If you love travelling and like to see the beautiful and mesmerizing architecture, then Bahu Fort might be an excellent place for you to visit.

In this article you will get to know everything about this fort and what can you do here.

Overview

The Bahu Fort is almost 5 Km away from the breath-taking Jammu City. This city, as a whole is the most charming place.

Every year tens of thousands of foreigners and locals visit this city for sightseeing because of its captivating beauty.

For anyone visiting this city, I would surely recommend going to this fort. Let me take you through all the charm this place holds.

In 2013, one of its walls collapsed due to heavy rain that continued for several days.

History of Bahu Fort

It was constructed some 3000 years ago by Raja Bahulochan near the banks of Tawi River.

It was renovated for the first time 200 years ago during the Sikh rule of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

The structure of the fort was refurbished by Maharaja Ghulab Singh in the 19th century.

Once the brother of Bahulochan went for hunting. When he reached the Tawi lake, he saw a sheep and a lion drinking water peacefully without any intention of a lion trying to eat the sheep. He then thought the place to be very peaceful and unique and decided to build his castle here. A few years later bahulochan built the fort there.

Structure of Bahu Fort

The fort is located 325 Meters above, opposite to Jammu city.

It has eight towers that are connected to the walls made of sandstones.

On the right side, there is a pyramidal structure that was used for defence, and underneath there was a prison that was also used as an emergency exit. There are halls where meetings were held by the masters of the fort.

Things To see at Bahu Fort

1. Mahakali Temple

This Temple is also called as Shakti Temple. It was built in the 8th century, but it looks showcases modern architecture.

In the past sacrifice of animals was made here but now only a few incantations are read, and the animals are freed.

A large group of Rhesus Monkeys are present in the precincts of the Temple and are fed by people with sweet etc.

Its a religious place for the local people and is known to them as “Bawe Wali Mata temple”.

MAHAKALI TEMPLE

2. Festivals

The “Bahu Mela”, a famous Hindu festival, is held twice a year in the fort. It attracts a lot of visitors.

BAHU MELA

3. Bagh-e-Bahu

The lush green garden known as Bagh-e-Bahu is the main eye-catching point of the fort. It is finely garnished with tall trees, fountains, and beautiful flowers. It makes a perfect picnic spot for families.

It also has stone sculptures and an artificial waterfall that looks aesthetic under the sun. This garden makes the perfect front of this ancient masterpiece.

BAGH-E-BAHU

Main Features of Bahu Fort

The main eye-catching features of this fort include:

  • Its Lush Green Garden
  • Mahakali Temple
  • Its Architecture
  • Its Military styled walls
  • Tawi Lake

Best Time to Visit  Bahu Fort in Jammu

Colder months starting from September to April can be considered ideal for visiting Jammu and Kashmir.

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Places near Bahu Fort

There are a lot of tourists attracting places near and inside the Bahu fort. Some of these include:

1- Raghunath Temple

It is located 3.6 Km away from this for in the heart of Jammu City.

2- Dogra Art Museum

If you are an art lover, you should visit this museum. It is situated 4.8 km away from the fort.

It is famous for its Pahari Miniature Paintings.

3- Akhnoor Fort

33 Kms away in the beautiful city of Akhnoor lies the Akhnoor Fort near the Chenab river. It’s a beautiful spot to visit if you are going to Bahu fort.

4- Mansar Lake

It is a stunning mile-long river 58 Km away from this fort and is a must-see place. 

5- Kishtwar National Park

It is 90 Km away from this fort but is worth mentioning because of its beautiful 400 sq.kms area.

6- Warwan Valley

It is located 95 km away from the fort. It the most less visited place but if someones ready for the adventure then it’s worth it.

Hotels near Bahu Fort

The hotels present near this fort where people can go and stay are listed below.

1- Radisson Blu Jammu

A 5-star hotel is positioned close to public facilities to make living comfortable for people. It has a fitness centre that can be accessed by any person living in the hotel.

Check-in: 14:00

Check-out: Before 12:00

It Services Include:

  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Wifi
  • Laundry
  • Elevator
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Parking
  • Restaurant

2- Hotel Premier

It is one of the finest 3-star hotels in Jammu located close to many important places.

Check-in: 14:00

Check-out: Before 12:00

Its services include:

  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Laundry
  • Bar
  • Business centre
  • Wifi
  • Parking 

3- Fortune Inn Riviera

It is one of the best 4-star hotels located near many important places with excellent accommodation.

Check-in: 14:00

Check-out: Before 12:00

Its services include:

  • 24 Hour reception
  • Tours
  • Coffee Shop
  • Wifi
  • Valet Parking
  • Fitness Centre
  • Terrace
  • Meeting facilities
  • Safety Boxes
  • Laundry

4- Treebo Amriti

It is a 3-star hotel located near many beautiful places.

Check-in: 12:00 – 00:00

Check-out: Before 11:00

Its services include:

  • 24 Hour receptionist
  • Laundry
  • Smoking Area
  • Parking
  • Breakfast
  • Wifi

5- Hotel Moti Mahal

It is a 3-star hotel with splendid services and facilities. It is also near to many places one would like to visit.

Check-in: 12:00 – 12:00

Check-out: Before 11:00

Its services include:

  • 24 Hour Receptionist
  • Laundry
  • Beautiful Garden
  • Terrace
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wifi

Restaurants near Bahu Fort

The restaurants near the fort where you can go and have a delicious meal are:

1- The Grandstand

It is located in the Palm Island Mall 5th floor. It is one of the most decent restaurants in Jammu.

Open: 12 – 11:30 pm

Cuisines:

  • Indian
  • Chinese
  • Barbecue
  • Contemporary
  • Asian

2- Hot Billion

It is located on Bc Road opposite Gurudwara Sahib.

Open: 12 – 12 pm

Cuisines:

  • Only Indian

3- The Lime Tree

It is located on BC Road near Jammu ISBT.

Open: 11 am – 11 pm

Cuisines:

  • Indian
  • European
  • Chinese

4- Earthen Oven Restaurant

It is located on Gulab Singh Marg.

Open: 12 – 11 pm

Cuisines:

  • Indian
  • Asian

 

5- Blue Coriander – The Restaurant

It is located on BC Road near Jammu ISBT.

Open: 7:30 am – 11:30 pm

Cuisines:

  • Chinese
  • Indian
  • European
  • Asian

Best Shopping Places and Things

The best shopping places to visit in Jammu are:

  • Raghunath Bazaar: Dry Fruits, Clothes, and Accessories
  • Kashmir Gov Arts Emporium: Kashmiri Carpets, Shawls, and Papier-mache items.
  • Bahu Plaza: Handicrafts and Wooden artefacts.
  • JDA Complex: Hardware items, Apparels, and Accessories.
  • Poshish: Pashmina Shawls, Sarees, and Linen suits.
  • Wave Mall: Classic Handbags, Clothes, and Shoes.
  • Gole Market: Electronics, and Clothes.

 

 

Conclusion

Jammu and Kashmir are itself heaven on Earth with their breath-taking beauty and mesmerizing mountains and valleys and ancient architecture.

One should always plan a trip once in a while to go and see what God has made with such perfection. And trips also freshens up and mood and keeps us healthy.

“THE WORLD IS A BOOK AND THOSE WHO DO NOT TRAVEL READ ONLY A PAGE.” ~ SAINT AUGUSTINE

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