Airports in Uttarakhand

The 'Dev Bhoomi' of India, Uttarakhand is a popular tourist destination in North India. Famous for its scenic landscapes, venerable temples and Ghats and thrilling adventure activities, the state attracts many tourists throughout the year. Many popular tourist places like hill-stations of Nainital, Mussoorie, Ranikhet, spiritual towns like Haridwar and Rishikesh along with wildlife reserve of Jim Corbett are located here. There is only one major airport in Uttarakhand and one local airport.

1. Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

uttarakhand airport, jolly grant airport

The Jolly Grant Airport, also known as Dehradun Airport is the major airport in Uttarakhand. Located about 25 km east of the city of Dehradun, the airport is situated at the foothills of the Himalayas. Earlier the airport could only accommodate small aircraft, however, it was recently expanded in order to accommodate larger aircraft.  Jolly Grant Airport serves as the primary airport for reaching cities and towns of Rishikesh, Haridwar, Mussoorie, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath and Gangotri. Buses and taxis are available just outside the airport, which takes the people to these destinations. Waiting Lounge, ATM, restaurants and trolleys are few of the facilities at the airport. There are a few shops where tourists can indulge in their free time.

2. Pant Nagar Airport

uttarakhand airport, pantnagar airport

The Pant Nagar Airport is a domestic airport located in Pant Nagar, Uttarakhand.  It is the only airport in the Kumaon region of the state and is quite important for tourists as it connects them to popular travel destinations like Nainital, Ranikhet, Jim Corbett National Park, Bhimtal and Almora. It has also been recently upgraded to accommodate larger aircraft. Helicopters also operate from this airport, connecting the tourists to various cities in the state. There are shops and eateries available at the airport along with Luggage Facility. Buses and taxis are easily available outside the airport, which connects tourists to nearby cities and towns like Ramnagar, Kashipur, Haldwani and Kathgodam. The Pant Nagar Railway Station is also just 5 km from the airport. 

3. Bharkot Airport (Chinyalisaur Airstrip), Uttarkashi

Situated on the Banks of the Tehri lake, Bharkot Airport a.k.a. Chinyalisaur Airport currently serves the Indian Air Force. The Airstrip is also known as Maa Ganga Airstrip and it is known to be one of the most beautiful Airports due to the surrounding lush green forest and the gorgeous and calm Tehri Lake. The airport was constructed to manage the pilgrim and tourist traffic and to ease the transport around the area. Since the Air Charter companies did not use the facility, the Airstrip lays Idle most of the time. Bharkot Airport lies on the way to Gangotri and Yamunotri of Uttarakhand.

4. Gauchar Airport, Chamoli

Gauchar Airport, Uttarakhand

Located on the Badrinath Highway of the Chamoli District, Uttarakhand, Gauchar Airport has a stunning airstrip. It played a very important role during the rescue of pilgrims from the Kedarnath Floods in 2013. Gauchar Airport was constructed on the flat land that was once owned by the Panwar Kings and was donated to the Badrinath Shrine. Gauchar got its name in the 1920s when Lady Willingdon who was the wife of the then viceroy of India visited the place. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru also visited Badrinath by landing here with his sister Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit in 1938. Gauchar airport is fully operational under the Indian Army but it is not open for common flights. There are Helicopter services for the Char Dham Tours which use the airport along with the Indian Army.

5. Naini Saini Airport, Pithoragarh

Naini Saini Airport, Pithoragarh

Located in the beautiful city of Pithoragarh of the Kumaon Region of Uttarakhand, the Naini Saini Airport sits in the laps of mesmerising  Naini Saini Hill region and has the Defence Agriculture Research Laboratory on the other side of the airstrip. Constructed in 1991 for Administrative use, Naini Saini Airport is yet to start daily commercial flights as the airport is located in the upper Himalayan Region. 22 seater Daily commercial flights are said to start some time soon. Since the Kumaon region holds a plethora of vivid natural sceneries, there have been improvement and maintenance works running in the area to promote tourism. There was an International Paragliding event that has boosted the Adventure sport in the region.

There are not many airports in Uttarakhand. However, to manage the inflow of tourists, the government is planning to develop the airstrips of Pithoragarh, Chinyalisaur and Gauchar into fully operational airports.

This post was published by Shubham Jain