Almora

Almora, Uttarakhand – This picturesque location hemmed in the scenic landscape attracts hundreds of tourists each year

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Situated at an elevation of 1650m above the sea level, Almora has a magnificent charm, with the snow covered Himalayas, exotic greenery and rich cultural heritage. The site spans across a 5-km ridge atop Kashaya Hill. With the Pithoragarh on the eastern side, Garhwal region on the western side, Bageshwar on the north and Nainital on the south, Almora is situated upon a horse shoe shaped ridge of a mountain. Its eastern portion is called the Talifat and the western named as Selifat. This picturesque location hemmed in the scenic landscape attracts hundreds of tourists each year. Almora is one of the business hubs of Kumaon region. It remained the capital of the Chand Rajas. The location gathered its popularity during the British rule and was further developed by them. It was here where the famous Hindu saint, Swami Vivekananda.

Places to see at Almora: Almora offers some outstanding sight seeing spots for its tourists. These include:

Nanda Devi Temple

This temple is the prime attraction of Almora. Nanda Devi is said to have been the Goddess revered by the kings of the Garhwal and Kumaon regions. She is believed to be the destroyer of evil. Apart from Almora this temple is also located in Ranikhet and Nainital.  Fairs are held at Ranikhet, Almora and Nainital in honour of Nanda Devi and thousand of people participate.

Bright End Corner

It is situated 2 km form Almora. This site is famous for picturesque sunset and sunrise seen through the Himalayan peaks. There is a library named after Vivekananda which has numerous books on literature and teachings. You can also visit Vivekananda Memorial where Swami Vivekananda had stopped for a while on his journey to the Himalayas.

Martola

It is an ideal spot for picnicking situated amidst lush green gardens. Situated 10kms from Almora, Martola is inhabited mostly with foreigners. Buses and taxis are available up to Panuwanaula and one has to cover the remaining distance on foot.

Kalimut

It is a scenic spot dedicated to Goddess Kali, situated at a distance of 5kms from Almora. The views of the snow capped Himalayan peaks are invigorating from here.

Deer Park

Deer Park is situated just 3km from Almora. Deer Park comes in NTD (Narayan Tiwari Dewai).

Gobind Ballabh Pant Public Museum

This museum is situated opposite to the bus stand. The museum remains closed on Mondays and other Government Holidays. It is open from 10:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Simtola

The ravishing views of the mountains covered with pine and deodar trees are enchanting from Simtola. Simtola is a popular spot for camping and picnicking and it is situated 3km from Almora.

Katarmal Sun Temple

It is the second most important temple to Sun God, the first one being Sun Temple of Konark in Orissa. Katarmal is more than 800years old. Situated 7km from Almora this historical important temple is an example of intricate sculpturing.

Chitai Temple or Gollu Devta

Chitai Temple is dedicated to Gollu Devta, an incarnation of Gaur Bhairav. Situated 8kms from Almora the deity of this sacred temple is reputed to make every wish come true, provided the worshipper ask for it with a clear conscience. All he asks for in propitiation is a bell, as was evident from the thousands of bells strung across the temple premises. Anyone can even seek Gollu Devta”s divine intervention by writing to him. Stacks of letter are pinned all over the temple along with bells.

Markets of Almora

The main markets or bazaar of Almora are Lala Bazaar, Malli Bazaar, Karkhana Bazaar and Thana Bazaar. You can buy local utensils, clothes, and other things of your necessity in these bazaars.

Kasaar Devi Temple

Kasar Devi Temple is situated at a distance of 7km from Almora. This sacred temple is also mentioned in Skanda Purana and it is also said that Swami Vivekananda meditated here in the year 1920. An inscription found on a stone boulder, indicates that the temple was built by a king named Rudrak. The place affords enchanting view of the splendid Himalayas.

Nearby places to see from Almora: You can also organize short tours from Almora to some prominent locations nearby. These are:

Gananath

Located 47kms north of Almora, Gananath is famous for an old ShivaTemple. There are numerous natural caves in this region where people in ancient times used to stay while a visit to sacred shrines.

Someshwar

It houses a temple with Lord Shiva as its deity. Situated around 35kms from Almora, Someshwar was constructed by the founder of the Chand Dynasty, Raja Som Chand. The name of the temple is merged with Raja Som Chand’s and Maheshwara’s name. The temple holds great religious importance amongst locales.

Jageshwar

Situated 35 kms away from Almora at an elevation of 1,870mts above sea level, Jageshwar is an important tourist destination of Kumaon. Jageshwar is a temple of Lord Shiva situated amidst dense Deodar forest having great mythological importance. Some people believe that Jageshwar temple is the 8th Dwadasa Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. The temple is the artistic creation of medieval India.

Things to do in Almora: Just gaze at the natural beauty of the place and inhale the fresh air. This apart you can also explore the sightseeing locations of this historic town. Trekking is one of the outdoor activities in Almora worth enjoying here. The shoppers can buy unique handicrafts items from here.

Best time to visit Almora: The best time to visit Almora is during March to November.

How to go ?

By Air

Nearest airport is Pantnagar, which is about 125 km away from the heart of Almora. Taxi costs about Rs 1,600 from airport to Almora. Pantnagar is connected to Delhi on alternate days. Delhi (334 km) has the nearest international airport and is well linked to various cities across the world.

By Train

Nearest railway station is at Kathgodam. Kathgodam railway station to Almora city is about 91 km, which can be covered by nearly 2 hours.

By Road

Regular bus services are available from Delhi to Almora, the distance covered is about 334 km. State owned buses connects Almora to other cities in and around Uttaranchal.

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Where to stay ?

