Jammu is not known as more than an inevitable stopover on way to Kashmir or Vaishno Devi. But take my word, there are at least two locations in the city which can make a film crew go wild. They offer splendid, panoramic views which are hard to come by. At the same time, they are adequately isolated to enable the shoots to progress peacefully.
Therefore, it is surprising that they don’t figure on the itinerary of most tourists to Jammu and Kashmir.
Let the pictures speak for themselves.
Here we go:
Amar Mahal Palace
Isn’t this structure straight out of Hans Anderson’s fairy tales? The premises of this palace offer a stunning vista of Tawi river and the adjoining dense forest on its rear. On clear nights, from here you see the lit-up outline of the Trikuta mountain and the Vaishno Devi shrine.
Amar Mahal Palace houses a museum while the next-door Hari Niwas Palace which is more modern, is a heritage hotel.
Bagh – E- Bahu
This is a place to go if you want a kind of roof-top view of Jammu. A well laid out terrace garden that overlooks the city, Bagh-E-Bahu also has a small fort and a temple inside it.
There is also an aquarium there now, though it wasn’t there when we went there a few years ago (Photo taken from internet).
Make it there the next time you plan a trip to Vaishno Devi. Be assured it will be a time well-spent.
And if you happen to meet Karan Johar, tell him he need not travel to US of A for shooting every film of his! They start looking fake after a while..!