The Bahu Fort is a fortress representing the lavishness of the Dogra kings and the royal family that resided to rule the region. Bahu Fort stands on a rock face on the left bank of the river Tawi in Jammu. Perhaps the oldest fort and edifice in the city, it was constructed originally by Raja Bahulochan over 3,000 years ago. Did you know that…
- The fort along with Bahu town was founded long before Jammu.
- Bahu town was originally called Dhaara Nagri (धारा नगरी).
- It was originally founded by Bahulochan, the eldest son of Agnigarv II, king of Sialkot. Bahulochan erected his first fort after defeating a local king of Dhaara Nagri. Bahulochan then named the town as Bahu.
- His younger brother Jambulochan, later founded another city, Jambu, on the opposite bank of river Tawi, which eventually came to be called as Jammu.
- The original Bahu fort was not that strong and eroded over time. It was first reconstructed by Avtar Dev, grandson of Kapoor Dev, king of Bahu of later years. Watch Video: Why Patnitop is Known as Patnitop?
- The fort was renovated by Maharaja Gulab Singh and Maharaja Ranbir Singh in the late 19th century. Maybe knowing these facts will further allure your next visit to this charming monument.