There are few hotels in Almora. Some options are:

Tourist Rest House (Almora): +91-8650002532
Bharthi Palace: +91-05942-220402
Hotel Shikhar:
+91-05942230253, 230156 Website: www.hotelshikhar.in

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Patal Bhubaneshwar, Uttarakhand – The land of Lord Shiva, this sacred pilgrimage is also the residing place of almost all the Hindu Gods and Godesses

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One of the renowned and mysterious pilgrimage Patal Bhuvaneshwar is a popular tourist spot in the Kumaun district of Uttarakhand. This quaint pilgrimage is situated at an elevation of 1,350 mts above the sea level and is mainly dedicated to Lord Shiva. This limestone cave is only 13kms from Gangolighat in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand state. A long and narrow tunnel will take you upto the tunnel. Besides Lord Shiva the forms of Sheshnag, Kal Bhiarav, Ganesha and several other gods are found in Patal Bhuvaneshwar.

The cave is believed to be the abode of 33 crore Gods and Goddesses. Written in Skanda Purana Patal Bhubaneshwar was first discovered by the King Rituparna of Sun Dynasty in Treta yug, as is mentioned in. The great explorer Adi Shankaracharya visited this cave in 1191 AD. The priests of Patal Bhuvaneshwar from 20 generations are Bhandaris who live in nearby Bhuvneshwar village. This mystical cave is 160m long and 90 feet deep where limestone rock formations have created various impressive stalagmite figures. Almost every god that you would have heard of resides in this mystifying cave. It is also believed that you can worship at Patal Bhuvaneshwar is equivalent to worshipping at Char Dham of Uttarakhand. One can see the gateway of the great ages in Patal Bhuvaneshwar.

There are four entrances inside the cave named as ‘Randwar’, ‘Paapdwar’, ‘Dharamdwar’ and ‘Mokshadwar’. The Paapdwar was closed soon after the death of Ravana and the Randwar, literally, the road to war, was closed down after the great Mahabharata war. At present only two gateways are opened. You can see the tongue of Kali Bhairav, Aravati of Indra, hairs of Lord Shiva and several other wonders inside the caves of Patal Bhuvaneshwar.

Nearby attractions around Patal Bhubaneshwar: Enjoy excursion to the places like:

Dharamghar

Dharamghar is only 9 km from Patal Bhuvaneshwar. The famous disciple of Gandhiji, Sarla Behn spent her last days in this serene location. Here you can enjoy a stunning view of the Himalayan peaks.

Berinaag

The site offers the beautiful vision of the Himalayas and the tea gardens located here. The place yields high quality tea.

Things to do in Patal Bhubaneshwar: Make a visit to the revered temple of  Patal Bhubaneshwar. You can also enjoy the picturesque natural beauty of the place. The spot is ideal for trekking and hiking.

Best time to Visit Patal Bhuvaneshwar: The best time to visit Patal Bhuvaneshwar is from April to June and from Mid September to October end.

How to go ?

By Air

The closest airport is located Pantnagar and it is connected to Delhi by regular flights. Two main airlines operators offer services to the airport. This is a viable option for those who are interested in arriving by air. Up on arrival travelers can opt for taxis that are located outside

By Rail

The nearest Railhead is Kathgodam, 192 kms. with train connections from Delhi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Dehradun and Mathura.

By Road

Government buses are available from places such as Pithorgarh and Bageshwar to the town of Gangolihat. These state run buses are a common mode of transport and they are invariably crowded.

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Where to stay ?

There are a number accommodation options in Patal Bhubaneshwar.  Some options are:

Parwati Inn: + 91 5966 220325, 61 Website: www.parwatihotels.com
Tourist Rest House (KMVN): +91-8650002543
Frozen Woods Hospitality: 
+91-9953277415 Website: www.frozenwoods.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Corbett-National-Park

Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand – The first national park in India named after famous hunter Jim Corbett

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Situated at foothills of  the Himalayas, the Jim Corbett National Park is the first national park in the world named after the renowned hunter Jim Corbett. It was declared a national park in the year 1936. The location is a paradise of the wildlife lovers in India. This national park spans over an area of 1318.54 sq. km. The core area of the Corbett tiger reserve forms the Corbett National Park while the remaining area contains reserve forests (496.54 sq.km.) and the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary (301.18 sq.km.) The scattered flat valleys combined with the hilly ridges and along with the Park’s rolling grasslands provide an excellent view of its rich eco system.

Places to see in Corbett National Park: The popular tourist spots of Corbett National Park include:

Corbett Museum

This is a heritage museum, that is not just a museum but more than that. This is a must visit for the historians, heritage and wildlife lovers. Being a place of stay once during the winters for renowned and valiant hunter turned environmentalist Jim Corbett, this is a museum that displays amazing belongings of him. The museum contains Jim Corbett’s personal articles, like gun, cap, bag, fishing net, paintings, sketches, manuscripts and the last hunting by him. Tourists can also enjoy the spectacular view of the Corbett falls located just 4 km from Museum.

Garjiya Devi

Garijiya Devi temple is one of the famous Shakti Shrine in Uttarakhand. This is a holy temple dedicated to Garjiya Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Parwati, daughter of King of the Mountains Himalaya also known as Giriraj. Located in middle of river Kosi, atop the steep rock, Gajia Devi temple has very steep steps.

Kyari Camp

Situated in the Kyari village to the east of the river Kosi, the Kyari Camp is located in a village amidst the dense jungles having exotic locales of Kumaon region.

Sitabani Forest Reserve

A heaven for the birdwatchers the place has an ashram tucked away in the jungle. Panthers and other wildlife move to Sitabani when the tourist season is on in Corbett. It is also idyllic for doing wildlife photography.

Sitabani Temple

According to the legend Devi Sita, the consort of Lord Rama had entered into the lap of Mother Earth here and hence the place is so named. Here we enjoy a fair during Ram Navmi.

Dhangari Museum

Here you will watch the educational details about floras and faunas of Corbett Park with trophies of naturally dead animals i.e. Tiger, Leopard, Tusker, Deer, Sambhar and Crocodile etc.

Bijrani

Bijrani once formed a part of a shooting block. During the British period it was much famed for the quality of game hunting that it offered to shikaris.

