Famous For: Jammu is called the winter capital. It is famous for its temples. Especially the Vaishno Devi Temple at Katra, where more than 1 crore (10 million) pilgrims come every year. It has made Jammu one of the most scenic places in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Here are some famous places to visit-
Vaishno Devi Temple, Raghunath Temple, Manda Zoo, Ranbireshwar Temple, Rajender Park, Dudhadhari Mandir (The Highest In The City), Balidan Stambh, Surinsar Lake, Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary, Baba Dhansar, Dargah Garib Shah, Mahamaya Temple, Poonch Fort, Bhairo Baba Temple, Raghunath Bazaar, Sheesh Mahal, Purmandal, Akhnoor Fort, Shiv Khori (Witness God’s Miracle), Sidhra Golf Course, Baag-E-Bahu (Stroll Around Nature) etc.
Major Attractions: Vaishno Devi Temple, Manda Zoo, Rajender Park, Surinsar Lake, Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary, Baag-E-Bahu are some attractive & most viewed places of Jammu.
Ideal Visit Time: September to early March is the best time to visit Jammu. Jammu can be literally hot during the summer season with high temperatures. It rises up to 45-48°C. So that, winter is an ideal time to visit Jammu.
Jammu is the winter capital and the largest city in the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The city is located on the banks of the Tavi River. It is bounded on the north by the Himalayas and on the south by the North-Plains. Jammu is the second most populous city in the Union Territory. Jammu is one of the special tourist attractions during the winter holidays. Although it is famous for its pilgrimage, the whole of Jammu is visited by many domestic and foreign tourists every year.
Let’s talk about some of the best places to visit in terms of tourist attractions below:
Vaishno Devi Temple
Vaishno Devi Temple is one of the most spectacular Hindu temples in the world. Millions (about 10 lakh) pilgrims visit this temple every year. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mahalakshmi. The idea of believers is that whatever you want here is granted. The cave style temple is located at an altitude of 5200 feet above sea level. In this case, the fans must go to the top to pray. You can move on feet if you want. In a additional purpose, you can choose helicopter service, pony ride or palanquin. This temple is one of the most visited and well-known places in Jammu.
It is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit Jammu. Manda Zoo is a place to enjoy with family; Best to enjoy, especially with kids. Although the zoo is spread over a small area, the list of exhibits here is actually long. Among the animals you can find in this zoo are hog deer, porcupine, leopard, barn owl, sambhar, python and black partridge.
To enjoy the herbal beauty of Jammu, Rajendra Park is one of the top tourist destinations in Jammu. The park is a great place to have a picnic with family and friends. The park has a canal with several fountains and bright attractions. There is no more comfortable and quiet place to walk around nature. The park is well maintained and if you want to hear some natural sounds, visit the park. In fact, the park is located close to some of the best hotels in Jammu, so you should keep the park on your toplist.
Jammu is a place known for its natural splendor. Also one of the most spectacular peaks of Jammu is Surinsar Lake, which upholds Jammu’s reputation for beauty. An attraction famous for its natural gifts and mythological significance. The lake is beautifully surrounded by lush green mountains and is a favorite picnic spot. The lake is located near the “Surinsar Mansar Wildlife Sanctuary”. There are about 15 avifauna species. Anyone can flee here for peace and tranquility.
Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary
Some parts of endangered and threatened species are preserved in this Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary. It covers an area of about 34 square kilometers. The sanctuary is surrounded by acres of fir and pine trees. It is a great abode for nature and wildlife enthusiasts who are successful for natural vacation. You can find leopards, pheasants, wild boar, bharal and grey langur. The bird watchers can find the cheer pheasant, red junglefowl, Indian mynah, Indian peafowl and chakor flock in large numbers.
The Bagh-e-Bahu, with its colorful flowers, is located on the banks of the Tawi River. Locals and tourists come here for picnics and photography. It is one of the famous places of Jammu. And it is famous for its picturesque beauty. There is a fish-shaped aquarium as well as a public gallery. You can see about 400 different types of fish in the aquarium. You have dedicated walkways in the garden letting you stroll and connect with the essence of nature. The place is definitely worth enjoying to keep some memories with your loved ones.
Dogra Art Museum
Another attraction worth visiting on the Jammu tour list is the Dogra Art Museum, formerly known as the Dogra Art Gallery. Visit this museum to get a first-hand look at the remnants of Dogra culture, their traditions, festivals and eating habits. It is known as a paradise for art and history lovers. You can explore a great collection of over 7,000 objects with various historical significance.
Shopping At Jammu
Famous for Pashmina shawls, carved walnut woodwork, papier machie, and more across the world, Jammu is indeed a haven for Shopaholics on earth. With such incredible things to buy from amazing places, shopping in Jammu is definitely a new experience to you that you wouldn’t want to miss. From good fabric to the exquisite charm in every item, everything that you can buy from this city will have an authentic vibe to it.
Kashmir Government Arts Emporium, Bahu Plaza, Raghunath Bazar, JDA Complex, City Square Mall, Vermani Word, Gole Market, Wave Mall are the most famous places for visitors to buy many kinds of handicrafts, households and wearable things cheaply. Dry Fruits, clothes, accessories, famous Kashmiri carpets, shawls, papier-mache items, sweets etc available here in this markets.
How To Reach
By Road: Many neighbouring cities like Manali, Shimla, Ludhiana and Delhi are well-connected with Jammu. Also many tourist buses are run by Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation. You can choose a regular or luxury bus. Fares may vary depending on the type and distance of the bus. I think the bus journey for the Jammu tour is the most enjoyable while enjoying the roadside nature.
By Train: The nearest railway station in Jammu is located within the city and is known as Jammu Tawi. This railway junction is well-linked to most of the Indian cities like Delhi, Chennai, Pune, Kolkata, Mumbai and Trivandrum. Some of the popular trains that run to and from the railway station are Jammu Rajdhani, Uttar S Kranti, Jhelum Express, Andaman Express, Himgiri Express, Swarak Express and Himsagar Express. Some of the trains do not run daily so it is advisable to check the train schedule before booking it. Definitely taxi or cabs are available from the railway station to reach your preferred destinations.
By Air: The Jammu airport in the city is the closest domestic airport, which is well-networked to different cities like New Delhi, Srinagar and Leh. Popular air carriers like Jet Airways, Spice Jet and Air India have regular flights from the major cities. The other two nearest domestic airports are in Srinagar and Leh. Taxi or cabs are available from the airport to reach your preferred destinations.