Jilling Estate is about 300 kms
from New Delhi in India and at a height of 7000 ft in a lesser
known, beautiful part of the Kumaon Himalayas. A convenient train -
The Ranikhet Express - makes it an easy overnight trip from New
Delhi, starting at around 10.45pm at night and reaching Kathgodam at
around 6am, making it a perfect weekend getaway from New Delhi.
If you prefer to drive, it's a picturesque drive especially once you hit the mountains and it'll take you about 9 hours in all by car. The roads are in good condition by and large except sometimes during the monsoon months.
From New Delhi by train:
Ranikhet Express - Delhi-Kathgodam
Departs: 2230 hrs Old Delhi /Arrives: 0505 hrs next day
Ranikhet Express - Kathgodam-Delhi
Departs: 2040 hrs /Arrives: 0355 hrs next day at Old Delhi
Shatabdi Express - Anand Vihar*-Kathgodam
Departs: 1615 hrs / Arrives: 1140 hrs same day
Shatabdi Express: Kathgodam-Anand Vihar*
Departs: 1535 hrs / Arrives: 2050 hrs same day
*Until Wednesday, 9 December 2015. This train will operate out of New Delhi station (NDLS) from Friday, 11 December 2015 onwards:
Shatabdi Express - New Delhi-Kathgodam
Departs: 0600 hrs / Arrives: 1140 hrs same day
Shatabdi Express: Kathgodam-New Delhi
Departs: 1535 hrs / Arrives: 2105 hrs same day
Note: The above times are subject to change by Indian Railways any time.
A taxi (Tata Indica/other small car) from Kathgodam will cost you approximately Rs.1,200/-, a larger car, around Rs.1,500/-. We could arrange to pick you up from Bhimtal, Nainital, Haldwani or Kathgodam, subject to prior intimation.
From New Delhi by road:
a) New Delhi - Hapur - Moradabad - Rampur (turn left off National Highway) - Rudrapur - Haldwani - Kathgodam - Ranibagh (turn right) to Bhimtal - Khutani (turn sharp right at tri-junction towards Padampuri/Mukteshwar) - Chanfi - Matial.
b) New Delhi - Hapur - Moradabad - Turn left off National Highway before entry into Rampur for Suar - Bazpur - Kaladhungi - Haldwani - Kathgodam - Ranibagh (turn right) to Bhimtal - Khutani (turn sharp right at tri-junction towards Padampuri / Mukteshwar) - Chanfi - Matial.
c) New Delhi - Hapur - Moradabad - Turn left off National Highway after Moradabad bypass ends - Kashipur - Ramnagar – Turn Right towards Kaladhungi – Bail Padao – After Corbett Falls, turn left on the Nainital Road - Kaladhungi – Haldwani – Kathgodam - Ranibagh (turn right) to Bhimtal - Khutani (turn sharp right at tri-junction towards Padampuri / Mukteshwar) - Chanfi - Matial.
At Matial your cars are parked in safety and you will be escorted up on foot or by pony. It is a 1½ hours climb from Matial to Jilling Estate.
Summertime is best. In May/June, the fruit season, you can eat right off the trees. Children tend to get upset stomachs from overindulging themselves on plums, apricots and apples. Winters are cold and it snows in December & January, so heavy clothing is required. March / April is the season when the Rhododendrons are in bloom giving the forests a flaming red look.
During the monsoons (July to mid-August) there may be road blocks due to land slips. However it is a beautiful time of the year with the hills at their greenest, swathed in swirling mists and low cloud. But you need to watch out for leeches. September / October is also a good time with everything green right after the monsoons. It is also the best time to do treks to the higher Himalayas.
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