The district of Udhampur is among the most-visited pilgrimage centers in northern India. Present amidst the breathtaking landscape of Jammu and Kashmir, with huge trees of Eucalyptus swaying gently in the valley’s breeze, Udhampur is home to the famous shrines of Shiva Khori and Vaishno Devi. Most of the religious shrines here can be found on hilly terrains, combining a spiritual pilgrimage experience with some of the most memorable views of the Jammu valley. Some of the breathtaking attractions in Udhampur include Sehad Baba, Siar Baba, Baba Dhansar and Bhimgarh Fort. Travelers can look forward to a taste of Dogra or Pahari culture, where the locals are dressed in colorful woolen clothes and are known to welcome their guests with warmth and sweetness.
The Palace of Mirrors, or Sheesh Mahal, was created by Raja Ram Singh in 1885. This palace is located in an area called Ramnagar and is known to teach the stories from the epics Mahabharata and Ramayana. The beautiful Sheesh Mahal is decorated with numerous paintings and murals that present the ancient mythological tales and characters to visitors in colorful detail. Among the paintings are also displays that highlight the battles between Raja Ram Singh and Suchet Singh.
About 20 km from the town of Udhampur is the shrine of local deity Pingla Devi. The shrine is present near the village of Karua and is perched on top of a small hill. The hill offers great sights and trekking experiences to pilgrims.
Bhimgarh Fort, or Reasi Fort, is situated on a hill about 64 km from Jammu. This fort underwent several renovations in the 19th century under the reign of Gulab Singh, and still houses several rooms, an armory, a treasury, a temple and a pond inside.
The ancient village of Moungri here was also known as Sonara (place of hundred water springs). According to a legend, the village of Moungri was once home of Nag Devta (the king of the snakes) and had many natural water springs. A few water springs can still be found near this village. A shrine of Lord Shiva also stands on a nearby hillock.
Travelers can use cabs to reach Udhampur from neighboring Jammu, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.
On a daily basis there are approximately 28 flights that operate at Jammu Airport.IndiGo, Air India and SpiceJet are the most popular airline brands that fly frequently to this airport.
Besides flying you can also reach Udhampur through train.Udhampuris one of the most popular train stations in Udhampur.On an average about 12 trains pass through Udhampur on a daily basis.Jammu to Udhampur, Ludhiana to Udhampur, Ambala to Udhampurare some of the most popular routes to Udhampur with 29, 28, 28 trains weekly respectively.
By road Udhampur is surrounded by Jammu, Nawanshahr, Kathua which are 21.24 km, 32.69 km, 44.93 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.
Udhampur has a total of 2 hotels.There are 2 hotels in Udhampur with the popular ones being Hotel Singh Axis etc.