Jammu, the winter capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is also a pilgrim's haven. Often called the 'City of Temples', this place hosts some of the famous shrines of India. Jammu borders Ladakh in the east, Azad Kashmir in the west, Kashmir in the north and Himachal Pradesh in the south. Positioned amidst Daman Koh Plains in the south and the valley of Kashmir in the north, the Shiwalik Range constitutes a major part of Jammu. The Trikuta Hills, the Pir Panjal Range and the Tawi River basin contribute heavily to raise the beauty quotient of Jammu.
In its initial days, Jammu was named "Jamboo" after Raja Jamboo Lochan, who founded the city. However, with passage of time, the original name got distorted and the city became popular by the name of Jammu. There are a lot of places that you can visit in Jammu. In fact, the tourist attractions of Jammu boast of some of the best places in and around the city of Jammu.
The Bahu fort, on the bank of river Tawi, is quite renowned for Maha Kali temple positioned inside its premises. This temple is one of the most esteemed temples of Goddess Kali in India. You may also head straight to the magnificent Mubarak Mandi Palace.
You are sure to be dumbstruck by the beautiful blend of Mughal, Rajasthani and Baroque European architecture showcased by this palace. The Pink Hall of this palace is now renovated to host Dogra Art Museum. You will surely enjoy the gorgeous miniature paintings of different Hill Schools kept at this museum. However, the most splendid structure inside this palace is the Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace). Make sure that you don't miss visiting the Sheesh Mahal at any cost!
The Surinsar Mansar Wildlife Sanctuary is yet another place to visit which plays host to 15 categories of birds and 8 species of mammals. The Rani Charak Mahal located beside a river and joined with Toshakhana is also a visual delight for sure!