Pilibhit is at the foothills of the Sivalik mountain range in the north eastern district of the Bareilly division in Uttar Pradesh. It has rich forests and the source of the river Gomti lies here. It was once known as Bansuri Nagari or ‘land of the flutes’ as it produce and export 95% of India’s flutes.
Places to Stay
There are many budget hotels in Pilibhit including the Rama Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 450 to 950), Nirmal Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 300 to 1,000) and Santosh Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 400 to 1,600.)
Many languages are spoken in this belt, Hindi is the most common. Urdu, English and Punjabi are also spoken here.
Diwali and Ram Navami are extremely popular festivals in this region. They are celebrated with great enthusiasm.
Places of Interest
There are many shrines that one can visit including the Gauri Shankar temple which is 250 years old. The Pilibhit Tiger Reserve covers a large area of about 1,087 sq. ft. Mesmerising sunsets are seen at the Chuka beach and other natural occurrences like Gomat Taal and Devha-Ghagra Sangum are frequented by tourists.
How to Get There
The Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport in Lucknow is closest to Pilibhit at a distance of 234 km.
Pilibhit has a railway station of its own and trains from here run through Lucknow, Nainital and Agra. Trains from Delhi go up to Bareilly from where one can take a bus or other means of road transport to reach Pilibhit.
There are many buses to Pilibhit from Lucknow, Nainital or any large city near it. Making use of bus ticket coupons are the best way to get discounts while booking your tickets.