We took the train from New Delhi to Jammu. It was a nine hours journey, and so we travelled in sleeper class, which turned out to be one of the memorable train journeys of all time. Our compartment was full of devotees going to Veshno Devi. We reached Jammu by 3 in the afternoon on the same day. While coming out of the railway station, cab drivers almost took us to Katra, since almost everyone was heading towards Veshno Devi.
We managed to escape from them and found a place to eat. Local people asked us to stay in Jammu for the night and leave early morning for Srinagar as it was too late to get a cab. But we thought of giving it one try and took an auto for Jeevan Nagar bus stand.
As soon as we reached we got bus tickets for the late night bus from Jammu to Srinagar. Now the task was to kill the time till our bus arrives. First, we thought of visiting some nearby parks but then we roamed near the bus stand. Your numbers will stop working so get a new sim card like we did in Jammu. Later to pass the time we went to the Wave mall.
Jammu is no different from Delhi. It’s almost the same — people, roads and weather. Anyway, after passing the time, we came back from the mall at 8:30 p.m. and reached the bus stop. We waited there at the bus counter till our bus arrived at 11 p.m.
Taking the bus was not a good decision, which we realised later but had no other option. There are lots of cabs available till 10 p.m. but as we had already paid the bus fare, could not help it. I advice always go for the cab option because the road is not in a good condition due to the construction work and of course cab will take less time to reach.