The famous temple is inside the Bahu fort where every Tursday and Sunday the pilgrims worship the Goddess. A litthe further away on a spur opposite the Bahu fort overlooking river Tawi stands a temple dedicated to Mahamaya, a Dogra heroine who lost her life 14 centuries ago fighting foreign invaders. The Peer Kho cave temple overlooking the Tawi river, the Panchbakhtar temple and the ranbireshwar temple are the other well known Shiva temples in Jammu.
Each has its own legand , its devotees and specific days of worship. There are 12 shivalingams here or crystal measuring 12 inches to 18 inches and galleries of thousands of saligrams fixed on stone slabs. Other important temples in jammu are lakshmi Narayan temple, Duda Dhari temple and the panj Mandir in Gandhi Nagar. It is beieved that if bawey wali mata is the presiding deity of Jammu, the durgah of Peer Burdhan Ali Shah or Peer Baba as it is nown is the shrine that protects the people of this city from mishaps and evil spirits.
Peer baba shrine at Satwari
A friend of Guru Gobind Singh Peer Baba is said to have lived his entire life on milk alone and lived till the age of 500.
Shrine of Peer Mitha
Peer Mitha is another famous Muslim shrine in jammu. Peer Mitha was a contemporary of Ajaib Dev and Ghareeb Nath both saints were famous for their prophesies and miracles.
The Amar Mahal palace
Over looking the Tawi river the Amar mahal has been converted to a museum which also houses the city's finest library of antique books and paintings.
The crowded streets of Raghunath baazar which ha sthe old age dry fruit shops, designer botiques etc. The main bazaars here Vri marg, Raghunath Bazaar and Hari market whicvh are famous for Kashmiri handicrafts, traditional Dogra jewellery and various dry fruits chiefly walnuts and almonds. Jammi is also know for its superlative quality of basmati rice, rajma(red beans), dried and candid mangoes, dried pomegranate seeds, and milk sweets. For purchasing authentic Kashmiri handicrafts one can visit the J&K Govt's Arts Emporium near Tourist Reception centre on Residency road.
Patnitop- Sanasar (112 kms)
The famous hill resort of Patnitop is perched on a beautiful plateau at an altitude of 2024m, across which the Jammu-Shrinagar 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.
Alpine huts at Sanasar (120 kms)
Further 19 kms from patnitop is Sanasar (2079m), a satellite resort of patnitop, with a cup shaped meadow sorrounded by gigantic conifers. A place for a quiet holiday the meadow has now been developed as a golf course.
Batote (125 kms)
On the jammu-Srinagar highway is the resort of Batote(1560m)straddling the forested slopes of the Patnitop mountain rangeband overlooking the spectacular Chenab gorge.
Kud (103 kms)
Located in Jammu-Srinagar highway this popular resort is situated at an altitude of 1738m
Mansar lake (62 kms)
Situated 62 kms from Jammu, Mansar lake is a beautiful lake fringed with forest covered hills over a mile in lenght by half a mile width. It is a holy site and sahres its sactity with lake Mansarovar.
Akhnoor (32 kms)
The historic town of Akhnoor is situated on the banks of the mighty Chenab river. This town is associated with the legendary love story of Soni-Mahiwal. Ruins of the Indus Valley Civilisation can be seen along the river bank.
Vaishno devi shrine (48 kms)
Katra town lying in the foot of the Trikuta mountains, 48 kms away serves as the base camp for visiting the famous shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi which is approchable on foot/helicopter 13 kms long well laid path for walkers. Every year more than 4.5 millions pay their respects to the goddess. The cave shrine of Mata Vaishno devi or Trikuta Bhagwati (5,200ft)has been a beacon of faith and fulfillment to millions of devotees. Visit www.maavaishnodevi.org to know more.
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It is on the banks of the river Tawi in the valley of Trikuta ranges. There are many temples and shrines in Jammu, the most famous of which is perhaps the Vaishno Devi temple in Katra, a few miles from Jammu. The city of Jammu the winter capital of the state has the shivalik hills cut across from east to west while the Rivers Ravi Tawi and Chenab cut their way through thr region.
How to reach
By Air - Jammu has an airport and has direct air service from Srinagar, Delhi, Amritsar, and Chandigarh.
By Rail - Jammu Tawi is an important railway station
By Road - Jammu is well connected to Delhi(583 kms), Amritsar(243 kms), Chandigarh(436 kms), Pathankot(107 kms) Katra(48 kms), Srinagar(293 kms) and Manali(428 kms).
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