When planning your ski vacation at Gulmarg Ski Resort with Wildsnow, it's important to note that airfares are not included in the tour packages. Here's some helpful information about flying to India to embark on your Ski Himalaya adventure.
Flights from New Zealand and Australia
If you're traveling from Sydney, Australia, you can find flights from Sydney International Airport to Delhi or Mumbai offered by several airlines. Sample round-trip prices are approximately AUD 1,150, and travel time ranges from 15 to 28 hours.
For those departing from Auckland, New Zealand, flights from Auckland International Airport to Delhi or Mumbai are available on various airlines. Sample round-trip prices are approximately NZD 1,850, and travel time ranges from 17 to 36 hours. check out Skyscanner to get an idea of the prices (I personally like to book direct with the airlines - i use skyscanner to see what airlines are flying on my dates) , i.e. I don't use 3rd party booking systems) some of the best airlines (pricewise) are;
Traveling from New York? You can find flights from JFK International Airport to Delhi or Mumbai offered by multiple airlines. Sample round-trip prices are approximately USD 1,100, and travel time ranges from 17 to 40 hours.
If you're departing from Vancouver, flights from Vancouver International Airport to Delhi or Mumbai are available on several airlines. Sample round-trip prices are approximately CAD 1,100, and travel time ranges from 16 to 40 hours.
Flights from Europe
Traveling from London? Flights from London's Heathrow Airport to Delhi or Mumbai are available on several airlines. For the best fares from the UK and Ireland, visit www.cheapflights.co.uk. Travel time ranges from 9 to 20 hours.
For the rest of Europe, visit global.cheapflights.com to find great fares. Travel time ranges from 10 to 25 hours.
Luggage regulations vary depending on your airline carrier and origin. It's crucial to check your airline's website for specific guidelines on weight and size restrictions. However, here are some general guidelines:
From NZ or Australia: Snow skis and snowboards must be protected in a ski bag. If the snow skiing equipment and your checked bags exceed your checked baggage allowance, airport excess baggage rates apply. The maximum weight of any piece of checked baggage is 32kg (70lb). Qantas allowance is 30Kg (66lb) on economy. Total dimensions for each piece must not exceed 158cm (62in). Dimensions for checked baggage are calculated by adding together the width, height and depth of the piece of baggage.
USA and Canada: Major airlines such as Air India, Jet Airways, and Virgin Atlantic usually allow a free baggage allowance of 2 pieces, with each piece not exceeding 158 cm (62 inches) in linear dimension or 23 kilograms (50 pounds) in weight. KLM allows 1 free piece of luggage with the same size and weight restrictions.
From the Rest of the World: For Air India flights originating outside of North America, the free baggage allowance is usually 1 piece not exceeding 20 kilograms (44 pounds). Additional baggage can be purchased at the airport in India for 600 Rupees per kilogram.
Delhi and Mumbai Airports
When flying to India, you'll likely arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi or Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. These airports are major transportation hubs in India and South Asia.
To travel from Indira Gandhi International Airport to New Delhi rail station, you can take the Delhi Airport Metro Express, which takes approximately 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can opt for a bus operated by DTC or a metered taxi to reach the city center.
In Mumbai, the best way to reach the city center (Colaba) is by taking a prepaid taxi from the front of the international arrivals area. The journey typically takes around 1 ½ to 2 hours, with shorter travel times during early morning or late evening when traffic is lighter.
After arriving in India, the next step in your Ski Himalaya adventure is to travel from major Indian cities to Srinagar, the gateway to Kashmir. Here's what you need to know about flights from India to Srinagar - Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport:
The flight duration from Delhi to Srinagar is approximately 1.5 hours (2 - 2.5 hours if you stop in Jammu). It's recommended to book morning flights as fog can sometimes affect visibility in Srinagar during the later part of the day. The foggy conditions tend to clear up by mid-morning, ensuring an actual arrival.
When traveling on domestic flights within India, it's important to note that baggage allowances are typically limited to 25 kilograms (8 kg hand luggage). However, additional baggage can be purchased at the Indian airports, providing you with the flexibility you need for your ski trip (about 600 IRN per Kg).
Among the airlines operating on this route, Air India is widely regarded as the most reliable. For a top-notch flight experience, consider booking Air India Flight 825, which is known for its quality service. The approximate cost of a one-way ticket on this route is around 6100 Rupees.
Mumbai to Srinagar - Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport
If you're flying from Mumbai to Srinagar, the flight duration is approximately 4 hours. Similar to the Delhi-Srinagar route, it's advisable to choose morning flights to avoid potential fog-related delays in Srinagar.
Just like with flights from Delhi, baggage allowances on domestic flights from Mumbai to Srinagar are typically limited to 25 kilograms. However, you can purchase additional baggage at the Indian airports (this is a best way to do it).
When selecting an airline for your journey, consider the reliable services of Air India. While there are multiple flights available on this route, Air India Flight 825 is often regarded as the preferred choice for its reliability and customer satisfaction. i have flown with the other airlines and they can be a little un-reliable when it comes to times!
Be prepared to pay around 8100 Rupees for a one-way ticket from Mumbai to Srinagar, ensuring a seamless transition to your Ski Himalaya adventure.
Unleash Your Adventure in Kashmir
With the flight arrangements from India to Srinagar taken care of, you're on the brink of immersing yourself in the awe-inspiring landscapes of Kashmir. Embrace the beauty of the snow-covered peaks, indulge in thrilling ski experiences, and discover the rich cultural heritage of the region. Get ready to embark on a journey with Wildsnow you with cherished memories for years to come.