Jhirna

Until 1994 Jhirna was a farming village. It was successfully relocated under the Project Tiger after this. This site is now a good home to tiger, leopard and deer. It is also a home to a no. of interesting mammals like sloth bear and wild boar. Various species of birds can also be seen here.

Corbett Water Falls

The Corbett Waterfalls, leaping from a height of about 60 feet, is spectacular. The backdrop of scenic greenish forest creates will create a spell-binding effect on the visitors. Full Moon light colored waterfall is really worth-while to observe

Sunrise Point

This is the highest peak in Corbett and its surrounding area at Bhuwankhal Village (Kath ki Nao). One can see both the rivers Kosi and Ramganga from the peak at a glance

Kalagarh Dam

It is situated at the south-western side of the Corbett National Park. It is multipurpose project to provide Irrigation, hydro electric power and flood relief. Starting in 1962 this dam was completed in the year 1975. This very dam wrecked havoc with the ecological system of the region in 1970s but now attracts a great number of migratory waterfowl in the winters.

Ramnagar

It is just 5 kms from Corbett National Park, in the Nainital district of Kumaon region. Located on the banks of KosiRiver at an altitude of 345mts, and being quiet near to Corbett national park and Nainital this is a popular tourist resort. Ramnagar is the ideal spot for fishing camp.  The place is also famous for Litchi farming.

Nearby attractions from Corbett National Park: You can also visit these excursion spots while staying here.

Udham Singh Nagar

Udham Singh Nagar is one of the important districts of Uttarakhand with district headquarters at Rudrapur. It belongs to the Kumaon division of the Terai region. Udham Singh Nagar was originally part of Nainital district and it was only in 1995 that it received an identity of its own. It is surrounded by Nainital on the north, Champawat to the northeast, Nepal to the east and Uttar Pradesh to the south. It is primarily an industrial district and you can find several industry related jobs in this place. Along with establishment of industries there has been an equal growth of agriculture as well. The fertile lands and weather conditions are a perfect blend for agriculture in Udham Singh Nagar. Udham Singh Nagar is situated 32kms from Jim Corbett National Park.

Haldwani

Haldwani forms the ‘Gateway of kumaon’. It is situated at the base of Himalayas in the bhabhar region of the Indo–Gangetic plains. Haldwani is popularly known as the sharing its twin township with Kathgodam. The dusk and dawn of the Haldwani are pleasant and will make you feel that you are in the lap of nature.

Things to do in Corbett National Park: Want to explore the wilds of Jim Corbett National Park, then you must go for a jeep safari. Aside this enjoy nature walks here. The spot offers you with the golden opportunities of bird watching also.

Best time to visit Corbett National Park: Jhrina zone of the Corbett national park remains open throughout the year. But the best time to visit Corbett is from the mid of November to mid of June because during this period of time all the tourism zones of Corbett remain open for visitors and providing ample opportunities for the tourist to visit the entire national park.

How to go ?

By Air

The closest domestic airport to Corbett National Park is 50 kms away from Corbett National Park at Phoolbagh, Pantnagar. At 295 Km from CorbettNational Park, the nearest InternationalAirport is at Delhi. The major air link for tourists coming from northern parts of India is at Dehradun and Lucknow. Preferably, passengers availing flight from within India, or other parts of the world, should land down either to PalamAirport (domestic) or to IndiraGandhiInternationalAirport (International), New Delhi, accordingly. Both the airports have well facilitated air links within as well as outside India.

By Rail

The closest railway station to Corbett National Park is Ramnagar, which is 12 km from the Park. Ramnagar is the terminus of Delhi-Moradabad-Ramnagar broad gauge branch of North East Railway. Tourists coming to other parts of India have to reach the Kathgodam station, which is connected by rail routes from all parts of India. You can hire private cars or taxis from there to reach Corbett national Park.

By Road

Ramnagar is the town closest to Corbett National Park, which is famous as a sanctuary for Indian Wildlife. Ramnagar is well connected via road to Lucknow, Nainital, Ranikhet, Haridwar, Dehradun and New Delhi.

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Where to stay ?

There are some forest resorts located inside the park, which provides decent accommodation facilities along with the proper security. Some options are:

Corbett Tiger Reserve:+91-5947-253977
Dhikhala Forest Lodge: www.dhikala-corbett.com

You can also stay at Ramnagar, just 5km from the park. It is dotted with a number hotels. Some options are: 

Corbett Woods Resort: +91- 9999 10 5555  Website: www.corbettwoods.hotelscrs.com
Corbett Motel: +91-9719095769, 05947-253033

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Binsar

Binsar, Uttarakhand – An enchanting hill station, it is an ideal base to catch a glimpse of the stunning Panchachuli peak

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A beautiful and placid hill station Binsar is a popular travel destination in the Kumaon region of the state of Uttarakhand. Here you will get a chance to be close to nature. Located at an altitude of 2,412 mts above sea level, Binsar is a wonderful holiday hotspot offering majestic views of Himalayan peaks.  Binsar is an ideal location for the nature lovers and adventure lovers offering a great insight to the Kumaon culture. The magnificent five major peaks like Chaukhamba, Panchachuli, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, and Kedarnath are quiet visible from here.

Places to see in Binsar: This phenomenal hill station is gifted with some outstanding sight seeing locations. These include:

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

This sanctuary houses more than 200 species of bird, Barking Deer, Himalayan bear, leapord, fox, musk deer, langur, porcupine, flying squirrel, chital, jungle cat etc. You can easily spot an animal in this dense sanctuary. The wildlife sanctuary spans over an area of 47.79square kilometers and established in the year 1988.

Binsar Zero Point

TheZero point offers the priceless panoramic view of the spectacular Himalayan range. You can clearly see the snow-clad peaks of Kedarnath, Shivling, Trishul and the Nanda Devi from here.

Bineshwar Temple

This famous temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This place is the major crowd puller of Binsar. Make a visit to this sacred temple of 13th century. King Kalyan of the Chand Dynasty constructed this temple.

