From Delhi it's about 10-12 hours journey (non-stop) by road and following are some suggestions to make your travel more convenient. To reach same day in resort by evening till 6 PM, start your journey in the early morning at 4 AM. If you want to avoid such a long a tiring journey in a single day you can stay any of the places as Nainital, Bhimtal, Mukteshwar, Almora, Ranikhet or Kausani, If you like we'll arrange the accommodation for you in above mentioned places.
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For communication - Vodafone, IDEA & AirTel networks work well in almost all the parts and around the resort, BSNL cellular service also works here but not in all parts of resort. Presently we haven't found any other cellular network in and around the resort.
There are few small shops close to the resort, from where you can buy basic essential stuff of your daily needs.
REACH : 2 routes that you can take while visiting Resort from Delhi, Both the routes run on the same track - up to Moradabad and then depart after Moradabad. One of the routes is via Kaladungi and the other goes through Rampur.
Route 1 From Delhi to Resort via Kaladhungi (431 Kms.) Delhi - Ghaziabad - Hapur - Garmukteshwar - Gajraula - Moradabad - Tanda - Bazpur - Kaladungi - Nainital - Bhowali - Almora - Binsar - Bageshwar - Haridarshan Resort, Bigul (Chaukori Road)
It takes about 10 hours non-stop drive to reach Haridarshan Resort by this route, it excludes time for extended breaks for Photo shots / tea breaks/ Sight Seeing/ Refreshments etc. This route is meant for only light vehicles. There would not be too many heavy vehicles passing by and that you are pretty much safe on the road. The road condition is absolutely fine. (Recommended)
Route 2 From Delhi to Resort Via Rampur (479 Kms.) : Delhi - Ghaziabad - Hapur - Garmukteshwar - Gajraula - Moradabad - Rampur - Haldwani - Kathgodam - Bhimtal - Bhowali - Almora - Binsar- Bageshwar - Haridarshan Resort, Bigul (Chaukori Road)
After Moradabad the major hassle comes while you are crossing Rampur. You have to cross the busy markets of Bilaspur and Rampur to get to Haldwani, which is even more crowded. From light to heavy vehicles to bullock carts, you will have to go through a lot of traffic and dirty roads.
By train : Nearest Railway station is in Kathgodam which is 195 kms. from Haridarshan Resort, Arrive Kathgodam by overnight train (Check train schedule). From Kathgodam take taxi to the Resort, The shortest way to reach Resort is as follows - Kathdoam - Bhimtal - Bhowali - Almora - Binsar - Bageswar - Bigul (Haridarshan Resort).
We don't recommend to drive in night hours in hilly-curved roads. especially in fog, indistinct objects like animals & heavy loaded trucks suddenly appear on the road in the bends. Keep adequate fuel in your vehicle, you won't find filling stations in every mile and usually fuel stations close till 7 in the evening. After Kathdoam or Nainital You'll get filling station in Bhimtal, Bhowali, Kharina, Almora and Bageshwar
IDEAL SEASON: Round the year, specially September to December & March to July.
Weather : The winter starts at Bigul in early November which extends upto late March, of which December & January are extreme cold during which snow fall may also occur. April to June & the month of October - November is the most pleasant time at Bigul/ Chaukori. It rains very heavily from July to September though it's the most romantic & vibrant season of year.
TEMPERATURE: Mornings and evenings are cold. Considering temperature varies from 10-25 degrees, do carry appropriate clothing.
1) Sept to Dec: 10 – 25
2) January to March: 5 – 20 degrees Celsius.
3) April to July : 15 – 30 degrees Celsius.
CLOTHING : Heavy woolens in winter and light woolens in summer. Raincoat & Umbrella are must during rainy season.
LANGUAGE : Hindi, Kumaoni
HYGIENE: There is a common dining area where all
meals / tea / snacks are served. Fresh vegetables,
grains grown at the camp and neighboring villages are
used to prepare wholesome, nourishing meals. The main
menu has some Garhwali delicacies. The water in the
dining area is filtered. There is no room service.
MEAL PLAN: The cuisine at camp is essentially North Indian. However some vegetables and their preparation that are specific to the area is served as an additional dish. It is an ongoing effort to revive some dishes that have been forgotten. There is no room service.
Typical meals are:
Continental: Corn flakes/porridge, eggs, toast/pancakes/
french toast, butter, jam, boiled potatoes/ french fries,
Lunch - Indian: Dal/ rajma, seasonal vegetable, rice (fried/plain), chapatti (or purie-cholay), papad, achar, salad, fruit.
Tea Break - Hot Beverage with snacks/biscuits.
Evening Bonfire - Soup / appetizers.
Dinner - Indian Cuisine ( veg & non-veg )/ dessert.