Reaching ARIES


Kathgodam is the nearest railway station - 35 km from Nainital - which is connected by broad gauge to Delhi and Lucknow. Some of the important train connections from Kathgodam: Bagh Express (daily-Howrah), Ranikhet Express (daily-Delhi), Sampark Kranti Express (daily-Delhi), KGM Shatabadi Exp(New-Delhi station - Kathgodam, daily). Nainital Express (daily-Lucknow), Kumaon Express (daily-Mathura) are connected from Lal Kuan by meter gauge. Lal Kuan a place 50 km. from Nainital.


Nainital is connected by road to major centers of northern India, some of the major road distances are: Agra - 379 km. , Delhi - 277 km. and Bareilly - 141 km.

Tip for using taxi from Kathgodam-ARIES: Once you reach at Kathgodam railways station, you can also take taxi to ARIES, which taxi drivers usually know as Observatory. For ARIES, there is bifurcation road on Kathgodam-Nainital high way, 6 km before reaching Nainital. The bifurcation road is about 3km, because of which, some time taxi driver charge Rs 25-50 extra for Kathgodam-ARIES as compare to Kathgodam-Nainital. The typical share basis taxi fair may be around Rs 100-125 per seat, and full taxi may cost around Rs 400-500 (also highly vary depending on the number of tourist visiting Nainital).

Institute bus service is also available from Nainital bus stand to ARIES, the bus timings are 8.30 AM, 9.30AM, 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM (last).