Dangers & Annoyances
Check the security situation carefully before heading to the Kashmir Valley: serious troubles can flare up suddenly in Srinagar and the surrounding area. However, even when tensions in the valley run high, don’t be deterred from visiting ever-calm Ladakh.
For information before you travel, the Jammu and Kashmir travellers' forum at www.indiamike.com can be useful, and it's always worth keeping an eye on at least one of the local news outlets, such as Greater Kashmir (www.greaterkashmir.com), Daily Excelsior (www.dailyexcelsior.com), Kashmir Monitor (www.kashmirmonitor.in), and Kashmir Times (www.kashmirtimes.com).
AirTel and BSNL sell pay-as-you-go SIM cards for use within the Kashmir Valley, Jammu, Kishtwar, Bhadarwah and within 20km of Leh. You'll need two photographs plus photocopies of your passport and visa. BSNL SIM cards have wider coverage but you will need a local reference to get a SIM. These are generally easier to get in Leh than in Srinagar.
The Jio network is due to arrive in the state soon.