Monday, April 11, 2011

From Mylapore to Rudrapur: Chennai to Pantnagar UTK: Travel experience

Best way to Travel:

Return the same way.  The best way from the airport to Delhi (DLI) or Old Delhi railway station is via metro - take the airport express to New Delhi station (NDLS) and take the yellow track metro to Chandni Chowk and walk up to old Delhi station. (20 mins from airport to NDLS and another 30 to DLI and a 10 min walk to the station) . Also note, the metro operates only from 6 AM to 10 PM - so plan your travel carefully

In case you dont get a ticket in the Ranikheth express- do the road -  but it is most painful. There are 2 traffic snarls - one in Rampur (about 50~60 kms) where there is a train crossing, second is near Gajrauli. Best places to eat en-route on road - McDonalds or Moga restraunt near Gajrauli. The journey should take you about 7 hrs but can take as much as 9~13 hrs depending on traffic!!

Stay: Hotel Sonia is a good place to stay. I found it to have ample space nearby and a small mango garden. The staff are courteous and most helpful. Radisson and Ginger are also there in Pantnagar though I did not stay in them. There breakfast is ok, the rooms and bed are neat and clean.

Things to see: None - do not be fooled by the google maps which puts Nainital and Jim Corbett national park closeby. They are about 80~120 kms (2~4 hrs) and Pantnagar/ Rudrapur in itself has nothing to see.

Here are some pics of the road from Pantnagar to Delhi

1 comment:

  1. An update: Theres a kingfisher flight daily delhi to pantnagar, unfortunately in monsoons it is undependable. Best is still the train! (The flight is at 1:30 from delhi and 2:30 from pantnagar)