UdhampurÂ Â is a city and a municipal council in Udhampur District in the Indian administered state of Jammu and Kashmir. Situated among lush green forests of Eucalyptus, it is the second-largest city of the Jammu region and the fourth-largest city in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Named after Raja Udham Singh, it serves as the district capital and the Northern Command headquarters of the Indian Army. A Forward Base Support Unit (FBSU) of the Indian Air Force is also stationed there. Udhampur is used by the Armed Forces as a transit point between Jammu and Srinagar when travelling by road.
HOW TO REACH
There are no regular flights from other major cities of the country to Udhampur. Nearest airport is Satwari Airport.
Udhampur is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular trains.
You can easily get regular buses to Udhampur from other major cities of the country.
Â WHAT TO SEE
Patnitop is an important hill station of the district and is located at a height of 2,024 m above sea level. The hill station is covered with thick woody forests that provide perfect trekking trails. Some of the important trekking trails in the region are the Kud and Sanasar.The ideal time to visit Patnitop is the months ranging from May through June and again during the months of September and October. For snowboarding, the ideal time at this hill station is between the months of December and March. The region is usually very crowded during the Asadh Purnima festival.
Sansar is mainly a cup shaped meadow, located at a distance of 17 km from Patnitop and 119 km from the city of Jammu. It is surrounded by huge conifers and has been developed as a big golf course. This place is known for paragliding and other adventure activities.Â Accommodation is available at the tourist bungalows, huts and dormitories offered by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (JKTDC).
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine:-
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine is considered to be one of the ancient shrines in India and is situated in the Trikuta Hills. It is 61 km away from Jammu and is located inside a 100 ft long narrow cave at a height of 5,300 ft. The temple is believed to have been constructed by the Pandavas.
Sheesh Mahal is often called as the Palace of Mirrors and is situated in Ramnagar. Adorned with painted murals and paintings, the palace was built in 1885 by Raja Ram Singh. These murals and paintings depict the stories of Mahabharata, Ramayana and battles fought by Ram Singh and Suchet Singh.