(Last Updated on : 01-12-2015)
Leisure Tourism is an imperative part of tourism in Udhampur District of Jammu and Kashmir. Babore is one of the most inspiring sites of archaeological significance in the Udhampur District. Now a protected monument, there exited quite a few temples of ancient time. Remnants of six temples in an area of one kilometre have been found. The temples are the stone structures which has resemblance to one, which the Great Kashmir ruler Lalitaditya built at Wangal at the foot of Harmukh Mountain in Kashmir in the 8th century A.D. The vestiges of Babore temples throw lights to how imposing art and architecture was widespread even in that time. These ruins are the structures of great firmness and substantial beauty. Some of the stones, monolithic beams, pillars used in their construction are over a dozen feet long and their sculptures and carving are marvelous and remarkable. The Archaeological Department, Government of India, is presently looking after these ancient monuments and trying to bring these to their original grandeur.
Another grand ancient stone temple complex has been found in North-West of Udhampur town at the village Krimchi in the midst of green hills. Three old temples stand in a row facing east. One of the temples is entirely of rubble. There seem to have been two parallel rows in the East facing the two temples in the outside which makes the complex of a quadrangular pattern. These temples resembles in shape and pattern of Baij Nath and Lingaraja temple
in the state of Orissa
. The main temple is adorned with abstract designs and its porch bears a close resemblance to ancient stone temples of Kashmir valley. Some beam like stone slabs used in construction, rest on massive pillars. Pieces of sculpture have been found in the debris have images of Ganesh, Lord Shiva
, Trimurti and Lord Vishnu
The Bhimgarh fort is another protected monument of Udhampur District. The fort is situated in on a hillock in Reasi Town on the bank of river Anji. The fort has a commanding view of Reasi town. In the year 1988, initiative was taken to beautify the spot and make it a picnic spot for the pilgrims of Vaishno Devi. Since then the fort has obtained a novel look with many people visiting it. Another historic building in the area just near the Sheesh Mahal is the Ramnagar Fort overlooking Mansa Devi Nallah. The fort is square on plan with polygonal bastions rising to three stories on four corners.
Thus the historical forts and buildings provide great amusements to the leisure tourists.