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Transportation in UttarakhandTransportation in Uttarakhand: Connecting the Hills and Valleys

Nestled in the Himalayan foothills, Uttarakhand is known for its magical beauty and religious sites. However, navigating transportation in this hilly state is challenging. In this blog, Uttarakhand Taxi Service is going to reveal an overview of transportation in Uttarakhand, by which you get an overview of getting around in Uttarakhand whether you love road, train, or air transportation.

Traveling in Uttarakhand by Train

The Indian Railways connects many major cities and towns in Uttarakhand. Key railway junctions include Dehradun, Kathgodam, and Rishikesh. Some popular train routes include:

For breathtaking views, opt for trains that traverse mountain routes like the Dehradun-Kathgodam line. However, trains don’t reach many core areas of Uttarakhand.

Driving Around Uttarakhand

Bus, Shared Jeeps and private taxi provides transportation connections within Uttarakhand. The road network of uttarakhand is a little rough but under development and to see the remote beauty of Uttarakhand you have to take off-roading as well.

In this many private taxi service providers, Uttarakhand roadways, and some of the local agents are contributing.

Key highways include:

NH58: Connects Delhi to Badrinath via Haridwar.

NH107: Links Nuwakot to Rudraprayag via Karnaprayag.

NH109: Connects Haridwar to Joshimath en route to the Badrinath temple.

NH123: Runs from Moradabad to Champawat via Nainital.

Note- if you hire a taxi service from the locality that’s ok and if you are driving yourselves so you need to be aware of landslides, falling rocks, sinkholes, and vehicle breakdowns. Make sure that your taxi or your car possesses emergency supplies.

Flying to Uttarakhand

The state has three operational airports:

Jolly Grant Airport– this is in Dehradun and suitable for those who want to start a tour from the Garhwal region or Char Dham Yatra.

Pantnagar Airport– Pantnagar Airport is in Rudarpur which is next to Haldwani and this is best for those who want to explore the Kumaon division of Uttarakhand.

Gauchar Airport-  in Chamoli district offers air access to Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib. However, flights depend on weather and pilgrim demand.

Naini Saini Airport- this airport is in Pithoragarh, this is a local airport and from here can get air service to Delhi and Dehradun

*  Chopper is also provided by the government for remote hilltops and unreachable places. With this, during char Dham Yatra you can book Holicopter to reach Kedarnath.

Within cities, auto-rickshaws, tuk-tuk, and cycle-rickshaws offer short-distance transportation. KMOU, GMOU, and Uttarakhand Roadways operate buses between towns in Uttarakhand but may be infrequent in remote areas. Shared jeeps have fixed routes, picking up passengers along the way – a traditional transportation mode in the hills.

For mountain trekking, ponies and porters can be hired to carry loads and luggage. Renting mountain bikes is possible in some tourist destinations. However, inner-city public transport is limited, so hiring taxis or driving own vehicles are the best options.

Getting transportation is one of the biggest challenges in Uttarakhand. Planning based on location, budget, and time is advanced. And if you have done this so surely I can say that your tour is going to be memorable.

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