Category Archives: How To Reach Kashmir

How to Reach Patnitop

If you are driving to Srinagar from Jammu, Patnitop would be the first delight for you. IT is around 100 km from Jammu while around 186 km from Srinagar. If you are looking for the easiest and cheapest way to Patnitop, here is the cheat code-

Patnitop By Bus

Buses from Pathankot, Udhampur, Jammu are available frequently which can drop you till this hill top town. In-state buses and luxury coaches ply on this route.

Patnitop By Train

The closest railway station to Patnitop is Udhampur and Jammu. All major cities are connected to Jammu by train. You can hire a cab or taxi from Jammu or Udhampur railway station till Patnitop.


Patnitop By Air

Jammu airport is closest to Patnitop which have air connectivity to all other cities. You can hire a private ‘serviced’ car to get a rid till Patnitop which is almost 100 km from Jammu. The closest town to Patnitop is Udhampur which is also one of the major military base.


How to Reach Pahalgam

Pahalgam is around 297 km from Jammu. It is one of the getaways in Kashmir valley. The very famous Amarnath Yatra starts from here. For trekkers, it is a paradise while for nature lovers, it is nothing less than heaven.

Reaching Pahalgam by Air

The closest airport is Srinagar which have air connectivity to other metro cities of India. Regular flights from New Delhi, Jammu, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai are available. Almost all major carriers ply on this route. You can hire a cab from Srinagar airport to Pahalgam.


Reaching Pahalgam by Train

There is no direct train to Pahalgam. The closest railway station to Pahalgam is Jammu. You can take cab or taxi from Jammu Railway station that can take you to Pahalgam via Srinagar. Almost all major cities are connected to Jammu through express trains. The drive between Pahalgam and Jammu will be long, hence it will be advisable if Srinagar can be considered for taking a halt.

Reaching Pahalgam by Bus

Regular bus services are available from Srinagar and Anantnag to Pahalgam. There are varieties of buses  plying on the route- from state run buses to luxurious coaches, which are very comfortable but time taking.

If you are running short of time, it is advisable to hire a private cab from Srinagar airport and reach Pahalgam in shortest time, in just 150 minutes.

How to Reach Gulmarg

Gulmarg being one of the most important getaways around Srinagar, you need an entire day to spend in the town. It would be better if you can start early and reach here by 11am to end your day before it gets dark.

By Road

You can take a cab from Srinagar bus stand. Also, you can get transfer through Srinagar local transport but it would drop you halfway. From their, you have to arrange for your personal transport. Once you are at the base point, you need to rent another car which has chained tyres as during rainy season, the usual cars get slipped.

By Train

Gulmarg do not have railway station of its own. The nearest railway station is of Jammu which have air connectivity to Srinagar. Jammu has rail connectivity from all parts of India and all major junctions.

By Air

Srinagar airport is nearest to Gulmarg. You can take direct or connecting flight from all four major metropolitan. Almost all major carriers ply on this route and offer cheap packages to Kashmir which includes all major getaways such as Gulmarg, Sonamarg and Pahalgam, including local sightseeing at Srinagar.

How to Reach Sonamarg

Sonamarg is one of the popular getaways in Kashmir valley which is famous for flawless views of snow-clad mountains. There are multiple ways of reaching here which are not just easy but also cost-effective, However, it also depends on the amount of time you would like to spend on roads vis a vis amount of money. Hence considering all that, here are some of the pocket friendly options that you can consider for experiencing an amazing trip to Sonamarg-

By Train

Nearest railway station to Sonamarg is Jammu. The city is well-connected to all other major routes and offers smooth travel from any Indian city. There are many AC/Non AC trains which ply between New Delhi Railway Station and Jammutawi railway station. It is an overnight journey from the capital city.


By Air

Srinagar Airport is closest airport to Sonamarg which is connected to other popular air routes for easy commutation of tourists. There are number of flights available on daily basis. Maximum number of flights enroute New Delhi. So, if you are not able to get direct flight from your city, You can fly down to Indira Gandhi Domestic Airport in New Delhi and can take another flight from here to Srinagar.

