Kolkata to nainital - how to go?

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Hi,
we would be visitting nainital in late february. What is the best way to reach nainital from kolkata? I have heard that bagh express encounters great delays and stops at practically every station in bihar/u.p. Many have suggested that we make a break journey from lucknow. Is that a good idea??

P.S- we are a group of college friends and as such time, patience and to a certain extent money will be limitting factors during the journey.
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=crossposted with Nick=

I would take a train to Delhi, train to Kathgodam/Haldwani and shared jeep or bus from there- or even hire a car if the number of travellers made it cost effective

PS: From Delhi, the Ranikhet express is a good choice, leaves Delhi at night and reaches early am at Kathgodam. Shortish ride to Nainital from there. There are day trains and buses from Delhi as well.
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i don't think that that will be the wisest thing to do for kolkata tourists. for them, getting down at lucknow and then boarding overnight meter gauge train will be the best.
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Oh. Since the OP indicated 'great delays' etc, I thought...

But you will know better
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And as usual with identical posts, you get replies to both of them, then you lose the replies when one thread is deleted.

I think Nick is the only mod here today, and he's been busy, keep smiling Nick.

Here's a reply I'd give in the other thread......

You can get from Kolkata to Bareilly in under 22 hours, then a bus from Bareilly. (110kms to Nainital, though maybe you'd have to get a bus to Kathgodam, then another bus or taxi)

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Steve is here, so I am outgunned by superior knowledge twice now, and for sure
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sorry Steve, i beg to differ (how dare i !). the best train from howrah is amritsar mail that reaches lucknow in the evening (or may be afternoon) and bareilly later. but from lucknow there is a meter gauge train at night, so you can sleep in the night and next morning you are in lalkuan. in this process, only one day is lost, not more than that.
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Sorry nick, i am new to this site and wasn't aware of the rules........wont happen again........cheers
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there used to be a howrah - kathgodam express at one time.
of course it took 40 days and 40 nights [ joking ]
but i've been on that one - great railway journey.


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Originally Posted by mousourik View Post sorry Steve, i beg to differ (how dare i !)
How dare you!

I was just offering the quickest option, but even if I had said it was the best option, that would only be one person's opinion, and most of the time people on the ground in India know a lot of things that I don't, so other people's opinions are ALWAYS welcome.

I happen to agree with you, the easiest journey would be via Lucknow using the Amritsar mail and the Nainital Express, this option allows for any delays and should also allow for a few hours break in Lucknow.

A couple of questions about the Nainital Express.

The train now only seems to have Sleeper Class, it used to have a 2A/FC carriage, what happened to this carriage?

Erail has this train running from Lucknow City, but my timetable has this train running from Aishbagh, now I know Aishbagh is in Lucknow, but is it a different station to Lucknow City?

EDIT - I just checked the rail map and Aishbagh is a different station to Lucknow City, so I'd guess that the metre gauge track have been replaced by broad gauge between Aishbagh and Lucknow City.
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Originally Posted by brishti View Post there used to be a howrah - kathgodam express at one time.
of course it took 40 days and 40 nights [ joking ]
but i've been on that one - great railway journey.


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There still is , the Bagh Express !!!. Not quite sure whether it is the Tiger express or the Garden Express , probably the former due to Corbet !!
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panjab mail is the other option upto lucknow and rest same,nainital express from lucknow to kathgodam. I have travelled alot of times long back during my student life.
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its too late for ur quarries but i suppose it will help to other guys who want to visit the lake city.
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Originally Posted by mousourik View Post sorry Steve, i beg to differ (how dare i !). the best train from howrah is amritsar mail that reaches lucknow in the evening (or may be afternoon) and bareilly later. but from lucknow there is a meter gauge train at night, so you can sleep in the night and next morning you are in lalkuan. in this process, only one day is lost, not more than that.
mousourik, I agree with Steve. This is the quickest way to reach Nainital - via Bairelly. Many have started taking this route to enter Kumayun and they vouch for it.
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