The train was leaving Haridwar station at 7:45 am and I was stuck in traffic at Raiwala nearby Rishikesh. I can’t imagine even during morning hours this will happen. By the time I reach Haridwar it was 8:00 am. The train left the station. Train ticket refund was also not possible because of tatkal confirmed ticket.
Lesson: Usually from Tapovan, Rishikesh to Haridwar Railway station journey by an auto is of approx. 50 minutes but one should start early at least one hour 30 minutes before the train departure time.
Reaching New Delhi was urgent or I will miss another same day train during late afternoon hours for next destination.
What to do next?
Bus an option?
Haridwar Bus Depot is approx. 100 meters from Haridwar Railway Station on the left hand side. No need to be in queue for bus ticket. Many buses for ISBT, New Delhi waiting for passengers at the exit gate. Uttarakhand Parivahan bus was about to leave. I walk straight inside the bus to have a seat. 8:15 am the bus started. 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 stop for passengers to have snacks and tea near Pul Ganga, Khatauli. After 30 minutes 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 approx. 6 hours.
Comfortable it was though road condition is not that good till bus reaches four lane highway.
I reached New Delhi railway station on time and was continuing journey for next destination. Thanks to Uttarakhand Parivahan.
Conclusion: If ever you miss Haridwar Delhi train buy a general class train ticket to travel by next train or travel by bus or maybe taxi. I like traveling via government bus.