length, has been titled as the largest underground aquarium in the country. The fish shaped aquarium has 24 aquarium caves that further incorporate 13 small caves containing fresh-water fish apart from those with marine-water fish.
The aquarium is home to 400 different species of fish. Apart from looking at the fish, tourists can also explore the museum, the multimedia centre, the public gallery, and the laboratory promoting aquatic awareness, that have been established at this site.
How to Reach Bagh-e-Bahu Aquarium Bagh-e-Bahu Aquarium is located on the bank of Tawi River near the famous Bahu Fort. It is 4 kms away from the Jammu Tawi Railway Station and 9 kms. away from the Jammu Airport. Jammu is the largest rail-head of this part of India and connected by all the major cities on Indian Railway Network. Jammu Airport is connected primarily to Delhi and other Indian cities like Mumbai, Jaipur, Sri Nagar by the major airlines like Air India and Jet Lite as well as the other low cost airlines. Availability of cheap flight tickets make air travel a popular choice among the travelers, who want to travel on budget and have the shortage of time.
After reaching Jammu, there are two way to visit this Aquarium : Either, Book an auto-rickshaw or cab outside the Railway Station or Airport, directly to Bagh-e-Bahu Aquarium . Alternatively, Book a single day Jammu City Tour with any auto-rickshaw or taxi. It will also take you to all other interesting places of Jammu in a day.
BAHU FORT & GARDEN:
Situated 5 kms away from the city centre, Bahu Fort stands on a rock face on the left bank of the river Tawi. Perhaps the oldest fort and edifice in the city, it was constructed originally by Raja Bahulochan over 3,000 years ago. The existing fort was more recently improved upon and extended by the Dogra rulers. Inside, there is a temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali. An extensive terraced garden, known as Bagh-e-Bahu, has been developed around the fort.
Bahu Temple is situated inside the Bahu Fort, popularly called Bave Wali Mata Mandir. The Bahu Fort is a fortress representing the lavishness of the Dogra kings and the royal family that resided to rule the region. Pilgrims flock the temple on Tuesdays and Sundays, regarded auspicious.
The fort, along with the Bahu temple, commands a panoramic view of the Jammu city. On the bypass road, behind the Bahu fort, the city forest surrounds the ancient Maha Maya Temple overlooking the River Tawi. A small garden surrounded by acres of woods furnishes a populated destination for tourists. Mahamaya is the local goddess of the Dogras, who lost her life 14 centuries ago combating foreign invaders. The present Bave Wali Mata mandir was built shortly after the coronation of Maharaja Gulab Singh in 1822. It is also known as the Mahakali Temple, the goddess considered second only to Mata Vaishno Devi in terms of mystical power. The Bahu Temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali, the reigning deity of the region of Jammu & Kashmir.
Shrine of Peer Mitha is a famous Muslim shrine in Jammu. Peer Mitha was a contemporary of Ajaib Dev and Ghareeb Nath - both saints were famous for their prophecies and miracles. "Mitha" means "the sweet one", for the Peer would accept nothing more than a pinch of sugar in offering from his devotees.
Situated in the center of the city of Jammu, Ziarat Peer Mitha is a prominent religious shrine of Jammu and Kashmir. According to a religious legend, Ziarat came to be widely called by the name of Peer Mitha as the famous religious leader received a small amount of sugar as symbol of oblations. The holy shrine of Ziarat Peer Mitha imparts an aesthetic appeal to the entire surrounding.
Amar Mahal Palace Museum:
Amar Mahal building was planned in 1862 by a French architect, based on the lines of a French Chateau heavily influenced by the Queen Anne style. As a result one can't deny the overwhelmingly European "feel" of the place. This palace was the residence of the Royal Family, Maharani Tara Devi, wife of late Maharaja Hari Singh. Situated atop a hill at the northern end of the city, the Amar Mahal Museum offers a commanding view of the river Tawi and the Shivalik ranges towards the north.
Stones have been used to decorate the walls as it stands out against the red bricks. The top floor has a bay window while the first floor has French windows and a small balcony.