Rishikesh to Dharamsala, advice

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Hello, I am currently in Rishikesh. I need to get to Dharamsala on Feb. 6th. Does anyone know the most convenient/cheapest/comfortable ways of getting from door to door? All comments would be much appreciated, thanks!

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I know a great way if you were doing it in the other direction.
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Hi Steve

So what would that be? I'm interested in Dharamshala to Rishikesh. As far as I know, the only way to do it by train would involve a detour via Delhi. But I don't know very far :-)
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Originally Posted by Nick1010 View Post Hello, I am currently in Rishikesh. I need to get to Dharamsala on Feb. 6th. Does anyone know the most convenient/cheapest/comfortable ways of getting from door to door? All comments would be much appreciated, thanks!

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I am doing this trip in November ..

overnight train : Saharanpur - Chakki bank on Jammu Tawi express
2140hrs to 0527hrs.

Then a car/taxi from Chakki Bank - Dharamsala 115km approx 2.5 hrs drive

Not sure if its the best or easiest way to do it though

Good Luck!
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Originally Posted by Shivani Skydancer View Post Hi Steve

So what would that be? I'm interested in Dharamshala to Rishikesh. As far as I know, the only way to do it by train would involve a detour via Delhi. But I don't know very far :-)
Get a bus from Dharamsala to Pathankot, then get to Chakki Bank station (not Pathankot station, CB station is about 3-4kms from P station) then get the following train.

Train 4610 departs Chakki Bank daily at 20:30 and gets to Rishikesh at 08:00 (2A, 3A, SL)

If the thought of a bus trip gets your head spinning, your legs wobbling, and gives you cold sweats and palpititions, you could get a train from Kangra (16kms from Dharamsala) to Pathankot station, but this will take longer than the bus.

Kangra-Pathankot trains.
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Originally Posted by staremperor73 View Post overnight train : Saharanpur - Chakki bank on Jammu Tawi express
2140hrs to 0527hrs.

Then a car/taxi from Chakki Bank - Dharamsala 115km approx 2.5 hrs drive
That train also calls at Roorkee at 20.22, Roorkee is less than 30kms from Haridwar.

115kms - 2.5 hours, I don't know how much of the road will be in the hills, but 25-30 kms in an hour is all that can be managed in the hills.
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You can get direct buses to Dharamsala from Haridwar. OR other way is travel by train upto Chakki bank, pathankott and from there take a taxi/bus upto Dharamsala.

Best of luck.
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Thanks Nitin. Sounds good.

Thanks Steven for that detailed info! Very convenient departure and arrival times on that train 4610!! Looking forward to taking this trip soon :-)
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My god Steve, you are GOOD at it! :-) never thought of this option before...
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Originally Posted by steven_ber View Post Train 4610 departs Chakki Bank daily at 20:30 and gets to Rishikesh at 08:00 (2A, 3A, SL)
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I've learned something today - I had no idea there was a train service to Rishikesh. Do you mean Haridwar perhaps?
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No, there is a station in Rishikesh.

Haridwar-Rishikesh trains.
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That is just a perfect train! Thanks
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Is this still the best way to get from Rishikesh to Dharamsala?

How far is Chakki Bank from Mcleod ganj?

Because the train from Haridwar arrives at Chakki Bank at 2:30am... not terribly convenient...

Any other options?

Can you fly from Dehra Dun to Dharamsala?
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Arriving at 2:30am is obviously not convenient...
FYI - There is a waiting room at Chakki Bank station... If you do choose this option, you can wait there for 2-3 hrs before catching a taxi to Dharamshala...

Another option is to use the same route... but take a bus from Rishikesh to Roorkee (2 hrs max) and catch train# 3151 @20:30... This will reach Chakki Bank at a more manageable 05:40... then continue with the taxi to Dharamshala (3 hours max)

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Funnily enough... here is bit of an enhancement to my mentioned plan

You can catch the direct train # 4609 from Rishikesh itself... But change trains to Train# 3151 ... This can be done at Roorkee/Saharanpur/Ambala... whichever gives you best availability... The changing of trains only ensures that you catch the later train to get to the same station at a more earthly hour

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