By Air -
Indian Airlines operate regular daily
flights to Srinagar from Delhi, Mumbai and Jammu. They leave from Delhi
directly, from Delhi via Jammu, and from Bombay via New Delhi and Jammu.
Jet Airways also operate daily flights to Srinagar from Delhi as well as
Jammu. Indian Airlines has its city office in the Tourist Reception
Centre, while the Jet Airways office is close by.
Srinagar airport is 14 kms
from the city. The taxi ride to the Tourist Reception Centre costs about
Rs.250/-. Jammu & Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (J&KSRTC)
operates special coach services between the airport and the city.
foreigners are required to register themselves at the Foreigners
Regional Registration Office, at its Airport counter.
By Rail -
The nearest railhead for Srinagar is Jammu
Tawi (305 kms) where trains arrive from Delhi, Calcutta, Pune, Mumbai,
Kanyakumari, Ahmedabad, etc. As with flights, train bookings have to be
made well in advance. During the holiday season, additional trains
operate to and from various parts of the country.
By Road -
National Highway 1-A, connecting Srinagar
with Jammu, is a good, all-weather road with several sharp inclines and
hairpin bends. It is maintained by the Border Roads Organization (BRO),
which clears the road of any obstructions resulting from natural causes
like landslides and heavy snowfall. The famous Jawahar Tunnel that
connects Jammu with the Kashmir Valley across the Pir Panjal range falls
deluxe, A-class, B-class busses are operated by J&K SRTC as well as
other transport agencies. These take approx. 11 hours to cover the
journey and the cost per seat in J&K SRTC bus is Rs 150/- for super
deluxe, Rs.110/- for A-class and Rs.100/- for B-class coaches
From Delhi an express coach service is available, which takes 26 hours
to reach Srinagar at the cost per seat of Rs.750/-. For booking contact
J&K SRTC Office, Kanishka Shopping Plaza, Ashok Road, New Delhi.
It is also possible to
travel by taxi from Jammu to Srinagar in about 8 hours. The cost is
Rs.2100/-(Tata Sumo) & Rs.2400/- car taxi. If you are travelling alone,
it is worth enquiring at the taxi stand in the Tourist Reception Centre,
Jammu (Tel 2546266) about the availability of taking a shared taxi at an
approximate cost of Rs.460/- per head in car taxi Rs. 300/- per head in
For those wishing to
travel to Srinagar by a private car from Jammu, there are several places
en route which have been developed for the convenience of the motorist.
Among them Jajjar Kotli, Kud, Pantnitop, Batote, Ramban, Banihal and
Qazi Gund, all having tourist bungalows and provisions for meals,
snacks, petrol pumps and repairs.
Other Transport -
The most widely used local transport is
the Mini Bus, which operates, all over the city as well as the suburban
areas on fixed routes. Auto rickshaws are also easily available from all
points in the city on negotiable rates.