Delhi to Nainital

Nainital, the Lake District of the state of Uttaranchal is well-connected with the rest of the country through all the modes of transport. Being very near to Delhi, the place has plethora of visitors from the national capital, especially during school vacations, weekends, and national holidays. Attractive tour packages and the proximity of many sight-seeing places within the vicinity of Nainital enable people to make the best use of their short stay at the place.

Nainital is approximately 310 kilometers from Delhi. If you prefer to drive down to the place, then you need to take National Highway Number 87. The highway provides a very comfortable and smooth drive to its users. You can download a Delhi-Nainital roadmap from a reliable website for right direction and ease.

Delhi to NainitalYou can also commute via bus or cab if you don’t want to take the stress of driving. It normally takes between 8-10 hours to reach the place. About four buses leave from Delhi at different timings for Nainital from fixed locations on daily basis. You can get the information on bus schedule from the office of Nainital tourism or the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) that is situated at Kashmere Gate in Delhi.

Check Pnr Status Irctc at If you plan to take the train journey, you need to book your tickets in Ranikhet Express that runs every day at 2245hrs and reaches Kathgodam, the nearest railway station, at 6000hrs the next morning. You can log on to the Indian Railways website to book the tickets online or you can visit the nearest railway reservation center in your area. The same train departs at 2040hrs from Kathgodam and reaches Delhi at 5015hrs the next day. Overall, it takes about 10hours to travel by train. The greatest advantage is that it is an overnight journey, which in turn, saves your valuable vacation time enabling you to spend more hours at the hill station.

At the Kathgodam railway station, there are many taxis and buses to drop you to Nainital. You can hire a private cab or take a one on sharing basis. There are tempo travelers that can be hired by a large group.

Alternatively, you can board the flight from the Indira Gandhi International Airport to the Pantnagar airport that is the nearest airport to Nainital situated at a distance of approximately 71kms. From here, taxis ply round the clock to ferry the passengers to the hill station.

How to Reach Nainital

People from across India and even abroad can easily reach Nainital to admire the majestic beauty of the place. The public transport infrastructure of the country is advanced to such an extent that people can choose any mode of transport to reach hilly places like Nainital conveniently. For your help, an overview of how to reach Nainital via trains is given below.

Railways can be a preferred mode of transport because the nearest railway station to Nainital i.e. Kathgodam is only 35kms from the Nainital town. It is the part of the North Eastern Railways network and is the last terminal of the broad gauge line of the network. Other stations on the line are Delhi, Dehradun, Howarah, Haldwani, and Lalkuwani.  They cover a large portion of areas thereby encouraging more people to visit Nainital.

If you are planning to take a train on the Delhi-Nainital route, then you need to book a seat in the:

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How to Reach Nainital Ranikhet Expressthat leaves daily from Old Delhi railway station at 10:45 PM at night reaches Kathgodam at 6:05 AM the next day.

Uttaranchal Sampark Kranti Expressthat is running between Kathgodam and Delhi. It leaves Kathgodam at 8:50 AM and reaches New Delhi at 3:20 PM. With minimum stoppage time, it again leaves Delhi at 4:00 PM and reaches Kathgodam at 10:45 PM the same day.

Kathgodam Anand Vihar AC Expressthat starts from Anand Vihar railway station, Delhi at 06:00 AM and reaches Kathgodam at 11:55 AM.

On the Howrah-Nainital route, the trains are:

Bagh Expressthat reaches Kathgodam from Howarah. It has Lucknow and Lalkua Junction on its route.

Kumaun Expressconnects Lalkua with Mathura via Bareilly. Therefore, all the places lying on the Mathura, Bareilly, Lucknow, and Howrah route gets interconnected.

Other trains are:

Kathgodam Dehradun Expressthat is a direct train from Kathgodam to Dehradun. It runs daily and has Moradabad as one of its main stoppages.

For people from Jammu and adjoining areas, Garib Rathdeparts every week from Jammu Tawi to Kathgodam.

After getting down from the train, people can take cabs, tempo travellers or buses from Kathgodam or Haldwani. Cabs are available on both private and shared seat basis. People can take a bus from the Haldwani roadways bus stand.

For the convenience of the tourists, a computerized railway reservation counter is situated near the Nainital bus stand and at the Kathgodam, Haldwani, and Lalkuwan railway stations.

