How To Reach Kashmir

Travel Options

By Air

Travelling by air is the easiest way to reach Kashmir. Most of the Kashmir flights land at the Srinagar airport which is around 15 km from the main city and is really reachable from all prominent metros of India. There are daily flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Jammu, Goa, Leh, and Bangalore. To reach the city after landing, just take a local taxi which can be easily hired from the airport. Flight duration: Nonstop flights from Delhi might take as long as 1 hour 20 minutes, while the connecting flights will take you 2 hours 30 minutes. It is advisable to reach Delhi and take flights from here, as they are available at very reasonable rates. From all the other destinations, there will be multiple flights with one stop at Delhi, taking approximately 4-5 hours for travel. However, from Jammu, it will take hardly 50 minutes to reach Srinagar. Approximate cost per person: 2500-3000 INR per person, if taken from Delhi, provided if you book them as early as possible. From other destinations, it can cost you around INR 4,500-6,000 per person depending on the time of booking. From Jammu, it will cost you INR 1500-2000 per person. Frequent Flight Names: Air India, GoAir, IndiGo and Jet Airways Biggest Airport: Aerodome Airport in Srinagar.

By Road

The best way to reach Kashmir is by road, as you can get a view of the beautiful sceneries as you pass through various places before you reach the actual destination. You can either take a bus or hire a car to travel by road to Kashmir. J&K is really well connected to the other parts of India by a wide network of roads. NH-1 or National Highway 1 is the most prominent of roads. It connects Jammu with Srinagar by means of the Jawahar Tunnel. The Kashmir Valley fall en-route on this road. Duration of travel: 12 hours 25 minutes approximately to reach by road from Delhi, either by bus or car. Approximate cost per person: It can cost about INR 500-1500 if you take a bus. How to travel by road: There are three routes to reach Kashmir by road; Chandigarh route, Amritsar route, and Jammu route. Chandigarh route will take about twelve hours, whereas the Amritsar route will take 9 hours and finally the Jammu route which the nearest and takes around 8 hours. The roads are always in excellent conditions and will be good even in rough rainy and snow conditions during the winters. The Chandigarh route covers Pathankot, Udhampur, Anantnag, and Hoshiarpur. There is another route from Ludhiana which covers Phagwara and Jalandhar and then merges onto the first route at Dasuya. The road from Amritsar covers Gurdaspur, Pathankot, Patnitop, and Anantnag, whereas the path from Jammu passes through Udhampur, Patnitop, and Anantnag on the way.

By Train

Jammu-Tawi station is well connected to all the major cities in India, like Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune and more. You can take a train from either of these places to Jammu-Tawi station and travel further by bus, taxi or a bike. There is also another option to reach Srinagar through Banihal railway station, which is accessible from the Jammu road. However, Banihal railway station is operational only in summers. The Jammu Mail, Jammu Tawi Express and the New Delhi-Jammu Tawi Rajdhani Express are the more popular trains to reach J&K. Duration of travel: From Delhi to Jammu, it will take 9 hours 45 minutes approximately for covering 576 km. Approximate cost per person: It will cost around INR 1,200-1500 per person.

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