The drive from Srinagar to Delhi is a long one around 816km, and once you descend to Jammu you are in the plains where it gets very hot in the summer. The route takes you through the main granaries of our country, Punjab and Haryana. In April and early May with ripened wheat being harvested it is like driving through an ocean of gold but in May and June the fields are quite barren. From July onwards till November, the countryside is transformed into a verdant green carpet of paddy fields.
Drive from Srinagar to Delhi
For someone in a hurry, and with another person to share the wheel, it is possible to do this drive in a day. A 4 a.m. start from Srinagar can get you to Jammu (290km away), by 11 a.m. From there it is a flat drive on good roads and with a four lane highway coming up between Pathankot and Jalandhar, over 400km of the journey will be on a fast paced dual carriage way. The journey from Jammu will take between ten to twelve hours, and you can actually reach Delhi in time for a late dinner. However, this is rather strenuous and not recommended. The best option is to break the journey by stopping at Jalandhar. That would leave just under 400km to be covered on the next day and you can reach Delhi comfortably by lunch.
For those willing to make a long journey on the second day and wanting to extend their stay in the coller climes, there are several options to spend the night after crossing Banihal pass (93km from Srinagar). These are Patni Top, Batote and Kud.
Srinagar to Delhi Distances
|Srinagar to Patnitop|
|Patnitop to Jammu|
|Jammu to Pathankot|
|Pathankot to Jalandhar|
|Jalandhar to Ambala|
|Ambala to Delhi|
Srinagar to Delhi Flight
If you are in hired vehicle and want to end up the journey here in need to save some time, you can directly take a flight from Srinagar to Delhi. There are various options available for you in terms of flight timings, you will easily get a direct flight and will cost you approximately at about INR 3200 per person. The flight from Srinagar to Delhi will take around 90 minutes to reach Delhi so you can plan the things accordingly. For more details about flight timings and cost please visit here: www.skyscanner.co.in
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