Khali Estate

Once the home of Sir Henry Ramsay, the commissioner of Kumaun from 1856 to 1884, Khali estate is an ideal place to spend some days enjoying the natural beauty. It is popularly called by British authors as “King of Kumaun”. He also built his bungalow at Binsar. Vijay Laxmi Pandit, the sister of Jawahar Lal Nehru, also lived here.

Mary Budden Estate

This estate perches within the deep heavily wooded oak forests of the Binsar Wild life Sanctuary. The Estate is located in a cozy corner of the Kumaon hills in the Himalayas, at a height of 8000 feet. Here the guests can be assured a unique experience within the estate. This estate is one of only five homes in all of Binsar. Mary Budden Estate is one of North India’s top eco-hotels harvests rainwater and is fully powered by solar energy.

Binsar Sanctuary Museum

Binsar has a museum about the flora and fauna of the region and provide good and valuable information about the Sanctuary.

Kasar Devi Temple

Located at a distance of around 9 km from Binsar, Kasar Devi Temple is said to be the house for the hippies. It was from here that the hippie culture got popular. It is a major tourist attraction for the foreigners. The temple got its first recognition in 1820 when Swami Vivekananda meditated.

Nearby attractions from Binsar: There are also some excursion spots located around Binsar. These include:

Kausani

Resting at an elevation of 1890mts above sea level, Kausani is 48kms from Binsar. This panoramic location is a very popular tourist spot in Uttarakhand. This charming hill resort amidst the several snow-capped peaks is endowed with excellent natural beauty. Mahatma Gandhi was absolutely moved by the scenic beauty of Kausani when he visited the place in the year 1929.

Bageshwar

Bageshwar is located at a distance of 60kms from Binsar. This new district is the headquarter of the center of administration of Danapur. Bageshwar derives its name from Bagnath, a famous temple in this region. Every year, thousands of pilgrims from all over the world make a visit to this place. According to the popular believe, Lord Shiva wandered here as a tiger. The site is located at the intersection of the Saryu and Gomti rivers. A popular fair called Uttarayani is held every year in January in Bageshwar. The place also forms an ideal base camp of the trekkers for Pindari.

Jaina

Situated at the height of 1677 mts Jaina is just a 59 kms drive from Binsar. This is full of orchards that produce apple, apricots, peaches, pears and other fruits.

Shiva Temple

31 kms from Binsar, this Shiva temple has a cave like structure, and rests amidst forests of oak & deodar, having its own archeological importance.

Chitai Temple or Gollu Devta

The ChitaiTemple is a temple dedicated to Gollu Devta, an incarnation of Gaur Bhairav. Located at a distance of 44kms from Binsar, this wakeful deity makes every wish of its devotees come true, if asked with a clear conscience. The reward he asks for is the ringing of the bell, which is quite evident from the thousands of bells which is hanged across the temple premises. This temple follows an unique process, anybody coming here can get Gollu Devta’s divine intervention by writing a letter to him. You will find stacks of letter which are pinned all over the temple together with the bells.

Baijnath Temple

This is the third renowned temple at Bageshwar, one of the few temples where you will find both Lord Shiva and Parvati Mata being worshipped. Located within the temple complex is a pond. You can find a variety of fish here.

Things to do in Binsar: The place is ideal for bird watching. You can also take a stroll here around the area and enjoy the scenic beauty of the location which are a feast for the eyes. Shoppers must carry crafts made from the local wood that makes a good souvenir.

Best time to visit Binsar:  Binsar can be visited throughout the year, but the best time to visit the picturesque hill station is from April to June and again from September to November.

How to go ?

By Air

Flights from Delhi will occasionally be available to the airport in Pantnagar. This is a developing airport in the state of Uttarakhand and flight services here are not so regular. However, you can try for flights to this airport in order to reach Binsar easily from here.

By Train

The town of Binsar can be easily reached through trains and buses, as buses will directly run to the major bus stand located in the town, and trains can be taken to the nearby railway station. Flights can also be taken to the nearest airport, located in the town of Pantnagar.

By Bus

Local as well as State transport buses are available from Kathgodam, Chandigarh, Delhi and other parts of the region.

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Where to stay ?

 Binsar is dotted with some accommodation options too.

The Binsar Retreat: +91-819- 192-0725  Website: www.thebinsarretreat.com
Binsar Rest House: +91-8650002537  Website: www.kmvn.gov.in
Binsar Eco Camp: 91  09412 17 0366, 9675 54 4799, 8958 13 9414 Website: www.binsarecocamp.com
Maa Anandmayee Guest House: www.anandinuttarakhand.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Pithoragarh

Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand – An extremely pleasing hill station, where Mother Nature has generously bestowed all forms of natural beauty

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Lying in the easternmost part of the Himalayas, Pithoragarh is a beautiful location in the lap of nature. The site is nick-named by the local people as Soar-Ghat. It seems as if Pithoragarh is filled with natural beauty up-to the fullest. The land is dotted with high Himalayan mountains, snow-covered peaks, passes, valleys, alpine meadows, forests, waterfalls, perennial rivers, glaciers, and cascades. The area is also rich in diverse flora and fauna. Numerous temples and ruined forts of the Chand King’s era are scattered throughout.

During the coldest month of January, tropical ridges and high location along the lesser Himalaya record an average monthly temperature between 5.5°C and 8°C. By the March the temperature begins to rise progressively till early June which is the hottest month every where. Dharchula and Jhulaghat record an average temperature between 30 – 45°C.

Places to see in Pithoragarh: The location offers some historical and religious spots worth visiting. These include:

Pithoragarh Fort

Constructed by the Gorkhas in 1789, Pithoragarh Fort stands on top of the hill in the outskirts of the town.

