Breakfast in Jammu Airport: Nescafe, Rs.20 and Cup corn, Rs 40.
Flight Jammu – Srinagar
Fares/pax: Rs. 1671
Leaves 10:40, Jammu – Satwari (IXJ)
Arrives 11:15 Srinagar (SXR)
Distance: 294km Duration: 35min
Shuttle bus Srinagar airport to Srinagar town: Rs. 45/person
Jammu Airport is a sweet little airport which probably doesnt operate so many flights. Yet it has this shoe-cleaner thingy which is machine-operated device located at a corner at luggage-pickup area. We had never seen such thing before and thought it was cool (still forgot to take photo, also Jammu airport itself). It also has the cleanest toilet we have ever entered in India. Probably because of not many people using the airport in the first place. We had our quick breakfast at the boarding room before our flight.
SpiceJet was our first domestic flight in India and we would give 5 out of 5 rating. It’s a modern low-cost carrier like our AirAsia and I am so hoping that it would fly internationally too (like, being an alternative for AirAsia’s KL-Delhi route). The flight was quick being Srinagar only about 300km away (even KL – Kota Bharu is farther, but interestingly, according to Manu, if you take taxi from Jammu to Srinagar, it would be more than 10 hours on bumpy road).
When we were getting down the plane, we asked from the flight attendants if we can keep this on-board copy of magazine, and they said yes! :) We so hope to fly SpiceJet again!
Cycle rickshaw to Amritsar train station: Rs 30
Train Amritsar – Jammu
Bti Jat Exp # 19225
Class: 2AC upper berth
Fares/pax: Rs. 460
Leaves 01:10 Amritsar Jn (ASR)
Arrives 06:15 Jammu Tawi (JAT)
Distance: 206km Duration: 5h, 5min
Rickshaw Jammu Tawi train station to Jammu airport: Rs. 150
We reached Amritsar train station a few hours before our train, so whether we like it or not, we had to kill the time in the waiting room. We were totally tired by this hour and not in mood to do anything. I took a short nap while Az laying down watching our luggage.
I sent sms to Sudhir asking if he’s in Jammu and if we could meet, and he replied that he was away for work.
Thankfully the train arrived on time and it was our first sleeper train (2-Tier AC). We had our upper berth on top while a middle-age couple sleeping at the lower berth. The bedding was perfect, and by the moment we climbed onto it, we closed our eyes and dozed off.
How to get there: The Golden Temple is located in the heart of Amritsar city. Depending on where you’re leaving from, taking auto-rickshaw shouldn’t be too expensive.
Now it’s self-explained of our inner conflicts when we were at Wagah Border we kept asking myself “why the hell did Manu bring us all the way to this place to waste time and see this lame show of kids and old women dancing in the street?” when we almost got mad at Manu, coz now when we were standing before the Harmandir Shahib Golden Temple at dark night, we could see the most sparkling golden light seen so clear. Yes, Manu brought us to some place else first because he need to spare the Golden Temple for its beautiful night view! Maybe it can be pretty too in day time, but at night you can see it being more attractive because of the lights and all.
Dinner time! After coming back from watching the border ceremony, we felt hungry and Manu brought us at this excellent Punjab Restaurant (vegetarian) in Amritsar. Manu and Az had a Thali – a platter consists of several types of curry, dhal, rice, vegetables, yoghurt, papadom (in India they call them papad), and naan. You can choose from variety of naan available, and I think Az chose cheese naan. Thali is a practically complete set dishes. But I chose something different – a bowl of mushroom soup (although it looks like curry) and naan. Forgot to take close-up picture, but click to enlarge picture below :)
Rickshaw to border, entrance fee, food: treated by Manu! :)
Finally after a long, tiring auto-rickshaw ride (it’s our LONGEST auto-rickshaw ride in India!) we arrived at this place, and suddenly we realized more and more people are going the same place. We had to leave our mobile phones at a stall who takes care of people’s belonging (for some fees) Manu said we cannot bring phone there, which I dont know for what reason, but only later I read somewhere that it’s because we’re now only a few steps away from Pakistan’s border, and inter-network between two countries might cause and get problems here.