Winters in Jammu are ideal! Cold, but not unbearable at a temperature ranging between 26°C to 5°C up until February. During this time of the year, this stunning winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir turns into a paradise worth exploring! With its natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, history and architecture, Jammu is the ideal winter getaway. Here are top five activities you can enjoy here this season:
Skiing in Patnitop
Move over Gstaad, and make way for our very own Patnitop that turns into a winter paradise for ski-lovers. Here, skiers across levels — from amateur to professional — will find just the right slope to glide through. Madha Top, a favourite amongst enthusiasts, is just 5-6 km away from Patnitop. If you’re not much of a skier, you can choose to go for a trek or soak in the natural springs found in the region.
Strolling through Bagh-e-Bahu
Imagine strolling through the Bagh-e-Bahu, one of Jammu’s most magnificent gardens along the Tawi River on a cold winter day! You be awed by the beauty of symmetry, lush lawns and vibrant fountains complementing the variety of flowers in full bloom. Great way to soak in some sun amidst the beauty of the garden’s artificial lake and underground aquarium. Get your circulation going with a walk and working up that appetite to gorge on delicious local Dogri food thereafter.
Helicopter Ride From Poonch
A valley is best appreciated from an unfiltered aerial view! For your own view of Jammu from up in the sky, add the charming town of Poonch to your itinerary because here, you can book a thrilling helicopter ride to-and-from Jammu! You’ll be flying through the valley against the awe-inspiring backdrop of the Pir Panjal Mountain range all for INR 4,000 one way! You might even get lucky with views of pristine snow-capped peaks if it has freshly snowed in the upper reaches.
Ropeway at Skyview by Empyrean
Patnitop has always been an absolute delight for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts but the crown jewel of this quaint hill town is the Skyview by Empyrean Ropeway. Located across 22-acres in the Sanget Valley-Patnitop region, this property seamlessly blends luxury, adventure and nature offering guests an unparalleled experience.
The Skyview Gondola is India’s highest (in terms of ground clearance) and CEN (European) certified Gondola. The 2.8km thrilling ride from Sanget to Patnitop is completed in 10-13 minutes. Gliding through stunning mountains, verdant valleys, meandering streams, and serene lakes, this gondola ride is truly awe-inspiring.
Boating In Mansar Lake
Mansar Lake is nestled amidst lush green forests just a couple of hours from Jammu. It’s a great day-long itinerary with the scenic drive from Jammu being an added bonus. You can enjoy a boat ride across the serene lake or even try your hand at fishing.