Jammu & Southern Kashmir attractions

Religious Site in Around Jammu

Vaishno Devi Shrine

In a cave within a forested mountain rising steeply above Katra, the Vaishno Devi Shrine was popularised in the 1990s songs of Gulshan Kumar, and has since become one of India’s busiest pilgrim sites. These days it …
Palace in Jammu

Amar Mahal

In the 1890s the Dogra maharajas moved from the Mubarak Mandi to this European-style brick mansion in the north of town, with castle-style miniturrets and sweeping clifftop views. It's now a museum whose star exhibi…
Fortress in Around Jammu

Akhnoor Fort

Rising on a cliff almost directly above the Chenab River is the powerful red-brick ruin of one of the Dogras' most important 19th-century fortresses. Viewed from across the river, the ensemble is still an impressive…
Hindu Temple in Gulabgarh

Chandi Mata Temple

While secondary to the main Chandi Mata temple in Machail, the Gulabgarh version is nonetheless a classic example of Paddar-Pangi religious architecture with a classic, naively carved triangular wooden frontage pain…
Hindu Temple in Jammu

Raghunath Mandir

The large, 19th-century Raghunath Mandir marks the heart of older Jammu and features several pavilions containing thousands of what look like grey pebbles set in concrete. In fact, these are saligrams (ammonite foss…
Museum in Jammu

Dogra Art Gallery

Highlights at this interesting local museum include Pahari-style miniature paintings from Basholi, murals from Reasi Fort, and 5th-century terracotta heads from Ambaran near Akhnoor, as well as the building itself –…
Fortress in Around Jammu

Bhaderwah Fort

Dominating Bhaderwah from a flat-topped hill above town is the recently reconstructed remnant of a 1733 fort, used till recently as a prison. Views are predictably sweeping.
Hindu Shrine in Around Jammu

Chandi Mata Temple

The spiritual heart of Bhaderwah for Hindus is this garish temple with its vividly painted shikhara (tower) and a central, octagonal building that looks like the bizarre love child of a circus tent and a space stati…
Hindu Temple in Gulabgarh

Sitlama Temple

Raised on a rock at the entry to town, the small Sitlama shrine is Gulabgarh's most photogenic temple. Illuminations make it look especially intriguing at dusk.
Fort in Jammu

Bahu Fort

On a modest hilltop across the River Tawi from the main city, Bahu Fort's sturdy walls were reinforced in the early 19th century. Today they enclose a series of shrines set around a much revered Kali temple. You can…