Uttarakhand has two airports — one in Dehra Dun (the capital town) and one in Pantnagar (located in the south-east tip of Uttarakhand).
For our Uttarakhand road-trip, we flew down from Mumbai to Delhi on an Air India flight, and took a connecting Air India flight from Delhi to Pantnagar. Delhi to Pantnagar, which is in the south-eastern tip of Uttarakhandand, is only 45-minutes away via the Air India flight. As far as we know, no other flight operates in this route.
Here are some facts about the Pantnagar Airport that you may find useful while planning your trip to Uttarakhand:
- Air India flies 4 flights a week to Pantnagar from Delhi. They are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, to and fro. In fact, the plane that takes passengers to Pantnager, flies back in half an hour with passengers from Pantnagar. Its a very small aircraft with probably seating for just 25-30 people.
- The airport at Pantnagar is extremely basic – small and clean enough. However, they do not have a cafeteria or a tea-coffee stall/counter, and so, go prepared with food, snacks and water. A guard did tell me that a tea/water would open soon, but I don’t have the official word for it.
- The airport staff manually hands out the bags upon arrival. The waiting room has air-conditioning.
- You will find cabs waiting outside willing to take you to your destination, but charge you obnoxious rates for even short drives. They actually charge you for both ways. Our destination was Jeolikote, about 50 kms away, and we had to pay Rs 1800 for the drop.
- Autos and busses are available from outside the airport, but then, you will have to change them at Haldwani before you go further up.
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For the complete Uttarakhand itinerary, where to stay, what to see and what to buy, read — An Uttarakhand Roadtrip This Summer