Dhwaj Temple

The Dhwaj Temple can be reached in two ways. It can be reached either by an adventurous trek of 4km or by driving 10kms . This is a highly revered place for  the localites. This sacred temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Maa Jayanti. From the Dhwaj Tempkle, the views of the majestic Himalayas are remarkable. The temple rests at an elevation of 2100mts above sea level.

Thal Kedar

This location is a hub of the Shaiva pilgrims – followers of Lord Shiva. Every year during the Shiv Ratri huge crowds of devotees are seen in this temple.

Kapileshwar Mahadev

Only 3km from Pithoragarh town this is a sacred cave temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The mesmerizing Soar valley with the snow laden Himalayas looks spell-binding from the Kapileshwar Mahadev.

Chandak

Just 8kms from Pithoragarh the location affords splendid views of the mighty Himalayan range. There is a Manu Temple  holding great importance amongst the locales.

Nearby attractions around Pithoragarh: You can also visit some fantastic nearby locations from here. These include:

Rameshwar  Ghat

36kms from Pithoragarh, Rameshwar Ghat is located at the confluence of the Ramganga and Saryu Rivers. Here are two principal temples of Lord Shiva and Lord Rama. During Makar Sankranti a large fair is held in this region as both the rivers play a vital in Pithoragarh district.

Abbott Mount

The Abbott Mount with a height of 2018mts  offers a peaceful and picturesque environment. Abbott Mount remains covered with the sheets of snow during winters. The Abbott Mount provides a lucrative view of the Himalayan range. This place is away from the cacophony of the city life. 13 isolated cottages are found in this hill. Abbot Mount is situated in 56kms from Pithoragarh offering tranquility with exquisiteness.

Dharchula

On the margins of the Pithoragarh district, Dharchula is located at a distance of 83kms from Pithoragarh town. It is an important destination of the Kumaon region being a part of the route to Kailash Mansarovar and Chota Kailash.

Askot Sanctuary

This sanctuary has not only diverse and rich flora and fauna it equally affords the charming vistas of nature’s beauteousness. Askot Sanctuary located at a distance of 54kms from Pithoragarh and has an elevation of 5412ft above sea level. You can see bharals, monals, snow leopards, Himalayan black bears, chirs, koklas, pheasants, musk deers, snow cocks, tahra, and chukors.

Things to do in Pithoragarh: Pithorgarh offers you plenty of activities including hang-gliding, paragliding, trekking, skiing, canoeing, river rafting, and fishing adventures. Pay homage at the various temples here. Want to enjoy something exciting and thrilling then plod along the narrow path of the thick forests to spot some snow leopards, musk deer, and peafowl. Tired after all the activity then just sit back and relax on the soft velvety grass.

Best time to visit Pithoragarh: Pithoragarh experiences pleasant climate during the summer season but during the winter season, it can get chilly, hence the best time to visit Pithoragarh is from March to June and then again from September to December.

How to go ?

By Air

The nearest operational airport to Pithorgarh is at Pantnagar, Udham Singh Nagar. It is about 250 km from Pithorgarh. Taxi services are available from the airport to Pithorgarh for a taxi charge of Rs. 2500. International travelers can get connecting flights from Delhi International airport.

By Train

The nearest railway station is at Tanakpur at distance of about 150 km from Pithorgarh city centre. Tanakpur is well connected to major rail heads in North India.

By Road

Pithoragarh is well connected by buses. State owned road transport buses connect Pithorgarh with other cities in and around including Kathgodam, Almora and Haldwani.

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Where to stay ?

There are very few accommodation options in Pithoragarh. You can stay at the KMVN tourist lodge. For booking details please contact:

Tourist Rest House KMVN: +91-8650002538

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Munshiyari

Munshiyari, Uttarakhand – Also known as ‘Little Kashmir’, this is a heaven of the nature lovers and adventurous ones

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Located at a height of 3853 Metres ( 12634 Feet) above the Sea Level, Munshiyari is known as the “Queen of Kumaon” hill range. The place is also nick-named as “Little Kashmir”. The region is the heaven of the nature lovers and adventurous ones. Catch a glance of the mesmerizing Himalayan peak, Panchchuli from here. Munsiyari is a very newly discovered tourist place in Uttarakhand. Until recently Munsiyari remained a restricted area in Himalayan inner line wedged in between borders of India, China & Nepal. Visiting the place is an unique experience and gives a completely different feeeling.

Places to see in Munshiyari: Munshiyari forms a good base for a number of scenic tourist location. These include:

Majestic Peak of Panchchuli 

Though easily visible from all view points in the Pithoragarh district, a close and vivid view of this most prominent cluster of five peaks we can have from Munsiyari situated in the Johar valley. The imperial beauty of this traditional home of Shauka tribe blended with the hospitality of the KMVN is what has given Munshiyari, the status of being one of the most inviting tourist destination in the recent years.

Birthi Falls

This wonderful cascade is combined with profuse greenery of nature. Falling from a height of 126 mts, this is an ideal spot for tea and lunch breaks and is located at a span of 35kms before Munsiyari.

Maheshwari Kund (Mehsar Kund)

This is also named as Mehsar Kund by the locales. This Kund is just a few kilometers walk from Munsiyari and the spot has now become a pond which offers an alluring view of nature. You can see the Panchachuli peak from here.

Betulidhar

A large garden of  Rhododendrons, Betulidhar is an ideal slope for skiing in winters. Here the sunrise and sunsets showcases beautiful tint of nature.

Thamari Kund

This exotic natural lake is located in the midst of alpine trees and paper trees. You can easily catch a glimpse of the Musk Deer here.

Darkot

A beautiful picturesque hamlet which is just 6kms from Munsiyari on Madkot road. The shop-aholics can buy pashmina, shawls and sheepwool blankets from here. This old artistic house of Darkot represent the rich cultural heritage and creativity of the localites of Kumaon.

