Hill Stations near PrayagrajAllahabad or popularly known as Prayag is the second oldest city in India. It is also known as the ‘place of offerings.’ This city is situated at the union of the great Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati. This city is known for the famous ‘Kumbh Mela’ and attracts pilgrims from all over the country. This place has lot of significance for pilgrims of Hindu religion. Along with the most attracted place by the pilgrims, Allahabad is also attracted by various tourists for its historic significance. The various monuments built here during the Mauryan Empire are world famous. There are various places to be visited in and near Allahabad. If you are staying in Allahabad or have planned a long vacation to Allahabad then do not miss to visit some of the hill stations near Allahabad which are known for its scenic beauty. Some of the hill stations near Allahabad also attract sports and adventure enthusiasts.
Nainital, a hill station in Uttrakhand is situated about 6800 ft above the sea level. This beautiful hill station is about 500 kilometres from the spiritual place of Allahabad or Prayag. This hill station with worth watching valley has a pear-shaped lake surrounded by mountains on three of its sides. It attracts most number of tourists in winters when the temperature is about 5 to 7 degrees. Naina Devi temple, St. John in wilderness, Governor’s house, Snow view, Naini Peak, Tiffin Top are some of the places in Nainital which are worth visiting.
How to Reach Nainital from Allahabad
You can opt for rail, air and road transport to reach Nainital from Allahabad.
Kathgodam which is located about 35 kilometres away is the nearest railway station from Nainital. You can catch a train from Allahabad to Kathgodam.
Pantnagar is the nearest airport from Nainital which is about 32 kilometres away. You will have to catch a flight from Allahabad to Pantnagar. Most of the flights will halt at Delhi for more than five hours.
You can also reach Nainital from Allahabad by in your private car or you can hire a taxi. The rate per kilometre ranges from Rs 9 to Rs 18. The rates depend on the car you select. It will be approximately about Rs 9 for Tata Indica Ac car and about Rs 15 Innova Ac car. You can select the type of vehicle as per the number of members.
At a distance of about 490 kilometres from Allahabad, there lies a small hill station called as Pithoragarh. This hill station is a miniature of Kashmir Valley. This beautiful town lies in the central of four hills namely, Chandak, Kumdar, Thal Dear and Dhwaj. Pitoragarh is popularly known as ‘Soar’ which means cool. Pitoragarh is a place where pilgrims enter the Himalyas to serene places like Kailash, Lake Mansarovar and Om Parvat. Some of worth visitin places in Pitoragarh include Chadag, Pithoragarh fort, Kapileshwar Mahadev temple and many other forts and temples.
How to Reach Pithoragarh from Allahabad
There are two places from where you can enter Pithoragarh; Haldwani and Tanakpur. You can opt for rail, air and road mode of transport.
There are various trains like Garib Rath, Chaurichaura express, Bagh express, and Ranikhet express from Allahabad to Haldwani. From Haldwani you can catch a local state bus or hire a taxi to reach Pittoragarh. The distance is about 200 kilometres. Allahabad to Haldwani is 565 kilometres.
You can also catch trains like Intercity, Nainital express, and Ganga Gomti express from Allahabad to reach Tanakpur. Pithoragarh is about 135 kilometres from Tanakpur. Local state buses and taxis are available here. Allahabad to Tanakpur is 535 kilometres.
Nearest airport to Pittoragarh is Dehradun, Pithoragarh is about 470 kilometres from Dehradun.
You can reach Pithoragarh by road by hiring a car or a taxi. As you approach Pithoragarh, you will see the beautiful valleys which will make your drive more memorable.