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: The best time to visit Jammu is between October to February or March to May.
How to reach
By Air: The Jammu Airport, officially known as Jammu Civil Enclave is the nearest domestic airport to Jammu. IndiGo operates daily, non-stop flights between Jammu and Delhi & Srinagar.
By Train: Jammu Tawi is the nearest railway station that connects the city to rest of the country through several famous trains like Jammu Rajdhani, Jhelum Express etc.
By Bus: Jammu has a vast network of buses that connect it to all the significant parts of the country.
Getting around: Buses including matadors, taxis and auto-rickshaws are the most common modes of transportation to travel within the city.
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.
Raghunath Bazaar is a historic market in the old city is known to be over 100 years old. What started as a congregation of shops selling prasad to the people heading to Shri Raghunath Ji Temple, slowly turned into a bustling marketplace, known for everything from sarees and carpets to sweets and dried fruits. But if you’re looking for the famous Jammu walnuts, the one place you must visit is Hari Market. Every other shop here is full of walnuts, if not the region’s handicrafts and Dogra jewellery. Foodies can snack on the market’s street food: kachalu, gulgule and rajma kulcha. Poshish, a handloom store run by the Government of J&K at various locations in the town, offers a variety of traditional items. Pashmina shawls, linen suits, silk sarees, cotton kurtis are among the many things you can take back home.
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.t to Jallianwala Bagh and the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama.
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.
Shri Raghunathji Temple: 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.
Mansar Lake: 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. Legend has it that 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 262 km distance between Jammu to Srinagar, you can even plan an extended trip to witness the stunning Dal Lake.