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Jammu Tourist Places
The city of Jammu comprises of two distinct parts which are the Old Town that overlooks the Tawi river and the New Town. Some of the famous tourist attractions in Jammu are the Raghunath Temple, Bahu Fort, Art Gallery and Amar Mahal Museum.
Sightseeing Places in Jammu
The most outstanding landmark and famous tourist attraction in Jammu is the Raghunath Temple. Raghunath Temple is situated in the heart of the city and surrounded by a group of other temples. This temple is dedicated to Lord Rama, and one of the largest temple complexes in the North India.
Peer Khoh is a cave shrine located on the Circular Road, 3.5 kms from the heart of the town. There is a naturally formed Shiva lingam in the cave which is quite mysterious as neither its antiquity nor its cause are known.
Ranbireshwar Temple is located on Shalimar Road near the New Secretariat and built by Maharaja Ranbir Singh in 1883 AD. This historic temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It also has twelve Shiva 'lingams' of crystal measuring from 15" to 38" and galleries with thousands of others are carved on stone slabs.
A small garden along the Ranbir Canal, which runs through the city outskirts, provides a cool picnic spot during the summer.
Bahu Fort and Gardens
Bahu Fort is situated near the Amar Mahal museum and about 5 kms away from the city centre. It is entered through a large quadrangle. This fort stands on an upland plateau on the left bank of the river Tawi. The Bahu Fort is the oldest fort and edifice in the city, and constructed originally by Raja Bahulochan over 3,000 years ago.
Bagh-I-Bahu is the India's largest underground aquarium in Jammu. This aquarium is drawing a large number of tourists ever since it was opened to the public. Besides students, the aquarium has become a centre of attraction for tourists, giving them an opportunity to revel in the exotic aquatic world. The aquarium-cum-awareness centre comprises of 24 aquarium caves including 13 small caves for holding freshwater fishes, two large caves for holding marine water fishes and nine medium sized aquariums for holding marine and fresh water fishes.
Behind the Civil Airport is the famous Durgah of the Muslim saint, Peer Budhan Ali Shah. On Thursdays, Hindu and Sikh devotees who visit this shrine, vastly outnumber the Muslim devotees.
Mahamaya Temple and City Forest
On the bypass Road, behind Bahu Fort, the city forest surrounds the ancient Mahamaya temple overlooking the river Tawi. A small garden surrounded by acres of woods provides the best view of the city.
Mubarak Mandi Complex
The oldest buildings in this palace complex date back to 1824. The architecture is a blend of Rajasthani, Mughal and even baroque elements. The most stunning segment is the Sheesh Mahal. "The Pink Hall" houses the Dogra Art Museum which has miniature paintings of the various Hill Schools.
Amar Mahal Palace Museum
The Amar Mahal Museum was built by the Amar Singh in 1907. This museum is more like a French chateau with its sloping roofs and turrets. The exhibits in the Amar Mahal Palace museum includes Pahari paintings, royal miniature paintings, manuscripts, finest library of antique books.
Dogra Art Gallery
The Art Gallery in Jammu is located opposite the New Secretariat. The Gallery has a rich display of Dogra art belonging to the Pahari and Basholi schools, fine miniatures of the Jammu and Basohli School of painting, Terracottas, medieval weapons, sculptures and ancient manuscripts.