Jammu also known as Duggar is located at the foot hills of great Himalayas. Jammu situated at an altitude 310 meters and area covered 21 square kilometers. It is the largest city in Jammu and the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir. The City is also known as the City of Temples as it has many temples and Home to some of the most popular Hindu shrines, such as Vaishno Devi, Gauri Kund Temple, Gadhadharji Temple and many more. There are number of tourists visit Jammu every day. The people of Jammu are very simple and belong to different religious backgrounds that make the overall culture more vibrant and colorful.
Tourist Places in Jammu:
Vaishno Devi temple: Vaishno Devi is one of the holy Hindu temples dedicated to Shakti and one of the oldest and famous shrines of India. It is situated at a height of 5305 feet on the holy Trikuta Hills of the Shivalik Hill Range. The Holy cave is 12 Kms from the Base Camp Katra and 65 kms from Jammu. More than 7.5 million pilgrims or yatris visit the temple every year and it is the second most visited religious shrine in India.
Mansar Lake: Mansar Lake is situated at a distance of 60 km from Jammu and 38 km from Udaipur city. The Mansar Lake is surrounded by hills that are ample in forest areas and a very popular base of tourists. Durga temple and two other ancient temples Narasimha and Parvati Shiva are located in the close proximity of the Mansar Lake. The Mansar Lake is the venue for the food and crafts festival in the month of April organized by the Tourism Department of Jammu and Kashmir.
Amarnath Yatra: Amarnath Yatra is one of the holiest points of Jammu. Millions of people come every year in the month of July to August to visit the cave of Amarnath. The Amarnath Cave in Kashmir has a special importance. According to the legends, this cave was chosen by Shiva, 'Bhole Shankar', who here, revealed to Parvati, the secrets to immorality and the creation of the world. The amaranth yatra begins in the month of July. Amaranth Yatra attracts thousands of pilgrims or devotees of lord Shiva every year that come to gather the blessings of Holy Lord Shiva.
Amar Mahal Palace: Amar mahal palace was constructed by a French architect for Raja Amar Singh, belonging to the Dogra dynasty. Which has now been converted into a Museum, The palace is made of red sand stone and is situated on the right bank of the Tawi River. There is a library in the palace as well, which has more than twenty thousand books. You will find books on philosophy, religion and political science apart from fiction. Another attraction of this palace is the suite of Maharani Tara Devi.
Raghunath Temple: This temple is a well famous holy shrine of the Hindus, situated in Jammu. Raghunath Mandir is one of the largest temples of the Northern part of India. This temple is dedicated to Lord Rama, who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The Raghunath Temple is surrounded by many other temples and all of them have been dedicated to various Gods and Goddesses who are associated with the epic Ramayana. The entire atmosphere of the temple is very holy and will surely give the visitors complete peace of mind. One can easily reach this temple from Srinagar and Jammu Airport by hiring taxis or by taking regular buses.
Lakshmi Narayan Temple: Jammu known as City of Temples. Among the various temples, Lakshmi Narayan Temple is one of the popular Hindu Temples. Lakshmi Narayan Temple was built by Raja Jambu Lochan. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Narayan. Thousands of visitors visit this holy place and seek the blessings of Lord Lakshmi and Narayan. When you are on a trip to Jammu and Kashmir do not miss out on the Lakshmi Narayan Temple. Some other famous tourist spots near Jammu and Kashmir are: Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Pahalgam, Ladakh, Mahamaya, Temple Shrine of Pir Baba, Shivalya Temple many more.