International Airport

The nearest well-connected international airport to Allahabad is New Delhi, which is well-connected with most of the major cities of world. The closer, Varanasi airport has a few international flights.

Arriving at Allahabad

By air

The nearest airport to HRI is Bamrauli Airport, Allahabad. There are a few flights to and from Allahabad. The most popular flights are listed here from merchant's website makemytrip. Allahabad airport is just 25 km away from HRI. Please note that Allahabad airport is not a fully functional civilian airport and hence we cannot send the cab to exit doors close to the arrival gate. You are requested to leave the airport premises, walk down about 100-150m to the main street where a cab will wait for you with a name-board "HRI".

The other, and more convenient, option will be to fly to Varanasi and drive to Allahabad. The drive takes about three hours. It is fairly smooth, and costs about Rs. 3000. Air India, Spice Jet, Indigo and Jet Airways, all have daily flights to and from Varanasi.

By train

Allahabad is well connected by trains to all the major cities in India. There are many trains everyday between Allahabad and Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. Please note that you need to arrive at Allahabad Junction (ALD). A popular train between Delhi and Allahabad is the Prayag Raj Express.

Arriving at HRI

We will be arranging for a car to pick you up from Allahabad Junction Railway Station (ALD). There are exits in two directions, viz. the “City side” and the “Civil Line side”. You are requested to take the exit towards "Civil Lines side", and look for a person with the "HRI" placard in front of Hotel Polo Max. A person with the placard will be the cab driver, who will bring you to the Harish-Chandra Research Institute. People who have previously visited HRI may remember that usually we send a car to the opposite side, viz. the “City side”, which is being changed this time due to some ongoing construction work.

In either case, you may have to share the cab if there are multiple (almost) simultaneous arrival of participants. Request the cab driver to take you to the HRI guest house and to wait there for some time. Some of you are accommodated in apartments on campus and after registering your entry at the Guest House, the same cab will be able to take you to those apartments. You are requested to write down any problems you face or any complaints you have regarding pick-up/drive on the form the cab driver will hand over to you at the end of the journey.

You may contact any of the emergency numbers. By any chance, if you miss the cab and emergency numbers are not responding, you may wish to try out the following as a last resort.

In Allahabad, Harish-Chandra Research Institute is known as "HRI". The Institute campus is 13 kms away from the railway station, named as Allahabad Junction. The train station has two sides namely `City side' (Platform 1) and `Civil Lines side'.

(1) If you come out of the `Civil lines side', you need to catch cycle/auto-rickshaws to reach our city guest house. Our Institute buses run between the campus and the Institute city guest house (for technical reasons, it is called HRI camp office) at a regular interval. The city guest house is located at:

HRI City Guest House
10A, Kutchery Road (K.G. Marg)
Allahabad 211 002, India
Phone: +91 (532) 2548 140, 2548 150

The city guest house is about 5 Kms from the civil lines side of Allahabad Junction train station. You can get cycle rickshaws for about Rs. 15-20 or auto-rickshaws for about Rs. 50 to reach to the city guest house. While taking cycle/auto-rickshaws, you should tell the driver that you wish to go to Police Lines near State Bank of India (Main branch). Once you see the State bank of India on your right hand side, in just a few meters, you will see HRI City Guest House on your right side. Opposite to State bank of India is the Police lines. In the city guest house, round the clock, at least one security guard is posted and one can check with him the bus timings of HRI to come to the HRI campus.

(2) If you come as a group, you can book OLA Cab or hire a tempo (3 wheelers) to come directly to the HRI campus (rate for both is about Rs. 300/-). The tempos are available in the city side (not the civil lines side) of the Allahabad Junction Railway Station. One may have to bargain a bit. You should tell the driver that you want to go to Chhatnag Ghat, Jhunsi.

Useful links

HRI and Allahabad

  1. Harish-Chandra Research Institute
  2. Physics at HRI
  3. Quantum Information and Computation at HRI
  4. About Allahabad
  5. Weather in Allahabad
  6. The HRI campus on Google maps

Portals for reservations in hotels, flights, and trains

  1. The Indian Railways site
  2. makemytrip
  3. cleartrip
  4. goibibo
  5. Incredible India site, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India

Info about Delhi

  1. Delhi airport
  2. Cabs in Delhi: Meru, Mega
  3. Delhi Tourism site, Government of NCT of Delhi

Domestic airlines

  1. Air India
  2. Spice Jet
  3. Indigo
  4. Jet Airways

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