Jammu: Paradise Unexplored

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Jammu, for some unfathomable reason, is still an enigma for most travellers. So, I take it upon myself to unwrap this alluring mystery, named Jammu. Jammu is known as 'The City of Temples' and rightly so. We have a lot of ancient temples and holy shrines with spectacular architecture. But that is all that people know of Jammu.

The place has so much more to offer. Beautiful lakes, huge hardens with captivating views of the city, hill stations, Jammu has it all. Jammu is a perfect place for all kinds of travel lovers, be it the foodies, the adventure lovers, or the ones looking for peace.

I have compiled a list of some of the best places in and around Jammu, which will truly blow your mind. Despite being beautiful, all these places are close to nature.


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This is one of the most popular tourist places in Jammu. Patnitop is a beautiful hill station, nestled in towering pine trees. The fierce Chenab river flows in close proximity. The list of things to do in Patnitop is endless. You can go on beautiful hikes, do paragliding, and enjoy the beautiful view of mountains through Skyview Patnitop, India's highest ropeway.

Patnitop is a versatile place. You can enjoy a long vacation here in the beautiful and cozy wooden cottages, or you can visit it for a day for a perfect day out in nature. It's also a treat for all the fellow instagrammers as each and every nook and corner is breathtakingly beautiful.

What is the best time to visit Patnitop, you ask? Anytime you want. In summers, the place offers much needed respite with its cold climate. And, if you decide to visit in winters, you can enjoy the breathtaking view of pine forests covered in snow.


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20 Kms west of Patnitop, is this beautiful place called Sanasar. It is an enchanting cup-shaped meadow, with a small lake. This place will surely bewitch you with its beauty. Even the drive leading up to this place is full of scenic views. The place is like a hidden mystery, surrounded by tall trees from all sides.

You can enjoy adventure activities like Zip Line, Paragliding or have a relaxing boat ride in the lake situated in the middle of the meadow. If you are too lazy to do any of these, you can just grab a bowl of piping hot maggi and enjoy the view. I can guarantee that you'll get a taste of what heaven feels like.

Sanasar is also a trekkers' paradise, thanks to all the beautiful trekking trails. Trekkers can enjoy the panoramic views of the Panchari Valley from the breath-takingly beautiful trails of Ladoo Ladi from Madhatop and Shanta Gala.

A perfect way to spend a night in Sanasar is to stay at an adventure camp. Enjoy the night under starry sky and spend some quality time with your loved ones, or fellow travellers around a bonfire. Could there be anything more perfect?

Bhaderwah Valley

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Bhaderwah, also known as 'Mini-Kashmir' or 'Switzerland of India' is a scenic valley tucked amidst the snow capped mountains and lush green forests. If rustic, hidden and charming places are your vibe, then this place is perfect for you. This place is rife with picturesque views. The view of soaring mountains with snow covered peaks, while enjoying a cup of tea with local baked delicacies will surely leave a long lasting imprint.

If you visit this place in the spring season, the greenery of this place will steal your heart. You will discover an array of beautiful wild flowers and wild plants. The creeping rose vines on rustic old walls of the city will make for a stunning backdrop to all your Instagram pictures.

If you are an adventure lover, Bhaderwah will not disappoint you. The meadow of 'Padri' is a hub of adventure sports like skiing, paragliding, trekking etc. Trekkers will have a splendid time here, exploring the valley and discovering hidden lakes and pastures.

Bhaderwah is enchanting throughout the year. You'll not run out of things to do or places to explore, in any weather, in Bhaderwah.

If you are bored of Himachal and Uttarakhand or if you are searching for unexplored, quiet and peaceful travel places, you should head towards Jammu. If these places are not on your travel list yet, I would suggest you add them right away. The amalgam of nature, culture and hospitality of Jammu will surely take your heart away.