Jammu City, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Jammu, the winter capital of J & K State is another major cities in the region and the city is also known as a gateway to Vaishno Devi Temple. Jammu, the second largest city of Jammu and Kashmir is also called 'The City of Temples'. Situated on the banks of Tawi River and on the foot of Shivaliks, Jammu is located at an altitude of 305 m above sea level. Jammu was founded by Raja Jambu Lochan in the 14th century BC. During one of his hunting campaigns, he reached the Tawi River where he saw a goat and a lion drinking water at the same place. Having satisfied their thirst, the animals went their own ways.
The Raja was amazed, abandoned the idea of hunting and returned to his companions. Recounting what he had seen, he exclaimed that this place, where a lion and a lamb could drink water side by side, was a place of peace and tranquility. The Raja commanded that a palace be built at this place and a city was founded around it. This city became known as Jambu-Nagar, which then later changed into Jammu. Jambu Lochan was the brother of Raja Bahu Lochan who constructed a fort on the bank of river Tawi. Bahu Fort is one of the famous historical places of Jammu.
Sightseeing & attractions of Jammu City
Raghunath Temple :- Raghunath Temple is the biggest temple complex in north India and is the most important shrine in entire Jammu. Situated right in the heart of Jammu City, the temple witnesses a lot of tourist from all over India. The temple, whose construction was started by Maharaja Gulab Singh in the year 1835, was completed by his son Maharaja Ranbir Singh in 1860 A.D. The temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. There are seven more shrines in the temple, which are dedicated to different gods and goddesses from the Epic Ramayana. The interiors of these shrines are completely gold plated. If you come to this temple in early morning or late evening, you can attend the daily prayers (aarti) that take place. Also find the library inside the premises which is full of rare manuscripts.
Bahu Forts and Gardens :-The mighty Bahu fort has history of more than 3000 years behind it. The Fort was built by Raja Bhaulochan. The foundations of the forts were re-strengthened by Dogra rulers. Do not forget to pay a visit to the Temple of Goddess Kali and offer your prayers there. The fort is also famous for the exquisitely cut out gardens that you will find on all sides of the fort. Reaching the fort is not a problem at all as it is just 5 km away from the main city center.
Amar Mahal Palace:- Amar Mahal Palace is stunning structure made up of red stones. This palace was once the abode of famous Raja Amar Singh but now is used as a museum housing famous paintings and portraits of rulers of Jammu and Kashmir. You will also find the renowned painting Nal Damayanti here. Also, get the opportunity to gaze on the splendid golden throne and a 120-kg pure gold sofa. It also has the city's finest library of antique books and paintings. The exterior beauty of this French Chateau type palace is perfectly complimented by the surrounding Shivaliks and Tawi River.
How to reach Jammu City
Jammu city has its own domestic airport which is just 6 km away from the city center. Indian Airlines has a daily flight operating to Jammu from Delhi.
Jammu Tawi is the most important rail-head in Jammu and Kashmir which receives trains from all major cities and towns of India.
Just like train service, road connection of Jammu is also very good with all other cities of J & K and all states of India. State transport buses of all states have their buses plying to Jammu.
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