How To Reach Uttarakhand


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How to Reach Uttarakhand

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For those looking forward to their next venture or adventure in the Himalayas, it doesn’t get better than Uttarakhand. Travelling solo or with your loved ones with a bite of crisp mountain air and murmur of gurgling freshwater streams is hardly unmatched by any travel destination in India. The Kumaon region makes up the southeastern districts in Uttarakhand while Garhwal region comprises northwestern area.

Almora is the cultural capital of Kumaon region while the Garhwal region is centred by the state capital Dehradun. High-altitude roads, or whatever passes for it, offer thrilling experiences to out-of-state travellers. The state of Uttarakhand is easily accessible by any mode of transport: road, rail, and air. Travellers can book their choice of transport to plan their Uttarakhand holidays in advance. Looking up on how to reach Uttarakhand? Here is our detailed information:

Popular places to visit in Uttarakhand include Dehradun, Nainital, Mussoorie, Rishikesh, and Jim Corbett National Park. The state is also the site of several pilgrimage places which are thronged by thousands of devotees. Each of these destinations is well-connected with major metro cities in India.

By Flight

There are two domestic airports in Uttarakhand. The Jolly Grant Airport (DED) in Dehradun is located 22 kilometres from the city centre. It is served by regular nonstop flights from Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, and Chennai. Alliance Air, IndiGo, and Jet Airways provide commercial flights to and from Dehradun. Pantnagar Airport (PGH) serves as a gateway to hill stations like Nainital, Ranikhet, and Almora. The distance between Jim Corbett National Park and Pantnagar Airport is about 120 km.

By Train

Reaching Nainital or Dehradun by rail is the cheapest and perhaps the most convenient way to visit. The train station in Kathgodam, 35 km from Nainital, is the last terminus of the North East railways. Kathgodam train station has rail connectivity with Delhi, Dehradun, and Howrah (Kolkata). Trains to Dehradun railway station come from Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, and Punjab. Jan Shatabdi Express, Dehradun Express, Doon Express, and Nanda Devi Express are major trains serving Uttarakhand.

By Road

One of the main reasons to visit the hills in Uttarakhand is the joy that comes from the time spent on the road itself. The state has more than 1,328 km of national highways and 1,543 km of state highways. The Uttarakhand Transport Corporation runs around 1000 buses in and out of the state. Haridwar and Rishikesh are connected to Delhi by NH 34 and NH 7 passes through Dehradun with Badrinath. Highways 109 and 309 interlink Nainital, Almora, and Jim Corbett National Park. The proposed Char Dham Highway will connect all four major pilgrimage sites in Uttarakhand. Taxi rentals are available in all major travel destinations in Uttarakhand.

By Airby roadby train
Mumbai to Uttarakhand2.2 hrs36 hrs32.2 hrs
Delhi to Uttarakhand1.5 hrs8 hrs6 hrs
Chennai to Uttarakhand7 hrs40 hrs42 hrs
Kolkata to Uttarakhand5.5 hrs10.56 hrs29 hrs

FAQs on Uttarakhand

Uttarkhand is completely safe for tourists as there is heavy security and precautionary measures in place all around. As a cautionary safety measure, tourists should avoid staying in hotels that are built on the flood plains of a river and shoudl avoid driving during the rainy season as there could be landslides. Apart from this, Uttarakhand is a delightful destiantion to enjoy a holiday in.

There are many items and handicrafts one can pick up in Uttarakhand such as wooden handicrafts, rice and tea items, woolens, strawberries, handmade accessories and cherries and apples. 

Yes, permits are required for certain treks in Uttarkhand and tourists can find out all the necessary infromation beforehand from the tourist office. The permits can also be availed from the tourist office after submitting ID proof and photographs.

Tourists can find several authentic tasty dishes in Uttarakhand like: Bal Mithai is a chocolate-like fudge, made from roasted khoya and coated with white sugar. Dubka is made from different kinds of lentils which are ground and made into a curry-like dish and flavored with different spices. Chains is a dish made out of whole urad that are roasted, ground and made into a soup. Kaap is prepared with spinach leaves that are made into a paste and then cooked. Jhoi is a dish that is seasoned with curry leaves and curd.