Department of Tourism, Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu - the Duggar land where the past still has a living presence. A land of grand ancient temples, and beautiful palaces. Nestled against the backdrop of the snow-capped Pir Panjal Mountains, the region of Jammu constitutes the southernmost unit of the state of Jammu & Kashmir. It forms part of the transition between the Himalayan range in the north and the dusty plains of Punjab in the south. Between these two extremities lie a series of scrub-covered hills, forested mountain ranges and river valleys, encompassing several microclimatic regions that extend from Kishtawar in the north-east to Akhnoor in the south-west, and the historic town of Poonch in the north-west to the borders of Kangra (H P) in the south-east. The Shivalik hills cut across the area from the east to the west while the rivers Ravi, Tawi and Chenab cut their way through the region.
 
The last stop on the railway line north is Udhampur, where you can catch onward buses and hire SUVs/MUVs (Tata Sumo / Toyota Innova/ Mahindra Scorpio). However it is better to get down in Jammu and catch a taxi from there as these are more readily available.
 
Numerous domestic airlines fly to Srinagar and Jammu, and frequent buses and share jeeps provide connections to Ladakh and the plains. Jammu is served by frequent train services. Buses are operated by J&K SRTC to most points around the state. They offer package tour to Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Yusmarg, Ular lake, City tour, etc. There is Tourist information center, where one get the tickets plus info. 4wd jeeps are quicker, a little more expensive and reach more locations. Private hire jeeps are also available.
 

 

Amar Mahal Palace

Amar Mahal, located in Jammu, is a palace depicting grandeur of an erstwhile era.


 

Ranbir Canal

A small garden along the Ranbir Canal, which runs through the city outskirts.


 

Bahu Fort & Gardens

Bahu Fort stands on a rock face on the left bank of the river Tawi.

 

 

Jasrota Mata

Patnitop is the most popular tourist spot of Jammu region.


 

Mata Sukrala

A place for a quiet holiday, the meadow has now been developed as a golf course.


 

Mata Sundrikote

This small town serves as the base camp for visting the famous shrine of Vaishnodevi in the Trikuta hills.

 

 

Mata Balaji Sundri

This resort straddles the forested slopes of the Patnitop mountain range, overlooking the spectacular lie of the Chenab gorge.


 

Mansar Lake

Boating facilities are available in the spot. Every year around Baisakhi, a food and crafts festival is organised here by J&K Tourism.


 

Purmandal

Often referred to as 'Chhota Kashi', its main temple is dedicated to 'umapati'.

 

 

Dera Baba Banda

It is a major Hindu-Sikh pilgrimage centre situated 75 Kms from Jammu.


 

Peer Khoh

Peer Khoh is a cave shrine located on the Circular Road, 3.5 kms from the heart of the town.


 

Peer Baba

Behind the Civil Airport is the famous durgah of the Muslim saint, Peer Budhan Ali Shah.

 

 

Krimchi

On the way to Sudhmahadev-Mantalai, a short detour takes one to Krimchi, site of three of the oldest temples of Jammu.


 

Jajjar Kotli

The crystal clear, cool water of Jajjar attract picnickers in large number during summer.


 

Akhnoor

This town is associated with the legend of Soni-Mahiwal.

 

 

Salal Dam And Lake

The west of the Holy Shrine of Vashnodeviji is the Salal Dam and Lake.


 

Baba Dhansar

On way to Salal Dam, Baba Dhansar is a beautiful and cool picnic spot.


 

Raghunath Temple

Dedicated to Lord Rama, Situated in the heart of the city and surrounded by a group of other temples.

 

 

Ranbireshwar Temple

This historic temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.


 

Mahamaya Temple

The city forest surrounds the ancient Mahamaya temple overlooking the river Tawi.


 

Chichi Mata

It is situated near Samba and is popularly known as Pehla Darshan of Vaishno Devi pilgrims.

 

 

Mubarak Mandi Palace

The architecture is a blend of Rajasthani, Mughal and even baroque elements.

 
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About Jammu & Kashmir Tourism

The Department of Tourism, J&K is the main developmental, promotional and regulatory arm of the J&K Government. Its main role comprises of overall planning and execution of schemes for the development, up-gradation and improvement of the tourism infrastructure in different parts of the State.
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