How do I reach

How do I reach (Summer)

General information about booking tickets.

Government bus: Tickets cannot be booked in advance. Show up and buy the ticket at the bus about half an hour earlier to secure a seat.

Trains: Tickets need to be booked in advance. Please look into the document “Indian Railways demystified” on how to book.

Private buses: Can be booked in advance and mostly available till last day.Hostel can help you book these.You can try to check prices/book these on Redbus.in

Places to Stay: In mountains, people host in their homes and these accomodation options are really cheap. You need to reach the city and ask around for such places. Check hostelworld/ tripadvisor for stay options as well.

Timings verified at time of writing. Please check for any changes.

Dharamsala/Mcleodganj

Bus: The only direct government bus leaves at 12:05 PM. Alternatively, take the bus from Amritsar to Pathankot (Every 5-10 minutes starting 5:30 AM). From Pathankot, service to Dharamsala is about every 1-2 hours

till 6 pm.Mcleodganj is 9 kms (30-40 mins) from Dharamsala. Tickets cannot be booked in advance. Reach 45 minutes before bus time to secure a seat.

Train:Take the train to Pathankot and then take the bus to Dharamsala.

Journey time: 7-8 hours.

Recommended Way: Leave early in the morning and change buses at Pathankot to get early to Dharamsala or take the direct bus to Dharamsala.

Places to Stay: Om Hotel/ladies venture in Mcleod. Paulhouse/Home Pizzeria(₹400) in Dharamkot. There is a homestay in Dharamkot near DayNnight cafe for ₹200 a night(2 people) with sharead Squating toilet.

Places we find interesting: Dharmalaya, Tushita , Yoga with Dolka, Zula cafe Dharamkot.

Delhi

Train: There are many trains from Amritsar to Delhi. This is a busy route so plan to book some days in advance or book a tatkal ticket. Check “Indian Railways demystified.

Bus: There are lots of private buses from Amritsar to Delhi which can normally be booked on same day. Most of them leave in the night around 10pm and reach Delhi at 7 am. Ask hostel reception for booking tickets.

Airport: Direct buses to Delhi airport start at Rs 2000.

Journey time: 6-10 hours on train(depending on train) and 10 hours on bus

Recommended Way: Book train in advance or night bus for spontaneous trip.

Leh

There is no direct transport to Leh. Either go to Srinagar or Manali.

Journey time: 15 hours to Manali/Srinagar. 2 day buses with night stopover from Manali/Srinagar to Leh.

Recommended Way: Look into how to reach Srinagar/Manali. The road from Manali to Srinagar has better views.

Srinagar

There is no direct transport to Srinagar. You need to take a bus/train from Amritsar to Jammu and a shared taxi/bus from Jammu to Srinagar.

Bus: Private deluxe buses leave at 6 AM, 3 PM and 10:15 PM for Jammu. Government buses run all day. Ask Reception for deluxe bus booking.

Train: Two trains (1:10 AM and 8:20 AM) are available Amritsar to Jammu.

Journey time: 13-15 hours depending upon the transport.

Recommended Way: Deluxe bus from Amritsar to Jammu. Shared Taxi from Jammu to Srinagar.

Manali

Bus: There are 2 direct government buses (2:30 PM and 3:55 PM).

Journey time: 15-20 hours on a direct Government bus.

Recommended Way: Direct Journey can be really hard. Making a stopover at Dharamsala on the way makes it easier.

Manikaran/Kasol

Bus: Direct bus at 6 PM to Manikaran/Kasol.

Journey time: 15-20 hours on a direct Government bus.

Recommended Way: Direct Journey can be really hard. Making a stopover at Dharamsala on the way makes it easier.

Chandigarh:

Bus: Priavate AC buses are available at 6 am and 2-3 pm. Public AC/NON-AC buses available from Amritsar to Chandigarh all day from the bus stand or private transporters near Hall Gate.

Train: Trains leave at 5:15 AM & 5:30 PM.

Journey time: 4 hours on train. 4/5 hours on private/public Buses.

Recommended Way: Book train in advance or take the bus for spontaneous trip.

Shimla

Bus: Direct bus to Shimla at 5:55 AM and 7:53 PM. Or alternately, you can take a bus from Amritsar to chandigarh and another one from Chandigarh to Shimla.

Toy Train: Toy train starts from Kalka(about 30 km from chandigarh).Take the bus/train to Chandigarh. Then take the bus to Kalka from Chandigarh and from Kalka take the heritage toy train to Shimla.

Journey time: approximately 10 hours.

Recommended Way: Toy train is a national heritage and an experience to travel with.

How do I reach (Winter)

General information about booking tickets.

Government bus: Tickets cannot be booked in advance. Show up and buy the ticket at the bus about half an hour earlier to secure a seat.

Trains: Tickets need to be booked in advance. Please look into the document “Indian Railways demystified” on how to book.

