"The City of Temples" is a common nickname given to the northern Indian city of Jammu, winter capital of the Jammu and Kashmir region and home to just short of a million people. The city gets its name from the wonderful array of temples and mosques dotted around the city, showcasing an array of beautiful and highly distinctive architectural styles. The Raghunath Temple, for example, sits right at the center of the city and is worth an early visit, as is the Mubarak Mandi Palace. The Amar Mahal Palace is a wonderfully quirky landmark built by a local prince in the European style, and the Bahu Fort is another beautiful sight and a favorite picnic place for both locals and expats living in Jammu. The city's humid subtropical climate means hot summers and cold winters which, as an expatriate living in Jammu, will be a pleasure that takes a little adapting to, and as in most of India, accommodation with air conditioning is a big plus here.
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The city's railway links are undergoing an extensive upgrade and the city's position in the famous Kashmir valley makes it an important railway hub. Jammu is also well connected to central India via a much modernized road network and a number of extremely comfortable intercity coaches (although the same can't be said for the buses, which are 'an experience' for the more hardened expat moving to Jammu). The nearby Jammu Airport is often a convenient entry point to the city and with flights to most major Indian cities, it should be easy to take a connection flight here. Expats moving to Jammu can read more about expatriation in general in the Expat Magazine, a comprehensive collection of articles on the InterNations website. We cover topics ranging from expat finance and insurance to cross-cultural communication and living abroad. We've also got some content written by other InterNations members, for a more 'on the ground' look at expatriation.
The city has a diverse economy, with the largest industry being tourism. Not only is it a popular destination for conventional tourists, but it is also a holy destination for Indian pilgrims travelling on to Vaishno Devi and Kashmir valley. The former, a winding mountain pilgrimage, is a wonderful experience for any expat working in Jammu, with the chanting of 'Jai Mata Di', the peace of pilgrims and the omnipresence of friendly and amusingly irreverent monkeys giving the long walk to the high-up temple an atmosphere not soon forgotten. Expatriates working in Jammu can also enjoy a buzzing local after-hours culture, with popular dishes including sund panjeeri and patisa coming from the city. Expats in Jammu can also get in touch with the local international community to socialize, network with other global minds and organize meet-ups using the InterNations platform with is various communication channels, from private messages to forum posts. You'll be sure to have plenty to talk about.