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The state of Jammu and Kashmir is located in the extreme north of India. It makes for one of the most visited states in the country and about four million Indian tourists visit the state every year. Presence of the sacred Vaishno Devi Temple in the state is the factor driving most of the people to the state. The political turmoil in the state doesn't prevent the tourists from making their way to one of the most beautiful states in the country.

Airports In Jammu And Kashmir

Situated in the far north corner of India, Jammu and Kashmir is one of the Indian states that attract the most number of tourists. According to rough estimates, nearly four million tourists make a trip to the beautiful states each year. A majority of these numbers are because the holy Mata Vaishno Devi temple is situated in the state.

The State Has 4 Airports That are

Jammu Domestic Airport

Also called Satwari Airport locally, The Jammu Airport is the main airport of the Jammu part of Jammu and Kashmir in India. The international boundary of India and Pakistan falls 14 km from the Jammu Airport.
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Kargil Defense Airport

The Kargil Airport is the main airport falling under the district of Kargil. Kargil is located around 6 km from the Kargil Airport, and Srinagar is located around 210 km from it. The Airports Authority of India is responsible for the foundation of the Kargil Airport. Ever since the Kargil War, the Indian Air Force has started making use of it. The state Government is responsible for managing a civil enclave there. Considering the strategic setting of the area, the airport now stands well positioned to turn into a fully functioning proper airport- a long way from being a small and simple air strip in the pre-war era. As per plans of the Indian Air Force, the airport will turn into a proper functioning air force base by the year 2016. Apart from fulfilling its professional responsibilities from the Kargil Airport, the Indian Air Force runs AN-32- an air courier service. It also operates IL-76 Aircraft, priding transportation to the general public to nearby places such as Jammu and Srinagar. Sometimes, during extreme winters, it provides transportation to Chandigarh too. It is counted among the four primary airports of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Domestic Airport, Leh

The Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Aiport is a leading airdrome in Leh, part of the state of J & K. Located at 10,682 (ft) above the sea level, it holds the distinction of being among the highest airports all over the world. The airport takes its name from the much honored Kushok akula Rinpoche and is named in his memory. His 19th incarnation became a significant Ladakhi as well as Indian Statesman.Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Domestic Airport, Leh

The Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Aiport is a leading airdrome in Leh, part of the state of J & K. Located at 10,682 (ft) above the sea level, it holds the distinction of being among the highest airports all over the world. The airport takes its name from the much honored Kushok akula Rinpoche and is named in his memory. His 19th incarnation became a significant Ladakhi as well as Indian Statesman.

Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Domestic Airport, Leh

The Kushok Bakula Rimpochhe Aiport is a leading airdrome in Leh, part of the state of J & K. Located at 10,682 (ft) above the sea level, it holds the distinction of being among the highest airports all over the world. The airport takes its name from the much honored Kushok akula Rinpoche and is named in his memory. His 19th incarnation became a significant Ladakhi as well as Indian Statesman.

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Srinagar International Airport

A customs airport, Srinagar Airport is located in Srinagar which is a part of Jammu and Kashmir state in India. After undergoing wide ranging overhaul and renovations- including a new and improved runway, air bridges, a new departure and arrival terminal, apart from, various other operational amenities- the airport was inaugurated on the 14th of February, 2009, with an Air India flight coming from Dubai. Also being operated from the Srinagar Airport are seasonal pilgrimage charters for Hajj pilgrims to Jeddah.
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Poonch Airport

Also known as the Poonch Airstrip, the Poonch Airport is situated at Poonch, part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India. Scheduled flights are not operated from Poonch but, in 2005, Ghulam Nabi Azad- the then Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir had suggested Air Deccan that they start operating small aircrafts to the Poonch Airport. To this, Captain Gopinath- then then Chairman of Air Deccan, has responded that they would like think about flying helicopters to the Poonch Airport.

