Famous Places

 

Vaishno Devi , Katra

One of the most famous pilgrimage centres, the Vaishno Devi temple is visited by nearly 10 million devotees every year. The shrine is dedicated to goddess Mahalakshmi, who attracts a large number of pilgrims who come to pray and pay their respects to the goddess. It is popular throughout the world among Hindu pilgrims due to the belief that their wishes are fulfilled. The trek lasts for 12kms, and devotees walk up to the shrine to pray.

Bahu Fort

Located in the city of Jammu, the Bahu Fort is said to have been built by Raja Bhau lochan on the banks of River Tawi. The fortress houses a temple of goddess Kali amid terrace gardens. The temple attracts pilgrims on weekends, and tourists visit the fort to look at the history of the Dogra kings who resided in the fort years after it was built. The temple is one that pilgrims visit after the Vaishno Devi temple, which is already a very popular pilgrimage centre of India.

Pangong Tso Lake: Ladakh

Do you remember the last scene of 3 idiots? Want to know about the location where Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor present ? the place is located in Ladakh. Situated at a height of 4,250 meters, far away in barren land in Ladakh, Pangong Tso is one of the largest brackish lakes in Asia. The crystal clear blue lake sprawls over an area of 100 kilometers. It is one of the charismatic lakes situated on the Changtang plateau in eastern Ladakh region.

Patnitop

The striking hill station known as Patnitop is located about 112kms from the city of Jammu, close to the Chenab River. This hilltop is a destination for trekking and skiing, one that lures tourists in a large number throughout the year. Picnics and trips are taken by visitors on this plateau, and it’s a pleasant location to spend time in. Pony rides and trails of extensive and peaceful walks are an appealing factor.

aghunath Temple, constructed by Maharaja Gulab Singh and his son Maharaja Ranbir Singh starting in 1851 and finishing in 1857, is in the midst of a temple complex including Panjbakhtar Temple and Ranbireshwar Temple. The lovely temple complex consisting seven historical shrines adorned with a tower. The chief deities in these temples are different incarnations of Lord Vishnu, Lord Surya and Lord Shiva.

The Mughal architectural style is prevalent in these temples, amply shown by the arches, niches and surfaces. An image of the king Ranbir Singh and an idol of Lord Hanuman are placed in the entrance. Gold plated interiors are lovely.

It houses many mammoth statues of deities and a large number of “lingams” (altar representing Lord Shiva). The temple is renowned for its revered inscriptions. A Sanskrit library, contains the rarest and richest collections of manuscripts and ancient books, is functioning in the temple. It is a perfect religious place in which historians find more valuable materials.

Mansar Lake

Mansar lake, with its length more than a mile and width half-a-mile, is a very attractive lake in the midst of lusting greeneries surrounded by forest-covered hills. It is considered as a very holy site known from mythological periods sharing the sanctity and legacy of Mansa Sarovar. It is a very popular base of tourists.

A temple for a snake god, Sheshnag, is located on the banks of lake. It is believed that it is auspicious for newly wed couples to seek blessings of Sheshnag by performing three parikarma around the lake. Holy dip in the Mansar Lake is assumed to be purifying the sins.

A temple of Durga and two other ancient temples Narasimha and Parvathi Shiva (Umapati Mahadev) are located in the close proximity of the Mansar Lake. Mansar Lake is an ideal spot for boating, amidst the lusting greeneries of Jammu. There is a wildlife sanctuary nearby.

Amar Mahal

Amar Mahal, constructed by King Raja Amar of Dogra in 1890s, is planned by a French architect and looks like a French chateau with Indian artisans. This beautiful architectural monument served as the Royal family residence for many years. It was made out of red sand stone. Later the palace was turned to museum with rich collections of paintings, books, inscriptions and sculptures.

Durbar hall of the museum is very attractive and is adorned with family portraits of rulers of Jammu and Kashmir along with magnificient Pahari paintings. The exhibits like throne of Maharaja Hari Singh, made of 120 kg solid gold, are spectacular.

The library in Amar Mahal Museum has more than twenty thousand books collected during the last 50 years. The collection also comprises of some exceptional volumes from the library of Raja Amar Singh.

Surinsar Lake

Whipping calm, the feature of the beautiful lake Surinsar, located in the proximity of Jammu, is extra ordinary. Surrounded by thick forests in the backdrop of hilly terrains, the lake is a much loved picturesque tourist spot in Jammu region. Blossomed with lotus flowers, the lake looks like water based lotus garden in summer.

Hindu mythology points the origination of the lake to the legendary warrior Arjuna. It is believed that he shot an arrow to the Mansar land and the arrow pierced the earth and came out through at a place in Surinsar, hence both the lakes are formed.

Accommodation is available in this place offered by Tourism Development Corporation of Jammu and Kashmir.