Vardaan Jammu is located in heart of Jammu city at a walking distance from Inter State Bus Terminal and 05 minutes drive from Residency Road Shopping Centre. 26 Tastefully decorated rooms, Sports Cafe', Business Centre, Travel desk, Meeting Rooms, Banquets are among the array of services that hotel offers to take care of discerning Business and Leisure Traveller.
The Hotel is in Budget segment and its rooms are smartly priced at Rs.1590/- Onwards. Experience the Hospitality at its Smartest. Vardaan hotels serving hospitality across J&K through Jammu and Patnitop in India, a perfect choice for business and leisure traveler alike. We have instant hotel online reservations system, booking on the internet.
By Road: The Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) is at a walking distance from Hotel Vardaan Jammu. The JKSRTC is an Undertaking of J&K Administration. It provides both inter state services and local transport services. The JKSRTC coaches are well maintained and the important cities, which are connected by JKSRTC buses, are Delhi, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Srinagar, Dharamshala, Katra (J&K) and major towns of Punjab and Haryana.
By Train: JAMMU Railway Station is about 5 kms from the Hotel Vardaan Jammu . There are several Train connections every day between Jammu and Delhi. Swaraj / Sarvodya Express connects the city to Mumbai and Gujarat. Private Mini-buses ply to and from the railway station to coincide with the arrival and departure of important trains. Kindly check at http://www.cleartrip.com/trains for online availability or at http://www.irctc.co.in for online rail reservations.
By Air: (a) JAMMU airport is 07 km. from the Hotel Vardaan Jammu. Indian Airlines http://www.airindia.in/, Jet Airways http://www.jetairways.com, Spicejet http://www.spicejet.com/ , GO-Air http://www.goair.in , IndiGo http://www.goindigo.in/, Kingfisher Air http://www.flykingfisher.com/ connect Jammu with, Delhi, Leh and Srinagar.
Nestling in the foothills of the Himalayas, with the river Tawi flowing alongside, is the place that Raja Jambu Lochan discovered one day while he was on a hunting trip. Legend has it that he came upon a clearing where he saw a sight that left him wonderstruck. A tiger and a goat stood side-by-side, drinking water from the same place in the Tawi River. He was so struck by this unusual sight that he decided to build a city on this land where no living creature seemed to bear enmity towards each other. Little is known of Jammu’s subsequent history until, in 1730 AD, it came under the rule of the Dogra king, Raja Dhruv Deva.
The Dogra rulers moved their capital to the present site and Jammu became an important centre of art and culture, especially the Pahari school of paintings. Today, as if in testimony to Raja Jambu Lochan’s vision, the city of Jammu has come to be known as the ‘City Of Temples’. Innumerable temples and shrines, with glittering ‘shikhars’ soaring into the sky, dot the city’s skyline, creating the ambience of a holy and peaceful city.
|Area||20.36 sq.kms||Altitude||305 m|
|Temperature||Summer : Max 43.0 C Min 23.4 C
Winter : Max 26.2 C Min 4.3 C
|Rainfall||107 cms (July to September)|
|Best Season||September to April||Clothing||Summer : Light Cottons
Winter : Woollens
|Population||6,98,674 (as per Census 2001)||Languages||Dogri, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and English|
Amongst the temples in Jammu, the Raghunath Mandir takes pride of place being situated right in the heart of the city. It consists of a cluster of temples and is the largest temple complex in northern India. Its inner sanctums contain gigantic statues of deities and numerous ‘lingams’. It contains representatives of almost the entire Hindu pantheon, which make it a rare site to behold.
The famous temple of Bawey Wali Mata is inside the Bahu Fort where, every Tuesday and Sunday, pilgrims throng to worship the goddess. A little further away, on a spur opposite the Bahu Fort, overlooking the river Tawi, stands a temple dedicated to Mahamaya, a Dogra heroine who lost her life fourteen centuries ago fighting foreign invaders.
The Peer Kho cave temple overlooking the Tawi river, the Panchbakhtar temple and the Ranbireshwar temple are the other well known Shiva temples in Jammu. Each has its own legend, its devotees and specific days of worship. In Ranbireshwar Temple, there are twelve Shiva ‘lingams’ of crystal measuring 12" to 18" and galleries with thousands of ‘saligrams’ fixed on stone slabs. Other important temples in Jammu are the Lakshmi Narayan temple, Duda Dhari temple and the Panj Mandir in Gandhi Nagar.
It is said that if the Bawey Wali Mata is the presiding deity of Jammu, the ‘durgah’ of Peer Budhan Ali Shah or Peer Baba as it is known, is the shrine that protects the people of this city from mishaps and evil spirits.
A friend of Guru Gobind Singh, Peer Baba is said to have lived his entire life on milk alone and lived to the age of five hundred. On Thursdays, Hindu and Sikh devotees vastly outnumber their Muslim brethren at this shrine; such is the faith of the people in Peer Baba. Most VIPs make it a point to visit this ‘durgah’ when they come to Jammu.
Peer Mitha is another famous Muslim shrine in Jammu. Peer Mitha was a contemporary of Ajaib Dev and Ghareeb Nath - both saints were famous for their prophecies and miracles.‘Mitha’ means ‘the sweet one’, for the Peer would accept nothing more than a pinch of sugar in offering from his devotees.
|Christian (Churches)||Muslim (Masjids)||Sikh (Gurudwaras)|
|Garrison Church, Satwari||Jamia Masjid, Talab Khatikan||Sunder Singh Gurudwara,
|St. Paul’s Church, Wazarat Road, Jammu||Jamia Masjid, Ustad Mohalla||Tali Sahib Gurudwara, Talab Tillo.|
|St. Peter’s Church, Christian Colony, Jammu||Jamia Masjid, Gole Market|| Maharani Chand Kaur Gurudwara,
|Ibrahim Masjid, Wazarat Road||Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Nanak Nagar|
|Kalgidhar Gurudwara, Rehari|
|Singh Sabha Gurudwara,
On the opposite bank of the Tawi river, on an upland plateau, is situated the majestic Bahu Fort, the oldest edifice extant in the region. Looking at this fort one can imagine the wars fought, invasions prevented, and yes, even the grandeur the royal family must have enjoyed at the time. Today it is surrounded by a lush green terraced garden, with waterfalls and flowers of just about every kind and colour. It is a favourite picnic spot for the city folk.
The Amar Mahal Palace, a sight to behold, is on an eyrie overlooking the Tawi river. This grand palace, with sloping roofs and tall towers, so characteristic of continental castles, reminds one of France. The palace has been converted into a museum which also houses the city’s finest library of antique books and paintings. An entire series of miniatures on the epic Nal-Damayanti can be seen in the museum.
There are two charmingly contradictory aspects to the city of Jammu which one can see while shopping. For instance, in the crowded streets of Raghunath Bazaar, among the age-old dry fruit shops, you’ll find designer boutiques that display the very latest in fashion and fashion accessories. Here the main bazaars – Vir Marg, Raghunath Bazaar and Hari Market – are famous for Kashmiri handicrafts, traditional Dogra jewellery and various dry fruits, chiefly walnuts (‘akhrot’) and almonds. Jammu is also known for the superlative quality of its ‘basmati’ rice, ‘rajma’ (red beans), ‘ampapar’ (dried and candied mango peel), ‘anardana’ (dried pomegranate seeds) and ‘barfi’ (milk sweets).
For purchasing authentic Kashmiri handicrafts, one can visit the J&K Government Arts Emporium near the Tourist Reception Centre on Residency Road. The emporium displays and sells a wide variety of handicrafts, including Pashmina shawls and exquisite hand-knotted carpets of silk and wool.