Bagh-e-Bahu is a beautiful garden on a hill slope surrounding the Bahu Fort. The garden offers the best view of Jammu city and climbing up the rather steep garden gives you a good topographic sense of Jammu city and its surroundings.
The Tawi River runs beneath the hill and water plumbed from the river feeds the many fountains installed in the garden. I've never seen a garden with so many fountains. Water gushing abundantly against the strong morning sun exudes an element of youth and freshness. After walking through the city through scorching heat the other day, it was a great relief to be in the midst of greenery and fountains. Nature sure has a healing touch on the weary body and soul.
The garden can be best reached by hiring autos. Most autos take around Rs.80 to Rs.100 just for dropping at the garden from the main city. The garden opened at 9 am and I was one of the earliest people to arrive at the garden. After wandering for while and getting to know the place, I had breakfast at a small cafe run by Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Corporation.Government-run enterprises put me at ease more. The best part of the cafe is the view it offers.
The sun was gaining strength and it made the climb harder. The heat made me realize that though there were many shrubs and smaller trees, there were no big trees and not enough shade from the tormenting sun.
There were a good number of monkeys in the garden and I spent a lot of time observing their funny antics. The monkeys gathered under a fountain or old pool and splashed in the water to cool themselves. Some of them would even climb up trees and successfully attempted somersaulting. It made the trip more memorable.
The steep steps led up to the hilltop where the Bahu Fort and Aquarium are located side by side. The garden was lush and vibrant, and looked as if it could hurt your eyes. The view of the city and the valley from the top of the garden was worth the climb.
There are two entry points; one below and one from top.