Saturday, August 18, 2018
Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu & Kashmir Tourism

Jammu Province

Jammu, gate way to Kashmir, may not be rich like the Kashmir valley with the bounties of nature, but it offers, nevertheless, resorts of scenic beauty, hill treks, picnic spots, lakes and places of pilgrimage.  The shrines of the province especially Vaishno Devi - attract large numbers of pilgrims from all over the world.  In 1997, about 60,00000 pilgrims visited this shrine.

Jammu city has long been a centre of Indian pilgrimage and culture, renowned especially for the Pahari school of miniature painting which developed in this region.  The towering citadels and spires of this unique 'city of temples', perched on a ridge can be viewed from afar.  Worship of Shakti - is prevalent in all parts of Jammu province.   The best known of the Shakti shrines is the one called Vaishno Devi, which has the same place in Jammu as the Amarnath cave has in Kashmir. 

Raghunath Temple

Raghunath Mandir situated at the city centre is one of the biggest temple complexes of northern India. Though 130 years old, the complex is remarkable for sacred scriptures, one of the richest collection of ancient texts and manuscripts in its library.  Build in 1857, this temple consists of seven shrines, each with tower.  Its arches, surface and niches shows the Mughal influence.  The interior of the temple is plated with gold.  Its principal sanctuary is dedicated to Vishnu's eighth incarnation and Dogras' patron deity the Rama.  There is a Sanskrit Library here which contains rare Sanskrit manuscripts.

Vaishno Devi Shrine - Katra

The holy cave shrine of Vaishno-Devi is situated in the Trikuta Mountains of lower Himalayas in the Jammu province. The shrine is approachable on foot along a 12 kms trek from Katra town at the foot of the hills. Read more about Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu.

Patnitop

Patnitop, a popular hill station in Udhampur district on the National Highway 1A from Udhampur to Srinagar is located at a height of 2,024 metres above sea level. The resort is located close to the Pir Panchal range about 47 km from Udhampur and 112 kilometers from Jammu. Among the main attractions of Patnitop are delightful picnic spots, serene walks through pine forests and magnificent views of the mountains forming the backdrop of the Chenab river. The place also offers trekking opportunities to Shivagarh 3500m, 11 kms away from Patnitop, here the sacred Gourikund Goddess Parvathi used to bathe everyday and offers basic skiing, paragliding and pony rides. Read more details of Patnitop

Kud and Batote are nearby villages of Patnitop. Kud to Sanasar, 19kms from Patnitop is another destination in the tourist circuit. This is the position where it is considered that Devi Parvati, the goddess, comes and bathes every day before her wishes. This is a recognized position. Taking a dip in the sacred water of this holy Gaurikund is expected to keep away all the bad fortune. From the area of Gaurikund, visitors can see the top of holy Kailash Parvat (peak).

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