Places to visit in Jammu
Mainly known for its natural beauty, Jammu is often overlooked in favor of the more popular and attractive Kashmir. However, Jammu Katra is an important stop for people visiting the Vaishno Devi temple and Jammu is also the winter capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The city of Jammu is divided into two parts – old Jammu and new Jammu. While you can see the history of the city in the old part, the modern one talks about advancement and development. Jammu is rightly known as the city of temples and there are many old as well as new temples here.
Dogra Art Museum: If you are an art lover then the Dogra Art Museum located in Jammu is a must visit. It is also popularly known as the Dogra Art Gallery and has an impressive collection of Basohli miniature paintings, vintage manuscripts of the famous books like ‘Shahnama' and ‘Sikandernama', terracotta heads, jewelry and Dogra costumes along with other things. This museum takes you through history into the different phases in Jammu as it was under Dogra and even Mughal rulers. The museum was inaugurated by Dr. Rajendra Prasad on the 18th of April in the year 1954 and went on to become a full fledged museum and public library.
Mansar and Surinsar Lakes: The Mansar and Surinsar lakes take you back into the age of Hindu mythology which was the Mahabharata as these lakes are linked with the Pandava Arjun and his son Babar Vahan. According to a myth, Babar Vahan mistakenly killed his own father and in order to bring him back to life, he took the mani from Sheshnag and for this he created a surang or tunnel with his arrow. The place where he made the tunnel is called the Surinsar and where he emerged wit the mani is known as Mansar. There are many temples around these lakes and this has made them popular with pilgrims, who take ritual bath in the waters of the lakes.
Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary: If you are a wildlife enthusiast then Nandini wildlife sanctuary in Jammu is the best place to enjoy yourself. Apart from avifauna species like Indian mynah, cheer pheasant, red junglefowl, blue rock pigeon, Indian peafowl and chakor. The reserve was established in areas of thick forests which is home to a large variety of wildlife and is located 28 km from Jammu. The area covered by the wildlife sanctuary is 34 sq km and provides refuge to different fauna. Among the animals found here are leopard, Rhesus monkey, wild boar, grey langur and Bharal.