Things to do in Jammu
Although the neighboring area of Kashmir is more popular with tourists, but many people like to experience the uniqueness of Jammu before they head out to other places. Then again Jammu Katra is also the main stopover for people coming to the Vaishno Devi temple. There are also many other religious places here belonging to the Hindu and Islamic traditions. These temples and shrines are not just important due to religious purposes, but they are also excellent specimens of architecture and interior design. At the same time, many of these temples and shrines also have historical importance. As mentioned above, adventure sports is one activity that you should definitely indulge in when you are in Jammu.
Visit the Market at Night: In spite of the military and police swarming the city, Jammu is a lively city at night. The streets are very busy in the evening and at night and you can also indulge in some shopping. The items available in the market are of special interest to foreigners. The sight of the shops decorated with hundreds of baskets in different sizes, shapes and colors and the shop keepers are especially polite and helpful to foreigners. There are a large number of shops which sell woolen shawls like pashmina and sarees of Kashmiri silk. The best part is that while you walk through the market, you also get a glimpse of the local lifestyle and culture.
Visit as many Temples as you can': Jammu has earned the well-deserved nickname of ‘city of temples'. Along with the few old and authentic temples, there are also some modern ones which are decorated with bright primary colors. Most foreigners take great interest in learning about the different deities that the temples are dedicated to. For instance, there is a temple dedicated to Nav Durga who is the incarnation of the feminine life force known as Shakti and this temple is located at the entrance of the Bagh e Bahu garden. The priests of the temples are friendly towards tourists and will definitely try to explain the importance of the deity that they are serving.
Cultural Events at the University or Elsewhere : Many cultural events are organized regularly at the Jammu university and also in some other places for the benefit of the tourists visiting Jammu. The dances of Kashmir are very artistic and folkloric. The different groups representing the different valleys of high Kashmir in their traditional dresses and dances are quite a sight to behold. For instance, there are separate dances for weddings, harvests, dance of spring and many more. These cultural events are of special interest to the western travelers who find Jammu exotic in its different colors and hues including the music and dance of this city.