude of over 5000 feet. In the cave there
are images of three deities viz. the Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and
Mahasaraswati. For the devotees it is a journey to peace and
solace. For nature lovers it is an excursion amidst breathtaking