Mailing AddressARIES Science Center
Aryabhatta Research Institute of observational sciecES
Call+91-5942-270798,799 (m: 9997823769)
For visiting ARIES, the official visiting time is kept 2.00pm-4.00pm only on working days, and is preferred with prior arrangement by contacting the ARIES science center. More detail clarification can also be found by visiting our FAQ page. The visiting request by third-party is causing excessive problems, therefore self-online visiting requests are exceedingly preferred. The application by post as hard copy have also been discontinued in favor of better Web based managements by online arrangement, for which online form with all relevant information can be filed by clicking here.
Kathgodam is the nearest railway station - 35 km from Nainital - which is connected by broad gauge to Delhi and Lucknow. Some of the important train connections from Kathgodam: Bagh Express (daily-Howrah), Ranikhet Express (daily-Delhi), Sampark Kranti Express (daily-Delhi). Nainital Express (daily-Lucknow), Kumaon Express (daily-Mathura) are connected from Lal Kuan by meter gauge. Lal Kuan a place 50 km. from Nainital.
Nainital is connected by road to major centers of northern India, some of the major road distances are: Agra - 379 km. , Delhi - 277 km. and Bareilly - 141 km.
Tip for using taxi from Kathgodam-ARIES
Once you reach at Kathgodam railways station, you can also take taxi from to ARIES, which texi driver usually know as Observatory. For ARIES, there is bifurcation road on Kathgodam-Nainital high way, 6 km before reaching Nainital. The bifurcation road is about 3km, because of which, some time taxi driver charge Rs 25-50 extra for Kathgodam-ARIES as compare to Kathgodam-Nainital. The typical share basis taxi fair may be around Rs 75-100, and full taxi may cost around Rs 250-400 (also highly vary depending on the number of tourist visiting Nainital).
Hope it will be useful and see google map below: The road shown 87 is 'National Highway 87' to Nainital, and the red marker "A" is observatory location. [You may drag and zoom the map]