From Jammu Station to Srinagar - need advice
I plan to visit Srinagar (Kashmir University) during the month of October by train (from Kolkata). I have some questions:
a) What would be the best course of action for me after landing at Jammu station? Where do I spend the night (for cheap)?
b) Can I get shared car from Jammu to Srinagar for 600 INR? Do I need to book the shared car a day in advance?
c) How long does the journey to Srinagar from Jammu station take?
d) I am Indian so do I need to take my Indian passport there?
e) What are average hotel rates near Jammu station and also in Srinagar (a budget hotel of 500-600 INR per day would be nice, I don't need anything else except a bed to sleep on and a toilet which can be shared as well)?
f) I plan to stay there for a month (beginning of October to middle of November) . Is it too cold there in October-November? I have a Vodafone Indian prepaid sim, do I need to get a new sim from there?
g) Also, do you know of any good and cheap hotels in and around Kashmir University?