Pantwari is a village at 4,640 feet in Dhanaulti tehsil in the Tehri Garhwal District of Uttarakhand. It is accessible from most major cities and towns in the state and is located 90kms from Dehradun, the closest city.
A small and scenic village with sprawling farms, Pantwari is the starting point of the Nag Tibba Trek. One can enjoy stretches of green pastures and the surrounding mountains amidst this sparsely populated village.
This article aims at guiding our trekkers about various options to reach Pantwari.
The closest city to Pantwari is Dehradun which is well-connected by all means of transport. Although most trekkers going for the Nag Tibba trek prefer spending some time in Mussoorie (often dubbed the Queen of the Hills), before heading to Pantwari.
The transportation arranged by Bikat Adventures to the base camp starts from Dehradun. However, if you plan to stay in Mussoorie, arrangements can be made to board the vehicle here as well since it is on the way to Pantwari.
1. By Air
If you are coming from far off places, you can easily book a flight to Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun which is approximately 30 kms from the centre of the city and 28 kms from the Dehradun Railway Station.
As you come out of the airport you will find many cab drivers offering to drop you to the city. You can also pre-book a taxi so as not to waste time in finding the ride.
Buses and shared cabs are also available to the city from across the airport road.
Alternatively, you can also book a flight to Delhi and reach Dehradun by bus or train (overnight journey).
2. By Train from Delhi
Dehradun, being the winter capital of Uttarakhand, is well connected to most cities by railways. Being a famous tourist destination and a common starting point for most treks, the frequency of trains in Dehradun is appreciable.
From Delhi, the most convenient trains to Dehradun would be
- Jan Shatabdi Express (12055)
Time of Departure from NDLS Railway Station: 03:20 PM
Time of Arrival at Dehradun Railway Station: 09:10 PM
Fare per person (CC): Rs 535 (subject to dynamic pricing)
- Nanda Devi Express (12205)
Time of Departure from NDLS Railway Station: 11:50 PM
Time of Arrival at Dehradun Railway Station: 05:40 AM
Fare per person (3rd AC): Rs 590 (subject to dynamic pricing)
3. By Bus from Delhi
From Delhi, an overnight bus or a Volvo can be pre-booked as per your time and convenience.
From Delhi airport, you can take the metro/cab/bus to Kashmere Gate, ISBT, Delhi.
Both AC and non-AC buses are available there till Dehradun. It would take around 11-12 hours from Delhi to Dehradun (256 kms) through the bus facility.
4. By car/personal vehicle
Dehradun being a famous destination for tourists all over the country is well connected through roads. The journey from Delhi to Dehradun is almost 250kms and would take you through Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar and Saharanpur. However, driving on your own can be tiresome and is not preferred usually by trekkers.
Reaching Pantwari from Dehradun
1. By Bus
There are no direct buses to Pantwari from Dehradun. A convenient option would be to take a bus till Nainbagh. These buses can be boarded from the stoppage opposite to Dehradun Railway Station and would cost around Rs. 150 for the 3-4 hour journey. Pantwari is only about 12 kms from Nainbagh, so you can easily catch a shared taxi for Rs 50-100 and reach Pantwari in no time.
You can also get a shared taxi to Nainbagh that would cost you around Rs. 200-350. These taxis are available outside the Dehradun Railway Station and the ISBT as well. However, taxi drivers wait till their taxis are in full capacity to begin the journey. So, boarding a bus is preferable.
2. By Bikat Adventures Transport
If you have signed up for the Nag Tibba Trek with Bikat Adventures, we’ll arrange transport from ISBT Dehradun to Nag Tibba base camp, Pantwari. The pickup time is 7AM and the trekkers should plan on reaching Dehradun well in time. The vehicle can also pick you from any point that falls on the route to Pantwari for the convenience of the trekkers.
For more details you can head over to the Itinerary page for Nag Tibba Trek on our website.
Dehradun to Mussoorie to Pantwari
Mussoorie is yet another tourist attraction in the laps of Uttarakhand at a distance of 33 kms from Dehradun. One can reach Mussoorie by boarding a bus from the stoppage opposite Dehradun Railway Station. One can also take a shared taxi that charge around Rs. 300 from Dehradun Railway Station.
The distance from Mussoorie to Pantwari is approximately 60 kms. There are no direct buses plying between Mussoorie and Pantwari, so one can board a bus till Nainbagh and then take a shared cab from Nainbagh to Pantwari. The latter is a short journey and would hardly take 30-40 minutes to cover.
We hope this information is helpful in planning your travel to Pantwari. In case you have any questions, do leave them in the comments section below.