Private buses: Can be booked in advance and mostly available till last day.Hostel can help you book these.You can try to check prices/book these on Redbus.in

Places to Stay: In mountains, people host in their homes and these accomodation options are really cheap. You need to reach the city and ask around for such places. Check hostelworld/ tripadvisor for stay options as well.

Timings verified at time of writing. Please check for any changes.

Delhi

Train: There are many trains from Amritsar to Delhi. This is a busy route so plan to book some days in advance or book a tatkal ticket. Check “Indian Railways demystified.

Bus: There are lots of private buses from Amritsar to Delhi which can normally be booked on same day. Most of them leave in the night around 10pm and reach Delhi at 7 am. Ask hostel reception for booking tickets.

Airport: Direct buses to Delhi airport start at Rs 2000.

Journey time: 6-10 hours on train(depending on train) and 10 hours on bus

Recommended Way: Book train in advance or night bus for spontaneous trip

Jaipur

Bus: The private bus to Jaipur leaves at 6 PM and reaches Jaipur at 8-9 AM. Easy to book even the same day of travel.Check Yashika Travels near hall gate or ask hostel reception for booking tickets.

Train: There are trains from Amritsar to Jaipur on Tuesday(2:30 pm and 5:50pm), Thursday at 2:30 PM and Friday/Sunday at 5:50 PM.

Journey time: 14-18 hours on train, 15 hours on bus.

Recommended Way: Book train in advance or night bus for spontaneous trip

Bikaner

Train: There are no trains from Amritsar to Bikaner. You can get the train to Bikaner at 1:20 PM daily and also 2:10 AM on Tuesday from Jalandhar (2 hours from Amritsar by bus/train)

Bus: The bus leaves from Amritsar to Bikaner around 9 PM. Check Neelam Travels near Bus Stand or ask hostel reception for booking tickets.

Journey time: 11-12 hours.

Recommended Way: Night bus is the fastest way to reach.

Jodhpur

Train: There are no trains from Amritsar to Jodhpur. You can get the train to Jodhpur at 1:20 PM daily and also 2:10 AM on Tuesday from Jalandhar (2 hours from Amritsar by bus/train)

Bus: No Direct buses from Amritsar to Jodhpur.

Journey time: 16-18 hours total from Amritsar to Jodhpur.

Recommended Way: Take bus to Jalandhar and train to Jodhpur if you want to get there directly.

Jaisalmer

There is no direct train from Amritsar to Jaisalmer. You need to go to Jodhpur/Bikaner and then take the train/bus to Jaisalmer.

Journey time: About 5-7 hours from Bikaner. Total 18-20 hours.

Recommended Way: Night bus from Amritsar to Bikaner. Stay in Bikaner for a day to visit the Rat Temple. Take bus/Train to Jaisalmer next day.

Haridwar/Rishikesh

Train: Trains go from Amritsar to Haridwar. The sleeper is at 10:15 PM; Travel time is 9.5 hours. The seater leaves 6:55 AM; travel time is 7 hours. From Haridwar, a lot of shared taxis/tuktuks go to Rishikesh.

Bus: The direct bus to Haridwar leaves at 5:30 PM.Alternately you can take a bus from Amritsar to Chandigarh then Chandigarh to Rishikesh.

Journey time: 10-14 hours on Bus. 7-10 hours on a Train.

Recommended way: Train is the recommended way of travel on this route.

Agra

Train: There are 3 trains to Agra everyday (5:35 AM, 8:30 AM, 4:15 PM); 4 on Sunday (5:35 AM, 8:30 AM, 4:15 PM, 11:45 PM); 5 on Wednesday/Saturday (5:35 AM, 8:30 AM, 4:15 PM, 11:15 PM, 11:45 PM).

Bus: Take the bus to Delhi and then the bus from Delhi to Agra.

Journey time: 10-16 hours on Train. 13-18 hours on Buses.

Recommended way: Train is the recommended way of travel on this route.

Varanasi

Train: There are 2 trains daily (6:10 PM and 6:45 PM; 3 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdaay (5:55 AM, 6:10 PM and 6:45 PM); 3 on Wednesday, (12:35 PM, 6:10 PM and 6:45 PM); 5 on Friday (5:55 AM, 12:35 PM, 3:50 PM, 6:10 PM and 6:45 PM). Travel time is 20-25 hours.

Bus: Bus from Amritsar to Delhi and then Delhi to Varanasi.

Journey time: 19-25 hours hours on Train. More than 24 hours on a bus.

Recommended way: Train is the recommended way of travel on this route.

Lahore

Tuktuk: Tuktuk charges ₹500 to drop to the border. You can take transport on the other side to get to the city.

Bus: Direct bus from Amritsar leaves around 9:30 am. Look here for more information. http://punjabroadways.gov.in/Lahore-amritsar-bus.htm

For Flights out of Amritsar airport check Yatra.com, makemytrip.com, cleartrip.com, spicejet.com, Goair.in.

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