Monday, 29 August 2011

Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra 28th July 2011


Arrived at Jammu from Lucknow by VaranasiJammu Tawi Super Fast train (12237). Departure from Lucknow 18:15 hrs & Arrival at Jammu next day 11:25 hrs.
Renowned as city of temples with attractive surroundings & located at the foot hills of Himalayas Jammu is the winter capital of the state Jammu and Kashmir. It is believed that Raja Jamboolochan founded this city in 14th century BC. The city, which figured in ancient epic Mahabharata, was named first as Jamboo, but later it has become Jammu. History and archeological evidence says that Jammu was the integral part of Harappa civilisation. Jammu city is known for its ancient temples, imposing palaces and historically renowned places. To list a few important attractions Shri Mata Vaishno Devi temple, Gauri Kund Temple, Bahu fort, Amar mahal, Amarnath caves, Mubarak Mandi Palace complex, Gadhadharji Temple, Dogra Art museum and many more. Surinsar Lake is a natural attraction here.
At the Railway station counter of JKTDC was set up for Shri Amarnath ji yatris providing assistance in hotel booking & other information. We were taken in a Maruti Van by JKTDC to hotel Jammu Residency in Raghunath Bazar near Raghunath temple (Distance: about 06 kms from Railway station, 13 kms from Airport). Room was good sized with all necessary amenities. Complex also houses two good quality restaurants - Wazwan Restaurant: serves Kashmiri non-vegetarian cuisine from Rista to Tabakmaaz in typical Kashmiri ambiance. Indian mughlai food is also served. Vegetarian Restaurant offers pure vegetarian food, especially for those tourists who arrive from Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine.

After taking bath we went to Raghunath temple which is about 100 meters from this hotel. After spending the evening doing puja & jaap at the temple we just roamed around the market and after taking early dinner retired to our hotel for early morning schedule next day.

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