How to Reach HRI
Arriving at Allahabad
The nearest, well-connected, international airport to Allahabad is Delhi. The closer, Varanasi airport has few international flights.
- Delhi Airport: two flights on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; one flight on Saturday and Sunday; and no flights on Wednesday,
- Mumbai Airport: two flights on Monday, Thursday and Friday; one flight on Tuesday; and no flights on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
One can also fly to Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, Babatpur, Varanasi and drive to HRI, which takes about 3 hours. There are many daily flights from Delhi and Mumbai operated by Air India.
Please note that Allahabad airport is not a fully functional civilian airport and hence you are requested to leave the airport premises, walk down about 100-150m to the main street to get a cab.
Allahabad is well connected by trains to all major cities in India. are many trains every day between Allahabad and Delhi, Kolkata (Calcutta), Mumbai (Bombay), and Chennai (Madras) operated by Indian Railways. Please note that you need to arrive at Allahabad Junction (ALD), which is the closest train station to HRI.
How to reach the HRI Campus
In Allahabad, Harish-Chandra Research Institute is known as HRI. The Institute campus is 13 Kms away from Allahabad junction railway Station. There are three ways to get to the campus from the railway station.
HRI Bus from the Station:
The institute runs a regular bus service between the railway station and the campus. To avail this service exit the station in the civil lines side of the station. The bus stop is close to the car parking lot. HRI buses are white in colour, medium sized and have the institute name written on them. At night they have a bright green LED display on the front which says H R I . The bus service is free for visitors and their accompanying family members. The bus timetable can be found here.
Booking a tempo from the Station to the HRI Campus:
To book a tempo exit the station in the civil lines side. The tempo stand is close to the parking lot. You should ask the driver to take you the HRI campus on Chattnag road in Jhusi. Useful landmarks close to the campus (which locals are quite familiar with) are the Sadaphal ashram, Birla school and Chattnag ghat. A tempo can seat up to five people and the booking costs Rs. 250-300 (your bargaining skills will be tested!).
A HRI Bus from the city guest house:
This involves first going to the city guest house (and having a cup of tea if you are interested) and then taking a HRI bus from the city guest house to the campus. The city guest house (called HRI-Camp office) is around 5kms from the railway station and is located at:
HRI Camp Office, 10A, Kutchery Road (K.G. Marg), Near Police lines, Allahabad 211 002 Phone: +91 (532) 2548 140, 2548 150
There are two ways to get to the city guest house from the railway station.
- Exit the railaway station from the `civil lines side'. You can get a cycle rickshaw for about Rs. 35/- or an autorickshaw (rare to see) for about Rs. 50/- to reach our city guest house. You should ask the driver to take you to Kutchery Road near Police lines. Just opposite to Police lines, there is a branch of State Bank of India. The HRI camp office is on the same side of the street as SBI and located quite close to it. There is a distinct sign board saying HRI Camp office.
- You can also reach the guest house from the station by taking shared tempos. For this, exit the station on `the city side'. First take a shared tempo to Civil lines Hanuman Mandir. From here you can get another shared tempo to Police lines. Each ride costs around Rs.10/-. Once you reach Police lines, follow the directions described in (i).
HRI buses (free for visitors and accompanying family members) run regularly between the city guest house and the main Campus. If you are tired after a long journey, the guest house staff (there is at least one guard posted round the clock) can provide you a room depending on availability. You can get some rest before taking the bus.