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Jammu

Jammu

Weather

Throughout the year Jammu experiences subtropical weather with cool and comfortable climatic conditions. The summer season with temperature rising as high as 45°C is considerably hot. It is a good time for going on pilgrimage to Amarnath and sightseeing. Winters spanning from November to February are extremely cold with temperature going below freezing point and are accompanied by snowfall. The area gets average amount of rainfall during the monsoon months of June, July and August. There is an exclusive autumn covering the months between September and November when the region is filled with the fragrance of blooming flowers. The ideal time to visit Jammu is between the months of September and April. 

How To Reach

By Road:

There are good bus services in Jammu. Private buses carry tourists from Jammu to the adjacent cities of Delhi, Ambala, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Shimla and Manali. The distance between Delhi and Jammu is around 684 kilometers and luxury buses charge approximately Rs 2000.


By Air:

The airport at Jammu is considerably networked with several main airports in the country, namely Leh, Srinagar and Delhi. Regular flights are operated from Jammu by more or less every air service supplier.



By Rail:

Jammu Tawi is the prime railhead in Jammu. It links Jammu to all main Indian cities and reaches as far as the Trivandrum Railway station at the southern tip.


Overview

Largely recognized for its temples and scenic landscapes, the city of Jammu is the capital of Jammu and Kashmir during the winter season. It is an ideal tourist destination for those who are looking for secluded yet exciting places. Beautifully positioned amidst the Himalayan foothills adjacent to the snow covered ranges of Pir Panjal, Jammu, supposedly established by King Jamboolochan in 1400 B.C., is a favorite offbeat haunt for tourists seeking a serene ambience. The city finds mention in the Mahabharata as Jamboo and is also recognized as an important seat of the Harappa civilization. 

 

Valleys, lakes, terrains, forests and hillocks constitute the city’s diverse landscape. Jammu is in general a conventional city comprising a number of cultural communities whose major livelihood depends on small cottage industries or agriculture. Major crops like paddy, wheat and maize are cultivated here. Saffron, the most expensive and treasured spice for the Indians is grown in the fields of Jammu.

 

Temples and mosques are frequent in the region, giving it a religious outlook. Added to a royal splendor, are the scenic beauty and the romantic weather conditions. The shrines, lakes, forests with wide variety of flora and fauna, palaces and royal artifacts here are the major tourist attractions in Jammu.

 

Apart from sightseeing, there are also facilities for indulging in adventure sports like rafting, trekking and mountaineering. There are several unexplored trekking routes in Doda region especially due its incredible scenic beauty.

 

Many festivals like Baisakhi, Shivarathri, Ramnavami, Lohri, Holi and Deepavali, celebrated with great splendor and zeal, draw Indian as well as overseas tourists. There are good hotels offering comfortable accommodation and exotic Kashmiri cuisine. Shopping in Jammu, especially for eatables is another delight. Dry fruits, especially rajma are one of the specialties. The city is also renowned for delicious sweets, the most popular being Sund Panjeeree and Choclate Burfi.