Jammu - the Duggar land where the past still has a living presence. A land of grand ancient temples, and beautiful palaces. Nestled against the backdrop of the snow-capped Pir Panjal Mountains, the region of Jammu constitutes the southernmost unit of the state of Jammu & Kashmir. It forms part of the transition between the Himalayan range in the north and the dusty plains of Punjab in the south. Between these two extremities lie a series of scrub-covered hills, forested mountain ranges and river valleys, encompassing several microclimatic regions that extend from Kishtawar in the north-east to Akhnoor in the south-west, and the historic town of Poonch in the north-west to the borders of Kangra (H P) in the south-east. The Shivalik hills cut across the area from the east to the west while the rivers Ravi, Tawi and Chenab cut their way through the region.
The last stop on the railway line north is Udhampur, where you can catch onward buses and hire SUVs/MUVs (Tata Sumo / Toyota Innova/ Mahindra Scorpio). However it is better to get down in Jammu and catch a taxi from there as these are more readily available.
Numerous domestic airlines fly to Srinagar and Jammu, and frequent buses and share jeeps provide connections to Ladakh and the plains. Jammu is served by frequent train services. Buses are operated by J&K SRTC to most points around the state. They offer package tour to Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Yusmarg, Ular lake, City tour, etc. There is Tourist information center, where one get the tickets plus info. 4wd jeeps are quicker, a little more expensive and reach more locations. Private hire jeeps are also available.
Amar Mahal, located in Jammu, is a palace depicting grandeur of an erstwhile era.
A small garden along the Ranbir Canal, which runs through the city outskirts.
Bahu Fort stands on a rock face on the left bank of the river Tawi.
Patnitop is the most popular tourist spot of Jammu region.
A place for a quiet holiday, the meadow has now been developed as a golf course.
This small town serves as the base camp for visting the famous shrine of Vaishnodevi in the Trikuta hills.
Mata Balaji Sundri
This resort straddles the forested slopes of the Patnitop mountain range, overlooking the spectacular lie of the Chenab gorge.
Boating facilities are available in the spot. Every year around Baisakhi, a food and crafts festival is organised here by J&K Tourism.
Often referred to as 'Chhota Kashi', its main temple is dedicated to 'umapati'.
It is a major Hindu-Sikh pilgrimage centre situated 75 Kms from Jammu.
Peer Khoh is a cave shrine located on the Circular Road, 3.5 kms from the heart of the town.
Behind the Civil Airport is the famous durgah of the Muslim saint, Peer Budhan Ali Shah.
On the way to Sudhmahadev-Mantalai, a short detour takes one to Krimchi, site of three of the oldest temples of Jammu.
The crystal clear, cool water of Jajjar attract picnickers in large number during summer.
This town is associated with the legend of Soni-Mahiwal.
The west of the Holy Shrine of Vashnodeviji is the Salal Dam and Lake.
On way to Salal Dam, Baba Dhansar is a beautiful and cool picnic spot.
Dedicated to Lord Rama, Situated in the heart of the city and surrounded by a group of other temples.
This historic temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The city forest surrounds the ancient Mahamaya temple overlooking the river Tawi.
It is situated near Samba and is popularly known as Pehla Darshan of Vaishno Devi pilgrims.