Weekend Getaways from PilibhitPreviously named as Hafizabad, Pilibhit is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Uttar Pradesh. Also named as ‘Basuri Nagari’, this city has a lot to offer for its visitors. Thriving with culture and tradition, Pilibhit is an amalgamation of different religious communities and their ethics. Apart from famous holy shrines like Gauri Shankar Mandir, Jama Masjid and Jaisantri temple, there are also eco-tourism spots like Chuka beach and wildlife destinations like Pilibhit Tiger Reserve. Popular festivals like Sankranti, Navratri, Diwali and Shivratri are celebrated in a grand way with devotees coming in from various places across the country. Those who love adventure and thrill in their holiday tours prefer to visit Chuka Beach and Pilibhit Tiger Reserve.
But Pilibhit is not about devouring the attractions only as it is surrounded by many attracting tourist destinations which include historical places, hill stations, scenic excellence, popular cities and religious spots. These destinations are based within few kms of Pilibhit and can be visited within a span of few hours. These are fun-filled destinations and that is why they are good options for weekend getaways from Pilibhit. However, it is important to have complete information about these locations to enjoy them at their best.
Situated amidst Kumaon Hills and beautified with lakes, Nainital is often called as the “Lake District of India”. It is majorly because of the serene surroundings and beautiful landscape that Nainital is often described as the paradise of tourists. The major attractions here apart from the scenic excellence is the religious spots which include temple Hanumangarhi, a famous Hindu temple of Lord Hanuman, and Naina Devi Temple which is counted among the 51 ‘shakti peeths’ of India. One can always visit the beautiful Kilbury located about 10 km away from Nainital. Along with the lush green pine and oak forests it is a habitat for more than 500 bird species which includes some of the rarest like white throated laughing thrushes and brown wood-owls. At a distance of 6 km from Nainital lies Lariakanta which is the second highest peak of Nainital at a height of 2481 m above sea-level. The panoramic views of the greenery spread across Nainital can be best viewed through ropeway ride which gives tourists a chance to admire and appreciate the Himalayan beauty. Other popular locations are Naina Peak, Tiffin Top, Eco cave Garden, Raj Bhavan, Zoo, Pangot, Thandi sadak, Guano Hills and Aurobindo ashram are worth visiting.
Distance from Pilibhit: 121 km
Time by Road from Pilibhit: 2hrs 10 mins
Best Time to Visit: Though Nainital can be visited throughout the year, March to June is the summer season prevailing in Nainital and it is the best time for sightseeing and enjoy the tranquil environ of the city. However, one can also visit the place around Dushera to enjoy the nine-day-long festival and celebrations.
How to Reach Nainital from Pilibhit
The nearest railway station to Nainital is Kathgodam which is based at a distance of 35 km from Nainital. From Pilibhit there are two major trains Nainital Exp (15307) and Gokul Express (15316) which travels daily to Bareilly at a nominal fare of Rs 73. From Bareilly there is good connectivity with Kathgodam with several trains at regular intervals. From Kathgodam to Nainital the taxi fare is around Rs 600.
There is also an option of travelling through cab hire or by bus at regular intervals from Pilibhit to Nainital. The buses are available daily in the morning and in the evening and the bus fares vary between Rs 100 to 300 depending on the bus type. However there is availability of non ac, ac, and Volvo and sleeper class buses.
Dudhwa National Park
By simply uttering the name Dudhwa, the only thing that comes in mind is the adventurous land of royal tigers. Dudhwa Tiger Reserve located in Lakhimpur-Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh is one of the best exploratory wildlife destinations from Pilibhit. A wide range of fascinating wildlife can be visualized here which includes jackal, hog deer, leopard cat, ratel, civet and many others. Short nosed crocodile and pythons are one of the pioneer attractions of the Reserve. It is also the abode for more than 400 migratory birds which includes kingfisher, bulbul, barbets, woodpeckers and many others.
Distance from Pilibhit: 134 km
Time by Road from Pilibhit: 2hrs 15 mins
Best Time to Visit: Though the park remains open for visitors from November to June but the month of May and June are the hottest month and can be less comfortable for sightseeing. However, winter months from December to February can be quite chilly. February to April is considered as the best time for a visit to Dudhwa National Park.
How to Reach Dudhwa National Park from Pilibhit
The Dudhwa Railway station is the nearest railhead to the National park situated in the heart of the park at a distance of 4km from tourist complex. Two major trains travelling from Pilibhit to Dudhwa are Gokul Express and Gonda Bareilly Passenger. While the first train takes a time 2hrs 53 mins the latter reaches Dudhwa in 4hrs 42 mins.
The road connectivity is also quite good between Pilibhit and Dudhwa National Park. There are frequent UPSRTC and private buses travelling between Palia to Dudhwa and even from Pilibhit to Palia.
Moradabad also named as the “City of Brass” is the hub of brass industry in the country. Based in Uttar Pradesh, the city has its roots which go back to 1600 when son of Shah Jahan, Prince Murad, established the city. A gamut of attractions waits in Moradabad for its visitors. One of the important part of Moradabad sightseeing is the religious spots which include Sai Temple, Bade Hanuman Temple, Sita Temple, Kunj Behari temple and Lord Shani Temple. Other attractions include Mandawar ka Mahal, Jama Masjid and Najibudaulah’s Fort. There are many rectreational places in Moradabad like Prem Water Kingdom and Prem Wonderland.
