About Jammu Tourism

Mostly getting its fame by being home to the popular shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi, the Jammu region in the newest Union Territory of India, is ideal to plan a holiday. The region of Jammu might have been a little overshadowed by the beauty of Kashmir, but it has tremendous tourism potential with numerous religious places to seek the blessings of the almighty; offbeat mountainous places that are ideal for trekking and biking adventure; and rich culture to understand about the region better.

Jammu is essentially a good break from the monotony, one can holiday here for not only seeking spirituality in its many sacred places like Mata Vaishno Devi, Raghunath Temple, Peer Koh Cave, Dera Baba Banda, but also enjoy a hill holiday in its tourist destinations of Patnitop and Doda. Nature lovers can fall in love with Jammu’s beautiful lakes like Mansar Lake and the ethereal beauty of Patnitop and Doda. Wildlife enthusiasts can get their share of thrill at Kishtwar National Park.

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Best Time to Visit Jammu


Summer Season in Jammu

Jammu can be a bit hot to be explored in the summer season when the temperature rises up to 45℃ at its many destinations. However, in its hilly regions like Patnitop, the weather remains pleasant and ideal to be visited.


Monsoon Season in Jammu

The mercury dips a bit in the monsoon months of July to September bringing some respite. However, the heavy rainfall can be a hindrance in planning a trip to Jammu in the monsoon season. Therefore, it is advised checking the weather forecast before planning a holiday in the rainy season.


Winter Season in Jammu

The months between October and March are ideal to visit Jammu. It is to be noted that places like Katra and Patnitop receive snowfall in the winters. Heavy woollens are to be carried if planning a trip during the winter season. One can enjoy skiing in Patnitop during winters.

Best Places to Visit in Jammu Region


Jammu City

Known as the 'City of Temples', Jammu is an insightful place reflecting the rich heritage, history, and religious importance in the region.



Popular for being home to the sacred Mata Vaishno Devi Temple, Katra is the most visited pilgrimage destination in Jammu.



A popular hill station in Jammu, Patnitop attracts nature lovers, family vacationers, and even honeymoon couples.



Known as the ‘Land of Saffron and Sapphire,’ Kishtwar is a gorgeous destination with rich forest area and several trails for adventure...



Named after local lakes, Sanasar are twin villages and are an adventure activity hotspot in Jammu region.



The beautiful valley also called the Land of the Nagas is known for its rich culture and the festivals of Mela Patt and Kailash Yatra.

Top Things to Do in Jammu



With the presence of Mata Vaishno Devi and several other religious sites, Jammu is an important pilgrimage destination.



The adventure of skiing can be best enjoyed in the beautiful hill station of Patnitop in Jammu during the peak winter season.



Home to Kishtwar National Park, Jammu offers an incredible opportunity to witness the rich native flora & fauna.



Jammu offers a great chance to get into the retail therapy and shop for Jammu Rajma, dry fruits, embroidered clothes, woodcraft and more.



The serene Mansar Lake in Jammu offers an experience of a lifetime of boating amidst the scenic settings.


Heritage Sightseeing

Steeped in history, Jammu gives an excellent opportunity of exploring its rich heritage through sightseeing at its palaces and forts.

How to Reach Jammu?


By Air

Jammu has its own domestic airport that connects it to major destinations in India like Delhi and Mumbai. It also has flights to Srinagar and Leh.


By Train

There are two railheads connecting Jammu to rest of India in Jammu Tawi and Udhampur. There are trains to major cities and towns of the country, even in South India.


By Road

The National Highway 1A connects Jammu to many cities of India. The union territory-run buses connect many places in Jammu to other north Indian cities like Amritsar.


Owing to its popularity to Mata Vaishno Devi which is one of the most-visited Hindu religious sites in India, Jammu Region receives a huge footfall every year. The region is hospitable and offers its visitors a variety of staying options. From budget hotels to luxury resorts and from guesthouses to cottages, Jammu has a place to stay for its different visitors. Places like Patnitop that are popular amongst families and honeymoon couples have many options to stay, the sacred site of Katra also brims with accommodations for the pilgrims.

Top Things to Do in Jammu

A holiday experience in Jammu isn’t only about sightseeing and relaxing amidst the pristine nature, it is also about indulging in the activities offered in the region. Jammu is primarily a religious site, owing to Mata Vaishno Devi and several other temples and shrines, and thus pilgrimage is one of the top things to do here. The region also offers the opportunity to enjoy gliding down the snowy slopes of Patnitop while skiing and snowboarding in the peak winter season.

Cuisine of Jammu

Like its amazing landscape and warm hospitality, Jammu enjoys indulging in and serving delectable dishes. The commonly used items in the cuisine of Jammu include lentils, pulses, mutton, rice, and potatoes. Jammu’s food also see some influence of the neighbouring region of Kashmir, thus, there’s a variety that can be savoured. The Dogri dishes are quite famous in the region which include Ambal, Kulthein di Dal, Khatta Meat, Dal Patt, Maa da Madra, and Auriya.

Tourist Attractions in Jammu

Dotted with numerous Hindu temples and other shrines; adorned with spectacular landscape; and enjoying rich history, Jammu offers its visitors so much to witness and experience. Unarguably, Mata Vaishno Devi in Katra make Jammu’s top attraction where Hindu pilgrims in a large number throng each year. Similarly, Peer Kho Cave and Gurudwara Dera Baba Banda Bahadur make for other important religious sites to visit in Jammu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the best places to explore in Jammu and nearby places?

The best places to explore in Jammu is Jammu City itself, with its temples, forts and lakes. Katra, famous for being home to Mata Vaishno Devi Temple, is famous too. Other famous places include Patnitop, Kishtwar, Sanasar and Bhadarwah.

Q. How far is Jammu from Srinagar?

The distance from Jammu to Srinagar is 267 kilometers, or a driving distance of 7 hours approx.

Q. Is Jammu a dry state?

No, Jammu is not a dry state. However, you will come across very few shops selling alcohol, while no alcohol will be available at Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine.

Q. How to Visit Vaishno Devi Temple from Jammu?

From Jammu City, you can hire a taxi or any private vehicle to Katra. The distance between Jammu to Katra is 50 kilometers approx. From Katra, which is the best camp, you will have to take a 14 kilometers trek. However, ponies, helicopters and palanquins are available, and you can also avail the ropeway ride from Vaishno Devi Bhawan to Bhairon Valley, which reduces the travel time from 3 hours to just 5 minutes.

Q. What is the best time to explore Jammu?

The winter season, from October to March, is the best time to explore Jammu. You can enjoy the snowfall in places like Katra and Patnitop, and also enjoy skiing in Patnitop, besides enjoying sightseeing and exploration.

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