Jammu Airport – also known as Satwari Airport – is a young, domestic airport that serves the city of Jammu, within the state of Jammu & Kashmir. It is located 8km from the city of Jammu and 14km away from the Indo-Pakistani border. Being a domestic airport it only has one terminal, and is served by airlines such as GoAir, IndiGo, JetKonnect, Kingfisher Airlines and SpiceJet. The district of Jammu is located near the mountains of Pir Panjal, and boasts scenic lakes, valleys and green terrain. On top of its natural beauty, Jammu is also the home of Vaishno Devi Temple, a Holy Shrine which is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites of India. These combined factors make Jammu a very popular tourist destination to both locals and foreigners, and Jammu Airport is kept busy with regular flights from all over India.
Where to go from Jammu
India is one of the most colourful and exotic tourist destinations in the world. Travellers to this vibrant country are offered a rare look into South Asian traditions, culture, cuisine and much more, proudly displayed and lived out daily by the locals. With a populace of over a billion people speaking in hundreds of different languages, India truly thrives on diversity.
New Delhi is a short flight away from Jammu Airport. With a population of more than 17 million, as estimated in 2014, Delhi is one of the world’s most populous cities. Delhi is separated into 2 sections: Old Delhi and New Delhi. Old Delhi is a step back in time – called Shahjahanabad, the old city is lined with 17th century havelis (Indian mansions). Head off to Chandni Chowk, which has mosques, a church and a number of temples. To explore the area, a cycle-rickshaw may be the best form of vehicle to navigate the tight lanes. Alternatively, you can set off on foot if you don’t mind long walks.
New Delhi, on the other hand, is a different world altogether. A bustling, cosmopolitan city, New Delhi boasts elegant malls, spacious avenues and auditoriums. Must-sees in New Delhi include the Garden of Five Senses, a public leisure space which hosts a variety of activities that help generate public interaction. Located at Said-Ul-Azaib village, the Garden’s attractions include magnificent rocks, stainless-steel birds mounted on pillars, a troop of stone elephants in a water bath, and beautiful landscaping.
If Delhi isn’t your thing, you can grab a flight from Jammu Airport to Mumbai – or Bombay, as it is still frequently referred to. Considered one of the most modern cities in India, Mumbai is the capital of the Maharashtra state and boasts a fast-paced way of life. Also, it was the city in which the award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire was set in.
After you get off your flight in Mumbai, be sure to check out must-see sites like the Flora Fountain, an architectural masterpiece in the heart of the city featuring Flora, the Roman goddess of spring and beauty. If shopping is your secret obsession, the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Market – or Crawford Market – will not disappoint. One of the oldest markets in Mumbai, you can find everything under the sun in this market: from fruits, vegetables, poultry and pets to footwear, clothes, leather goods, cosmetics, and more.
To enjoy cool weather and nature’s beauty, make a trip to Shillong, known as the Scotland of the East, and the capital of Meghalaya, one of the smallest states in India. Take a walk around Ward’s Lake, with its pretty ornamental bridge, flower beds and gaggles of geese. Fifteen minutes away are the rolling meadows of Shillong Golf Course, bordered by pine trees. Those into more active pursuits may want to climb Shillong peak, the highest point in Meghalaya, from which one can have a spectacular view of the city and countryside.
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