Jammu, which is often dubbed as the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir, is one of the popular Hindu pilgrimage centers in India. Renowned for the shrine of Vaishno Devi that is tucked on top of the Trikuta Hills at a height of 1,700 meters, Jammu city also boasts attractions like the Mubarak Mandi Palace, Amar Mahal Palace that is now a Museum, gardens and forts. Further, the city is also the gateway to the lush green meadows and hulking heights of Kashmir and a stopover to Amarnath Yatra in Kashmir, which is a popular pilgrimage tour in India. The city, being nestled at the foothill of the Himalaya, is a doorway to several short treks.
Trekking in Jammu is not a strenuous task. The 13 kilometer trek to the shrine of Vaishno Devi from Katra is just a matter of couple of hours trail. Further, the low undulated terrain, which is covered with a thick forest, surrounding the Mansar Lake, may also fetch travellers for trekking in Jammu. Steering towards Gulabgarh, the trek to the shrine of Machail Mata is yet another divine opportunity for trekking in Jammu. It is approximately a 2 days trek that covers a distance of 32 kilometers from Gulabgarh. Nonetheless, Jammu is the gateway to the heights of Kashmir, which is the land of beautiful green meadows, skimming streams, towering peaks and high altitude lakes. Thus, Jammu is also considered as the base of several treks. Some of the notable treks in Jammu are Kishtwar to Padum, which is in Zanskar. The trek from Kishtwar to Srinagar that passes through Banderkot, Dadhpeth, Mughal Maidan, Chhatru, Sinthan and Daksum is also an enchanting journey of 5-6 days.