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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Visiting Jammu - City of Temples

Founded in 1730, Jammu and Kashmir's winter capital is still the major halt  for piligrims enroute to Vaishno Devi temple. It was the seat of power of the Dogra Rajas. Jammu lies on the bank of river Tawi. On the northern bank, climbling steadily from the bus station through narrow bazaar lanes to the Mubarak Mandi. While the train station the airport are on the southern bank.

Sights to see
NOTE: Bags, cameras, mobile phones and even pens might need to be deposited with security guards before visiting any of the main sites.

On the Northern Bank of Tawi
Raghunath Mandi
Ranbireshwar Mandir
Gupawala Mandir
Mubarak Mandi
Amar Mahal Palace

On the Southern Bank of Tawi
Bahu Fort
Har-ki-Paori Mandir
Mahamaya Mandir

Across Jammu Srinagar Route
Vaishno Devi shrine on a multishrouded  mountain of Tikri
Waterfalls of Udhampur
Kud and Panitop woods
Paragliding in Sanasar
Baglihar Dam
Jawaharlal Tunnel
The Titanic Viewpoint across the Kashmir Valley

Where you can stay
Vaishnavi Dham Ph:0191/2473275;
Fortune Hotel Ph:0191/2561415;
Hari Niwas Palace Hotel Ph:0191/2543303;
Where you can eat
Jewels's Fastfood (veg & non-veg burgers, dosas, thalis)
Falak (Indian food) KC Residency Hotel, Residency Rd.
Cafe Coffe Day (veg & non-veg)

Getting there and Back
Airlines :
Indian Airlines Ph:0191/2456086 - J&K Tourism Complex;
Jet Airways Ph:0191/2574312 - KC Residency Hotel
Trains are available from Delhi, Amritsar, Indore, Agra, Kolkatta, Varanasi.
Buses are available from major cities as well.

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