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Location: Located 28 km (17 mi) from Jammu.
Attractions: Picnic Spot, Mubarak Mahal.
Accommodation: Hotels.

Akhnoor

Akhnoor (Hindi: अखनूर) is a town in Jammu district in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, India. Located 28 km (17 mi) from Jammu, Akhnoor is located on the foot hills of the Himalayas. It is an extremely beautiful town. The army cantonments make it more beautiful with their lovely old houses and clean and green environment. The picturesque town is located on the banks of the Chenab River.

Akhnoor has historical places to visit, such as the caves where the Pandavas were believed to have hidden. The popular story of how "Virat nagar" got its name converted to Akhnoor is that the Mughal emperor's wife had vision problem in her eyes. She was prescribed to wash her eyes with the holy water of Chenab River using some ayurvedic medicines by a local Hindu priest. Her vision was regained, and hence the name in Urdu the word "noor" means vision/glow/shine and the word "aankh" means the eye, so the vision regained to her eyes and hence Akhnoor. The people of this town had fled during Indo-Pakistan War in 1965 and 1971, returning back after ceasefire. The border is around 18 km (11 mi) away by road, aerial distance is only some 8 km (5.0 mi). The people had also suffered problems when the main bridge over Chenab River was washed away on September 10, 1992 until it was rebuilt and opened on April 13, 1994.

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