Jammu Travel Guide

Jammu is the northernmost state of India. Popularly known as the “City of Temples”, because of the high density of temples that are located in this place, it also has the distinction of being the winter capital for the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu city is the largest city of Jammu, and is a cluster of districts. This hilly terrain, consists of districts like Doda, Udhampur, Resai, Samba, Poonch, Ramban, Rajouri, Kishtwar, Jammu and Kathua.A home to numerous shrines, this city of Jammu is separated from the Kashmir valley by the Pir Panjal range of mountains.

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The city of Jammu is not only a visual delight for its visitors, but is also a haven for the gourmet. A food connoisseur will be overwhelmed by the number of options the city has to provide in terms of delicacies. This city brings about its unique food culture in the form of Dogra dishes, which are far famed in all around India.Jammu’s specialty is in a simple preparation which is famous all over North India, known as the “Rajma Chawal”. This recipe is all about specially cooked kidney beans which is rich in aroma of its spices and is served with rice.

The most famous market of Jammu is the Raghunath Market and it is situated in the heart of Jammu city.It is named after the famous Raghunath Temple. It has shops of traditional handicrafts, handloom, Kashmiri handicrafts, traditional Dogra jewellery and a number of Dry Fruit outlets that sell walnuts, cashew, and almonds and many more.Gole Market situated in Gandhi Nagar is another famous shopping place. There are many showrooms and electronics, garments, footwear and accessories shops.Jammu is famous for hand knitted goods, woolen clothes, silk carpets and Pashmina shawls.Another market is Hari Market of Jammu City.

The reason Jammu is devoid of any nightlife is because it is a temple town and, therefore, though alcohol is not entirely banned, it is difficult to procure. You would be lucky to find a handful of bars and clubs serving alcohol, of course in hotels only. The Pavilion is one of Jammu’s very famous bars, in fact, it is Hotel Asia’s comprehensive bar. In the evenings, one can find some entertainment in the evenings at the few movie theaters here which screen the latest movies. Though Kashmir does not have particularly many bars or pubs, it certainly has several restaurants, fast-food joints and cafes.

In case of any unfavourable or bad experiences, approach your nearest Police Station and inform the Police about the incident.Always carry along a map of J&K and all the places you plan to visit.Always book a genuine travel and tour package from a government authorized Travel Agency and a licensed guide for any sightseeing and trekking tour as well.Show Respect to the region and ensure that your attire is of khaki, olive green, or brown colour and that it merges well with the surroundings to avoid any disturbances to the wildlife habitat during your visit to the J&K National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries.

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