How To Reach Jammu and Kashmir
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How To Reach Jammu and Kashmir
One of the major draws of coming to Jammu and Kashmir is the time spent on the road itself. High-altitude crossings like Zojila and Khardungla beckon adventurers from all corners of India. On the other hand, a flight to Leh or Srinagar allows spectacular panoramic views of the higher Himalayas. The state of Jammu and Kashmir is accessible by road, rail, and air. Travellers can easily book flights, trains, taxis, or buses to reach the northernmost state in India. The state has three major regions: Jammu, Kashmir Valley, and Ladakh.
Each region has at least one principal city where major modes of interstate transport are available for domestic and international visitors. So, if you are planning a holiday to the land of high passes and surreal beauty, here are the following means of transport to reach Jammu and Kashmir:
Srinagar International Airport (SXR), also known as Sheikh-ul-Alam Airport, and Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (IXL) in Leh are the major airports in Jammu and Kashmir state. The airport in Srinagar is connected with major cities in India including Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Bangalore. The airport in Leh has direct flights to and from Delhi, Mumbai, and Srinagar. Taxi rentals and private shuttles are available at both airports in Jammu and Kashmir.
Furthermore, Jammu Aiport or Jammu Civil Enclave handles domestic flights from major urban centres in India.
Jammu Tawi, located in the state’s winter capital, is the busiest railway station in Jammu and Kashmir. It serves as the northern terminal of major trains connecting the city with the rest of India. Regular express trains from Jammu to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Trivandrum run efficiently.
The picturesque section between Banihal and Baramulla of Jammu–Baramulla railway line passes through several towns in Kashmir Valley. It is an excellent alternative for those wanting to take the tracks not often taken.
Jammu and Srinagar, seasonal capitals of the state can be reached throughout the year by road. Jammu is served by a network of state and national highways. If you’re wondering about how to reach Kashmir Valley by road, follow the NH1(A) that passes through the city of Jammu to Srinagar in Kashmir Valley. The highway continues to the east before terminating at Leh in Ladakh region. NH1 is a major and vital highway which handles the primary traffic coming in and out of the region. Government and private operators run buses and taxis between Jammu, Srinagar, and Leh.
The Jawahar Tunnel, 2.8 kilometres in length, connects Jammu with Kashmir Valley. The 3,528-m-high mountain pass Zoji La carries the Srinagar-Leh highway extending into Ladakh. The 474-km-long Leh-Manali Highway is another major road with serving the Ladakh region. Both Srinagar-Leh and Leh-Manali highways remain vulnerable to weather conditions in winter as the snowfall blocks the road access.
|By Air||By Road||By Train||By Sea|
|New Delhi to Kashmir||2.0 hours||18.0 hours||12.0 hours||-|
|Mumbai to Kashmir||3.0 hours||40.0 hours||30.0 hours||-|
|Kolkata to Kashmir||3.0 hours||30.0 hours||24.0 hours||-|
|Bangalore to Kashmir||2.6 hours||43.0 hours||48.0 hours||-|
|Pune to Kashmir||4.45 hours||45.0 hours||40.0 hours||-|
|Maharashtra to Kashmir||-||-||36.0 hours||-|
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Manimanivannan's 6 days trip to KashmirIt was an exquisite trip in our life. Thank you for the wonderful arrangements. It would be great if the travel agency could make arrangements for the sightseeing which would remove bargaining and provides the best service. Thanks for the beautiful Kashmir.
Anitha's 5 days trip to KashmirWe liked the trip slot Thank u so much Stay and safe drive
Rajdeep's 7 days trip to KashmirWe had an awesome trip organised by travel triangle via Zippgo Travels. Our tour manager Ms Aaliya was the one who made our trip a huge success. She was very helpful for us right from day one while booking the trip, customising as per our requirements and till the very end of the trip. She was always available over call if anything was required during trip and made us available in quick time. We made a right decision in giving her an opportunity to serve us and she did in a very right way. When It's kashmir holiday you can trust Ms Aaliya, Zippgo and entire team. We were provided with good hotels and great food. Even vegetarians can manage quite easily. Enjoyed Kashmir Qawah! Gulmarg was with heavy snowfall. Beautiful rides at Pahalgam and last but not the least our houseboat "Anarkali" was a great experience with a sikhara ride arranged at Dal Lake.
Lakhans's 6 days trip to KashmirFor me, Kashmir has been always heaven on earth. With support of Traveltraingle and State holidays, my vacay was par superior. Very great driver cum guide (Tariq bhai) and support from Sumaira (operator) to take care for hassle less travelling. I would like to say thanks to Stateholidays who customised my trip as per me. We had lots of fun :D
Amit's 6 days trip to KashmirHotel is very good and food also awesome. And can driver Mr. Mudasar is very friendly behavior and supportive and helping nature also. Awesome trip to seen a very heavy Snow fall in gulmarg.
Cdudhane's 6 days trip to KashmirWw had wonderful trip of kashmir. giving 4 star for hotel because, pehelgam hotel was not so good Gulmarg
Anurag's 4 days trip to KashmirOverall the experince was very good Travel agent Ms Mansa is very calm and polite, iternity was good only the last day in jammu the hotel was changed and that was not good but this happens becz of hotel management becz they didnt check the mail from state holiday and for this the hotel management also apolozise Thanks state holiday for such a nice trip and the cab and the diver bunty is awesome , he is very well aware of the locations and very calm and polite guy
Hasnen's 6 days trip to KashmirVery good hotel arrangment and good surprise for honeymoon couple.
Pradeep's 5 days trip to KashmirThe trip was wonderful. everything was well Arranged. Amir was very helpful in coordinating everything.
Sumitdixit's 5 days trip to KashmirIt was an amazing trip. Whatever was promised, it was delivered. The services of Mr. Mir were phenomenal and the way he assisted us in everything was great. The cab driver Mr. Rafiq was also very supportive.
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There is no ban on liqour in Kashmir, but there aren't many hotels that offer alcohol for consumption. You can still carry your own.
Tourists should visit Jammu & Kashmir during the off-season between April-July and from October-December. This is the best time to visit Jammu & Kashmir as the hotels and tour packages have major discounts on offer.
Yes, it is safe to visit Jammu and Kashmir. Try to stay away from border areas and areas known to be sensitive and prone to problems.
Always rent out houseboats that have been registered with the Jammu & Kashmir tourism department.
Wazwan is a must have when in Jammu and Kashmir. Also, try to drink their special pink tea, known as Kahwa.
December through February is the best time to see snowfall in Kashmir Valley.
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