Jammu- The Land of grand ancient temples and other beautiful palaces

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Nestled against the backdrop of the snow-capped Pir Panjal Mountains, Jammu also known as “The City of Temples”  is the Duggar land where the past still has a living presence. A land of grand ancient temples, and beautiful palaces. The region of Jammu constitutes the southernmost unit of the state of Jammu & Kashmir.
It forms part of the transition between the Himalayan range in the north and the dusty plains of Punjab in the south. Between these two extremities lie a series of scrub-covered hills, forested mountain ranges and river valleys, encompassing several microclimatic regions that extend from Kishtawar in the north-east to Akhnoor in the south-west, and the historic town of Poonch in the north-west to the borders of Kangra (H P) in the south-east. The Shivalik hills cut across the area from the east to the west while the rivers Ravi, Tawi and Chenab cut their way through the region.

Here is a list of place one can visit on his/her Jammu trip:

Amar Mahal Palace: Amar Mahal, located in Jammu, is a palace depicting grandeur of an erstwhile era.

Ranbir Canal: A small garden along the Ranbir Canal, which runs through the city outskirts.

Bahu Fort & Gardens: Bahu Fort stands on a rock face on the left bank of the river Tawi.

Jasrota Mata: Patnitop is the most popular tourist spot of Jammu region.

Mata Sukrala: A place for a quiet holiday, the meadow has now been developed as a golf course.

Mata Sundrikote: This small town serves as the base camp for visting the famous shrine of Vaishnodevi in the Trikuta hills.

Mata Balaji Sundri: This resort straddles the forested slopes of the Patnitop mountain range, overlooking the spectacular lie of the Chenab gorge.

Mansar Lake: Boating facilities are available in the spot. Every year around Baisakhi, a food and crafts festival is organised here by J&K Tourism.

Purmandal: Often referred to as ‘Chhota Kashi’, its main temple is dedicated to ‘umapati’.

Dera Baba Banda: It is a major Hindu-Sikh pilgrimage centre situated 75 Kms from Jammu.

Peer Khoh: Peer Khoh is a cave shrine located on the Circular Road, 3.5 kms from the heart of the town.

Peer Baba: Behind the Civil Airport is the famous durgah of the Muslim saint, Peer Budhan Ali Shah.

Krimchi: On the way to Sudhmahadev-Mantalai, a short detour takes one to Krimchi, site of three of the oldest temples of Jammu.

Jajjar Kotli: The crystal clear, cool water of Jajjar attract picnickers in large number during summer.

Akhnoor: This town is associated with the legend of Soni-Mahiwal.

Salal Dam And Lake: The west of the Holy Shrine of Vashnodeviji is the Salal Dam and Lake.

Baba Dhansar: On way to Salal Dam, Baba Dhansar is a beautiful and cool picnic spot.

Raghunath Temple: Dedicated to Lord Rama, Situated in the heart of the city and surrounded by a group of other temples.

Ranbireshwar Temple: This historic temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Mahamaya Temple: The city forest surrounds the ancient Mahamaya temple overlooking the river Tawi.

Chichi Mata: It is situated near Samba and is popularly known as Pehla Darshan of Vaishno Devi pilgrims.

Mubarak Mandi Palace: The architecture is a blend of Rajasthani, Mughal and even baroque elements.

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