Khaliya Top

A very easy trek, covering a distance of 10 kms from Munsiyari, will take you to the Khaliya top. It is located at an elevation of 11500 ft and the trek route offers the scenic views of the greater Himalayan ranges. Towering peaks of Panchchuli, Hardeol, Rajrambha, Nandadevi and Nandakot are clearly visible on this range. These snowy peaks are surrounded with the Khaliya Alpine meadows.  The Alpine slopes of Khalia Top and Betuldhar is ideal for skiing in the winter season.

Nanda Devi

Constructed in the ancient days Nanda Devi temple is on of the oldest temple. This temple is beautifully designed and decorated. Thousands of devotees from all over the country come here to worship the Nanda Devi Temple from the core of the heart. Nanda Devi Temple is only 3km trek from Munshiyari.

Tribal Heritage Museum

Also called the Masterji Museum, the tribal museum is constructed by Dr. S.S. Pangthi who is a retired school teacher, a trekker, traveller, author and also an authority on Bhotiyas of the area. This is a private museum with some antique collection is at his residence in Nanasen village. You can have a look at the original documents, that enabled trade between the Johar Valley and Tibet and along-with the personal effects of the traders.

Balanti Potato Farm

Located at an altitude of 9000 feet this farm grows high yielding potatoes. Covered by the lush green forests, from here one can have a magnificent view of the Panchchuli Peaks.

Kalimuni top

The Kalimuni top is located at 9500 feet on the way to Munshiyari from Birthi. It is 15 km from the Munshiyari township and has a Kali temple. The view of Panchachulli range from the Kalimuni top is amazing.

Dharchula

On the banks of river Kali, an important route to Kailash Mansarovar.

Narayan Ashram

Developed by Narayan Swami, this is a renowned spiritual and socio-economic enter in the region.

Nearby attraction around Munshiyari: Munshiyari also offers some scenic nearby locations. These include:

Didihat

Located at an altitude of 1,725 mts above sea level Didihat is a panoramic town in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand state. The location is rich in flora and fauna that offers a beautiful views of verdant valley covered by attractive ridges. The place is situated on the pilgrimage route to Kailash Mansarovar. The place is located at a distance of 89 kms from Munsiyari.

Pithoragarh

It is surrounded by Nepal to the east and Tibet to the north. The place is popular for its exquisite natural beauty and is widely known as the ‘Little Kashmir’. Pithoragarh is located at a height of 1650 mt above sea level thus offering picturesque views of Himalayas. The location has a pleasant weather throughout the year and with a beauty healing us from tension and stress. This scenic location is situated at a distance of 135 kms from Munshiyari.

Chaukori

Chaukori is a small hamlet located at an interval of 96km from Munshiyari. This location perches at an elevation of 2,010mts above sea level, and greets its visitors with enchanting natural beauty. The location is renowned for the tea gardens established by the British. This place is a heaven for the Kumaon travellers. The pristine location remains un-spoilt by the pollution and crowd. From here the views of the snow-capped Himalayan peak is really enchanting. The five sibling peaks of Nanda Devi, Chaukhanba, Trishul, Nanda Kot and the Panchachuli are distinctly visible from Chaukori.

Things to do in Munshiyari: Ideal for trekking, Munshiyari also offers a list of other things to do including bird-watching and wildlife viewing. Explore the spectacular views of the gorgeous peaks or just sit back and relax. You can also buy some fantastic hand-woven carpets or Himalayan tree saplings. Enjoy the delicious local dish Kuka. You can also head to places like Khaliatop and Betulidhar for some fabulous skiing opportunities or Goriganga for river rafting.

Best time to Visit Munsiyari: March to June & September to October is the best time to visit Munsiyari and trekking at Munsiyari.

How to go ?

By Air

The nearest airport to Munsiyari is Pantnagar Airport. Pantnagar airport is situated 249 kms from Munsiyari in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand state. Taxis are available from Pantnagar Airport to Pithoragarh, Almora, Bageshwar and Munsiyari. Pantnagar is connected to Delhi with daily flights. PantNagarAirport is well connected by metalled road with Munsiyari.

By Rail

The nearest railheads to Munsiyari are Kathgodam and Tanakpur. The distance from Tanakpur Railway station to Munsiyari is 286 kms, and Kathgodam Railway station is situated at a distance of 275 kms from Munsiyari. Taxis and buses are easily available from Tanakpur and Kathgodam to Almora, Pithoragarh, Bageshwar and Munsiyari.  Tanakpur and Kathgodam are well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. 

By Road

Munsiyari is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand and northern India. Buses from ISBT Anand Vihar are available to Champawat, Almora, Tanakpur, Haldwani and many other destinations from where you can easily hire a local cab to reach Munsiyari. Taxis and buses are easily available to Munsiyari from major destinations of Kumaon region.

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Where to stay ?

The are plenty of eco resorts and hotels in Munshiyari. Some options are:

Tourist Rest House (KMVN) :+91-8650002540
Johar Hilltop Resorts:
+91-59612- 22752 Website: www.joharhilltop.net
Milam Inn Hotel: +9159612-22633,+915962-258012, 258333  Website: www.milaminnmunsiyari.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Champawat

Champawat, Uttarakhand – An immensely beautiful tourist location in Kumaon at 1,670 mts above sea level

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This picturesque town rests at an elevation of 1,670mts above sea level and is located in the easternmost part of the Kumaon region. The ancient capital of Chand rulers, Champawat is rich in cultural heritage. The site derives its name from Champawati, King Arjun Deo’s daughter. Here the Pandavas of Mahabharata also spend their some part of 12 years of exile. Lord Vishnu appeared in the incarnation of turtle i.e Kurmavtar here.  Champawat blessed with innate natural beauty and historic temples.

Places to see in Champawat: This beautiful and scenic town is admired with a number of sight seeing attractions. These include:

Baleshwar Temple

Baleshwar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built by the Chand rulers. The Temple is a marvellous symbol of stone carving work. There isn’t any historical manuscript that dates the Baleshwar temple, however it is believed to be built between 10 – 12 century A.D.

