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The road from Delhi to Bhimtal is excellent with the driving time being 6–8 hours, depending upon traffic and the weather. You need to take NH 24 upto Rampur, where you turn left onto NH 87 which takes you past Kathgodam till the turn-off for Bhimtal
The route from Nizammuddin Bridge in Delhi to Kathgodam will be NizamuddinBridge (NH-24) – Ghaziabad (NH-24) – Hapur Bypass (NH-24) – Gajraula (NH-24) – Moradabad Bypass (NH-24) – Rampur (NH-87) – Bilaspur (NH-87) – Rudrapur (NH-87) – Haldwani (NH-87) – Kathgodam.
About 4 kilometres after passing Kathgodam railway station, heading towards Nainital, there comes a fork in the road. Take the right hand side road which will bring you to Bhimtal.
Once you enter Bhimtal, drive along the lake, which will be on your right, till almost the very end where you will see a U-turn (you can follow the signs showing the way to the Mountain Club Resort).
Take the U-turn and start the climb. The road is rather rough so do drive very carefully for about 2 kilometres. You can follow the signs for Mountain Club Resort. After 2 kilometres you will come to a set of large gate posts saying Fredy’s Place. Drive through the gateposts and follow the signs saying “The Retreat” till you come to the old cheese factory where the road comes to an end. Come up the stairs on the left and you have arrived at The Retreat.
By Road – If coming by bus
Buses run regularly from the Anand Vihar ISBT to Haldwani. Uttaranchal Roadways run Volvo (twice a day) / AC / Ordinary buses throughout the day to Haldwani.
Once you reach Haldwani you can take a taxi to Bhimtal. Follow the instructions given above once you enter Bhimtal to get to The Retreat.
The nearest railhead is Kathgodam, which is approximately 21 kilometres from Bhimtal.
There are taxis available at the station to bring you to The Retreat. We can arrange for a Bhimtal taxi to pick you up – the advantage is the local cab-drivers know the way to The Retreat. Just let us know a bit in advance.
The trains that come from Delhi to Kathgodam are given below. Please do check the current train timings, etc., for any changes in timings, days of running, etc.
Train No. Train Name Departing From Departure Arrival
12040 Kathgodam Shatabdi Express New Delhi 06:00 11:30
15035 Utr. SamparkKranti Express Old Delhi 16:00 22:40
15013 Ranikhet Express Old Delhi 21:10 05:05
Air India has flights on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from New Delhi to Pantnagar, which is a distance of 55 km (1 hour 45 minutes’ drive) from Bhimtal.
We can arrange for taxis to pick you up from the station, bus depot, airport or even Delhi.