Apart from railways, Nainital is also well connected to other destinations through roadways. It has a number of roadway buses and luxury coaches from places like Delhi, Hairdwar, Kanpur, Lucknow, Agra, and Dehradun. The place is also connected by roads to the Pant Nagar Airport that is nearest to Nainital.

History of Nainital

The Nani Lake is the identity as well as the backbone of the place. There are many legends in scriptures that signify the presence of this place many, many years ago. The ‘Manas Khand’ of the ancient scripture ‘Skanda Purana’ says that the place was traditionally known as the ‘Tri-Rishi-Sarovar. Tri means ‘three,’ Rishi means ‘Sage,’ and Sarovar means ‘the lake.’ Together the place was known as the lake of three sages and was named after the three rishis, Atri, Pulastya, and Pulaha.

History of Nainital The legend is that the rishis were on a long pilgrimage. On their way, they reached this place and started looking for water to quench their thirst. On finding no water, they decided to dig a hole and divert water into it from the Mansarover Lake in Tibet thereby giving rise to the lake.

Another legend says that Goddess Parvati was very angry with her father King Daksha for not inviting her and Lord Shiva (her husband) to an occasion. She took it as an insult and jumped into the fire and became Sati. While the grieving Lord Shiva was carrying the dead body of her sati to Kailash Parbat, her left eye fell into the lake. Hence, the lake got its name Nainital as ‘Nain’ means ‘ an eye.’ It is also one of the 64 ‘Shakti Peeths’ in the country. Every shakti peeth is a holy place where a body part of the Sati fell.

One more historic reference says that the place existed during the pre-historic period. It was ruled by the Khasi dynasty and hence was called the ‘Khasidesh.’ It had around 60 lakes that eventually disappeared due to deforestation and climatic changes.

Nainital was a popular summer vacation resort for the British. In 1817, the commissioner of Kumaon, G.W. Traill was the first European to visit the place. However, he did not mention about the place among his folks in order to retain the religious sanctity of the place.

Later on, almost after 20 years, the British sugar trader P. Barron found the lake while finding his way out of the hills where he went for hunting with his friend. He was so mesmerized with the place that he decided to settle down here and built a colony for Englishmen on the banks of the lake. The place was also visited frequently by the legendry hunter Jim Corbett to hunt man-eating animals.

Nainital Weather and Seasons

Nainital is blessed with a mix of seasons throughout the year. Situated within the Kumaon ranges of the Himalayas, its moderate weather makes it an ideal destination for tourists throughout the year. The winter season from November to February is chilly with heavy snowfalls. The minimum temperature goes below the freezing point and the maximum temperature goes merely till 15 degree Celsius. It is the best time to visit if you want to enjoy winter sports like ice-skating and snowballs.

A visit during winters also provides you with the experience of getting cozy and warm under the bonfire. You can even relax in your hotel room while you enjoy watching the snowfall. However, you need to carry enough woolens to protect yourself from cold and cough. A woolen cap, an overcoat, and a pair of gloves are a must in your luggage.

Nainital Weather and Seasons On the other hand, the months from March to May are pleasant with the maximum temperature of 27 degree Celsius and the minimum temperature of 10 degree Celsius. The hill station is flooded with tourists between these months because the weather conditions are ideal for everyone including children and senior citizens. Nani Lake in the center of the hill station provides boating facilities to tourists who can enjoy boating amid cool breeze. You need to carry a light jacket or sweater for wearing at night when the temperature gets lower. During daytime, you can carry your normal cotton clothes but keep in mind that the weather is cool and not hot.

Monsoons are scanty during the months of June to September. Overall, they last only for these two months. Hence, you need not worry about any inordinate delays due to landslides and subsequent road blockages. You can also get a daily forecast of the weather conditions on various websites that can help you plan your vacation accordingly.

During the month of October, the place celebrates Navratras and Dusshera for nine days. During this time, the weather is pleasant and the celebrations take place in the form of processions. Therefore, a visit during these months provides you an opportunity to experience the local life and culture of the people as well as enjoy your stay in the pleasant weather.

Overall, it is recommended that you can visit the hill station anytime during the year. You just have to do little bit of the homework about the prevailing weather conditions and prepare accordingly.