Stand at any point in Jammu and you will be mesmerized by the views. The largest city in the Jammu district and the winter capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Jammu is the self-proclaimed city of temples
Although it has much to offer to travelers, including great views, delectable food, many lovely temples and a rich, interesting history, people often don’t pay enough heed to Jammu. The truth is that a stopover here, while you’re on your way to Srinagar or Vaishno Devi Temple, will be well worth your time.Jammu was named after the king who is credited with founding the city, Raja Jambulochan. Mentioned in the mythical epic Mahabharata, it is believed that Jammu was once a part of the Harappan civilization. Later on, the region saw the rules of many different dynasties, including the Mughals, the Shahis and the Sikhs, until the British took over. Today, though Jammu and Kashmir as a state is under duress, Jammu is considered the safer twin, with tourism and the agricultural industry being the mainstays of the local economy. The beauty and the warmth of the people of Jammu will ensure that you keep coming back.Jammu calls itself a temple town, and rightfully so. The temples that are scattered across the city, some at just a stone’s throw from it, are old and beautiful, and definitely worth a visit. Vaishno Devi is, of course nearby, and most people simply cut through Jammu to get to this much revered sacred temple. If you’re passing through Jammu to get to any other destination, don’t forget that the journey is often the reward.While in the city, you can head to Bahu Fort, which also has a temple within its premises, and was built by Jambu Lochan’s brother Bahu Lochan. Built over 300 years ago on the banks of the River Tawi, this is the oldest structure in the city, and has seen a number of preservation and renovation attempts over the years. The deity of Maa Kali in the temple here is believed to be powerful, and devotees flock here to seek her blessings, especially on Tuesdays and Sundays. The garden surrounding the fort is a popular picnic spot for locals and tourists alike.The Krishna and Shiva caves of the Gupawala Mandir are another major attraction In Jammu. This small temple is easy to miss, but once you’re inside the complex of small caves with striking sculptures and sketches of the Gods, the colors will leave you awestruck.The Raghunath Temple, built in the 1800s, is another source of pride and joy for the locals of Jammu. With seven shrines, and the inner walls covered in golden sheets, this temple is quite a sight. Add to it the ancient scriptures and holy texts found here, and you truly have one of the gems of Northern India.Buses, auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws are easily available throughout the city of Jammu. The popular mini buses here are called matadors. Local taxis can also be hired within the city so that you can go temple hopping at your own pace.Jammu does fall within a strife-torn region, so research the current situation thoroughly before packing your bags.Avoid roaming around alone. Keep a lookout for signs of trouble and follow the curfew laws if in force at the time
Jammu is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights.
Airports: Jammu Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Jammu from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Jammu Tawi