Jammu, the other Benaras in India

A large number of beautiful temples and a river flowing through the middle of the city -this brief description is exactly the same for Benaras in Uttar Pradesh and Jammu, the winter capital city of Jammu and Kashmir.

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A large number of beautiful temples and a river flowing through the middle of the city -this brief description is exactly the same for Benaras in Uttar Pradesh and Jammu, the winter capital city of Jammu and Kashmir. A city where the past still has a living presence, Jammu is truly cosmopolitan in its emerging urban culture. A land of grand ancient temples, and beautiful palaces. Nestled against the backdrop of the snow-capped Pir Panjal Mountains, 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.

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