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Jammu

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"City of Temples"

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Be it the multi-hued flags representing the temples and shrines in the city, the tantalizing aromas that lift and diffuse from its spectacular cuisine or even the snow capped mountains that promise adventure and action, this 'City of Temples' has something to offer to everyone.

A land of grand ancient temples and beautiful palaces, Jammu is the winter capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. 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 (Himachal Pradesh) 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.

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The Duggar land of Jammu

The Duggar Land of Jammu is a magnificent abode of temples, palaces, hills and mountain ranges. Located near the range of Pir-Panjal mountain ranges and blessed with Ravi, Tawi and Chenab rivers, Jammu is another piece of scenic beauty in the paradise state of Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu stands tall and majestic as a cultural hub of intermixing traditions. The Dogra culture shares its existence with the states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. The year is marked with various festivals, celebrations and merriment. Jammu is a hotspot for tourists of all kinds throughout the year. It’s an absolute delight for people of all age brackets. The winter capital’s landscape is dotted with Temples, Mahals and Palaces of various kinds.

Shopping in Jammu

Jammu is famous for handicrafts, handlooms and dry fruits. One of the most popular markets in Jammu is Raghunath Bazaar and is based right next to Raghunath mandir. Besides dry fruits, Chocolate barfi and Sund panjeeri are the most sold delicacies in Jammu. Pahalwan di Hatti and Amritsar di Hatti are two famous shops to buy the sweets from. A little distance further is Gole Market in Gandhi Nagar, where you can shop modern amenities and electronic gadgets. Hari Market, Poshish, Raghunath Bazaar, Jain Bazaar, Boota Ram market are some of the other popular bazaars of Jammu.

History of Jammu

Jammu was founded by Raja Jambu Lochan in 14th century, when he constructed Bahu fort on the banks of river Tawi. There also have been excavations found 32 km away from Jammu, in the city of Akhnoor which suggest that Jammu was once a part of Harappan Civilization as well. Remains from Maurya and Gupta dynasties have been found, followed by the invasions by Mughals and Sikhs. The Dogra rule brought back the glory to the city. After the partition of India, Jammu continued to be the official winter capital of the state.

Restaurants and Local Food in Jammu

Jammu has a bit of all elements and food cultures that constitute Jammu and Kashmir's cuisine. So, it is the menu of this town in which lists down almost every food item that the state is popular from. So the regulars here are Dogra dishes which include Aloo Dum, Rajma, Kashmiri Pulao as well as the very popular Wazawan and the staple Naan. You will also find chocolate barfi, patisa and a number of typical North Indian snacks Jammu is also dotted by various smaller eateries providing hot parathas and Jammu's local cuisine.
Here are some of the recommended street food that you must try

Kaladi Kulch at Pahalwan di Hatti at Pacca Danga, Old City/Gole Market, Gandhi Nagar/Off National Highway, Bari Brahmana. It is the most legendary and also the most sought-after food in Jammu. Prepared by a kind of cheese extracted from cow’s milk, the savoury dish is a mix of kaladi (cheese), kulcha and added spices.

Kachalu is the favourite food of the people in Jammu. It is made with a base of sweet potatoes, ground pepper, chilli and jamiri (extract of lemon). Girdhari Kachaloo Wala located between Pacca Danga and Kachi Chawni is the oldest shop in Jammu and offers mouth-watering tangy kachalu.

Try the authentic Poode prepared in pure-desi ghee at Rawal Pindi Sweet Shop at Jain Bazaar.

Explore a little further and try looking for Banwari Lal’s stall hidden in the interiors of Raghunath Bazaar and try out their Dabba Kulcha. It is dish with kulcha buns soaked in rajma gravy and garnished with tamarind chutney and chopped onions and chillies. Tip- Visit before 3 PM otherwise you will find yourself facing an empty stall.

For mouth-watering Pakode, go to Madan Lal Bansi Lal at Ranbir Library Chowk, Kachi Chawni. It is almost always crowded with youngsters having chai and pakode.

The other local dish of Jammu is Gulgule which is much loved by the people. They are small sized balls made with chickpeas and served with grated mooli and imli ki chutney. You can find it at any stray stalls on the road and all of them are equally delicious.

You cannot leave Jammu without having a spoonful of Anardana Chutney. It is a combination of anardana seeds, green chillies, salt, mint and coriander. The heavenly taste of this chutney cannot be compared to any other delicacy in the world. Served with chopped onions, you can try it at any establishment on the streets.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1- Reach Jammu by morning. You can head towards the city area. Visit the majestic Raghunath Temple to witness one of the finest works of architecture. You can also shop at the local Raghunath market. For connoisseurs of art, visiting the Mubarak Mandi Palace is a must. Later, you can head towards Dera Baba Banda.
Day 2- You can visit the Bahu Fort and the surroundings gardens. The area is in itself a picnic hotspot among tourists as well as localities.The Bagh-e-Bahu or Bahu gardens are another refreshing stop. Visit the Bahu Aquarium, one of the largest underground aquariums of the subcontinent. You can later refresh and shop at the Gole Market area of Jammu City.
If you are an adventure enthusiast, you can head towards Patni Top, 112km away from Jammu. A relatively lesser-known destination, Patni Top is a boon for adventure enthusiasts, ideal for Trekking, snowboarding, Skiing and Aero-sports. The Mansar or Mansarovar Lake, 20km from Jammu is another holy pilgrimage.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Well-connected and easily accessible from all the major cities of the country. Can be visited throughout the year.

What's Not So Great?

Slightly overcrowded during the peak winter season.

For Whom?

Ideal for couple/family vacations as well as adventure enthusiasts. One of the preferred destinations in Jammu & Kashmir, famous for its scenic beauty.

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How To Reach Jammu

Jammu is well-connected with all the major cities in the country via rail/road and airways. The Jammu Tawi railway station is one of the most accessible stations, with trains at frequent stoppages. The National Highway connect road services efficiently. The Jammu Airport has air services at frequent intervals.

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Q. How i go to jammu from kolkata

Holidify 11 months ago
Since the distance between Kolkata and Jammu is around 2000km, it is not advisable to travel there by car or bus which takes around 30 hours approx. You can travel to Jammu by flight which takes around 6 hours. The journey by train is 36 hours long but is quite comfortable. So if it suits your budget the best way to travel from Kolkata to Jammu is by flight.

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Kovid Kapoor 11 months ago
- There are lot of hawkers selling you 'safron',promising it to be the best at a price cheaper than at market shops. Do not fall into their trap and get duped.
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