Visiting Places

Places of Interest:

(a) Vaishno Devi Temple : Vaishno Devi Temple is near the town of Katra, Jammu and Kashmir Katra, in the Reasi district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It isVaishno Devi one of the most revered places of worship in India. The shrine is at an altitude of 5300 feet and a distance of approximately 12 kilometres from Katra.The Holy Cave Shrine of Vaishno Devi is situated in a beautiful races of the Trikuta Mountains forming a part of the lower Himalayas as in the state of Jammu & Kashmir at an altitude of over 5000 feet. 

Popular the world over known as the Moonh Maangi Muradein Poori Karne Wali Mata, which means, the Mother who fulfills whatever Her children wish for, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji resides in a Holy Cave located in the folds of the three peaked mountain named Trikuta (pronounced as Trikoot).Katra Town , lying in the foot of Trikuta Mountains , 48 kms. from Jammu, serves as the base camp for visiting the famous holy shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi, which is approachable on foot along a 13 kms long well laid footpath. Every year, more than 4.5 million pilgrims pass through Katra on their holy pilgrimage to the shrine.

(b) Mansar Lake : Mansar Lake is situated 62 km (39 mi) from Jammu, Mansar is a beautiful lake fringed by forest-covered hills, over a mile in length byMansar half-a-mile in width. Besides being a popular excursion destination in Jammu, it is also a holy site, sharing the legend and sanctity of Lake Mansarovar. On the Eastern Bank of the Lake there is a shrine to Sheshnag, a mythological snake with six heads.

The shrine comprises a big boulder on which are placed a number of iron chains perhaps representing the small serpents waiting on the tutelary deity of the Sheshnag. Two ancient temples of Umapati Mahadev & Narsimha as also a temple of Durga are situated in the vicinity of the Mansar lake. People take a holy dip in the water of the lake on festive occasions. People consider it auspicious to perform three circum-ambulations (Parikarma) around the lake to seek the blessings of Sheshnag, the lord of serpents, whose shrine is located on its eastern bank.

There are also some ancient temples on the lakes shores, which are visited by devotees in large numbers. Mansar is also ideal for boating for which the Tourism Department provides adequate facilities.

(c) Siyad Baba :

 (d) Hari Palace : Hari Palace, is an epitome of royal grandeur and magnificence. It has a museum and library which is a repository of books andHari palace paintings and attracts art lovers and historians from all over the world Endowed with ethnicity and a soft touch of contemporary art setting, the galleries exhibit the
collection of paintings ranging over different styles.

The museum building forms the major part of the majestic Amar Palace, which has a French touch in its architectural style. he Durbar Hall exhibits the paintings and artworks of the Dogra rulers. The Golden Throne, the major attraction of the museum, is a symbol of great historic significance.

The Hari Niwas Palace is an art-deco structure. Hari Niwas Palace was converted into a heritage hotel in the year 1990. Within the 50 acre palace complex exists the magnificent Amar Mahal Palace Museum which was conceived by Maharaja Amar Singh.

 (e)  Bagh-E- Bahu : Bagh-e-Bahu is a must visit place for nature lovers. This beautiful garden with its glittering waterfalls, artificial lake, lush green lawns, flower beds,Bagh e bahu fountains and big trees is a favourite picnic spot of the city folk and it also has a pleasant view of the city.The subcontinent's largest underground aquarium in Jammu's Bagh-I-Bahu area is drawing a large number of tourists ever since it was opened to the public.

The aquarium has become a centre of attraction for tourists, giving them an opportunity to revel in the exotic aquatic world. The aquarium has attracted large number of tourists visiting the State. The aquarium-cum-awareness centre comprises of 24 aquarium caves including 13 small caves for holding freshwater fishes, two large caves for holding marine water fishes and nine medium sized aquariums for holding marine and fresh water fishes. The entrance is designed in the shape of the mouth of a fish and the exit in the shape of a fish tail.This beautiful garden with its glittering waterfalls, artificial lake, lush green lawns, flower beds, fountains and big trees is a favourite picnic spot of the city .

 (f)  Patnitop : Patnitop or Patni Top, is a hilltop tourist location in Udhampur district, in Jammu and Kashmir, India, on the National Highway 1A, on the way fromPatnitop Udhampur to Srinagar, 112 km from Jammu. Situated on a plateau in the Shiwalik belt of the Himalayas, Patnitop sits at an altitude of 2024 metres. The river Chenab flows in close proximity to this location. Origin of the name 'Patnitop' is a distortion of the original name of Patan Da Talab meaning "Pond of the Princess".

In olden times a pond existed in the meadows and the kings princess often used to have her bath there. Part of the pond still exists near the youth hostel. It may be that the British had difficulties recording an English spelling of an Indian name correctly in their revenue records. Over the years the name changed from "Patan Da Talab" to Patnitop.One can enjoy the thrill of flying, at Patnitop. The paragliding joyrides rides are conducted at Dawariyai, 2 km landmark, on the Patnitop-Sanasar road.

 (g)  Sudh Mahadev : The town of CHANHANI, located in the western part of the Jammu holds special significance as it houses a great piece ofSudhmahadev templeart - the Sacred Temple of Sudhmahadev. Chaudhari Ramdas of Chanhani and his son Chaudhari Parag Mahajan constructed the temple about 80 years ago. Shri Masu Shahane of Sudhmahadev did the construction of the entrance door of the temple of Sudhmahadev. This holy spot near Patnitop is situated at an altitude of 1225 mtrs., about 120 kms. from Jammu. 

The shrine is visited pilgrims on the full moon night of 'Sawan' (July-August) to worship the "Trishul' (trident) and a mace which is said to belong to Lord Shiva.This is a small temple of Lord Shiva. During July - August a fair is held here with 3 days of music, singing and dancing. It is situated at a distance of 8 kms. from Khud or Patni Top.The Shiv-Khori Shrine is well connected to Katra and Jammu by road. The devotees can visit the place by taxi or car. Few bus services from Katra are also available to this divine place. A major festival is held here on the eve of Shivratri every year.

 (h)  Shiv Khori : This holy cave is nearly a kilometre long and houses a 4 ft high, naturally formed Shivling. It is considered second only to theShiv khori shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi in religious importance. There are stalactites and stalagmites dripping milky limestone water.To the left of Shivling Mata Parwati is symbolized by impression of Her Holy feet. Kartikeya is also seen in left of Shivlingam. At nearly 2.5 feet above, five headed Ganesha is can be seen.

The Holy cave has a number of other natural images which are believed to be that of 33 crores Hindu Deities.The cave roof is etched with snake like formations, the water trickles through these in the cave. Three pronged lance depicting the Trident (Trishul) of Lord Shiva and Six Mouthed Sheshnaga are also seen on the roof of the cave. The main portion of cave roof has round cutting mark signifying construction of cave by Sudarshan Chakra of Lord Vishnu.