The Krimchi temples are located merely 9 kms off the Jammu-Udhampur highway, yet are not a popular site to visit as the last 1km of the distance has to be covered on foot. Despite having been declared as a’protected monument’ by the Archaeological Society of India, they are neglected …hidden from sight. They are a group of 7 temples, believed to have been constructed around the 8-9th century. The boards displayed at the entrance do provide some information about the many stone temples around. They are beautiful, imposing, made largely of stone, with a unique architecture. Maybe it is a blessing that they are away from throngs of tourists, as one can appreciate the building style and explore the many structures at leisure and in complete silence. The walk is interesting, there are hills all around, a winding, slightly uphill path lined by trees and shrubs leads to the temples. If you want to sample a bit of real Indian history, without any hawkers, guides or noisy crowds,this is the place for you.
Need some quiet family time ? head there……………….admire the work of people who did not have architectural degrees or digital 3-D models to help them…yet these temples managed to survive through centuries.
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