Jammu is the winter capital of the northern-most state of India. A major part of tourism in this picturesque region set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Pir Panjal range consists of numerous shrines that attract thousands of pilgrims every year. Located at the heart of this city of temples is the Raghunath Temple dedicated to Lord Shri Rama where the inner walls are covered with gold, on three sides. The other surrounding temples are related to gods from the Ramayana. The Vaishno Devi temple is accessible from Jammu too.
Jammu has its share of historical monuments; the oldest perhaps is the Bahu Fort built by Raja Bahulochan, facing the Tawi River. It was later improved by the Dogra rulers of Jammu. The Mubarak Mandi Palace offers a fusion of architectural styles, Rajasthani, Mughal and Gothic, the most famous part of this Palace being the Sheesh Mahal segment. The Dogra Art Museum is a treasure house of miniature paintings from various hill schools.
Those with adventure in mind could head towards Sanasar for Paragliding, Camping, Trekking, Abseiling, Rock Climbing and scenic nature walks. Nowadays there is inclination towards promoting Eco tourism that is environmentally and socially responsible. In simple words, to leave the places one visits, better than one found it.
Jammu is connected by railways and road to the rest of the country.
Best time to visit: September to March
Languages spoken: Dogri
Climate: Pleasant summers and very cold winters with snowfall
Holy Places: Vaishno Devi, Raghunath Temple, Shahdra Sharif Shrine, Ranbireshwar Temple, Peer Kho Temple, Panjbakhtar Temple

Natural Wonders: Patnitop Hill Station, Poonch Valley
Historical sites: Punj old fort, Bhimgarh Fort, Ramnagar fort
Adventure tourism: Paragliding, Camping, Trekking, Abseiling, Rock Climbing

Vaishno Devi Yatra – A Pilgrim’s Progress

Vaishno Devi Yatra – A Pilgrim’s Progress


Even appointments with gods come with privilege. A pilgrim with VIP pass could bypass all number and answer his/her calling with a privilege which a poor barefoot pilgrim couldn’t even dream of. An Amitabh Bachhan has more easy access to god than a mere “Nikhil Chandra”. Perhaps gold is a precious metal even among gods…who knows why the world is the way it is.

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