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About Jammu
Jammu district derives its name from the city of Jammu which besides being the winter capital of the state, is known as the city of temples. It is believed that the city was originally founded by Raja Jamboo Lochan who lived in fourteenth century B.C. The Raja had gone out one day for hunting when he happened to witness a tiger and a goat drinking water from one and the same pond. Jammu is situated on a hillock, on the bank of river Tawi and is bound by Udhampur district in the north and northeast , Kathua district in the east and southeast, Pakistan (Sialkote) in west and Rajauri district and POK (Bhimber) in the northwest
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However, apart from the shrines, there are a number of other places also worth visiting in Jammu. The Bahu Fort, Mubarak Mandi Palace, Amar Palace Museum, Dogra Art Gallery, etc count amongst the other tourist attractions of the Jammu city in India. Festivals add a little color and gaiety to the life of the people in the Jammu city. A number of festivals are celebrated in Jammu, ranging from Lohri to Ramnavmi to Shivratri.Mata Vaishno Devi shrine is located near the Katra district at a height of 5200 ft.
Sightseeing:
Amar Mahal Palace Museum
Amar Palace is a magnificent red sand stone monument, surrounded by beautiful Shivaliks and gushing Tawi River. Once the residential palace of Raja Amar Singh, the palace has now been converted into a museum. The museum has a hexagonal room housing a magnificent golden throne, along with a 120 kg pure gold sofa, embedded with golden lions. Other attractions of the museum include a gallery displaying paintings known as Nal Damyanti along with other Pahari paintings and family portraits of rulers of Jammu and Kashmir. Designed like a French Chateau, Amar Mahal Palace Museum also boasts of a library having a collection of around 25000 books.
 
Shri Mata Vaishno Deviji
The cave shrine of Mata Vaishnodeviji or Trikuta Bhagwati (alt: 5,200 ft.) has been a beacon of faith and fulfillment to millions of devotees from all over the world. The pilgrimage to the Shrine holds great significance for the pilgrims.
The Legend of Mata Vaishnodeviji - The Yatra to the holy shrine is as fascinating as the legend associated with it. It goes that thousands of years ago, a comely maiden called "Vaishnavi" have been created by the three lords attained human form and was a devotee of Lord Vishnu.
 
Kailash Yatra - A Journey to Eternal Faith
Abode of the mythological serpent God, Lord Vasukinag Ji, the sacred Kailash Kund, located at 16000ft above sea level in Doda District of Jammu and Kashmir, is an enchanted crater lake which remains frozen for a greater part of the year. During late August or early September every year the scenic environs of this hallowed lake come alive to the chants of thousands of devotees who undertake an arduous trek to take a Holy dip in the lake during the annual Kailash Yatra. Believed to be as Holy as the sacred Mansarover lake in China, a dip in the ice-cold waters of Kailash Kund is believed to wash away the sins of the yatries and make their wishes come true.
 
Patnitop
About 112 kms from Jammu, the famous hill resort of Patnitop is perched on a beautiful plateau, at an altitude of 2024 m, across which the Jammu-Srinagar highway passes. Enveloped by thickly wooded forests, Patnitop offers beautiful picnic spots, peaceful walks and breathtaking views of the valley of the Chenab basin and the Pir Panjal range beyond. In winter (mid Dec. to mid Feb.), the resort is generally covered with snow, thus providing opportunities for arious winter sports including amateur skiing.
 
Mansar
About 62 km from Jammu, Mansar is a beautiful lake sounded by forest-covered hills with its length more than a mile and width half-a-mile. Besides being a popular excursion destination in Jammu, it also has provision for boating for which adequate facilities are provided by the J&K Tourism.
Mansar is a holy site as well, sharing the legend and sanctity of Lake Mansarovar. There are ancient temples on the lake side, which are often visited by devotees in large numbers. Some Hindus from the region perform Mundan (First hair cut) ceremony of the male baby here.
 
How to Reach Jammu

In the following paragraphs, we have provided information about various ways of reaching to Jammu. Traveling to Jammu city is quite easy and accessible. Read on to know more about how to reach Jammu.

By Air: The city of Jammu has its own airport, well connected with most of the important cities. Almost all the major airlines like Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, etc operate flights to Jammu on a regular basis.
By Train: The most important railway station in the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is that of Jammu only and is known as Jammu Tawi station. The station is well connected with almost all the key cities of India.
By Road: Jammu has good network of roads connecting it with all major cities like Delhi, Amritsar, Ambala, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Shimla, etc.
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