Jammu tour guide with lodging, food, shopping and sightseeing


Jammu is famous for its natural landscape beauty, temples, shrines and gardens. It attracts innumerable tourists globally round the year. Are you planning for a trip in Jammu? If so, this article provides you relevant information like the conveyance available to reach there safely, affordable lodging, food, shopping and the best tourist attractions on the place.

Jammu-Kashmir is such an unique state where all four seasons viz., summer, winter, spring, and autumn is clearly felt throughout the year. Nature adorns itself into unparalleled beauty in each of these specific seasons. The natural beauty and beautiful characteristics has earned itself the so-called name.

Jammu


Having the STD code of 0191 and situating at an altitude of 305 meters, it is second biggest city and the winter capital of the state. Since, Maharaja Jamboo Lochan is the founder of this city, locating at the riverside of the Tawi river, the city gets its name after him. Known as the Gateway of Kashmir, this city is one of the busiest trade centers today. Through one side of the city river Tawi flows and on the other side chandrabhaga river. Popularly known as the city of temples and forts, this place experiences both the summer and winter at the extremes.

How to reach there?



There are different ways available to reach the place. It depends which way one opts for while going there. Besides, it is also connected well with airways. Given below, are some of the convenient ways to reach there:

  • Trains are available from Kolkata to reach there, comfortably. The Jammu Tawi express leaves Kolkata in the afternoon and reaches there in the morning after one day. The Himgiri express leaves in the midnight and reaches there in the afternoon after one day. This train leaves Kolkata on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday only. Though the distance between the place is 1976 Kilometers but both the trains take a long time to reach the destination.

  • Alternatively, one may also reach there via Delhi. This would save some valuable time. Several express trains are available from Kolkata to reach Delhi like the Rajdhani express, Duronto express, Poorva express, Kalka mail, etc. From Delhi, Shalimar express, Rajdhani express, Sampark Kranti express, Delhi-Udhampur-Jammu mail, etc., are available.

  • There is no direct flight from Kolkata to Jammu. From Dumdum airport regular flights take off to Delhi. From Delhi, one may reach there through the airways.


Lodging and hotels


It is far away from the railway station. Outside the station buses and autos are available to enter the city. In the city, several hotels are available like hotel City Top, hotel Surya Excellency, hotel India Pride, hotel Fort View, hotel Samrat, hotel Royal block, etc., are available. The rent for a double bed room for the hotels in Jammu varies. However, the rent could range from RS 600 to RS 3000 depending on the comfort and sophistication one opts for.

Shopping and food


The main market is beside the Raghunath market. Here, winter garments are available in cheap prices. Kaju Gund Hall is the best place for buying dry fruits like cherry, apple, grapes, pomegranate, etc. For foods, the best places are Birmarg Dragon Restaurant, Kwality, Silver Inn, Hotel Premiere and the India Coffee House. These places have the goodwill and serving the purpose of the tourists for long.

Attractions and sight seeing


There are many tourist spots which gain attention of the people globally round the year. Some of the noteworthy attractions of the Jammu tourist map, are as given below:

  1. Raghunath Temple: The Raghunathji mandir complex is the heart, soul and life of the city. Inside it, there are the idols of lord Rama, Lakshmana and Sita. In 1835, Maharaja Gulab Singh started the construction of this building complex. The structure was completed in the reign of his son Ranbir Singh. In the old Mandi region, there is another temple structure similar to this built in the year 1888.

  2. Bahu Fort: This fort locates on the bank of river Tawi and on the peak of the mountain. King Dogra built this 3000 years ago. Near the entrance of the fort is the mosque built by king Akbar. There is also the temples of the Goddess Lakshmi and goddess Kali inside it. Near the fort is the beautiful garden, Bagh-I-Bahu. The opposite of it, is the palace of Maharaja Hari Singh, Mubarak Mandi. This palace is built by the Mughal and European style of art.

  3. Amar Mahal Palace: This house was built in 1907 with the Parsi style. At present, it is a museum and it remains open everyday, except Monday and other national holidays.

  4. Dogra Art Gallery: This is a beautiful art museum located in the Pink hall at Mubarak Mandi. It displays more than 800 unique paintings to attract the visitors. Besides, various artifacts and structures of the ancient times reflect the life at the then times. Moreover, several carpentry tools are also on display. The institute remains throughout the year, except, Mondays with special timings in summer and winter. In summer, it remains open from 8am to 1:30pm and in winter from 10:30am to 4:30pm.

  5. Peer Kho: It has the natural built shiva linga inside the cave. It is on the bank of the Tawi river and also known as the Jamwant cave. It attracts a huge crowd of devotees from far and wide during the festival of Shivratri.

  6. Ranbireshwar Mandir: In 1883, Maharaja Ranbir Singh laid the foundation stone of this temple. It is built in memory of Lord Shiva.


Best option: It is a better option to hire an auto to view these beautiful attractions. The autos hire may cost around RS 600 to RS 800. Alternatively, one may hire a four wheeler for RS 1200. The museums remain open from 9am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm everyday, except Monday.

Caution: Before planning a tour of this place, one must make sure to find out the present situation of the state through media, newspaper and news channels.


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