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Flights from Srinagar

Srinagar International Airport, also known as Sheikh ul Alam Airport is located in Jammu and Kashmir, in India. Presently, international flights from this airport operate to Dubai and a seasonal chartered flight to Jeddah during Haj.

You can easily take a rickshaw or a taxi directly from the city centre directly to the airport. Avoid taking the buses because they are usually crowded and infrequent.

You’ve spent the last week or so visiting impressive gardens, spent at least a night on the legendary houseboats by Dal Lake and perhaps visited some distinctly Kashmiri mosques. You still have time and money to visit other places in the region. Where would you go?

Where to go

Hop onto an Air India flight to enchanting Leh, which is located at an altitude of 3,524 metres. Bring lots of altitude sickness medicine along to avoid feeling sick throughout your trip. This is one place nature enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies would appreciate for its trek circuits, paragliding, heli-skiing and zorbing. The view of the mountains dotted with Buddhist monasteries and prayer flags is breathtaking and offers a unique photo opportunity. Give yourself a few days to acclimatise before trekking up the marvellous Palace Ridge or the Shanti Stupa. You will fall in love with the Leh Palace, which bears similarities to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. Make sure you have enough memory in your camera!

SpiceJet offers domestic flights from Srinagar International Airport to Amritsar, home to Sikhism’s holiest shrine. Spend a night or two free of charge at the Golden Temple. Waking up to the sight of pilgrims praying and volunteering your service at the temple is a unique and humbling experience. The streets around the temple are chaotic and noisy but that only adds character to this city. Take a rickshaw ride to the Wagah Border to catch the Pakistani and Indian guards lowering their respective flags and closing the border gates. On the way back, stop for a refreshing glass of Mango lassi or maybe two.

If you’re looking towards having a more cultural experience, Jet Airways offers flights to Indore. Spend the day with your camera, snapping pictures at the Lal Bagh Palace, which houses a statue of Queen Victoria. Head on to the Central Museum, which exhibits one of Madhya Pradesh’s most impressive medieval and pre-medieval artefacts. Ancient history junkies would be treated to a gallery richly adorned with stone sculptures that had been carved out from thousands of years ago.

For a taste of Bollywood, head to Mumbai, the cosmopolitan city of India. Join the Dharavi Slum Tour and explore the exact places where the Slumdog Millionaire movie was filmed. Stop by a street vendor to get some spicy Bhel puri and Koanda Poha, which are what this city is famous for. Stroll down Chowpatty Beach or Juhu Beach for dramatic sunsets with your loved one or just sit on the beach and stare into the horizon. Feel like partying the night away? Head to Hype, one of Mumbai’s top clubs and also the hangout area for some of Bollywood’s top celebrities. Before you leave this city, get your dose of golden brown ladoos and jalebis from the many homemade sweet shops that fill the markets of Mumbai. Remember to pack some home!

International

Fly to the dynamic city of Dubai via Air India at Srinagar International Airport for a pampering experience. With man-made islands, the world’s tallest building and a seven-star hotel, this place is a must-see. This is a city for the super rich to flaunt their wealth on expensive yacht trips, zooming their Lamborghini through the streets and literally shopping till they drop. Visit the Burj Al Arab, the tallest building in the world. Do something different by exploring the incredible dunes outside the city on a four-wheel drive safari or go on a hot air balloon ride to get a bird’s eye view of the city.

Muslim visitors can opt to take Air India, which operates flights to Jeddah seasonally from the Srinagar International Airport. With Jeddah being the main gateway for other holy cities in the Middle East such as Madinah and Makkah, Muslim visitors would be able to travel conveniently from one city to another to perform the holy pilgrimage of Hajj and Umrah.

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