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Jammu - the Duggar land where the past still has a living presence. A land of grand ancient temples, and beautiful palaces. Nestled against the backdrop of the snow-capped Pir Panjal Mountains, the region of Jammu constitutes the southernmost unit of the state of Jammu & Kashmir. It forms part of the transition between the Himalayan range in the north and the dusty plains of Punjab in the south. Between these two extremities lie a series of scrub-covered hills, forested mountain ranges and river valleys, encompassing several microclimatic regions that extend from Kishtawar in the north-east to Akhnoor in the south-west, and the historic town of Poonch in the north-west to the borders of Kangra (H P) in the south-east. The Shivalik hills cut across the area from the east to the west while the rivers Ravi, Tawi and Chenab cut their way through the region. The last stop on the railway line north is Udhampur, where you can catch onward buses and hire SUVs/MUVs (Tata Sumo / Toyota Innova/ Mahindra Scorpio). However it is better to get down in Jammu and catch a taxi from there as these are more readily available. Numerous domestic airlines fly to Srinagar and Jammu, and frequent buses and share jeeps provide connections to Ladakh and the plains. Jammu is served by frequent train services. Buses are operated by J&K SRTC to most points around the state. They offer package tour to Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Yusmarg, Ular lake, City tour, etc. There is Tourist information center, where one get the tickets plus info. 4wd jeeps are quicker, a little more expensive and reach more locations. Private hire jeeps are also available.

Dogra Art Museum

The Dogra Art Museum, built inside the Mubarak Mandi Palace complex, was inaugurated by the First President of independent India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, on 18th April 1954. On display are interesting artefacts, manuscripts and several items of historical importance that belong to the rule of the Dogras, Mughals and others in the state.
Some of the museum's prized possessions are Emperor Shah Jahan's golden bow and arrow, and terracotta heads brought from Akhnoor. Also, showcased at this museum are handwritten manuscripts of Firdausi's Shahnama (The Book of Kings) and Sikandernama (The Book of Alexander the Great). Besides, the museum features over 700 miniature paintings from Basohali and an impressive collection of sculptures, portraits, textiles and precious stones that attract both dilettanti and scholars.

Raghunath Temple

Raghunath Temple comprises of a complex of seven Hindu shrines, each with its own Shikhara. It is one of the largest temple constructions of north India. Placed in Jammu in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir the temple was built by Maharaja Gulab Singh and his son Maharaja Ranbir Singh of the Rajput clan. The temple has many gods in its complex of shrines, but the ruling deity is Rama, an Avatar of Vishnu. The Mughal architectural influence is seen in all the spiral shaped towers which have gold plated spires, except the tower over the main shrine which is said to be in Sikh architectural style. The spaces in the walls of the shrines are admired with 300 well crafted images of the Gods. The paintings in the 15 panels of the main shrine are Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Bhagavad Gita oriented.

Bahu Fort

Located on the banks of the Tawi River, it boasts of a bewitching topography that is graced with lush greenery, colourful flowers, fountains and an amazing water body. A huge artificial lake with green turf, walkways and flower beds is built inside the complex.
A fish-shaped aquarium and the Bahu Fort are important highlights of the garden. One of the largest underground structures of its kind, this aquarium presents you an exotic aquatic world along with a public gallery and museum with 400 varieties of fish. The Bahu Fort, on the other hand, is an old edifice that features a famous temple of Goddess Mahakali, locally known as Bawe-Wali Mata.
Ideal for picnics and fun outings, this verdant landscape oozes spectacular beauty at every turn. Inside the garden, on either side of the well-laid pathways, you will find plants and fountains that accentuate the overall appeal of the place. In one of the corners of the garden, stands a set of beautifully carved stone sculptures. From the lakeside, you can behold sights of the Tawi River and adjacent terrains.

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