To beat the scorching summer heat and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, visiting Srinagar is probably the best option. Located strategically in the western part of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar is one of the most flocked tourist destinations in India. Srinagar, which means a place of wealth and abundance, is famous for its natural lakes, gardens and mountain peaks. Besides this, the city boasts of some intriguing buildings and alleyways that capture both the heart and soul of the tourists. The weather here is pleasant and during winters the local inhabitants can be seen wearing Phirans, the loose fit gowns designed exclusively to withstand the chilling cold. Pashmina and shatush shawls, carpets, stone jewelry, woolen garments, found in Srinagar’s shops and tiny lanes, make for great souvenirs. One can easily reach Srinagar as the place is easily accessible and there are various modes of transport to take you to this city. Want to know more about the different ways to reach Srinagar, then read further.
Traveling To Srinagar
Luckily, Srinagar has an airport of its own. The public and private airlines operating from Srinagar include Kingfisher, Spice Jet, Go Air, Jet Airways, Air India-IC, Jet Airways, JetLite, Air India, Kingfisher Red, Go Business and IndiGo. Srinagar’s domestic airport is well-linked to the other airports of key cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Chandigarh, etc. The fare of each air ticket usually costs anywhere between Rs 5000/- to 10,000/-. If you are in Cochin and want to travel by flight to Srinagar, then be prepared to shell out more. Once you reach the Srinagar airport, hire a taxi or a car upon arrival to reach the city centre.
Sringar, being a hilly region, doesn’t have a railway station of her own. The nearest railhead to this city is the Jammu Tawi railway station, which is located at a distance of 290 km from the city. Major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai are well-connected to Jammu railway station by regular rail transport. On arriving Jammu station, you can easily hire a car or board a local bus and reach Srinagar in 12 hours.
Srinagar is blessed with excellent road network and highways that connect the city to the key cities of Northern India like Delhi (876 km), Jammu (298 km), Chandigarh (630 km), Kargil , Leh , Sonammarg , Pahalgam and Gulmarg . From Delhi, there are many government owned and private buses that will take you directly to Srinagar.
Once you are inside the city of Srinagar, you can opt to travel by taxis, state transport buses, private buses, and auto rickshaws to move in and around or go for sightseeing places. Also, to enjoy the serene landscapes, floating gardens and savor the beauty of Srinagar, you can go for the renowned Shikara rides in Dal Lake. The rides are priced reasonably here and will enable you to savor some breathtaking sights of Srinagar.