JAMMU AIRPORT: NEWER BEGINNINGS
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.
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