MONUMENTS IN JAMMU AND KASHMIR
Location : Jammu and Kashmir
Famous Forts : Hari Parbat Fort and Bahu Fort
Famous Palaces : Amar Mahal, Ram Nagar Palace, Palace of Sengge Namgyal
Other Attractions : Pari Mahal, Thicksey Gompa, Jamia Masjid, Martand Temple etc
The monumental heritage of Jammu and Kashmir is a major travel attraction of the state reflecting the rich ancient past of J and K. Historical monuments like Amar Mahal Palace, Ram Nagar Palace and Palace of Sengge Namgyal in Kashmir is full of surprises dipicting Indo Islamic architecture with beautifully maintained gardens and lawns surrounding the monumental sites dotted with musical fountains, water pools that makes the location of these monuments ideal picnic sports for the visitors. Talk of Buddhist monasteries for that you can visit the famous Thicksey Monestary and Palace of Sengge Namgyal, Pari Mahal in Jammu Kashmir.
The state of Jammu and Kashmir has fascinated every
visitors with its monumental heritage from time immemorial. The forts,
palaces and mansions that stand tall on the mountain peaks, lavish gardens
or veil them selves behind hills have always added charm to this state.
While taking a walk on the roads of Jammu or Kashmir you can find the
majestic monuments that tell the tale of the valiant rulers of the state.
In the perfect natural settings these monuments have the enough capability
to be admired at the very first gaze towards them. Come to this state to
be conquered by the magical charm of its monuments.
The Jammu and Kashmir has two important forts located in
its two capital cities of Jammu and Kashmir. On a tour to Kashmir you will
find the imposing fort on top of the Hari Parbat Hill also known as the
Kohi Maran. This fort is said to be built by Atta Mohammad Khan an Afghan
ruler and the outer was was built by Mughal ruler Akbar, who had made this
fort a capital city and even today you can find the ruins of palaces and
mansions built around fort but within its walls that has three entrances
known as Sangeen Darwaaza, Kathi Darwaaza and Bachi Darwaaza. Baghe Bahu
fort in Jammu is the oldest edifice built almost 3000 years ago bu Raja
Bahulochan but renovated by Dogra Kings. You will be stunned by the beauty
of this fort built on the bank of river Tawi, and its terraced gardens,
waterfalls and colorful flowers are its specific attributes to be observed
A number of palaces where built on the soil of Jammu and
Kashmir but only few exist today while most of them turned to rubble
others gutted in the fire and vanished without traces. Today the Amar
Mahal palace in Jammu and Ram Nagar Palace in Udhampur are the most famous
palaces of the state.Located on the lush green hills Amar Mahal palace was
the residential palace of the Dogra rulers in Kashmir and an epitome of
royalty.. Visit this place and there is also a museum and library that
contains the very antique manuscripts and books for art lovers there are
antique paintings and much more. Ram Nagar Palace has the famous Sheesh
Mahal palace, Darbal hall and Rang Mahal, all the walls of the halls are
very intricately designed and decorated with the stucco work and painted
with floral designs. Look at the wooden ceiling and you will amazed to see
it also decorated.
Imposing nine storeyed palace located on the hills of Leh
is one the the dominant feature of the city and was built by king Sengge
Namgyal. This marvelous piece of Tibetan architecture is said to have been
the inspiration behind the construction of Potala Palace of Dalai Lama in
Lahasa, China. Take time to look every part of the palace and it will be a
real pleasure. On the other hand Thicksey Gompa located at an altitude of
3600 meters above sea level and 20 kilometers from the town of Leh is one
of the important monasteries in the state. Visit this monastery to know
about the Buddhism and experience the Buddhist culture. This Gompa is the
seat of Tiksey Rinpoche head of Guleg school in Ladakh.
Actually the Buddhist monastery, this Dara Shikoh
eldest son of Mughal Emperor Shahjahan turned this building in to an
observatory and a school of astrology. This five story has turned to
ruins but its terraced gardens continue to captivate the mind and soul
of tourist and the picturesque sight of the famous Dal lake that it
presents from its gardens makes it most destination.
The pilgrimage destinations in Kashmir valley are the
perfect specimen of the typical Kashmiri architecture and many shrines
have the confluence of the Mughal and Kashmiri architecture. The Jamia
in the heart of Kashmir valley is considered as the real architectural
marvel in which around 320 pillars are used and can accommodate 30,000
people at a time. Situate on the banks of Dal lake, Hazratbal Mosque
is the most beautiful mosque built on white marble and the first domed
mosque of Kashmir. Similarly shrines of Khankah-E-Mouala, Makhdoom
sahib and Sheikh Noorud Din Noorani at Chrar-E-Sharief are the made of
Kashmiri architecture where too much usage of timber and wood carving
makes it the most excellent architectural marvels.
Martand Temple Built by the King Lalitadatiya in the honor of sun god is considered as having the better location than St Peters, Taj Mahal and Parthinan where it is located on a square field and in the backdrop you can find the snow capped mountains. Built on strong lime stone and greek pattern pillars, ruins of this temple narrate the tales of the Lalitadatiya's architectural genius and skills of Kashmiri pandits. Located on the national highway and easily accessible, the ruins of this ancient monument deserves a visit along the Shankaracharya temple located on top of the Shankarachariya hill. This complete stone built temple is the most beautiful temple in valley and offers the bird's eye view of the old Srinagar city. You will be amazed to see a temple, built of stones at such a height.
Make a tour to this state and visit the monuments of historical importance like forts, palaces and shrines and mosques that have a name for their architectural extravaganza. All the monuments have the fountains, gardens and mountains in the backdrop. Find out the minute details of the Kashmiri architecture and you will know that what type of timber is used for construction purpose and what what quality of wood is used in wood carving to decorate the walls and ceilings of these buildings. Come and enjoy a rich monumental tour to Kashmir.
Top 5 Reasons to Visit the Monuments
Architectural Extravaganza of J and K
Forts of The State
Place of Knowing Heavens
Ancient Architectural Marvels
Safari to Ladakh
The Taj and the
Mahal - White Wonder
Delhi - Eternal Capital
Sikri - City of Victory
- Out of The World
Rajasthan - Princely
State of India