How to Reach Nainital By Road, Rail, Flights
A beautiful emerald lake bounded by green hills, quaint old cottages and markets, and a web of walking tracks—there are bounty of charming places to visit in Nainital. One of the most popular hill destinations in India, Nainital is also a part of the 'lake district' of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, with lakes such as Bhimtal, Sattal and Naukuchiatal in the surrounding area. Nainital's charms include everything from boating and sailing to old temples and heritage buildings, and of course, picturesque views at every other step.
Nainital is can be reached by trains. The nearest railway station is that of Kathgodam which is connected by trains from Delhi and Howrah. Nainital is well connected by buses with other parts of the state. Interstate services are also available.
How to reach Nainital by Air
The nearest airport is Pant Nagar Airport. It is located at a distance of 72 km from Nainital and is the one that joins the Kumaon Region of Uttarakhand to the rest of the country by Air. Then there is the Indira Gandhi Internation Airport, Delhi which is 300 km away from Nainital. Taxis and other ways of road transport are readily available from Pant Nagar Airport for Nainital and other places in Uttarakhand. It is the best way to reach Nainital by Air.
How to reach Nainital by Train
Kathgodam is considered as the gateway to Kumaon and is the nearest railway station from Nainital. Kathgodam is 41 km away from Nainital and is connected by frequent trains with all over the country. There is only a one hour drive between Kathgodam and Nainital. Taxis, buses and other means of road transport are readily available between the two places. The major Trains at Kathgodam Jn are:
1 : Anvt Kgm Sht (12040) starts from Anand Vihar TRM (Delhi)
2 : Kgm Garib Rath (12209) starts from Kanpur Central (U.P.)
3 : Ddn Kgm Exp (14120) starts from Dehradun (Uttarakhand)
4 : Ranikhet Exp (15013) starts from Bhagat ki Kothi (Rajasthan)
5 : Utr Sampark K Ex (15035) starts from NDLS (Delhi)
6 : Kgm Garib Rath (12208) starts from Jammu Tawi (J&K)
7 : MB Kgm Pass (55301) starts from Moradabad (UP)
8 : Bagh Express (13019) starts from Howrah Jn (West Bengal)
How to reach Nainital by Road
Nainital is well connected to all major destination of North India by good motorable roads. It is connected to NH87. Nainital is only 1 hour drive (41 km) from Kathgodam the major junction in Kumaon. Also it is about 320 km from Delhi which takes around 9 hours to drive to Nainital. Nainital is the most visited hill station in North India. Taxis and Buses are readily available from all major destinations of Garhwal, Kumaon and the states around Uttarakhand. ISBT Anand Vihar is the place to catch a bus to Nainital from Delhi.