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Situated on the banks of River Tawi, Jammu is a land of serene and beautiful valleys, lakes, and meadows surrounded by majestic snow-clad Himalayas. The Shivalik hill cuts across the area while rivers Tawi, Chenab, and Ravi, flow through this region.

Solitude is served here in its true sense for the urban dwellers. Due to the impeccable beauty of Jammu, it is often referred to as the Gateway to Heaven. You can soak in the tranquil environment in Jammu as you gaze up at the mighty Himalayas shimmering in the downing sun. 

Jammu takes pride in its history full of valor and glory and is home to some of the most magnificent temples. Jammu is thronged by thousands of devotees going to the holy cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi, which has been a beacon of faith and fulfillment to millions of devotees.

Besides fulfilling the spiritual needs of its visitors, Jammu caters to their shopping requirements as well. The city’s markets are famous for Kashmiri handicrafts, traditional jewelry, and dry fruits. Though the city is known for temples, its cultural and architectural heritage in the form of palaces and forts is equally worth a mention. There are many places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir that recite the tales of its rich culture, history, and traditions.

Jammu is also home to some of the most beautiful Mughal gardens with vivid floras, fountains, and springs. It is the crowning jewel of the north, which must be visited at least once in your lifetime. Visitors can choose to go on a nature trail to encounter rare avian species or take part in adventure activities like rappelling, trekking or camping.

From the clothes that people wear to the homes they live in, art in Jammu is a way of life. The visit to Jammu is all about the pleasure of five senses, and it opens a window of the Himalayan lifestyle of the discerning traveler. 

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  1. What are the places to visit in Jammu?

    Jammu is dotted with some of the most popular tourist attractions that should be a must-visit in your itinerary. 

    1. Amar Mahal: Amar Mahal resembles the grand Chateau located in France and is a visual retreat for the visitors who come to Jammu. It depicts the grandeur and splendor of the historical era and was constructed using red sandstones under the rule of Raja Amar Singh of the Dogra Dynasty. The palace has now been converted into a museum and it exhibits the rare paintings that belong to medieval schools of art. The most standout attraction of this mahal is the Art Gallery that holds immense artistic value. 

    2. Bahu Fort: Built on a plateau overlooking the River Tawi is the extremely splendid Bahu Fort, which is also touted to be the oldest edifice in Jammu. The fort serves as a religious center as it has a temple dedicated to Goddess Kali inside the premises. Built around 3,000 years ago by Raja Bahu Lochan, the fort attracts the visitors for its massive terraced garden known as Bagh-e-Bahu. The arches on its first floor are lavishly decorated with floral designs, and it lures the history buffs to seep into its royal tales. 

    3. Mubarak Mandi Palace Complex: It consists of a wide collection of royal buildings of the late 19th century and showcases the skills of the artisans who beautifully blended Mughal, Baroque, and Rajasthani architecture in an incredible manner here. It offers several attractions to the visitors such as Pink Palace Nawa Mahal, Gol Ghar Complex and Rani Charak Palace. The most magnificent building that you can spot here is Sheesh Mahal, which is a beautiful royal mansion. 

    4. Bhimgarh Fort: This fort is perched at a height of 150 meters above the ground level, and you can find multiple attractions over here such as a pond temple and opulent rooms. It was earlier built using clay, but later it was reconstructed with stones by Maharaja Rishipal Rana. A picturesque garden and beautiful pathways are also part of this fort. The royal family used to reside here in the former era, but now it has been opened for public visits. 

    5. Vaishno Devi Temple: This temple is synonymous with the popularity of Jammu and is revered to be one of the holiest shrines in the entire world. Millions of devotees visit this temple every year to grant their wishes from Mahalakshmi, the main Goddess here.This cave-styled temple sits at the height of 5200 ft above the sea level, and you have to walk through the mountainous terrains to reach this temple. You can also opt for a pony ride or helicopter services other than walking to reach the temple. 
  2. What are the things to do in Jammu?

    Jammu offers you a chance to indulge in a wide range of activities that we have mentioned below.

    1. Trek to Vaishno Devi : If you wish to have a taste of both adventure and spirituality at the same time, then trekking to reach the holy temple of Vaishno Devi should be your topmost choice. This spiritual sojourn will greet you with some of the most picturesque sights that will remain etched in your memory lane forever. 

    2. Enjoy Boating at Mansar Lake: If you wish to immerse yourself into the surreal beauty of Jammu, then boating at Mansar Lake should be your ideal choice. This boat ride lasts for generally two hours, and this scenic ride from Jammu to Mansar will definitely allure your senses with joy. You can even try fishing in the beautiful lake of Mansar. 

    3. Shop till you drop: Jammu caters to the shopping requirements of the visitors in the best way. It is laden with some of the best markets such as Hari Market, Raghunath Bazaar, and Vir Marg, where you can buy traditional jewelry, handicrafts, spices, dry fruits, and many other items. You can also buy exquisite hand-knotted silk and woolen carpets over here at the best prices. 
  3. What is the old name of Jammu?

    The old name of Jammu is Jambupura. It was later named as Jammu after Jambu Lochan, who is the brother of Bahu.
  4. What Jammu is famous for?

    Jammu is extremely renowned for its temples and shrines and is also popularly known as the land of temples. The popular Vaishno Devi Temple is located here that is visited by millions of pilgrims every year. Jammu is also known for its mighty peaks and picturesque natural beauty that lures the visitors to visit this place. It is also known for its superlative quality of basmati rice, dry fruits, and rajma. Exquisite hand-knotted silk, pashmina shawls, and woolen carpets are also popular with the tourists here. 
  5. Is Jammu safe?

    Jammu is extremely safe for the visitors, and the crime rate over here is very low. The government ensures the safety of the visitors, and you won’t find burglary or snatching prevalent here. But then also whenever you step outside, you should take care of your personal belongings for extra caution and safety.
  6. Does it snow in Jammu city?

    No, you can’t witness snowfall in Jammu city as it has a relatively higher temperature than Kashmir and Srinagar. But you can visit Kashmir if you want to witness snowfall during winters. 
  7. What is famous in Jammu for shopping?

    Jammu is a hub for the shopaholics, and you can find many souvenirs to take back during your trip from here. Here are a few famous items that you must buy in Jammu.

    Pashmina shawls and handicraft items
    Hand-knotted silk and woolen carpets
    Dry fruits 
    Basmati rice, pomegranate, and rajma
    Sweets
    Saffron
    Wooden carvings
  8. What is the best time to visit Jammu?

    Here is a detailed breakdown of the seasons when you can visit Jammu.

    February to November(Winter) is considered to be the best time to visit Jammu. 
    You should avoid visiting Jammu during summers(March to June) as the temperature rises to 25-38 degrees Celsius. 
    You can also visit Jammu during Monsoon (June-August) as the weather remains pleasant but the occasional shower might disrupt your plan to go outside for sightseeing in Jammu.