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Best Road Route from Delhi to Nainital

Best Road Route from Delhi to Nainital
“Club House, Nainital” by Anirudh Singh is licensed under CC by 2.0

Nainital is a beautiful destination and a lovely Hill Station. It is located in the state of Uttarakhand. Every year Nainital is visited by a number of tourists from all parts of the Country and Foreign Nations. Moreover, people from Delhi find it a weekend detination as it is quite nearby from Delhi.

It is always good to do a bit of research about the possible road routes when visiting any place. Also, you must know which road route can be the best for your visit. Today, we will discuss about all the possible Road Routes from Delhi to Nainital. Also, we would let you know which Road will be the best for you.

Best Road Route from Delhi to Nainital 

Best Road Route from Delhi to Nainital Lake
“Naini Lake(Top View)” by Anirudh Singh is licensed under CC by 2.0

There can be 4 possible Road routes when you visit Nainital from Delhi. The first 3 routes are suggested by Google Maps and the 4th Road route is my suggestion based on personal experience.

Route 1

Road Route : Delhi – Ghaziabad – Hapur – Garhmukteshwar – Moradabad – Rampur – Kaladhungi – Nainital

Distance : 297 km

Time Taken : 6 hr 29 min

Route 2

Road Route : Delhi – Noida – Greater Noida – Bulandshahar – Sambhal – Moradabad – Rampur – Kaladhungi – Nainital

Distance : 331 km

Time Taken : 7 hr 11 min

Route 3

Road Route : Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut – Mawana – Bijnore – Dhampur – Kashipur – Ramnagar – Kaladhungi – Nainital

Distance : 339 km

Time Taken : 7 hr 41 min

Best Road Route from Delhi to Nainital 

This road route from Delhi to Nainital is by far the best of all. Though Google maps does not even show this when you search for this Road Route. I have been to Nainital for about a number of times and based on my experience I will recommend you to follow this Route.

Route 4

Road Route : Delhi – Ghaziabad – Hapur – Garhmukteshwar – Moradabad – Rampur – Bilaspur – Rudrapur – Pantnagar – Haldwani – Kathgodam – Nainital

Distance : 310 km

Time Taken : 7 hr 15 min

Google Maps is a good way to reach somewhere when you do not know about the place. However, I personally feel that Google Maps does not always suggest the perfect road route for you. So, you could do a good research before you visit any place. Not only on the internet but also enquire personally from people around you.

I think Nainital is the easiest and nearest Hill Station to Reach by Train from Delhi. Kathgodam is the nearest railway station from Nainital. You can hire your personal taxi or can get sharing taxi from Kathgodam to Nainital. Indica or Alto Taxis may charge you around Rs.600 if you book the whole taxi and Rs.150 per person on sharing basis.

Available Trains from Delhi to Kathgodam : 

Train No.                Train Name

12040                +ANVT KGM SHT

15035              +UTR SAMPRK K EX

15013                 +RANIKHET EXP

I hope you liked this Article about Best Road Route from Delhi to Nainital. If you have any queries or feedback, you can leave your comments below.

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About Anirudh Singh

Anirudh Singh is a passionate blogger and the man behind Amazing India Blog. He has 5 years of experience in the newspaper industry and he founded Amazing India Blog in 2015. Apart from writing and editing articles on Travel, Business and Technology at Amazing India Blog, he also contributes to other well known newspapers and online news blogs.


  1. Hi anirudh.. can u have your number .. actually wanted to discuss nainjtal road trip with you.. is it safe to drive and other query.. it would be great help if u share your number

  2. Hi Nishant,

    I am sorry brother, i don’t share my number here. You can ask as many questions as you want over here.

  3. Dear Anirudh Ravichander​
    Your road route guide is very good. I am going with my sister , my mother , my nani to Bhowali. By my own car . This is the first time we will be driving in the mountains. I am very apprehensive . Offcourse I will be very careful , and also be slow and steady. I had to start someday after all . But how is the road ? Is it very narrow ? Steep ?My number is 9810579530. Thanks
    Udit Kumar​

  4. Hi Udit,

    I can understand your concern. Just to inform you, I wanted to tell you that I started driving in January 2015 and my first trip out of station was to Nainital in May 2015. I just want to say that if you can drive nicely in your city, then you can drive on mountains as well. Just need to stick by your side. Road are good for 2 vehicles to cross easily and not that narrow. Roads in and around Nainital, Mussoorie, Rishikesh all are in pretty good condition. Don’t worry you will make it easily.