Distance from Pilibhit: 143 km
Time by Road from Pilibhit: 2hrs 25 mins
Best Time to visit: The best time to visit Moradabad is in the winter season during the months of December to February. During this time the weather remains between quite pleasant and ideal for sightseeing. It is better to avoid the months of April to June as it is quite hot during that time in Moradabad and it is better to avoid outdoor activities then.
How to Reach Moradabad from Pilibhit
The best way to travel from Pilibhit to Moradabad is by train which easily connects the two stations. The approximate time to reach Moradabad from Pilibhit is 4 hours. There are multiple trains from Pilibhit Junction railway station to Bareilly Junction and from Bareilly there are many options to reach Moradabad. Some of these trains are BSB Express, Bareilly Express, HW ALD express and the train fares are around Rs 300 per person.
One can also travel Moradabad by bus, since there are plenty of UPSRTC buses leaving everyday at a gap of few hours from Bareilly to Moradabad. However, in that case one needs to go to Bareilly from Pilibhit by trains or state buses.
Aligarh is one of the popular cities in Uttar Pradesh. Filled with well known educational institutions, and historical importance this place also is the key commercial place of the northern part of the country. Aligarh is famous for lock manufacturing which actually started from the Mughal period and its brass products which are also much popular.
The famous sightseeing spots in Aligarh are Aligarh Fort, Dor Fortess, the famous Aligarh Muslim University, Chacha Nehru Gyan Pushp, Jama Masjid, Maulana Azad Library, Bab Barchi Bahadur Dargah, Shekha Lake and not to forget shopping the exclusive Aligarh products from Railway Road Market or Center Point Market.
Distance from Pilibhit: 228 km
Time by Road from Pilibhit: 3hrs 30 mins
Best time to Visit: The best time to visit Aligarh is the winter season as the weather remains pleasant around that time and it is ideal for sightseeing too. The summers are hot and humid with temperature rising too high for outdoor activities.
How to Reach Aligarh from Pilibhit
The best way to travel from Pilibhit to Aligarh is by trains from Pilibhit to Bareilly and then from Bareilly station to Aligarh Junction. One can however take a cab or a private bus to reach from Pilibhit to Bareilly. Trains from Bareilly to Aligarh Junction are Bareilly Express, Nilachal Express and others with a nominal fare of Rs 135. The time taken to reach from Bareilly to Aligarh Junction is 4 hrs 15 mins. The time can be around 11 hrs if travelled to Pilibhit again by connecting trains.
There are bus routes from Pilibhit to Aligarh with excellent road connectivity. There are UP Roadways bus from Pilibhit to Aligarh leaving around 4am and reaches at 11pm everyday with a nominal fare of Rs 300.
“Queen’s Meadow” or Ranikhet is a panoramic location of scenic excellence in Almora district. It is believed that this was the beautiful location that mesmerized queen of Kumaon region and therefore her husband built a palace here and named the same as Ranikhet. The topmost tourist attractions here are the holy shrines of Binasar Mahadev and Jhula Devi temple. Other than these religious places there are places which portray charming beauties of nature like Majhkhali, which has the awestrucking beauty of the Sonya Peaks, Upat, the best golf course in the country, Chaubatia, Nilkanth, Trishul and many others. These are places which gives a picturesque view of the lush green Ranikhet with a sense of fulfillment in heart. Rani Jheel is an artificial lake and a popular tourist spot. However for shopping one can visit Sadar bazaar or The Mall to have excellent collection of woolen clothing.
Distance from Pilibhit: 165 km
Time by Road from Pilibhit: 2hrs 57mins
Best Time to Visit: The summer months from March to June are the best time to explore Ranikhet. At this time the temperature remains around 22oC maximum which is quite pleasant. However, for the snow fall lovers the winter months from December to February are ideal and temperature remains quite low during this time.
How to Reach Ranikhet from Pilibhit
The nearest railhead to Ranikhet is Kathgodam from where one can take state buses to reach Ranikhet. Kathgodam can be reached by connecting trains from Pilibhit to Bareilly and then to Kathgodam in a journey time of 6 hrs 40 mins. There are government buses from Pilibhit and Bareilly that travels to Haldwani Bus station at regular timings from where connecting bus services are present to Ranikhet.
Gangotri is one of the famous pilgrimage centre situated at the banks of River Bhagirathi at an altitude of 3750m at the Uttarkashi district of Uttarkhand. Famous for various religious destinations the primary attractions for this place apart from the mesmerizing scenic grandeur are Gangotri Temple built in 18th century by the Gurkha King, Ekdash Rudra Temple and Gyaneshwar Temple. For all those who love trekking this is a wonderful location like trekking to Padava Gufa, Dayara Bugyal and others.
Distrance from Pilibhit: 175 km
Time by Road from Pilibhit: 3hrs 20 mins
Best time to visit: The summer months from March to May is the best time to visit Gangotri as the temperature remains best for sightseeing during these months.
