Went Tanakpur forest area

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This weekend I had gone to TanakPur forests. The place is absolutely beautiful. It is much closer to Delhi that what most people imagine.

Tanakpur is pretty much in the plains. However, with in minutes of crossing Tanakpur you get in to absolutely dense forests and great mountains. Some parts looked denser than Corbett. We did the famed walk to Purnagiri temple. It is great trek but was a little crowded and there are even more beautiful places to explore than go to temple. In summers the temple has thousands of pilgrims. The best thing is to reach Tanakpur and hire a bycicle and roam around in the forests.

The previous day we had gone up to Shyamlatal around 25kms from Tanakpur at a height of around 1600m. The place is very nice. The vivekananda ashram near by is very beautifuly located and is worth a visit. The kumaon tourism book says Shyamlatal is a blue colored lake but its a blatant lie. The lake is not blue and pretty small but nice nevertheless. The government hotel facing the lake is good with clean rooms and a lazy cook who makes very good food if you appreciate his cooking skills. By default he is pathetic. The rent is 250Rs for a double room in all seaons. 50Rs for extra bed. I have their phone number, PM me. The hills near by are very beautiful to trek. We roamed around all day, clicking photos and watching birds.
In the afternoon we played cricket with the little local kids. Their standards were very high. The play everyday in the afternoon, and with an almost complete (but old) cricket kit. If the ball goes in the water you need to take the pedal boat and get the ball. You are awarded two runs. However, get your own abdomen gaurds. Those 14 year old kids are quick and straight but they don't have an abdomen gaurd.


I plan to go there in the weekends with my laptop and get some work done along with these activities.

Getting there -
Tanakpur has a railway station but poorly connected. There are trains to only three places, Pilibhit, Kasarganj and Shahjehanpur. You can't find the station in any railways book or website. From Delhi, Delhi-Barielly-Pilibhit-Tanakpur, involving three train journeys might take a whole day. Its not worth. Take an overnight bus from AnandVihar, ISBT Delhi. 9 hours the bus reaches Tanakpur. If you go by car, a non-stop drive of 7 hours. We did it in 8.5 hrs with breaks. Road route is Delhi-Moradabad-Rampur-Kitcha-Sitarganj-Banbassa-Tanakpur.

I didn't have the chance to explore Banbassa but hear its great jungle terrain. Plan to go there in the next few weeks.
#2 Jan 17th, 2005, 16:12
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good 1st hand information kaushiks on one of the lesser known places... Makes me add it in one of the places to go over the weekends..

Not sure when will I manage to GO
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Thanks for that informative post kaushiks. I will add it to my list of places to visit on our next trip to India.

How did you get on the cooks good side? Is praise enough, or did you have to provide some financial incentive?
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No financial incentive. I told him the pathetic scrambled egg he made had great proportion and taste to it but that he might have under done it because we hurried him. But ofcourse, the taste was fantastic. That pleased him immensely and made very good dal, parata and eggs after that. He doesn't always have access to a lot of grocery though.
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Tanakpur situated in Champawat dist. under uttaranchal is acually a gateway to Kumaon & quite popular with bengali tourists. Lohaghat , Purnagiri Temple , Baleshwar Temple , Mayawati Ashram are very popular tourist spots in that region.
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ddutta, any idea why they are popular with bengalis?.
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Kaldunga

Hi Kaushik,

Was there last year....trekked from Boom to Kaldunga which is one of the oldest Forest Rest Houses...badly kept though.We tented on the banks of the Sarda river with Nepal just across.A truly beautiful Sal forest.
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Hi groovy, where exactly is this FRh, where do I get the permit from.Sounds cool. I wanna go there soon.
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Originally Posted by kaushiks Getting there -
Tanakpur has a railway station but poorly connected. There are trains to only three places, Pilibhit, Kasarganj and Shahjehanpur. You can't find the station in any railways book or website. From Delhi, Delhi-Barielly-Pilibhit-Tanakpur, involving three train journeys might take a whole day. Its not worth. Take an overnight bus from AnandVihar, ISBT Delhi. 9 hours the bus reaches Tanakpur. If you go by car, a non-stop drive of 7 hours. We did it in 8.5 hrs with breaks. Road route is Delhi-Moradabad-Rampur-Kitcha-Sitarganj-Banbassa-Tanakpur.
You're right about the train connections, there awful.

Train 133 departs Bareilly daily at 13:40 and gets to Tanakpur at 19:30 (this train stops at Pilibhit for 65 minutes, the morning trains from Delhi do not allow enough time at Bareilly for a reliable connection. (first arrival from Delhi 13:25)

An option for Tuesdays & Saturdays is train 4524, it departs (old) Delhi at 23:45 and gets to Bareilly at 05:25 (Sleeper class only), train 5309 departs Bareilly daily at 08:00 and gets to Pilibhit at 09:35 (should arrive on time as it starts from Bareilly), train 163 departs Pilibhit daily at 10:00 and gets to Tanakpur at 12:10.

There is also an overnight option from Lucknow.

Train 5308A departs Lucknow City daily at 21:18, two Sleeper carriages are taken off at Pilibhit (whilst you're sleeping), they are then attached to train 161, this train gets to Tanakpur at 09:25.

I don't have time to check the return options, though I know that there is an overnight train from Tanakpur to Lucknow, and an overnight train from Pilibhit to Agra Fort.
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Kaldunga FRH

Hi Kaushiks,

Since the FRh is mostly unused now,there is no point in getting a permit......which otherwise you would get from the DFO Tanakpur.It is a great place to camp in either in front of the FRH or on the banks of the Sarda.Great for bird watching.March /April would be a good time to visit.A hint of caution...keep an eye on the Maoist problem in Nepal.
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Talking Tanakpur

Hi Kaushik,

U could make this a travel article...then, loads of people will read it, and know about the place...
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Hi LonelyAztec,
I think I will like to make one more trip to that area. I feel the place has enormous depth for a good tourist. If I don't make a trip with in the next few weeks, I will write a travel article. It may not be very big. Whatever I have said here is probably what I might have to say. But if more people can see it, then I will make it a travel article.

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Talking Tanakpur

Hi Kaushik,

The article need not be long.

Just give info about the place, how to get there, best time, where to stay etc.

It is a good weekend destination from Delhi, hence Delhites will find this info very useful.
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What about first time travelers to wildlife area/national parks, which are the better optons, bharatpur, kanha or corbett? where you can enjoy dense forest and tiger company

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Wildlife Park

Hi K,

Most definitely Corbett Park......for sheer beauty,tigers,wild elephants and birds ,birds and more birds!!

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