Bagh-E-Bahu in Jammu

Being one of the access gateways to the beautiful valleys of Kashmir and Laddakh, Jammu proves to be one of the best stop over places that one can visit during a long journey. This city witnesses a large influx of tourists every year in the form of pilgrims’ enroute to Vaishno Devi or people who just visit Jammu to experience its rich architectural grandeur and scenic beauty. It is the last easily accessible city prior to the commencement of the hilly terrain of Himalayas and the ultimate main city before the shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi.

Bagh-E-Bahu in Jammu

Jammu is often referred to as the paradise on earth and this distinction has been bestowed on it not only for the beautiful locales that this city is proud of, but also for the beautiful gardens that stand tall as a testimony to the rich influence of Mughal and other dynasties that had ruled this area. One of the most beautiful gardens of the city is the Bagh-E-Bahu garden. Tourists from all over the world and from different nook and corners of India come to this city every year. It is worth spending time in Jammu City to explore the fort, the temples, the palaces, and the gardens etc. sprinkled all around the city. Also, Jammu is a major hub or a connecting destination for a travel to other parts of Jammu and Kashmir.

Location of Bagh-E-Bahu Garden in Jammu

 Bagh-e-Bahu, is a Mughal Garden which is blessed with a serene ambience and environment and has a widespread of majestic lawns, incessant blooming flowers and some grand looking fountains. This Bagh-e-Bahu garden has got its name from yesteryear’s king Bahu Lochan’s magnum opus creation which is the ancient Bahu Fort. This fort was built around 3000 years ago and when this garden was being built in the vicinity of the fort it was named as the Bagh-E_Bahu, where the garden is the literal meaning in Hindi for the word Bagh.

The fort is proudly placed at an altitude of 1066 feet on the bank of River Tawi and is a strong structure built with sandstones. It was under the dominion of the Dogra rulers that the garden was built when they undertook an extensive reconstruction of Jammu and the style of the Mughal gardens was followed. However, the garden underwent rejuvenation and modernization during the years of 1980s. Thus, the Bahu Fort lies at the other end of this beautiful garden. There is also a famous temple dedicated to Goddess Kali which is situated within the fort. The entire stretch of the gardens, the fort and the temple, lit up because of the decoration and provide a sparkling and a scintillating view during the fair named Bahu Mela.

Bagh-E-Bahu in Jammu

How to Reach Bagh-e-Bahu, in Jammu?

Bagh-e-Bahu is situated on the bank of Tawi River and is very close to the famous Bahu Fort. It is at a distance of 4 kilometres from the Jammu Tawi Railway Station and 9 kilometres away from the Jammu Airport. Indian Railway Network connects all major cities of India with Jammu as Jammu is the largest rail-head of this part of India.  Connectivity by air is also good. Jammu Airport is linked mainly to Delhi and other Indian cities like Mumbai, Jaipur, Srinagar by the major airlines like Air India and Jet Lite as well as the other economical and budget airlines. Travelling by air with a well planned schedule, can help you book your tickets well in advance, which will reduce your travel cost and will help you have a grand vacation at a very reasonable cost.

Once you land in Jammu, there are a couple of ways in which you can reach this beautiful garden of Bagh-E-Bahu. You can either book an auto-rickshaw or cab just after you come out of the Railway Station or Airport, which can directly take you to Bagh-e-Bahu.  There are also other options of booking a single day Jammu City Tour with any local travel agent or touring agency who can schedule a tour with a taxi or you can join the local sightseeing package tour, which will provide you the pleasure of meeting fellow passengers and tourists and will help you have a great time. This will also enable you to visit other interesting places of Jammu like Raghunath temple, Amar Mahal Palace Museum, Peer Khoh Cave, etc. along with Bagh-E-Bahu, all in a single day. Also, the rates charged by the travel agents are very reasonable.

Structural Details of Bagh-e-Bahu Garden In Jammu

Bagh-E-Bahu in JammuOnce you are at the entrance of the grand Mughal Garden, i.e. Bagh-E-Bahu, you will see a ticket counter, which has a window from where you have to purchase a ticket to enter the garden. Tickets at one time ranged in a nominal cost of Rupees Five per person. On entering the garden, there is a huge sign of BAGH-E-BAHU on a side, which is built by the plantation of small plants in the shape of the letters, which itself speaks volumes of great artistry and aesthetic taste. There is a string of beautiful flowers and small fountains on the other side of the walking path, which leads the entire walking path alongside the garden.

Being situated on the bank of Tawi River, it is in the heart of Mother Nature and is devoid of the noise and pollution of city life, and one can witness many elderly couples and school children spending their time in peace and tranquility.

People of all statures of the society come here to enjoy their private time with nature. Be it young or old, one can find an imprint of solace and calmness on the faces of the visitors, once they are seated amongst the beautiful picturesque location of Bagh-E-Bahu.

There is also a terraced garden, which is bestowed with some of the most beautiful fountains. Most of the fountains are still in good shape and provide a breathtaking view. These fountains add a few more stars to the already beautiful location of this garden.

From a beauty enhancement standpoint, there are some sculptures placed in one small area.  This area displaying an assortment of small stoned sculpture is in the corner of the garden. These sculptures provide a scintillating view alongside the flowers and trees of the garden, though there are no historic stories attached to them.

Further down, there is an entourage of terraced stairs with varieties of the trees on each of the sides and a central water canal with the dazzling waterfalls in the middle. The whole area provides an awesome top view when looked upon from the top of the stairs.
There is a huge artificial lake surrounded by extensive stretches of beautiful lawns , flower gardens and beds and beautifully stoned walk paths  and is situated on the top of the garden. One can catch hold of a remarkable view of the adjacent Tawi River with its bridges and Jammu city on the other bank of the river, from the top of the garden.

Bagh-E-Bahu is also famous for housing the largest underground aquarium of India, which is in the shape of a big fish like structure and is visible in a side of the garden, from the lake. This structure with its 13 small caves and 24 aquarium caves holding freshwater and marine water fishes is hugely popular amongst the tourists and the students who throng in large numbers to view this extravagant aquarium. The aquarium shelters a museum where 400 varieties of freshwater and marine fish are exhibited and it provides an awesome viewing experience.

This place also boasts of state-of-the-art equipment, a public gallery, museum, laboratory and a multimedia conference hall. The entry is designed in the shape of the mouth of a fish and the exit in the shape of a fish tail. The Fish-shaped aquarium is one of the strongest attractions of this park and is greatly revered by the tourists.

Bagh-E-Bahu in Jammu

Therefore, this City of Temples provides a noteworthy and remarkable travelling experience with its elegant architectural delights and beautiful gardens amongst the hilly terrain. You can surely have an experience of your lifetime; you have a well planned out travel plan and time to visit most of the places which hold huge historical importance and cultural aesthetics.

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