Frequently Asked Questions about Kashmir

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.

For more information: How to reach Srinagar from Jammu

Are there any direct flights to Srinagar from 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.

For more information: How to reach Srinagar

How many days do I need to take out for Kashmir trip?

Kashmir is ideally a Four-day trip if you are travelling by road while three days are enough if you are taking the air-route. Keep a day reserved for Gulmarg while Sonamarg will also take a day. City sightseeing would also need a day. Pahalgam and Patnitop are other attractions which can be covered in the trip and keep extra day for Pahalgam.

For more information: Things to do in Kashmir

What are the places to see in Kashmir?

Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Dal Lake are some of the attractions in Kashmir.

Find more information here: All about Destination Kashmir

Where should I stay while I am in Kashmir?

There are several budget and affordable hotels available in Srinagar city. Alternatively, you can also stay on House Boat but that is suggested only for overnight stay. Book a hotel as per your tariff, there are plenty of them in different parts of city.

For more information: Hotels in Kashmir

What are the per night charges of Houseboat?

The cost of house boats depends on season you are visiting. Since majority of the tourists visit this place during summers, there are peak charges applicable that is Rs 2,000 onwards per night. If you visit Kashmir in winters, you might get a decent houseboat stay for Rs 600 per night.

For more information on Houseboats: Things you should not miss at Dal Lake

What is the cost of Shikara ride on Dal Lake?

Rs 300 onwards in winters and Rs 1,000 onwards in summers (Peak Season)

For more information on Shikara: How to negotiate deal for cheap Shikara Ride


Whom should I contact in case of emergency?

Contact local police station or any army official you spot close to your place. They are very helpful. Alternatively, here are few contact numbers that you should bookmark if you are visiting Kashmir.

List of Important Contact Numbers in Kashmir