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Amongst the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir state, Jammu perhaps offers the widest diversity of terrain and beauty.
How To Get There: Indian Airlines operates services from and to Delhi, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Srinagar. Jammu airport is 8 km from the city centre. Jammu Tawi is an important railhead on Northern Railways. Jammu, on NH 1A, is connected by good all weather roads to all parts of the country. Jammu Katra 50 km
What to See: Peer Khoh, Ranbireshwar Temple, Raghunath Temple, Ranbir Canal, Bahu Fort, Bagh-e-Bahu, Amar Mahal Palace Museum, Dogra Art Gallery, Vaishno Devi
Seven hundred years ago, the devotee Sridhar, being instructed in a dream, discovered the shrine of Goddess in a cave at the hill top, 2112 m above sea level, 62 km away from Jammu. The Goddess here, according to the Devi Purana is Vaisnodevi, the presiding deity of creation, preservation and destruction of the world.
How To Reach: From Katra to Vaisnodevi shrine is 14 km. The distance can be covered by horse, dandi, candi or on foot. Though not inaccessible the passage is full of slopes and steeps. After getting down from bus one has to walk 2 km on plains, then ascends 9 km to reach Sanjichat (2800 m). Again moves 2 km 0on plains and then further ascends 1 km to enter the shrine of Vaisnodevi.
Surrounded by mountains and shaded by the trees of Deodar and pine, lies the peaceful beauty of Patnitop(2024 m). During winter snowfalls makes the place enthralling.
How To Reach: Along Jammu- Srinagar NH 1A buses are plying from Jammu.