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Jammu City

Bridige over Jhelum river Jammu

Country: India
State:Jammu and Kashmir
Location: Northern part of India
Altitude: 305 m
Population: 13,79,678
Language: Dogri
Known for: Vaishno Devi shrine
Nearby Cities: Srinagar, Pathankot

Located in the northern part of India, Jammu is the major city of the state Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu is more popular as the winter capital of northernmost state of India. It is situated in the lap of western Himalayan mountain region; so, it has beautiful landscapes; that fascinate thousands of people every year.

In addition, the city is home of various Hindu temples and it is one of the most important pilgrimage tourism destinations in India. Because of having various temples and shrines, the city is also popular as 'City of Temples.' Surprisingly, it is located on the hill top of Himalayan Mountains so creates ideal peaceful, holy, and worship surrounding. Likewise, it is centre of tourism and major source of revenuein the region.

Jammu Tourism

Because of having several temples located in the picturesque landscapes, the region is pretty popular for tourism as well. Additionally, Jammu's historic monuments featured as unique blend of Islamic and Hindu architecture styles fascinate people equally. However, it is largely known for religious tourism.

The significant tourists' points in the city are:
Vaishno Devi Shrine: Located on the Trikuta Hills at the altitude of 1,700 meters, Mata Vaishno Devi temple is one of the most visited temples of India. Surprisingly, millions of devotees of various religions visit temple every year. The shrine is dedicated to mother Goddess Vaishno Devi (one of the incarnations of Goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva) and placed into a cave. Devotees need to walk a long way to reach this temple; however, these days some other ways are available including helicopter services, horses etc. In fact, primarily people reach the destination Katra either through bus or rail; but the rail service is largely available up to Jammu railway station and from where you need to take bus to reach Katra and from Katra you can go by helicopter (that you need to book many days in advance), can hire horse or the most interesting one i.e. you can walk. It is about 15 km journey from Katra. The walking journey is the not only enjoyable but also makes you feel the power of mata Vaisno Devi. You will find people coming and going round the clock; so cannot make difference between day and night here.
Purmandal: Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is one of the most sacred places of Jammu. Purmandal is located at the distance of 35 km from the city Jammu.
Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary: Major attractions of this sanctuary are Indian mynah, Indian Peafowl, Cheer Pheasant, Blue Rock Pigeon, Red Junglefowl, and chakor.
Manasar Lake: Located at the distance of about 62 km from Jammu, Mansar Lake is a beautiful lake surrounded by frozen hills. The lake is measured about a mile in length and half-a-mile in width.
Bahu Fort: Located at the distance of about 5 km from Jammu, it is a popular religious shrine. Probably, it is the oldest fort and edifice in Jammu city.

Other attractions are:
Raghunath Temple
Peer Kho Cave
Machail Mata

How to Reach??
By Road: Jammu is very well linked with the road network. Interestingly, dozens of private bus services link it with many neighbouring cities including Shimla, Manali, Amritsar, Delhi, Ludhiana etc.
By Rail: Jammu has a big railway station namely Jammu Tavi that links it with all major cities and hundreds of towns of India; so, you can book your rail ticket from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, as well as from the southern railway station Kanayakumari.
By Air: Jammu has also domestic airport from where you can regularly get flights for Delhi, Srinagar etc.

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