Cherry Festival, Kashmir: (2nd week of May)
A plentiful of Cherry varieties can be purchased in summer at the Cherry Festivals, held across Kashmir.
Water Sports Festival, Srinagar: (July/August)
Nageen Lake, Manasbal Lake and Dal Lake are the venues for sporting activities like water skiing, boat races, water scooter rides etc.
Like all other places in India the festivals of Lohri is celebrated on the 13th of January in the Jammu city as well. Mainly a Punjabi festival, Lohri welcomes the commencement of the spring season, after the end of winter. This festival is celebrated mainly after sunset. A bonfire is lit and people offer things like sweets, puffed rice, popcorn, etc into it. This festival is also known as Makar Sankranti. The whole region wears a festive look on this day. A special dance called the 'Chajja' is held on the occasion of Lohri.
Baisakhi marks the commencement of harvesting season in northern India. On this day, melas (fairs) are organised in the Jammu city. Other attractions of Baisakhi in Jammu include Bhangra and other dance performances.
Purmandal is 39 km's from Jammu city. On Shivratri, the town wears a festive look for three days as people celebrate the marriage of Lord Shiva to Goddess Parvati. The people of Jammu also come out in their colourful best to celebrate Shivratri at Peer Khoh, the Ranbireshwar Temple and the Panjbhaktar Temple.
Navratra Festival, Katra:
Though the yatra to the shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi is a round-the-year event, the one undertaken during the Navratras is considered the most auspicious. In order to showcase and highlight the regional culture, heritage and traditions of the area during this period, the State Tourism Department has instituted the Navratra Festival as an annual event to be held during September / October for all the nine auspicious days of the Navratras. A large number of tourists pay their obeisance to the deity during this period. This festival showcases the religious traditions as well as the popular culture of the region among the millions of pilgrims who visit the Vaishnodeviji Shrine during this period.