JAMMU AIR­PORT: NEWER BE­GIN­NINGS

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Jammu is the land of tem­ples where its glo­ri­ous past con­tin­ues to co-ex­ist with a me­thod­i­cal present. Nes­tled against the back­drop of the snow-capped Pir Pan­jal Moun­tains, the re­gion of Jammu con­sti­tutes the south­ern-most land­scape of the state of Jammu & Kash­mir. The name Jammu is de­rived from Raja Jam­bu­lochan who founded this city in the 14th cen­tury BC and named it Jam­bupur which was later changed to Jammu.

Lo­cated on NH-44, Jammu is the gate­way city for J&K and is also the win­ter cap­i­tal of Jammu and Kash­mir. It is fa­mous for its re­li­gious tourism, as the holy shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi is lo­cated here. With an av­er­age el­e­va­tion of 327Mtr. (1073ft), Jammu city lies at the un­even ridges and the low heights of the Shiva­lik hills. It is sur­rounded by the Shiva­lik Range to the North, East and South­east, while the Trikuta Range bounds it in the North-west. It is ap­prox­i­mately 600Kms. (370 miles) from the na­tional cap­i­tal, New Delhi.

The city spreads around the Tawi River with the old city over­look­ing it from the North (right bank) while the new neigh­bour­hoods spread around the South­ern side (left bank) of the river. There are five bridges on the river. Emerg­ing as a knowl­edge hub, Jammu has a Cen­tral Univer­sity, Jammu Univer­sity, Agri­cul­ture Univer­sity, Med­i­cal Col­lege, IIT and GCET. AIIMS and IIM have also al­ready been ap­proved for the city.

DES­TI­NA­TIONS UN­LIM­ITED

A land of grand an­cient tem­ples and beau­ti­ful palaces, tourism is the largest in­dus­try in Jammu. It is also a fo­cal point for the pil­grims go­ing to Vaishno Devi and the Kash­mir Val­ley as it is the sec­ond-last rail­way ter­mi­nal in North In­dia. All the routes lead­ing to Kash­mir, Poonch, Doda and Ladakh start from Jammu city. Thus, through­out the year, the city re­mains full of vis­i­tors from all the parts of In­dia. Places of in­ter­est in­clude old his­toric sites like Mubarak Mandi, Pu­rani Mandi, Rani Park, Amar Ma­hal, Bahu Fort, Raghu­nath Tem­ple, Ran­biresh­war Tem­ple, Kar­bala, Peer Meetha, old city and a num­ber of mar­kets and parks. The main tourist des­ti­na­tions near Jammu are Mansar Lake, Sanasar Lake, Khud and Pat­ni­top hills re­sort, Su­ru­in­sar Lake, Shiv Khori and Jha­jhar Khotli.

Jammu Air­port, also known as Sat­wari Air­port is one of the youngest air­ports in In­dia. It is owned by the Min­istry of De­fence (IAF) and Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia (AAI), main­tains the Civil En­clave for civil air­craft op­er­a­tions. It is sit­u­ated 14Kms. (8.7 miles) from the in­ter­na­tional bor­der be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan. The catch­ment area of Jammu Air­port spreads over 13 districts of the Jammu re­gion with a pop­u­la­tion of ap­prox­i­mately 53.50 lakh, as per the 2011 Cen­sus.

Se­cu­rity Hold Area, Jammu Air­port

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