How to reach Gangotri from PilibhitThe nearest railhead from Gangotri is Rishikesh station at a distance of 250 km away. From Pilibhit one has to travel to Bareilly Junction from where there are trains to Rishikesh station everyday of the week. From Rishikesh there are state transport buses to Gangotri which takes around 5 hrs 25mins to reach the destinations. However one can also take private cars to reach Gangotri.
Another important pilgrimage centre which is often addressed as “The Gateway to the Gods” is Haridwar. It is considered as one of the seven holy cities of the country. The most important place in Haridwar is the Har-ki-Pauri or Brahm Kund which is actually the spot where the River Ganges departs mountains and go into the plains. Other than this the popular tourist places are temples of Mansa Devi, Maya Devi, Chandi devi who are also part of 52 Shakti Peethas in the country. Apart from this there is Vaishno Devi Temple, Sapt Rishi Ashram and Gau ghat which is popular tourist spot. It is a place worth a visit for every spiritual minded people.
Distance from Pilibhit: 262 km
Time by road from Pilibhit: 4hrs 52mins
Best time to visit: Summers in Haridwar are extremely hot whereas winters are extremely cold. The best months to visit Haridwar are from February to April and from September to November when the weather is pleasant and best for sightseeing.
How to reach
The best way to reach Haridwar from Pilibhit is by travelling to Bareilly railway station from Pilibhit station and from there they are several trains travelling to Haridwar some on particular days and some on daily basis. Regular trains are BSB DDN Express and Doon Express. There are state transport buses that travel from Tanakpur to Haridwar and from Tanakpur there are frequent trains to Pilibhit Junction Railway station.
On the banks of Gomti River lies the capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow which is also named as ‘the City of Nawabs’. It was Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula who first founded the city and then it served as the capital city for the Nawabs of Awadh. The city is a live example of traditional Indian culture be it music, art or craft from the Nawab’s period or the traditional mouth watering cuisines. The mansions created with superior excellence are a glimpse of the architecture then. The whole city has magnificent creations which is the top attraction for every tourist. Other than this there is Bara Imambara, Bhul Bhulaiya, Husainabad Clock tower, Lucknow Residency, Sikandar Bagh, Lucknow Zoo, Rumi Darwaza, Kaiserbagh Palace, Begum Hazrat Mahal Park and many others. It is a must visit place for every tourist who loves to explore the architectural brilliance of the yesteryears.
Distance from Pilibhit : 259km
Time by Road from Pilibhit: 4hrs 10mins
Best time to visit: The best time to visit Lucknow is the winter season between October to March as the summer months are unbearably hot with hot wind blowing making it difficult to stay outdoors. So for sightseeing it is best to avoid summer months.
How to Reach Lucknow from Pilibhit
The best possible way to visit Lucknow is by train from Pilibhit Junction Railway Station. There are three trains running from Pilibhit everyday to Lucknow and they are Gokul Express (15316), Nainital Express (15317) and TPU ASH Express (52228). The time taken for the travel is almost 6 hrs. The ticket price is around Rs 153. For bus ride one can opt for State Transport a bus from Bareilly which are available daily and reaches Lucknow in 5hr 40 mins. The bus fare is around Rs 450. However, in the latter case one has to travel from Pilibhit to Bareilly either by local bus or train.
One of the weekend getaways from Pilibhit is Agra. Weaving the culture, tradition and historic influence of both Hindu and Muslim Taj Mahal in Agra is one of UNESCO World Heritage Site which has the masterpiece creation of Taj Mahal. Apart from Taj Mahal and its eternal love story one can also enjoy other tourist spots like Agra Fort, Diwan-i-aam, Diwane-e-Khaas, Jaswant ki Chhatri, Taj Museum, Tomb of Mariam zamani and many others. There are religious spots like Jama Masjid, Bageshwar Nath Temple and beautiful gardens like Mehtab Bagh and Soami Bagh.
Distance from Pilibhit: 275km
Time by Road from Pilibhit: 4hrs 10 mins
Best time to visit: Agra is a place which demands extensive sightseeing. To facilitate that the months from October to March is ideal since the temperatures remains moderate or a little cooler during this time. However, in December and January weather remains quite cold so it’s better to carry woolens for a comfortable stay.
How to Reach from Pilibhit
The best way to travel from Pilibhit is to take a train from Pilibhit Junction railway station to Bareilly station and from there take UPSRTC bus to travel directly to Agra. The fare of the state transport bus is around Rs 400 and the time taken is 5hrs 15 mins. The train fare from Pilibhit to Bareilly is Rs 73 and the time taken to reach Bareilly is 1hr 15mins.
Apart from all this places there are many other nearby prominent locations like Mathura, Bithoor, Bulandshahr, Merut, Vrindavan, Hastinapur, Rishikesh, Kanpur, Govardhan, Fatehpur Sikhri, Muzaffarnagar and many others. These all are popular tourist places and falls within the geographical limits of 300 km from Pilibhit. One can visit these places by private cars within a span of 5 to 6 hrs time and enjoy a lovely weekend.