Although nestled in the shadow of Kashmir, both literally and figuratively, Jammu has its share of landmarks worth a trip. Whether you’re a pilgrim making a journey to its revered temples or a traveller wanting to discover its distinctive cuisine, the winter capital of Jammu Kashmir has something to suit every taste.
Best time to visit Jammu:
The best time to visit Jammu is between October to February or March to May.
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How to reach Jammu
Relish authentic Kashmiri flavours at JKTDC’s Wazwan, located on Residency road in the old city. Ask for mutton yakhni (soft pieces of meat in yoghurt gravy) or its vegetarian counterpart made with lotus stem, and wash it down with the cardamom and saffron-infused drink kahwa.
For succulent kebabs and a range of cuisines, head to the Imperial Grill Restaurant that comes with a bar and live music.
Jammu and Kashmir tourism are not limited to sightseeing. Enjoy 360-degree views of the city from Falak Revolving Restaurant, known for its good ambience.
Nosh on samosas, chana bhaturas and kaladi kulchas at Pahalwaan di Hatti, and finish it with a glassful of creamy lassi. Pappa di Hatti and Gian di Hatti in Gandhi Nagar offer similar North Indian fare, laced with ghee and goodness.
Radisson Blu Located in proximity of the airport as well as Tawi Railway Station, this property fits the bill for tourists and business travellers alike. Radisson Blu Jammu boasts 119 rooms and suites, a fitness centre, meeting spaces and a 25,000sqft Royal Ballroom for events. Don’t miss out on dining at its speciality restaurant Ambrosia, open only for dinner and known for its authentic Kashmiri preparations.
Fortune Inn Riviera Give your mind a much-needed break at Fortune Inn Riviera. Its 29 well-appointed rooms come equipped with all modern luxuries, including high-speed wi-fi and a minibar. Enjoy tandoori delicacies at its North Indian Grill Earth Oven, socialise over a selection of spirits at Neptune Bar & Lounge and let your hair down at Metel Night Club.
Hari Niwas Palace Among the few heritage hotels in the state, Hari Niwas Palace, built by Maharaja Hari Singh, is a 50-acre property nestled among lush mango orchards. The property offers 40 luxurious rooms and two-family huts, in addition to a 24-hour coffee shop, a multi-cuisine restaurant and bar, and banquet space.
For millions of pilgrims, a trip to Jammu is nothing less than a journey of a lifetime. Seek blessings from Hindu deities at the Shri Raghunathji Temple, situated in North India’s most massive temple complex in the heart of the old city. The temple comprises seven magnificent shrines, each with a tower of its own.
Around 60km away from Jammu is the picturesque Mansar Lake, where married couples seek the blessings of Sheshnag, the lord of serpents whose shrine is on its eastern bank. Performing three circumambulations (parikrama) around the lake is a good omen for the couples. Regardless of that, the lake is an ideal spot for boating on a breezy evening.
Make a trip to Patnitop, Jammu’s very own Gulmarg that offers perfect picnic spots, peaceful walkways and breathtaking views of the towering Himalayas. In January and February, the place hosts skiing courses for beginners, so make sure not to drop that from your itinerary. With a 262 km distance between Jammu to Srinagar, you can even plan an extended trip to witness the stunning Dal Lake.
The city comes together to celebrate the festival of Lohri which falls on 13 January. With singing and dancing marking the festival, a bonfire is lit and every house wears a festive look.