Broadly, there are three ways of getting to Darmani:
By train (from Delhi)
1. Kathgodam, the last railway station on the route, is well-connected to Delhi, with 3 trains at different times of the day. On average, this train journey takes 7 hours. From Kathgodam, the drive up into the hills takes you past Bhimtal up to Bhowali (about 5500 feet), before descending to Garampani. At Garampani, the old Khairna bridge leading left off the village centre takes you up again, towards Dhaniyakot (and then on, via Betaalghat, to Corbett National Park). About 10km from Garampani is the village, and our home is visible a couple of kilometers across the valley as you approach the village…
Train tickets can be booked at the IRCTC website (click here) - on the website, please select destination as KGM (Kathgodam).
We can arrange for a taxi service to pick you up from the station and take you to Darmani. Please mention this in the reservation email if you'd like us to arrange the pick-up.
2. You could also choose to drive all the way from Delhi - a distance of about 280km to Kathgodam. The road is a 4-lane national highway most of the way to Moradabad, and a 2-lane state highway from there to Kathgodam. If driving up from Delhi , any kind of car can get to Darmani - there's no need for a 4-wheel drive!
3. Air India has recently reinstated flights from Delhi to Pantnagar. From Pantnagar, Kathgodam is just under an hour away, and Junoon in the Hills is 2 hours from Kathgodam. Be aware of potential cancellations, though - especially during the rainy season...