    Good Luck brother !

  5. thanks bro

  6. Amit Srivastava

    I m going from Jaipur to Nainital, Ranikhet, Kausani with my CAR Xcent. My route is Jaipur-Mathura-bareilly-Haldwani-Nainital.
    I never drive in hilly area. Will it be OK to go by CAR. Will it be possible for me to drive in hilly area.

  7. Hi Amit,

    Thanks for Posting your Query !

    The Hills of Nainital are quite nice. The road from Kathgodam to Nainital (i.e., the Hilly Part) is just 23.5 km and is quite smooth and broad. If you have been driving in your City from quite some time, it will be a cake walk for you. Don’t worry the hills are not that steep. Just keep your side while driving and be confident. I went to Nainital just 4 months after I learnt driving. So, I would say just believe in yourself! 🙂

  8. Dr puneet jaitley

    Hi, I am traveling from Delhi to nainital this weekend by my own car. I am hearing about heavy traffic jams in Hills at the moment. Pl suggest me the best route for the same.

  9. Hi Dr. Puneed Jaitley,

    Which route did you hear about is having traffic jams ? The best route I have provided is still the most preferred route.

  10. Dr puneet jaitley

    Hi Anirudh ji,
    The route between Rampur and kathgodam is said to be witnessing huge jam these days as per news. Being the shortest route and main highway I am still tempted to use it. That’s my concern. The news channels are saying it’s taking 5 hrs to cover the distance of appx 1hr.

  11. Hi Puneet ji,

    If that is the case, You follow the Route 3 which will not have Rampur in between and will take you directly to Haldwani.

  12. Hi Anirudh,

    I have planned to come to Nainital on 10 July. Now heard about the rains and all. Can you please let me know the road conditions and Nainital conditions after the rains? I am really apprehensive after the news.

    Real appreciate your response !


  13. Hi Gautham,

    Roads are not that bad. However, you cant really predict the climate during monsoon. There are also chances of landslides during monsoon (July & August). I would suggest you to avoid visiting Nainital during monsoon.

  14. Ashish Agarwal

    Hi Anirudh, All,

    I plan to visit Nainital on 09th-Jul weekend from Delhi traveling via Car. Has anyone traveled to Nainital in recent 2-3 weeks and can suggest if the Route 4 suggested above is the best route and the road conditions are good to travel via car.

    Considering some amount of rains seem to be started so just want to check the road condition and Route4 (as suggested to be best Route by Anirudh)


  15. Anirudh, The shooting for “Jis Gali Mein Tera Ghar” song was done in Naini Lake, any guess as to which month? The lake looks beautiful.

  16. Hi,
    We are planning to go Nainital on coming weekend.
    Which rote should we follow as all routes mention by you is new to me.

  17. Hi Nitin, follow the best route which I have mentioned at the end.

  18. Guys, took the Rampur Bilaspur Rudrapur Haldwani Nainital route today. Road from Rampur to Rudrapur is so bad and completely potholed that it took 2 hours to travel 35 kms. It’s a nightmare to take that road until it’s resurfaced.

  19. Hi Shekhar,

    Thanks for the Update. It will be really helpful for the readers.

  20. Hi Anirudh,
    I want to know the road status from ramnagr to ranikhet. Which route is better? Via Nainital or the one goes via garjiya-bhatrojkhan-ranikhet. Planning to travel by my private suv.
    Please help me out.

  21. I recently travelled from delhi to nainital on 23 nov 2016 by the road you suggested. The road between rampur and rudrapur is now in better condition as the potholes has been pitched. But still this stretch takes more than an hour. Though it was a comfortable journey.

  22. Hi Trishant,

    Glad to know that road between rampur and rudrapur is in better condition now. Earlier it was pathetic.

  23. Hi Trishant

    Planning to ride by motorcycle from Delhi to Ranikhet in early April 2017

    Which is the best route – I.e. Best road quality

    Thx v much

  24. Anirudh, please suggest best road route from delhi to Bhimtal in June last week. Saw concerns of some folks about bad road conditions between Rampur & Rudrapur last year. What is the status now ? Trust route is not clogged by trucks.

  25. Hi, i am also planning for a trip from Delhi to Bhimtal in June.. any update on road conditions between Rampur & Rudrapur.

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