The bright gemstone of the glittering crown of majestic India, Jammu is the prized possession that has an unmatched history. Known by various namessuch as the ‘winter capital of J&K’ and ‘the city of temples’, Jammu is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India.Magnificent hills, lush green meadows, cool breeze, glittering streams and lakes, misty mornings and lots of other attractions make Jammu a perfect getaway. The divinity of the city lies in its ancient shrines of Ranbireshwar Temple, Raghunath Temple, Peer Kho Cave Temple and Panchvaktar Temple.
Besides its divinity and flamboyant aura, Jammu appeases its visitorswith the delectable variety of traditional dishes such as Patisa, Rajma with rice and Kalari cheese. It also offers authentic spices such as saffron, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, etc. For the shopaholics, the city has extensive choices, includingacolorful variety of exquisite handicrafts made by the skilled artisans and crafts people. Pashmina is one amongst the famous craftwork of Jammu. For best accommodation options in Jammu, one can opt for Lemon Tree Hotel, Jammu.
October to February is the best time to visit Jammu. It is the flowering season followed by a soothing and pleasant climate. Here are some of the best tourist places in Jammu.
1. Amar Mahal
A striking palace in Jammu, Amar Mahal was constructed in the 19th century for Raja Amar Singh and has been transformed into a museum. The museum displays many artifacts, including a golden throne weighing 120 kg, Kangra miniature paintings as well as a library with 25,000 historic books and a large collection of precious art. Amar Mahal is constructed in red sandstone in a beautiful setting.
2. Bahu Fort and Garden
Bahu Fort and Garden is situated at a distance of 5 km from the city center and lies on the left bank of the Tawi River. Built by Raja Bahulochan more than 3000 years ago, it was renovated in 19th century by the Dogra rulers. Close to the fort, there is a shrine devoted to Goddess Kali.The terraced garden, called Bagh-e-Bahu, around the fort is an added attraction.
3. Mansar Lake
Mansar Lake is located about 35 miles away from Jammu, which is enclosed by wood-covered hills. Moving around the lake is believed to bring good luck for married couples. Many couples from every nook and corner of the world pay a visit to this place to take a fortunate walk around it. One the Eastern banks of the lake, there is a shrine of Shehnag, a snake with six heads.
4. Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary
Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary is a serene haven to several endangered animals and birds, and is named after its namesake village near Jammu. Sprawling across an expanse of 33.24 sq.km., this reserve is covered with dense forestation of fir and pine trees. About eight different species of mammals inhabit this forested region, which includes leopard, wild boar, grey langur, bharal and rhesus monkey. It serves as a wonderful destination for nature and wildlife enthusiasts.