BAGH-e-BAHU and BAHU FORT

Bagh-e-Bahu


Bagh-e-Bahu is a major tourist attraction in Jammu. Surrounded by lush greenery this garden has unique variety of flowers and shrubs. Adjacent to Mughal Gardens, it is covered fully with woods. It is famous one day excursion and recreation place in jammu, beside this the subcontinent's largest underground aquarium is in Bagh-I-Bahu. The aquarium has become a centre of attraction for tourists, giving them an opportunity to revel in the exotic aquatic world. The aquarium-cum-awareness centre comprises of 24 aquarium caves including 13 small caves for holding freshwater fishes, two large caves for holding marine water fishes and nine medium sized aquariums for holding marine and fresh water fishes. It has state-of-the-art equipment, a public gallery, museum, laboratory and a multimedia conference hall. The entrance is designed in the shape of the mouth of a fish and the exit in the shape of a fish tail. The aquarium houses a museum where 400 varieties of freshwater and marine fish are on display.



Bahu Fort


Bahu Fort 5 kms away from the central part of the city, Bahu Fort is positioned on the left bank of river Tawi, it is the oldest construction in Jammu. The fort renovated by rulers of Dogra in a later period, was constructed by Raja Bahulochan, nearly 300 years back. it has an interesting story behind it. It is believed that Raja Jambu Lochan, brother to Raja Bahulochan and the king credited with establishing the city, saw a curious sight of a tiger and goat drinking water from the Tawi river, without the tiger attacking the meek goat. He saw this as a divine sign, one that spelt peaceful coexistence, and decided to establish the city of Jammu here, His vision was to make such a city where strong and weak people would live together peacefully sans any hostility towards each other.

The Bahu fort is quite renowned for Maha Kali temple, famous by the name of Bawey Wali Mata, positioned inside its premises. The Mahakali Temple (aka Bave Waali Mata) within its premises, in favour of the deity who is believed to preside over the region. The temple of Bawey Wali Mata was constructed in 1822, just after Maharaja Gulab Singh was coronated. It is often called the temple of Mahakali and the deity of this temple is regarded second only to Goddess Vaishno Devi if mystical power is taken into account. Every Sunday and Tuesday, a huge number of pilgrims come to this temple and take part in "Tawi flowing worship". In fact this temple is one of the most esteemed temples of Goddess Kali in India.

A majestic garden, known as Bagh-e-Bahu with extensive lawns beautifully filled with flowers and plants is a favorite picnic spot and surrounds the Bahu Fort. There is aquarium in garden Bagh-i-Bahu, which is one of the subcontinent's largest underground aquarium, housing over 400 varieties of fresh and marine water fish - all maintained in a state-of-the-art shape. The garden has all types of attractions ranging from plants, shrubs, big trees and flowers to waterfalls. The magnificent waterfalls, green terraced gardens and blooming flowers inside this fort make it one of the most serene forts that you would have ever witnessed.

  
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