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Jammu is the largest city in the division of Jammu of the state Jammu and Kashmir. This place needs no introduction as it is the winter capital of India. It is situated right at the banks of the Tawi river. The city is named by its founder Jambulochan. The climate of Jammu is always cold and chilly which is the fun part of the city. A large section of the country's population visits the state of Jammu each and every year for many alluring tourist attractions in the city and also some pilgrimage sites to worship the deities. The nearest railway station is in Jammu itself named as Jammu Tawi. There is an airport in the centre of the city of Jammu which is connected to other cities broadly.

History of Jammu

Ancient History

It is believed that Kashmir came into emergence during 900 CE. and the early rulers were Vamshavali. The rulers of Vamshavali were the Sultanate of Delhi and used to monitor the state from there only. 

Medieval History

The medieval age started with the reign of Muslims and Mughals in the 13th century till the late 18th century. The first ruler was Shah Mir who managed to take the responsibility of administration in 1339. Mughals ruled for almost the next five centuries then, the reign was administered by the Afghan Durrani Empire from 1747 to 1819. 

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Places to Visit in Jammu

Bahu Fort. The Bahu Fort is situated in Jammu and stands tall and immense on the left bank of the Tawi River. Moreover, what is quite interesting to know about this city is the fact that the Jammu city is also referred to as the Gateway of Heaven. The impeccable beauty of this place is simply out and out amazing offering delightful views to the tourists.

Mubarak Mandi Place. Now, this is quite an iconic place to visit with your loved ones. The architecture of this place is an elaborate blend of Rajasthani, Mughal as well as European influences.

Shivkhori. Shivkhori is situated in the lap of nature and is specifically situated on a hillock in the Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir. This particular cave has been specifically dedicated to one of the forms of Lord Shiva who is depicted as unborn and invisible. Furthermore, this cave also consists of many of the magical places along with the natural impressions which look quite similar to Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesh, and Goddess Parvati. 

Things to do in Jammu

Visit Amar Mahal Museum. The Amar Mahal Museum is one of the most historically enchanting places to visit in Jammu. It was constructed by the King Raja Amar of Dogra in the year 1890. Moreover, another interesting thing to know about this museum is the fact that this was specifically planned by a French architect and is quite similar to the French Chateau with the Indian artisans.

Visiting Raghunath Temple in Jammu. The Raghunath Temple specifically comprises of a complex of the Hindu shrines. And each of these shrines has its own Shikhara. It needs to be seen that it is one of the largest temples constructed in North India this was built by Maharaja Gulab Singh along with his son Maharaja Ranbir Singh.

Peer Baba Dargah. This spiritual place is dedicated to an Islamic saint Peer Budhan Ali Shah. And hence, this place also attracts a lot of people and devotees from all across the country.  

Events and Festivals in & Around Jammu 

Gurez Festival. Looking for something peaceful? If yes, then Gurez is the placid valley in the Himalayas situated at an elevated height of around 8,000 feet which you must definitely visit to explore and discover what traveling to such a place can offer you. This scenic valley has got a plethora of scenic views as it specifically lies on the ancient Silk Route. Particularly the Neelum River flows amidst the Gurez valley and is a perfect destination for river rafting activity as well.

Shikara Festival. Shikaras are considered not just to be the lifeline but also as the identity of the Dal Lake in Kashmir. Moreover, the Shikaras are painted as well as dressed quite beautifully. Furthermore, it is quite interesting to know that these boats also participate in a race which is specifically known as the Dragon Boat Race.

Lohri. Lohri is one of the most popular festivals in Punjab and Jammu as well. It is celebrated on 13th January of every month. And on this occasion, the people alight the bonfire, sing songs, and dance as well. 

Best Time to Visit Jammu

If you want to visit Jammu then the best time frame during which you should make your journey is the months between March and October. This time is considered as the peak season. The climatic conditions are also quite pleasant during this time of the year.

How to Reach Jammu

By Air. The Jammu Tawi airport is the nearest airport located in Jammu. So, if you are specifically looking for good traveling options then traveling by air will prove to be a cheap option for you. 

By Train. The train station in Jammu is quite well connected to all the major cities in the country such as Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Trivandrum, etc.

By Road. There are many neighbouring cities of Jammu like Manali, Shimla, Ludhiana as well as Delhi which are well-connected with the city. However, it is up to you to choose if you want to travel on a regular bus or a luxurious bus. 

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