India and Pakistan both dispute ownership of the Kashmir Valley, and political violence can flare up without warning. Many foreign governments advise against all travel, or all but essential travel, to areas outside the cities of Srinagar and Jammu, and your travel insurance may be invalid if you ignore this advice.
Welcome to Jammu
Steaming hot compared to the rest of the state, Jammu is J&K's winter capital. Pre-Independence the city was the seat of the powerful Dogra dynasty, whose palaces remain the city's most appealing sights. Religiously Hindu, Jammu dubs itself as the ‘city of temples’. Few of these temples are historically significant, and for foreign tourists there’s little pressing need to hang around after making transport connections to Amritsar, Srinagar or Dharamsala.
But if you've got time to kill, consider one of the set three- to four-hour sightseeing circuits offered by certain autorickshaw drivers (₹350 to ₹500), typically starting from near the central, army-fortified Raghunath Mandir.