I will be staying in Rishikesh in mid-December and my flight back to the USA is leaving Delhi at 1:45pm. I guess I have three options: short flight from DED, train from Hardiwar, hire car (I'd rather not rent and drive myself).
The earliest Kingfisher flight would get to the airport at 11:40am, only leaving less than 2 hrs to check into my international flight home. Some people my wife is speaking to are saying that these flights are unreliable and are often delayed or canceled and that we could miss our flight. Is this an accurate assessment of DED flights to DEL?
I see on indiarail.gov site that there are a couple train options. There is a 0622 train that takes about 5 hours, getting me to New Delhi station at 11:15 and then 20 minute metro to the airport. This is still cutting it a little short for international check in. Are these trains more or less reliable than DED flights? There is also a midnight train that gets to Delhi at 5am, leaving PLENTY of time. Not a first choice hanging out for so long.
Lastly, hiring a car to drive us the 200 something Km. No idea how much that would cost compared to the domestic flight option. I hear it takes about 6 hours driving, right? We could leave whenever necessary to be sure to get to DEL 3 hours prior to our flight.
Thank you fellow travelers!