Nagnath Temple

This is an exceptionally beautiful example of ancient architecture of Kumaon.

Ek Hathiya Ka Naula

Just 5 kms from Champawat, it is believed to have been constructed in just one night by the one handed artisan.

Kranteshwar Mahadev

The sacred shrine atop a hill to the east of Champawat is also called as Kurmapad or Kandev.

Vanasur-Ka-Kila (7 kms)

This fort was built during the medieval times. It is said that the legendary Vanasur, was assassinated here. The Lohawati river originates nearby.

Nearby attractions around Champawat: There are ample attractions around Champawat too. These include:

Lohaghat

This historical town is 14 kms from Champawat is set on the banks of river Lohawati and is noted for its natural beauty and mythological legends.

Mayawati Ashram (9 kms)

Jus 9 from Champawat, this pristine location with a beautiful ashram, amidst scenic surroundings attracts large number spiritualists from all over the world. Swami Vivekananda decided to shift the publication office of ‘Prabuddh Bharat’ from Madras to Mayawati during his visit to Almora in 1898.

Abbot Mount (8 kms)

The beautiful site is idyllic for a holiday resort thus offering the breathtaking view of the Himalayan peaks.

Devidhura (45 kms)

The charming site is known for the Varahi temple, where a unique tradition of Bagwal (organised stone throwing between two groups) is practiced on Raksha Bandhan. Jim Corbett’s tale ‘TempleTiger’ is associated with the Devidhura temples. It is also an excellent site for trekking. More about Devidhura.

Pancheshwar (40 kms)

Located at the confluence of river Kali and Saryu on the Nepal border, Pancheshwar is famous for the Shiva temple of Pancheshwar, where Jaat of Chaumu is worshipped as protector of animals.

Meetha Reetha Saheb

An important Sikh pilgrim centre, it is just 72 kms from Champawat. According to the story saint Guru Nanak, the first Guru of the Sikhs came here and had spiritual discussions with Gorakhpanthi Jogis. The Gurudwara here stands at the confluence of Lodhiya and Ratiya rivers, near village Deyuri.

Purnagiri Temple

Enshrined atop the Poornagiri hill, this temple is only 20 kms from Tanakpur and 92 kms from Champawat. Large number of devotees visit the shrine from all over the country, especially during the Chaitra Navratri in the month of March – April. The temple affords awe-inspiring views of the expanse of river Kali, its islands, the township of Tanakpur and a few Nepali villages.

Shyamlatal

The holy and famous Vivekananda Ashram located on the banks of the beautiful Shyamlatal lake attracts countless number of devotees here. The blue waters of the lake sprawl over an area of 1.5 sq. kms. The place derives its name from this spectacular lake. Shyamlataal is only 56 kms from Champawat.

Tanakpur

Tanakpur is located at an elevation of 837 ft above sea level. The location stands at a span of 73km from Champawat. It is amongst the few places of Uttarakhand which has Rail Connectivity with Bareilly. Tanakpur lies on the riverside of Sharda River. The main attraction of Tanakpur is the Purnagiri Temple, which is believed to be one of the 108 Siddha Peeths attracting thousands of devotees every month.

Things to do in Champawat: The location offers excellent views of Himalayas. Savour the mesmerizing natural beauty of the location. Sight seeing is all you can enjoy in Champawat.

Best Time To Visit: October-March is the best time to visit Champawat.

How to go ?

By Air

Pantnagar is the nearest airport at a distance of 155 km. Regular flights operate between Delhi and Pantnagar. Delhi, well connected to most cities within the country and abroad is the nearest international airport. It is 412 km from Champawat. Taxis can be hired from Pantnagar airport to reach Champawat. Some hotels also arrange pick-up services from Pantnagar and Delhi.

By Train

Trains can be taken to the nearest railway station, Tanakpur. This is however a minor railway station having trains only to very few destinations like Lucknow, Shahjahanpur and Philibhit. Trains can also be taken to Kathgodam, from where you can reach Champawat easily. Kathgodam is connected to all major rail heads in India.

By Road

The town of Champawat is well connected to many destinations around the state through regular buses. You can also opt for trains or cabs from any particular destination in order to reach Champawat.

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Where to stay ?

Champawat has not many but very few accommodation facilities. Some options are:

Hotel Shiva Residency: +91-05665 230 004
Hotel Mount View: +91-099271 67905
KMVN Tourist Rest House: +91-8650002550

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Ranikhet

Ranikhet, Uttarakhand – Famous for its stunning Golf course, this panoramic location is admired for spectacular terrace farms and lovely alpine forests

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Perching at 1,829 mt above the sea level, Ranikhet refers to “Queen’s Meadow”. The place got its name after a legend. King Sudhardev won the heart of his queen, Rani Padmini, thus subsequently choosing the area for her residence, and gave it the name of Ranikhet. It is an ideal location for the golf-lover enthusiasts because of the beautiful green velvety golf course.

In 1869 the British established the headquarters of the Kumaon Regiment here and used the station as a retreat from the heat of the Indian summer. At one time during British Raj, it was also proposed as the summer headquarters of Government of India, in lieu of Shimla. In 1900, it had a summer population of 7,705, and its corresponding winter population was measured in 1901 as 3,153.

Ranikhet becomes very cold in the winters and remains moderate in summers, and is best enjoyed from March to October. Ranikhet gets snowfall in the winter season, mainly in the months of December, January and February. But in the rest of the months the weather of Ranikhet remains pleasant.

Places to see in Ranikhet: The sight seeing locations of Ranikhet include:

Chaubatia Gardens

It is situated 10 kms from Ranikhet and is renowned for apple orchards. Ranikhet is popular for its juicy apples, apricots, peaches and various alpine fruits. Apart from fruits you can also buy fresh juices and honey from Chaubatia Gardens. The picturesque views of the snow capped peaks of majestic  Himalayan range can be seen from Chaubatia Gardens.

