A Travel Guide to Jammu

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Although nestled in the shadow of Kashmir, both literally and figuratively, Jammu has its share of landmarks worth visiting. 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 has something to suit everone. It is a dreamlike destination with fruit orchards, green meadows, sparkling rivers and lakes enticing tourists on every visit to Jammu. 

Best time to visit Jammu

The best time to visit Jammu is between October to February and March to May.

Most spoken languages in Jammu

  • Kashmiri
  • Dogri

How to reach Jammu

  • By air: You can book flights to Jammu Airport, officially known as Jammu Civil Enclave. It is the nearest domestic airport to Jammu. IndiGo operates daily, non-stop flights between Jammu and Delhi and Srinagar.
  • By train: Jammu Tawi is the nearest railway station that connects the city to the 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 Jammu

You can easily get around Jammu through buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws. These are the most common modes of transportation to travel within the city.

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Places to visit in Jammu

  • Vaishno Devi Temple: Above all, a pilgrimage that holds great significance to Hindus is the 12km trek to the cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi from the base camp at Katra. There is good connectivity to this famous temple through Jammu to Katra train. If convenience and time-saving is a priority for you, opt for the quick, eight-minute helicopter flight from Katra to Sanjichhat, located 2.5km from the main temple.
  • Bahu Fort: Against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains, Jammu’s historic temples and palaces resound tales of its rich past. Head to Bahu Fort, known to be the oldest fortification in the city of Jammu, to acquaint yourself with the city’s history. Built by Raja Bahulochan over 3,000 years ago, the fort is also home to a temple dedicated to the goddess Kali, the presiding deity of Jammu. And, don’t be surprised if you notice city folk flocking to its surrounding terraced gardens; it’s a favourite picnic spot that buzzes with activity in the evenings.
  • Amar Mahal: Another landmark to bookmark among places to visit in Jammu is the 19th-century brick mansion of the Dogra maharajas called Amar Mahal. The palace serves as a museum that allows you access to its famed courts and the Maharani’s chambers in their current form. Stepping into the Maharani’s chambers at Amar Mahal will cost an extra fee. But what makes it worth your while is a portrait of Queen Victoria on the wall and a peek into the bathroom that still houses her perfume collection.
  • Dogra Art Museum: From Amar Mahal, make a trip to Dogra Art Museum to see 9th-century bronzes, armaments and Pahari miniature paintings from Basholi. The museum is in the palace of Mubarak Mandi, the royal residence of Dogra rulers till 1925. Today, its elaborate and Mughal-style courts stand as ruins on the banks of the Tawi river. The central railway station is also known as ‘Jammu Tawi’.

Places to eat in 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.

Imperial Grill Restaurant
Imperial Grill Restaurant

For succulent kebabs and a range of cuisines, head to the Imperial Grill Restaurant that comes with a bar and live music.

Falak Revolving Restaurant
Falak Revolving Restaurant

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.

Pahalwaan di Hatti
Pahalwaan di Hatti

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.


Shopping places in Jammu

  • City Square
  • Shoppers Paradise

Street shopping in Jammu

  • Raghunath Bazaar: This 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. 
  • Hari Market: 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 street food like kachalu, gulgule and rajma kulcha. 
  • Poshish: It is 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.

Where to stay in Jammu


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.

More reasons to visit and top things to do in Jammu

  • 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. 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.
  • Patnitop: 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.

Nightlife in Jammu

  • Saqi Bar
  • Inferno
  • Kwality Restaurant and Bar
  • Ashoka Bar and Restaurant
  • K C Pub and Restaurant

Festivals in Jammu

  • Lohri: 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. 

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