Jammu, in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is one of the popular tourism destinations in India. It provides innumerable sightseeing attractions including the beautiful mountain ranges, ancient religious centres and historical testaments.
Situated at the base of the snow covered Pir Panjal range, Jammu is a transition between the great Himalayas and fertile plains of the Punjab. Surrounded by dense mountain ranges and deep river valleys, rivers such as Chenab, Ravi and Tawi flow through the destination.
Identified as a city of temples, there are several noteworthy sites across the region, most distinguishing being Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Temple and Raghunath Temple. Raghunath Temple, situated in the heart of the city, is the most sacred shrine of Jammu. The ancient shrine is believed to be 130 years old, which was established by Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1835.
Apart from holy centres, there are several historical palaces and forts scattered around the state. Some of the notable historic testaments include Bahu Fort, Amar Mahal, Mubarak Mandi Palace Complex, Gadhadharji Temple and Dogra Art Museum.
The ancient Bahu Fort is one of the chief attractions of the region, the foundation of which was laid back over 3,000 years ago. The ancient testament was renovated by rulers of the Dogra Dynasty.
The fort features a beautiful garden, known as Bagh-e-Bahu, decorated with flowers, shrubs, trees, plants and waterfalls. Bahu Temple, a shrine dedicated to Goddess Kali within the fort, is visited by large number of devotees and travellers round the year.
There are several beautiful sites in proximity to Jammu such as Mansar Lake and Surinsar Lake. Boating can be done at Mansar Lake. On the other hand, the Dogra Art Museum featuring miniature painting and historic articles attract those interested in exploring art and history.