ROORKEE

Roorkee is in the State of Uttarakhand and is located at the foothills of Himalayas. It is blessed with the holy Ganges Canal flowing through the centre of the city. The nearest airports to Roorkee are Dehradun & Delhi. Roorkee Railway Station is on the main line of Northern Railways having direct links to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Amritsar, Jodhpur and Ganganagar. The place is also within easy reach from Delhi, by road (180 km) and is located on Delhi - Haridwar and Delhi - Dehradun bus routes. Roorkee is ideally located near several tourist places like Dehradun (70 km), Mussoorie (100 km), Hardwar (32 km) and Rishikesh (52 km). The month of December falls in winter season with temperature ranging between 10-20 degree C. Roorkee is situated on National Highways 58 and 73.

Some trains which are convenient for travelling between Delhi and Roorkee are New Delhi - Dehradun - New Delhi Shatabdi Express and New Delhi - Dehradun - New Delhi Janshatabdi Express. The nearest airport is located at Jollygrant, Dehradun. However, New Delhi is the preferred airport.

National Highway 58 from New Delhi to the higher reaches of the Himalayas passes via Roorkee. Roorkee is, therefore, well connected to all the major cities in the region by road. There are frequent bus services to this place from the Maharana Pratap Inter State Bus Terminal (Kashmere Gate) and ISBT (Anand Vihar) Delhi.

How to Reach
By Roadways

Traveling from Delhi, Roorkee is located towards north approximately 170 kilometers. Take the highway NH58, and it passes through Roorkee. The city of Haridwar is located further on the same highway about 29 kilometers from Roorkee.

The main bus depot of Roorkee is located on NH58. Several buses run from various cities in North India.

By Airways

Nearest airport to Roorkee is Dehradun's Jolly Grant airport which has Indian Airlines, Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines services from New Delhi. But most preferable airport nearest from Roorkee is the New Delhi International Airport which is about 180 kilometers away.

By Railways

Easiest way to get to Roorkee is by train. There are several trains serving Roorkee daily from various cities around. The high speed trains Shatabdi and Jan Shatabti also stop at Roorkee on their route Delhi - Dehradun. By train, it takes less than 3 hours and 30 minutes to reach Roorkee from Delhi, so it is the fastest and most economical way of travel.

Incidentally, the first locomotive of India ran on rails in Roorkee in 1846, well before the first passenger rail that ran in Thane.

For railway reservation one may contact www.irctc.co.in

Tourist Destinations


Roorkee also has some favorite tourist destinations near to it such as: