While the architectural beauty of the temples leaves you mesmerized, the scenic beauty and pleasing ambiance of the city is not less, it makes you visit again and again. Jammu is best known for housing Vaishno Devi, which is one of the most sacred sites of the Hindus. When it comes to tourist attractions in Jammu, temples dominate the destination Jammu. Apart from the popular shrine of Vaishno Devi, Raghunath Mandir, Bawey Wali Mata Temple, Ranbireshwar Temple, Mahamaya Temple, Peer Kho Cave Temple and Panchbakhtar Temple are popular shrines in Jammu.
Jammu is also popular for housing a number of historical structures like Mubarak Mandi Palace, Bahu Fort and Amar Mahal Palace. These structures showcase different architectural styles such as European, Mughal and Rajasthani. To sum up, Jammu is a great destination if you wish to explore the religious and scenic side of India.
Jammu is popularly referred to as the City of Temples and justifiably so. Innumerous temples are found in various parts of the city but what makes the Raghunath Temple so special is its unique location right in the heart of the city. Maharaja Gulab Singh, the founder of the kingdom of Jammu and Kashmir is credited with the beginning of construction activities of this temple way back in 1835 A.D. His son and successor Maharaja Ranbir Singh completed the task undertaken by his father. Finally in 1860, after 25 years, the doors of the temple were opened to the public for worship.
Vaishno Devi Temple
One of the most sacred Hindu Shrines of India, Vaishno Devi Temple is set on the top of the Trikuta Hills of the lower Himalayas. Dedicated to Maa Vaishno Devi, the temple holds immense religious importance, which is why it visited by a number of pilgrims every year. It is believed that around 8 million people visit the shrine every year. This makes it the second most visited religious place in India after Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple. Vaishno Devi Temple is set at an elevation of 5300 feet above sea level and to reach the temple, devotees need to cover a trek of 12 km from the base camp Katra. There are four main points of the trek to the temple- Ban Ganga, Adhkuwari, Charan Paduka and Sanjhichhat.
The largest underground aquarium in the Indian subcontinent, Bagh-e-Bahu aquarium in Jammu is one of the most popular attractions here that attracts tourists in huge numbers. The place is equally popular amidst locals as well as tourists that it houses an amazing collection of exotic marine life. Awareness centre cum aquarium, it consists of 24 aquarium caves wherein 2 large caves have marine fishes, 13 smaller ones have freshwater fishes and 9 medium-sized caves have both freshwater and marine fishes. The aquarium displays around 400 varieties of freshwater and marine fishes. Some fish species that can be spotted hear include sucker catfish, Pirhana, shark catfish, labeo rohita, neon jewel, cyprinus carpio, bubble eye, red shiner and more.
Situated along the banks of river Tawi, the grand structure of Bahu Fort is possibly the oldest construction in Jammu. The magnificent waterfalls, green terraced gardens and blooming flowers inside this fort make it one of the most serene forts that you would have ever witnessed. Originally built by Raja Bahulochan about 3,000 years ago, this fort was later renovated and extended by Dogra rulers. 5 kms away from the central part of the city, Bahu Fort is positioned on the left bank of river Tawi.