Have You Ever Missed Haridwar-Delhi Train? What Did You Do Then?

The train was leaving Haridwar station at 7:45 am and I was stuck in traffic at Raiwala near Rishikesh. I can’t imagine even during the morning hours this will happen. By the time I reached Haridwar, it was 8:00 am. The train left the station. A train ticket refund was also not possible because of the Tatkal confirmed ticket.

Lesson: Usually from Tapovan, Rishikesh to Haridwar Railway station journey by auto is approx. 50 minutes, but one should start early at least one hour and 30 minutes before the train departure time.

Reaching New Delhi was urgent, or I would miss another same-day train during late afternoon hours for the next destination.

What to do next?

Is the bus an option?

Haridwar Bus Depot is approx. 100 meters from Haridwar Railway Station on the left-hand side. No need to be in a queue for a bus ticket. Many buses for ISBT, New Delhi are waiting for passengers at the exit gate. Uttarakhand Parivahan bus was about to leave. I walk straight inside the bus to have a seat. At 8:15 am the bus started. The bus ticket was given inside by the bus conductor. Rs. 203 bus fare from Haridwar Bus Depot to ISBT, New Delhi.

After 3 hours of journey, at 11:15 am the bus stopped for passengers to have snacks and tea near Pul Ganga, Khatauli. After 30 minutes of stoppage, the bus continued its journey. Noon hours 2:15 pm we reached ISBT, Kashmere Gate, New Delhi.

ISBT, Kashmere Gate to New Delhi Railway Station I reached via pre-paid taxi by paying Rs. 85/- (including luggage). One may reach New Delhi by Metro Rail situated at Kashmere Gate. Up-to you.

Travel Time from Haridwar Bus Depot to ISBT, New Delhi by Bus is approx. 6 hours.

Comfortable it was though the road condition is not that good till the bus reaches the four-lane highway.

I reached New Delhi railway station on time and was continuing my journey to my next destination. Thanks to Uttarakhand Parivahan.

Conclusion: If ever you miss the Haridwar-Delhi train, buy a general class train ticket to travel by the next train or travel by bus or maybe taxi. I like traveling via the government bus.


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