Jammu and Kashmir – How to Reach Planning to Visit Jammu and Kashmir? Find the various ways to travel to Jammu and Kashmir by Road, Cars, Trains, Indian Railways, Flights, Airlines and Airports in Jammu and Kashmir.
Jammu and Kashmir is located on the northernmost part of India and shares border with the states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab to the south and internationally with China to the north and east and the Pakistan. Jammu and Kashmir consists of three regions: Jammu, the Kashmir valley and Ladakh. Srinagar is the summer capital, and Jammu is the winter capital.
By Air (Flights): Srinagar is the International Airport and direct weekly flights are operating from Dubai. All major airlines operate regular daily flights to here from New Delhi and other major cities in India. Indian Airlines and Jet Airways operate regular flights to Leh from Delhi and Shuttle services to Srinagar & Jammu (thrice weekly to each city) and to Chandigarh (twice weekly). At Jammu airport Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Kingfisher airlines operate scheduled services between Jammu & Delhi and Jammu & Srinagar/Leh.
By train: There is very less connectivity by trains in the Jammu Kashmir state. Jammu Tawi, a major railway junction of North India, and Udampur in Jammu province is nearest railhead to Srinagar receive a large number of trains from most parts of India. Trains are operating within Kashmir valley from Anantnag to Baramulla.
Some of the important trains are: Malwa Express, Super Fast, Jammu Mail, Jammu Express, Shalimar Express, Sealdah Express, Jhelum Express, Himgiri Express, Himsagar Express, Lohit Express, Sarwodaya Express, Sarvodaya Rajkot Express, Happa Express, Navyug Express, Gorakhpur Express, Barauni Express, Madras Express, Rajdhani Express and Ferozpur Express.
By Road: Buses are operated by J&K SRTC to most points around the state. They offer package tour to Gulmarg, Shonmarg, Yusmarg, Ular lake, City tour, etc. There is Tourist information center, where one get the tickets plus information. Daily bus services of all classes operate to and from Jammu to Delhi, Amritsar, Ambala, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Pathankot, Shimla, Manali and Haridwar.
National Highway, 1-A, connecting Srinagar with Jammu (300 kms) is an all-weather road. Jammu in turn is connected to many parts of Northern India, including New Delhi. Buses and all types of Taxis to Srinagar are available from Jammu railway station and city centre. Various Tourist Taxi Strands, in the Srinagar City, have recently upgraded their fleet, and taxis can be hired for touring Srinagar city or various resorts in Kashmir. 4wd jeeps are quicker, a little more expensive and reach more locations. Private hire jeeps are also available.
Kargil-Leh highway: The main overland approach to Ladakh is the 434 Kms Srinagar-Leh highway (open May/June to October). J&K State Road Transport Corporation (J&K STRC) operates regular bus services between Srinagar and Leh/Kargil while HP Tourism Operates coaches on the Manali-Leh route. Taxis are easily available from Srinagar and Manali for visiting Ladakh.
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