Situated on the banks of the Tawi river against the ravishing backdrop of
the majestic Trikuta ranges, the winter capital of the state is Jammu. It
is believed that King Jambulochan, considered the place to be auspicious
because he saw a tiger and goat drinking water from the same pool. He laid
the foundation of a new city, Jammu Nagri. In 1832, Gulab Singh merged
Jammu with Kashmir to form the present state.
Jammu has a large number of temples and shrines, the soaring spires of
which seem to perforate the skies above. Katra, 48 kms from Jammu is the
starting point of the heavily thronged shine of Vaishno Devi.
Centred in the heart of the city, the Raghunath Temples constitute
among the biggest groups of shrines in north India. Multi-hued marble
sculptures and exquisite wall paintings attract attention to these
Dogra Art Gallery
Numerous charming paintings of old Dogra art and exotic Pahari
miniatures grace the gallery, which is located near the new Secretariat.
Baghi Bahu & Fort
The Bahu fort was the former capital of the founder of Jammu. Baghi
Bahu, a beautiful garden lies at its base.
A shrine of immense religious significance, the Trikuta Bhagwati
cave, better known as Vaishno Devi, attracts thousands of devotees.
How to Get There
Air : Indian Airlines operates flights between Jammu and Delhi,
Amritsar, Chandigarh and Srinagar. A private airline also operates a daily
fight to Jammu from Delhi.
Rail : Jammu
Tawi is an important railhead on the Northern Railway line. Express trains
connect it with Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Calcutta and Amritsar.
Road : Located
on the National Highway 1A, Jammu is linked by a network of roads to
Amritsar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Katra, Srinagar, and Manali.