Jammu, the second largest city in Jammu and Kashmir, is the summer capital of the state. With various temples and shrines dotting the landscape, Jammu is the base camp for pilgrims moving up to the cave shrine of Vaishno Devi. This city of temples has its own grace and charm.
Flights to Jammu
Jammu and Kashmir feature three domestic airports that connect the city to two major cities – Delhi and Mumbai. Leading airlines like Indian Airlines and Jet Airways serve direct operational flights to the city.
Accommodation in Jammu is never a problem for tourists. One can easily find comfortable and affordable establishments in the region, ranging from standard, deluxe, and budget hotels. Backpackers and budget travelers can book a stay in budget hotels.
Activities and Sightseeing
The sightseeing tour in Jammu revolves around visiting temples, forts, shrines, and museums spread around the city. The chief attractions around the city include:
- Bahu Fort
- Dogra Art Museum
- Raghunath Temple
- Ranbireshwar Temple
- Jamawant Cave
Jammu offers a plethora of outdoor activities for adventure. These include paragliding, trekking, and hot air ballooning. You can also take a trip to Patnitop from Jammu to try your hand on skiing. Another adventure activity is to enjoy water rafting at Dera Baba Banda in Reasi district, Jammu.
Visit the J&K Government Arts Emporium to purchase authentic Kashmiri Handicrafts. You can get top notch quality Pashmina shawls and beautiful hand knotted carpets made with silk and wool. Another special souvenir from Jammu is the traditional Dogra jewelry and dry fruits like almonds and walnuts.
Pack light cotton clothes and a warm sweater or jacket for Jammu’s summers. Winter season would, however, require thick woolens.