How to Reach Nainital

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How to reach Nainital by Rail

Nainital doesn’t have its own railway station, so once again, you’d have to make your way to one of the nearby stops and then switch to a taxi or bus. The closest one would be Kathgodam Railway Station, at a distance of twenty-four kilometres away. This is a major station in the state of Uttarakhand, so there are many trains one could take. It is also linked to many of the other big cities across India like Dehradun, Lucknow, Kanpur, Jammu, New Delhi and Kolkata. Trains like Ranikhet Express, Uttarakhand Sampark Kranti Express, Kumaon Express, Nainital Express and Bag Express are the trains to look out for. The sooner you make railway bookings, the easier it is. Once you get off at Kathgodam Station, make your way to Haldwani bus stand from where you can get one of the local buses. Or you can just as easily hail a taxi on the spot, private or shared, depending on your budget and personal preference. To make things even easier, a computerised reservation counter is on hand at the rail and bus stops. So, despite not having a train station or airport of its own, Nainital is rather convenient to get to with all of this connectivity by road, rail and air to nearby towns and cities. They in turn, are hubs of the country that you can easily reach from any corner of India. But the best part is that you don’t have to do anything other than choose your preferred mode of travel and leave the rest to the able, experienced hands at SOTC. Once you’ve intimated your choice, all arrangements will be looked after as part of your Nainital Tour package deal. So what are you waiting for? Plan your Uttrakhand Trip today!

How to reach Nainital by Road

All major roads of North India can lead you to Nainital. It is connected not just to big cities in the region but many of the smaller towns as well. There are two options when it comes to taking the road — driving yourself, riding a bus or taking a pre-paid taxi. If you’re landing at one of the nearest airports, it’s best to opt for a pre-paid taxi to drive you for the last part of your journey. It’s always good to have experienced drivers on mountainous roads. If you’re comfortable driving, you could go the distance but do take your time and avoid late nights. Many travellers choose to go by bus as it is convenient and comfortable too. In Delhi, you can hop onto one at the inter-state terminus which will drop you off at Nainital right at the start of day, after a nine-hour journey. Kathgodam, one of the nearest towns, is just an hour away. Regular buses shuttle between the two, if you’d like a shorter bus journey. Either way, you’ll have scenic vistas for company all throughout the journey. Bus options range from deluxe coaches to state-run vehicles so you can pick what you’d prefer.

How to reach Nainital by Air

The closest airport to Nainital is 70 km away, or a two-hour drive, and it is called Pantnagar Airport. There are regular direct flights from New Delhi to Pantnagar, but those are the only ones. So if you’re travelling from around the country, you’ll have to first reach Delhi and then catch a flight to Nainital. If you wish to only fly to New Delhi and get to Nainital by road, it will take you close to three hours, so arrangements will have to be made accordingly. You can choose the carrier service of your preference as they all serve flights to New Delhi on a daily basis. Your package can include airline tickets if you wish so you won’t have to be anxious about how to reach Nainital by flight and simply look forward to the journey.

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