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Akhnoor

The ancient town of Akhnoor is just 20 km from Jammu. Situated on the banks of the Chenab river the town is picturesque with the river Chenab in front and the rolling hills of the Shivaliks in the backdrop. It is said that the town derives its name from the word Akh meaning Eye and Noor meaning light or vision. The dominating structure of the town is the Fort which is perched on a cliff overlooking the river Chenab and looms over the town. From the Indus Valley civilization to the present day Akhnoor has it all. Excavations have revealed remains dating back to the Indus Valley Civilization inside the Fort. Ambaran on the bank of the river has structures and brick structures dating back to the 1st to the 7th century BC. The Raj Tilak ceremony of Maharaja Gulab Singh was held here on the banks of the River Chenab at Jio Pota.

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Akhnoor
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Akhnoor fort

Built during the early 19th century is situated 32 kms from Jammu in historic town Akhnoor, commands a towering view along the right bank of the Chenab. On its southern side is the two storied palace with its walls, facing the courtyard, decorated with arches and murals. The Fort is in fact perched upon an ancient site that dates back to the Harappan period.

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Akhnoor fort
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Buddha Amarnath Shrine

Buddha Amarnath, located amongst picturesque surroundings in the border district of Poonch in Jammu region is a shrine of Lord Shiva, considered to be second only to the Shrine of Shri Amarnathji in its religious significance. An annual 10-day yatra to this Shrine takes place from Jammu during the month of August-September every year. The yatra concludes on the occasion of Shravan Purnmashi(Raksha Bandhan day) when the Holy Mace( Chari Mubarak) is taken in a procession, symbolically leading the yatra, from Poonch town to the Buddha Amarnath Shrine.

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Buddha Amarnath Shrine
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Kishtwar

Located app 250 kms from Jammu Kishtwar is a melange of towering peaks, turbulent rivers, alpine meadows and highly venerated shrines. Home to some of the highest peaks in the Greater Himalayas and the intimidating River Chenab, Kishtwar is an adventure enthusiasts delight. It offers tremendous opportunities for mountaineering, trekking, river rafting and other adventure activities. Peaks like the Brahma, Sickle Moon, Eiger, Burmal, Shivling, all over 6000 mts. have attracted mountaineers for years. The river chenab and its tributaries the Chandra and Bhaga pose the ultimate challenge for white water rafters. The Kishtwar - Zanskar range is ideal for high altitude trekking with high passes like the Umasi-la which is over 17000 ft.

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Kishtwar
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Patnitop

By far the most popular of Jammu's hill resorts, 87 kms from Katra, Patnitop (2024 meters) is perched on a beautiful plateau across which the Jammu-Srinagar highway passes. It comprises several meadows enveloped by thick forests of Deodar(Cedar) and Kail(Blue Pine) trees, and affords peaceful walks amidst conifer groves, beautiful spots for enjoyable picnics and breath taking views of the Chenab basin and the Pir Panjal range beyond. For solace one can visit the beautifully located Nag Mandir at Karlah village.Other activities include horse rides and short treks into the surrounding hills. Patnitop also draws a lot of tourists when it snows during winters (January-February). The meadows with their gentle slopes are ideal for skiing and sledging. Skiing courses for beginners are conducted here.

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Patnitop
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Raghunath Temple

Situated in the heart of the city and surrounded by a group of other temples, this temple, dedicated to Lord Rama, is outstanding and unique in northern India. Work on its construction was started by Maharaja Gulab Singh, founder of the principality of Jammu and Kashmir, in 1835 AD and was completed by his son, Maharaja Ranbir Singh, in 1860 AD.

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Raghunath Temple
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Shallabugh

As many as 10 lakh migratory birds have visited Shallabugh wetland, Forest officials have revealed. Wide variety of birds visited the wetland spread over 25,000 kanal of land from Takenwari Srinagar to Sangan Ganderbal. Birds travel thousands of kilometers from distant areas including Siberia, Central Asia, Northern Europe, Ladakh, China and Central Asia to reach Shallabugh.

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Shallabugh
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