Top things to do in Jammu & Southern Kashmir

Top Choice Indian in Jammu


This revolving restaurant serves superb pan-Indian cuisine and offers 360-degree views of the crowded Jammu cityscape. Try the Jammu speciality khatta gosht dhoonidar (smoked lamb flavoured with pomegranate paste).
Village in Gulabgarh


High up in the foothills north of Gulabgarh, roadless Machail village is famed for its Chandi Mata Temple, one of the Paddar region's two most important Hindu shrines – the other being at Sohal, 11km east of Gulabga…
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 …
Fortress in Around Jammu

Akhnoor Fort

Rising on a raised cliff almost directly above the Chenab 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 impressiv…
Palace in Jammu

Amar Mahal

In the 1890s, the Dogra maharajas moved from Mubarak Mandi to this very European brick mansion a few kilometres from town, with castle-style mini-turrets and wide clifftop views. It's now a museum whose star exhibit…
Hindu Temple in Gulabgarh

Chandi Mata Temple (Gulabgarh)

While smaller and secondary in spiritual terms to the main Chandi Mata temple in Machail, the Gulabgarh version is nonetheless an archetype of Paddar-Pangi religious architecture with a classic, naively carved trian…
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…
Picnic Area in Around Jammu


One of 'Little Kashmir's most accessible Alpine beauty spots, Sarthal is a wide, grassy valley inhabited in season by colourfully henna-bearded Gujurs who are semi-nomadic shepherds. The most popular hiking route fr…
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. The four main towers enclose a small grassy quadrangle, with access to on…
Museum in Jammu

Dogra Art Gallery

This richly endowed museum displays armaments, 9th-century bronzes, instruments, rare miniature paintings from Basholi and 5th-century terracotta heads from Ambaran near Akhnoor. The museum has masses more in storag…