Railways In Jammu And Kashmir

Different Railway companies have started building the link since 1983, which comes under the Firozpur division of the Northern zone of Railways. The line links Jammu, the summer capital and Srinagar, the winter capital of the state and more. Though the project is having a long and plaid history, substantial development was made only after 2002 when it was announced as a Nationwide Project. While 15th August 2007 was fixed as the deadline for completion of the project, it is extended to 2017 due to unexpected hurdles.
 Four Sections

The Railway project of Kashmir is separated into four divisions:
Infrastructure and Construction

The Indian government has undertaken the new challenging railway project of Kashmir in the Indian subcontinent. The topography traverses the young Himalayas that are filled with ecological astonishments and copious difficulties. The laying of the tracks is one of the most challenging processes ever faced by the engineers with the only match, the Tibet’s Qingzang Railways. This project was completed during 2006, which passes through eternally ice-covered landscape and ascends approximately 1600 ft (5000m) above the sea level. Though the temperature of the Railway area in Kashmir is not as worse as Tibet, extreme winters are experienced with excessive snowfalls. The necessity to traverse the foothills of the Himalayas and the powerful range of Pir Panjal comprising of the tallest peaks crossing the heights of 4600m (15000 ft) makes the path more intricate.

Shrinagar by Rail

Trains from several parts of India reach Jammu Tawi, which is the most vital railway junction in North India and Udampur in Jammu territory, which is the nearest railhead of Srinagar (202Kms). Rail services are available inside Kashmir from Anantnag to Baramulla. The State is connected with Jammu through railways and within the upcoming 5 to 7 years, the project is likely to be completed successfully.

Jammu by Rail

One of the vital North Indian Railhead is Jammu Tawi. There are several trains in service from and to Jammu

Roads In Jammu And Kashmir

Getting there will not be a hassle as there are many roads from all over places in north India. It is easy to reach here since it is located on the National Highway number 1-A. It is even opened every day throughout the year including during the heavy snow and monsoon season. Since the state is located closed to lots of the international borders with lots of tension arise, the government is giving them lots of priority. Among the countries connected to Jammu and Kashmir is Amritsar with only 243 Kms in length, Delhi 586 Kms, Chandigarh 436 Kms, and the closest is Katra which is only 43 Kms. The closeness between these countries reflects why the government is giving a great deal of attention to have good quality road here.
National Highways

All the highway under the National Highways Network of Jammu and Kashmir is administered and maintained by India’s government link agencies.

One of the agencies involved with this project is the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). It is in charge of the construction, enhancement and repairing work for the highway network. This project under the National Highway Development Project (NHDP) marked as the biggest effort by the government to enhance the network of highways in Jammu and Kashmir. However, NHAI usually employs other public-private company for all the works regarding the highway including toll collection.
National Highway 1A (India)

The highway that is simply referred to as NH 1A is the main National Highway around North India linking other parts of India to Kashmir Valley and Jammu. The main link on this highway is situated in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir for the northern terminal and Jalandhar for the southern terminal. Although this highway is highly advanced in terms of quality, it runs along a very unpredictable area. Thus, to avoid any disasters like avalanches and landslide that is common during winter time becomes challenging. With the total journey of 663 Km, NH 1A also runs through the popular Jawahar Tunnel and Pir Panjal Range Falls that link Jammu with Kashmir Valley.

National Highway 1B (India)

For the internal usage in Jammu and Kashmir, there is the National Highway 1B or simply referred to NH1B is available. It is connecting the district of Batote to Khanbal with an approximate length of 274 Km.
National Highway 1C (India)

Another road that connects places inside the state of Jammu and Kashmir is the National Highway 1C also referred as NH 1C. It is a short highway with a total length of 8 Km linking Domel and Katra. It was later renamed as National Highway 144 or NH 144 which is part of NH-1.
National Highway 1D (India)

Another Highway, also known as Srinagar-Leh Highway is the National Highway 1. It is the interstate highway that links Jammu and Kashmir in North with Srinagar all the way to Leh in Ladakh. This highway is supervised by Project Vijayak from the Border Roads Organisation. This is the alternatives path besides the Leh-Manali Highway that link Ladakh with the other part of India, and it was declared as National Highway in 2006.

Kashmir Highway

The common path use to travel along Jammu and Kashmir which is a prior princely state was the Kashmir Highway. It was constructed during the ruling of Maharaja of Kashmir Gulab Singh in 1882 and became a prominent highway connecting Jammu and Kashmir with Punjab. This road did not last long as it was damaged after India and Pakistan was declared as an independent country by the Britain.

This highway can be divided into two sections that are control by the Indian government on the east side and Pakistani government on the western side. The eastern side runs from Srinagar to Leh while the Western side runs from Rawalpindi to Srinagar through Murree, and the Kohala Bridge that is the bridge used to connect Pakistan with Azad Kashmir.

 

 

 

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