Sunday, November 4, 2018

AKHNOOR , A HISTORIC TOWN ON THE BANKS OF RIVER CHENAB IN JAMMU...


                                                                            























                                 




                                   
                                     (Akhnoor Fort)



AKHNOOR , A HISTORIC TOWN ON THE BANKS OF RIVER CHENAB IN JAMMU...


Akhnoor town is Located at a distance of 27 kms from jammu city .The town lies on the banks of river Chenab ( Chanderbhaaga ) . With Pakistan border just 10 kms away , the town has a sizeable presence of army . The old fort dominates the town. It was at Akhnoor that the ‘Raj Tilak’ ceremony of Gulab Singh ( who went on to rule the state of Jammu and Kashmir ) was performed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh . A beautiful walkway and a park has also been built along the bank of river Chenab . This walkway starts from a spot that is close to the old Bridge and ends near the Jia Pota or Durga Temple Ghat .
Just above the Temple Ghat on the hillock lies the 18th century fort built by Mian Tej Singh .Close to the Fort are the Ancient Pandva caves. A beautiful Gurudwara has also been built nearby overlooking Chenab river.

Thr mazaar of Baba Faiz Baksh Syed Bukhari , a highly revered shrine lies just 4 kms away from AKHNOOR town. This 450-old-year shrine is located on the right side of the Akhnoor-Jourian road . 

The Budhist Stupas and remains of an ancient Budhist Monastery have been excavated at AMBRAAN village near Akhnoor Town . The excavations are being carried out exactly below the new Bridge over river Chenab just 28 Kms from Jammu city .The place is approachable via Janipora – Agore Road or Dumana -Akhnoor Road .


His Holiness Dalai Lama too visited the site in November 2011 and confirmed that the remains belong to an ancient Budhist Monastery. Locals give due credit to Dr B R Mani from Archeological survey of India for taking up the excavations on a massive scale in 2001.


  • As per Newspaper reports, four laning of Jammu-Akhnoor-Rajouri-Poonch National Highway  has  approved under the PMDP at a cost of Rs 5100 crores.  Work  has already been  started on Jammu-Akhnoor Highway. A new RCC bridge has already been built over river Chenab near Akhnoor  town. 


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