How to go to Haridwar from Delhi?

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I want to visit Haridwar because it’s the Kumbh season.

1. Can I directly go to railway station and buy a 2S (Second Sitting?) seat, if available? This is for any train that leaves within an hour or so. I can’t book in advance because I don’t know what day a I’ll visit. Is this possible? Do they sell tickets like this? Haven’t traveled via train since lockdown happened, so, don’t know.

2. Is there any taxi stand anywhere in Delhi from where i can board a shared taxi to haridwar? For ex. One can board shared taxi from Karnal bypass bus stand for Chandigarh anytime.

3. Are roadways buses operating and can be boarded anytime of the day? If yes, from which station?

Thanks.

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Mostly the scenarios are very similar to pre covid… Till now everything is as usual(Like u can board Roadways or texi Or train) but can’t say the situation will remain same during Kumbh… As new rules will come into picture during that time for security and precautionary measure…

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DimeDime wrote:

PURI YNRK SPL (08477)
has Current Booking option activated in irctc website.

You mean to say all trains with CURR prefix can be booked from counter right at the departure time, if seats are available?https://cdn0.desidime.com/attachments/photos/667205/medium/IMG_20210220_210910.jpg?1613835646

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cocay wrote:

You mean to say all trains with CURR prefix can be booked from counter right at the departure time, if seats are available?https://cdn0.desidime.com/attachments/photos/667205/medium/IMG_20210220_210910.jpg?1613835646

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DimeDime wrote:

From what I remember from my train traveling days, the current booking tickets were issued by the TTE. Now with the online-fication of everything, some trains have this booking option using the irctc portal, too.

I see. Actually I won’t be carrying phone on my trip. So, would prefer to book at the counter at railway station itself.
Personally, I’d prefer if their are shared taxis or roadways buses going

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cocay wrote:

You mean to say all trains with CURR prefix can be booked from counter right at the departure time, if seats are available?https://cdn0.desidime.com/attachments/photos/667205/medium/IMG_20210220_210910.jpg?1613835646

Currect booking Tickets option will be available once chart has been prepared. (likely 4 hrs before departure).

The tickets which are left over after allocation WL, RAC will be available under currect booking.
If More tickets not filled in tatkal at the time of chart preparation, they will allocate it to RAC and WL first.
We can predit this by seeing the ticket booking status from 12 hours to 4 hours before chart prepataion.

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cocay wrote:

I see. Actually I won’t be carrying phone on my trip. So, would prefer to book at the counter at railway station itself.
Personally, I’d prefer if their are shared taxis or roadways buses going

Current booking can be booked online or counter.
This booking will be closed 30 mins before Train 1st starting station (make note of this). After this you cannot book in counter also.

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I would recommend taking a bus instead. You can get one from ISBT (Kashmere Gate). They usually run every 30 Mins/ 1Hr all the time except after 9 at night. If you need AC bus its frequency is a little lower and is also available at Kashmere Gate Bus Station. Journey Time should be approx 6-9 Hrs depending on whether you take one in morning or day time.

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You need a covid test result as well to visit haridwar

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igen wrote:

I would recommend taking a bus instead. You can get one from ISBT (Kashmere Gate). They usually run every 30 Mins/ 1Hr all the time except after 9 at night. If you need AC bus its frequency is a little lower and is also available at Kashmere Gate Bus Station. Journey Time should be approx 6-9 Hrs depending on whether you take one in morning or day time.

Are you sure that these buses are operating these days? I will be traveling any time in the next two weeks. This would be most suitable for me.

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ItsBetter wrote:

You need a covid test result as well to visit haridwar

OMG! When did this happen?
Do I need this if I’m visiting outside Kumbh dates (Apr 1 – Apr 30)?

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cocay wrote:

OMG! When did this happen?
Do I need this if I’m visiting outside Kumbh dates (Apr 1 – Apr 30)?

During kumbh its mandatory. No entry allowed without covid test.

Post kumbh ..can not say anything

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cocay wrote:

Are you sure that these buses are operating these days? I will be traveling any time in the next two weeks. This would be most suitable for me.

Yes
Buses are running as usual now From Delhi to Haridwar Via Meerut

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ItsBetter wrote:

During kumbh its mandatory. No entry allowed without covid test.

Post kumbh ..can not say anything

I had heard this was during the Kumbh period only.
If the bus leaves me at Haridwar bus station, I don’t believe they would be checking for test reports before letting you out of station or send you back. I’m talking about before march 15 arrival

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Don’t think will be a big deal to reach haridwar from Delhi by any mode of transport.
Bus will be a good option giving lot of flexibility of time and Saving Time too.
As far as I know interstate travel is running so you can get a uttrakhand roadways bus from Kashmiri gate.
Even if interstate bus travel is down you can reach narsan border with any up roadways bus from there you can get any local vehicle or bus to get there.
But not sure about the current rules regarding I think covid test is required to visit kumbh.
Although don’t know how strict the implementation is so plan the journey accordingly.

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cocay wrote:

I had heard this was during the Kumbh period only.
If the bus leaves me at Haridwar bus station, I don’t believe they would be checking for test reports before letting you out of station or send you back. I’m talking about before march 15 arrival

Nobody is going to check you or ask you for anything if traveling with public transport.
But the main issue is the place probably the ghats and hotels won’t let you in without the test report so that will be a big issue.
During my travel last year people were denied hotel rooms and visit to the shrine hence leaving their whole journey waste.

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Since you mentioned 2S seats, the best option would be Janshatabdi Express, from New Delhi station, daily at around 3.30 PM. Reaches Haridwar usually between 7.30-8 PM. But dont know about current tickets at the last moment. If you could plan even 2/3 days in advance, then u can get the tickets mostly. Even one day before, getting its tatkal is easy. Costs around 150, the cheapest and quickest mode.

Even normal non-buses buses would cost slightly more. If you want bus, you can go to Kashmere Gate ISBT anytime and usually will get one bus within the next hour or so. Its better to go inside and travel via the Uttarakhand or UP SRTC, instead of the private buses haggling outside the ISBT. More comfortable would be an AC one obviously. Its already getting hot here in Delhi.

I dont think any taxi/sharing would be cheaper. Unless you know someone travelling on that route and giving a lift for some expense. Or if you can arrange a CNG car, that would also work out quite cheap, specially if in group and not alone. There’s a CNG station in Muzaffarnagar for sure, dont know about CNG availability in Roorkie and Haridwar yet.

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