By Road

You can hire a personal cab directly to Sonamarg or you can rent a share taxi from Srinagar airport. The distance is over 100km and would take three hours to reach Sonamarg from airport. You can also take buses from Srinagar airport which will leave you at Sonamarg. However, the travel time would be more.


How To Reach Srinagar

Srinagar is the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir which is also a center of tourism for other getaways around. There are multiple ways to reach here from other parts of the country. Here is the brief info about the same-

How to reach Srinagar from Jammu

Jammu is over 295km from Srinagar. You can hire a private car from Jammu railway station or can even take a share cab to Srinagar. The prices may vary as per the season. Minimum rent for share cab is Rs 400 per person while a private cab would charge you minimum Rs 2,000. Flights are also available from Jammu to Srinagar of different air carriers.

How to reach Srinagar from New Delhi

There are two ways to reach Srinagar from New Delhi- you can take a train/flight to Jammu and then cab/flight to Srinagar or you can take direct flight to Srinagar from New Delhi. Although there are number of trains from New Delhi to Jammu but time taken is almost equivalent to flights which have layover in Jammu.

Trains to Jammu

How to reach Srinagar from Mumbai

There are no regular direct flights to Srinagar from Mumbai. Hence you have to plan your trips accordingly. Apart from this, there is single train to Jammu from Mumbai Central. If you still wish to go by air, you can take direct flight to Delhi and take another flight to Srinagar.

Trains from Mumbai

How to reach Srinagar from Bengaluru/Chennai

Being in opposite direction, there are no direct trains to Jammu, but you can take a direct flight to New Delhi and then another flight to Srinagar. If you prefer to save some money, take a train to New Delhi and then another train to Jammu. Alternatively, you can fly down to New Delhi and take airport express metro line to New Delhi Railway Station and take a train to Jammy, followed by a private cab.

Flights from Bangalore

How to reach Srinagar from Kolkata

There are multiple trains from Kolkata to Jammu. After getting down at Jammu, you can take a flight to Srinagar or a personal cab from Jammu station. You can also take a direct flight to New Delhi and can change for Srinagar.

Trains from Kolkata


How to reach Srinagar- By Road, rail or flight?

Reaching Srinagar can be a daunting task if you are not keen on taking a flight. It takes over 12 hours via road from Jammu if you have hired a cab and almost equal if you are taking shared vehicle. Hence, make up your mind well in advance, to avoid last moment expenses.

Here are prevailing prices of pick and drop services available in Jammu, Srinagar-

Jammu to Katra – Rs 1200/-

Jammu to Patnitop – Rs 2000/-

Jammu to Srinagar – Rs 3000/-

Approximate Car Rent

Tata Indica – Rs 2200/-

Chevrolet Tavera – Rs 2800/-

Toyota Innova – Rs 3300/-

Tempo Traveller – Rs 3800/-

(This data is collected from market sources, you can negotiate even further for a better deal)

Range of cars available

  • Tata Indica (3-4 Seater)
  • Chevrolet Tavera (6-7 Seater)
  • Toyota Qualis (6-7 Seater)
  • Toyota Innova (6-7 Seater)
  • Ford Icon (3-4 Seater)
  • Tempo Traveller(13 Seater)
  • Tata Winger(13 Seater)
  • Luxury Bus

Flights to Srinagar

Almost all major carriers operate airplane services to Srinagar. You can choose cheap tickets to Srinagar from budget airlines that includes Indigo, Go Air or Spice Jet. Minimum travel time between Srinagar and Delhi is 1hr 20 min while between Mumbai and Srinagar it is 2hr 40 min. If you are flying from Bangalore or Chennai, there is no direct flight, hence the travel time is more than 4 hours.

Unfortunately no train services are yet operational that can take you to Srinagar. However, you can go till Jammu and can take a flight or hire a cab for smooth journey. You can also enjoy a ride between Shri Mata Vaishno Devi railway station and Jammutawi. The train passes through some of the epic landscapes that will force you keep your camera handy.