Delhi-Kausani: Taxi or Train?

#1 Sep 7th, 2005, 02:36
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Thanks to the community, I got my Hotel settled out. Now comes my second Q.

Could you advise me if I should take a train to kathgodam and then hire a taxi to Kausani? or should I take a taxi from Delhi to Kausani and use the same for sight-seeing around Kausani, Almora, binsar etc.

How expensive is a taxi in Kausani? it might make more sense to hire a taxi from Delhi to Kausani rather than using train and hiring a taxi in Kausani. What do you all say?
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I think the most convenient way would be to take the overnight Raniket express to Kathgodam and take a taxi up to Almora or Kausani. There are share taxi's and regular taxis available at the station. The share taxis are cheap but extremely unpleasant if you get a rear seat as it is an extremely windy road and many passengers will be puking from motion sickness and diesel fumes. Take a private taxi would be my recommendation -- if you are on your own, perhaps you could find one or two others to share to Almora or Kausani. You should have no problem getting a local taxi for sightseeing in the area, but I don't know about prices.

In March, I took a share taxi to Almora for 80rp -- coming back, my guesthouse arranged a ride back to Kathgodam with a private taxi for 600rp as he was basically 'deadheading' down. I think the regular taxi charge going up, depending on vehicle, etc. would be 1000-1200rp but I didn't ask. (I will defintely take my own taxi up next time!)
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Hallo,

If you are basically visit to Kausani , wants to stay there for a while & like to visit palces around it , then follow m2 advice. Take the overnight train from Delhi
to Kathgodam /Haldwani & then hire a taxi to drop you at Kausani. From kausani hire a vehicle to visit the places around . If you hire a car from Delhi it is also ok , provided you dont stay in a place more than 1 night , otherwise the car will sit idle whereas you have to pay for it. I am heading to Kumaon on Oct. ( for 15 days ) & wants to visit Nainital - Loharghat - Mawavati Ashram - Pithoragarh - Narayan Ashram - Munsiyari - Choukori - Binsar - Almora etc . Since I wont be staying in a particular place not more than 1 night , I have booked a car for the trip from Delhi . So if you staioned in a particular place & wants to see the places around train + car is best option .
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Agree with m2 the overnight Rahniket Express is very convenient, arriving as it does in the early morning, gives you plenty time to get a taxi up into the mountains. The drive is stunning!
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Thanks Guys.

We would go for a taxi from Delhi, at least we can see places without any problems in that case. But the advice was definitely helpful.
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Originally Posted by 5reviews Thanks Guys.

We would go for a taxi from Delhi, at least we can see places without any problems in that case. But the advice was definitely helpful.
can you please tell how much the Taxi is costing you to viist the Almora, Ranikeht and kasauni, also which hotels you are booking in thes eplaces i am planning to visit between 11Dec to 16 Dec, will 5 days be sufficient for these three places?
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all those going to almora, try and make it to jageshwar too

its about 35 km away.

http://nainital.nic.in/jageshwar.htm
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Just Returned this weekend from a quick 60 hour trip from Kumaon. Was on the road for more than 30 hours ! Lovely place. some basic info at : http://www.indiamike.com/india/showt...d=1#post269795

Hope to post more details soon. Briefly:

* Must do the drive between Bageshwar and Chaukori. Heavenly about 5-10 kms before Chaukori ( I did it from the other direction though).

* Kausani is very scenic too. Hotel Suman Royal Resorts is a good option. good discounts. They also have a cheaper hotel in Kausani. Mentioned in Outlook Traveller's "Weekend Breaks from Delhi".

* 5 days sounds decent. But with places like this one can just go on exploring and spending more time.

* Binsar is meant to be very scenic. Esp. Sunrise/Set. There was a problem in Entry to the Sanctuary with the workers agitating (all Sanctuaries in Uttranchal), so check before you plan/leave.

* Ranikhet seemed much better than Almora, based on the little time we spent there.

* Some "premium" hotels/resorts can be very lonely and in forest like surroundings. Including Almora.

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Hi! Need info on Kausani

Was wodering if I can visit Kausani this time (December/January)of the Year? And does it Snow there?
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snow is a possibility

Based on what the hotel chaps were mentioning, it does snow in Kausani. But that may add to the fun. It typically is not enough to stop traffic for any significant duration.

If is is snowing, you may want to avoid the smaller routes and probably stick to the Almora-Kausani route, and keep checking locally.

Venturing beyond Kausani, do make sure. Heard of ppl being stuck in Myunsari for 10+ days due to snow, but it is pretty far from Kausani.

Have documented my trip as a log in fair detail. Regrettably, not found time to make it presentable. Hope to do so one of these weekends.
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Best motorable route to take Delhi-Kausani?

Thanx so much Monish for replying/posting. Would you by any chance be able to guide me on taking the best Road Route to take from Delhi to Kausani (shortest please). Plan to do the trip over this weekend.

Thank you very much.
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#12 Dec 13th, 2006, 13:12
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Shortest route is Delhi/Ghaziabad/Moradabad by pass/Haldwani/Bhowali/Garampani/Kausani.

Garampani to Kausani.. to the best of my knowledge you have to drive through either Ranikhet or Almora. Distances are about the same either way. But there may be a direct road I am unaware of. Better check locally.
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Basic unadventurous (!) Route:

* Delhi to Moradabad BP (via Ghaziabad BP, Hapur BP) 163 kms -App 3-4 hours

* M'bad-Rampur-UdhamSingh Nagar, Pantnagar, Haldwani - App 112 kms - App 3 hours

* Haldwani - Kathgodam - Jeolikote - Bhowali - Garampani - Khawarab Bridge - (few kms short of) Almora - Kosi - Someshwar - Kausani - Took many detours from this route, but meant to have good roads.

Delhi Kausani should be 10-12 hours with minimal breaks and quick driving.

Traffic at Rampur-Haldwani may be bothersome. Bad road in this sector. (Alternatives possible)

Delhi - Hapur BP road excellent.
In UP, there on Moderate to bad. Very chaotic for most part. Highly avoidable at night.

Uttranchal - Most main roads were good/excellent.

Delhi Kausani is very much doable in a day for quick drivers/commercial drivers. If you have only been doing Delhi - Nainital/Mussorie/Simla sort of drives, you may find it pretty stiff. May want to take a break at Almora. Better still (bit off the way) at Mukhteshwar - another spectcular place.

Kausani-Chaukori Drive is excellent too. Esp upto about 5-10 kms short of Chaukori. Check for snow etc. before u make this trip.

Cheers,

Monish

PS. Via Almora is supposed to be better than Via Ranikhet (based in local info / part experience). Though Ranikhet seemed to be a better place to be in than Almora, in case u plan to take a break.
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Brilliant!....

Thank you very much CAPT. MAHAJAN (are you actually a Capt. in teh Indian Army? If yes, I am an Indian Air Force Force family member - my Dad was in the IAF - myself, life is a GEM in the armed forces, isn't it?) and MONISH for posting. Thanx a ton.

Cordially,
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i'd suggest take a taxi from delhi as it would come out to be cheaper and more convenient if you'd like to move around a bit.

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