Best Tourist Places to visit in Jammu
By F9 Team : 15-Apr-2017
Jammu the city of temples or the winter capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India lies on the banks of the scenic river Tawi. This coldest holiday destination is stationed at an elevation of 327 metres, above the sea level and is about 600 km far from the national capital, New Delhi.
Jammu the beautiful urban town has many attractive tourist places to visit within the borders of the district itself. The place has been adorned with several ancient temples known for their architectural grandeur to leave the visitor mesmerized into the picturesque view of Jammu. Not only the prayer chapels, Jammu has many forts and palaces erected within its premises to reminisce its golden history.
Here are a few of the best tourist places to visit in Jammu
1.Vaishno Devi Temple in Jammu
The holiest hindu shrine in India has been the traditional Vaishno Devi Temple. It is located atop the Trikuta Hills on the lowest range of the Himalayas. The place is flocked by millions of pilgrims around the year to pay their respected homage to the deity Maa Vaishno Devi. This pious monument built in Jammu is elevated at a height of 5300 feet above the sea level.
2. Mubarak Mandi Palace in Jammu:
Mubarak Mandi Palace was built around 150 years ago and belongs to the royal kings of the Dogra dynasty. Gol Ghar, a part of this fortress is in a dilapidated condition, due to the unfortunate occurrence of an earthquake. The Pink Hall is another famous and attractive tourist destination, for the sightseer to visit and discover all the affluent souvenirs. It has been converted into a museum that stores several miniature paint artworks and a gold-plated bow and arrow of emperor Shahjahan.
3. Bahu Fort and Garden Jammu
Bahu Fort was constructed at a 5 km distance away from city center, by Raja Bahulochan about 3000 years back. The garden of this palace lies on the bank of River Tawi in the scenic district of Jammu. The historical fortress was remodeled in the 19th century by the Dogra rulers. Bagh-e-Bahu is an another attractive terrace lawn that goes around the castle.
4. The Salal Dam and Lake Jammu
The Salal Dam and Lake nestled amidst the beautiful scenic view in the west of the blessed Vaishno Devi temple. The barrage is India’s 1st dam that was built on a rock pedestal, situated about 95 km far from Jammu. It was authorized in the year 1970 by Rajiv Gandhi the yesteryear’s Prime Minister. This barrier has been the biggest hydroelectric project in Jammu and can generate 400 MW capacity of power, to the entire Northern grid of India. There is a long 33 km lake behind the Salal barricade that allures the guests with its majestic reflection of the sun’s rays.
5. Mansar Lake, Jammu
Mansar Lake is encircled by the wood-covered hills about 35 miles away from Jammu. It is one of the famous tourist attractions in the northern state, with an approximate diameter of 2km in length and 1 km in width. Jammu and Kashmir tourism have arranged for fun-filled boat rides in the lagoon for the holiday-makers and local public as well. There has been a peculiar belief, that if a married couple walks around the Mansar water body then it shall bring good luck to their marital lives.