Golf Course

This is one of the prime attractions of Ranikhet. The Ranikhet Golf Course is one of the highest golf courses of Asia, located 5 kms from main Ranikhet City. Ranikhet Golf Course is a 9-hole course. The green meadow of the golf course at such high altitude is awe-inspiring. The golf club provides membership plans for outsiders as well.

Ashsiyana Park

Ashiyana Park is situated in the midst of Ranikhet town. The Park is specially designed & developed for children on jungle theme by Ranikhet Cantt.

St. Bridget Church

It is an old church in Ranikhet town.

Tarikhet

It is located at a distance of 8 Kms from Ranikhet and is well known for its Gandhi Kuti, and the temple of Golu Devta, venerated in the Kumaon region.

Mankameshwar Temple

This temple is attached to the Nar Singh Maidan (Ground), constructed by the Kumaon regiment. Opposite to the temple is a Gurudwara and a Shawl  factory.

Majkhali

Located at a distance of 12 kms. from Ranikhet, on the way to Almora, Majkhali offers a close view of the snowy Himalayas with peaceful surroundings. It is a picnic spot on the Ranikhet-Almora road.

Haidakhan Temple

Situated 4 kms from Ranikhet, Haidakhan Temple (Hairakhan Temple or Chilianaula) is dedicated to Lord Shiva made by Shri Haidakhan Maharaj who is said to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva. The splendid views of the gigantic Himalayan peaks are clearly visible from HaidakhanTemple.

Jhula Devi Temple

The Jhula Devi Temple was built in the 8th century. It is a temple dedicated to Goddess Durga and is only 7 kms from Ranikhet. The people of Uttaranchal have strong belief in the Jhula Devi Temple. Ram Mandir is situated very close to Jhula Devi Mandir.

Syalikhet

It is a scenic spot with unparallel beauty situated at a distance of 25kms from Ranikhet. Syalikhet is located in the amidst green forest and apple orchards. The famous temple of Syahi Devi is situated in Syalikhet.

Binsar Mahadev

The artistic structure of the Binsar Mahadev Temple and its deity Lord Shiva both adds positive vibes to our mind and soul. A beautiful stream flowing close to the Binsar Mahadev Temple adds amazement to the natural beauteousness of this sacred place. Binsar Mahadev Temple is situated amidst beautiful pine and deodar trees. Apart from the temple an ashram, Binsar Mahadev also has lovely cedar forest surroundings.

Katarmal (SunTemple) 

It is the second most important temple to Sun God, the first one being Sun Temple of Konark in Orissa. Katarmal is more than 800 years old. Situated 25kms from Ranikhet this historical temple is an example of intricate sculpturing.

Bhalu Dam or Baludham

It is an artificial small lake blessed with natural bounteousness, panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountains and placid surroundings. The small but beautiful garden nearby the dam is marvellous. The dam site is open for all the tourists throughout the year. The views of the massive Himalayan peaks are enchanting and ravishing from Bhalu Dam. It is an ideal spot for camping and picnicking.

KRC (Kumaon Regimental Centre) Museum

KRC Museum was established in the 1970s, this Regiment Museum showcases the history of Kumaon and Garhwal regiments. It also displays valuable treasures like Rani Jhasi’s silver scepter, Chinese rifles from the 1962 war, a World War-II Japanese wireless field telephone and documents related to the Kargil War.

Nearby attractions around Ranikhet: From Ranikhet make a visit to places like:

Chaukuthia

Chaukhutia is a small town located on the banks of Ramganga in the Almora district of Uttarakhand state. The town of Chaukhutia is situated at the meeting point of four picturesque and important places of Uttarakhand. It’s name is derived from a Kumaoni word Chakuta which means four feet in four directions, where first direction is towards Ramnagar, second towards Karanprayag, third towards Ranikhet and Almora and the fourth direction is towards Tadaktaal and Kheera. The entire region of Kumaon and Garhwal is easily accessible from Chaukhutia. It is situated on NH87 which meets at Karnaprayag with NH58 to reach Badrinath Dham. Chaukhutia’s historical past and religious significance can be seen basking in its glory in the nearby areas. Kali temple, Vaishno Devi’s temple, ancient fort and ruins of Katyuri dynasty all makes Chaubhutia an explorer’s delight.

Dwarahat

Dwarahat is situated in Almora district of Uttarakhand, 37kms from Ranikhet and is popular for a group of 55 ancient temples. It is quite a small place in the centre of Ranikhet and Garsian at the intersection of Ranikhet -Kasauni road and Almora-Badrinath road. As the name suggests, Dwarahat means way of Heaven where Dwara means way and Hat means Heaven. A visit to Dwarahat gives you a feeling of closeness with God. Dwarahat is famous for its ancient temples which were constructed mainly by the Katyuri kings and its architecture resembles the Gurjari School of Art. Maa Dunagiri temple located at a distance of 20km from Dwarahat belongs to the mountain brought by Pavandev. Eevery night of navratri is dedicated to none different forms of Goddess Durga. They are Maa Shailputri, Maa Brahmachaarin, Maa Chandraghanta, Maa Kushmaanda, Skand Maa, Maa Kaatyayini, Maa Kaalratri, Maa Chaamunda, and Mata Sidhidaarti. To reach the Durga temple or Paban Maharaj Ashram on the highway, you have to climb 500 steps on the top of a hill.

Majkhali

Majkhali offers a magnificient view of snow capped Himalayas with natural biosphere. It also hosts a forest nursery where they have different variety of Flora and Fauna species. There is also a Birla Girls School situated at Majkhali. Golf Course is one of the famous picnic spot located at a distance of 6 kms from Majkhali on road to Ranikhet. The salubrious atmosphere makes visitors fond of the place.

Things to do in Ranikhet: Trekking, fishing and golf are some of the things to do in Ranikhet. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Nanda Devi – Himalayan peak or pay homage at Jhula Temple and Kali Devi Temple. Take a trip to Chaubatia Orchard that features variety of exotic flowers or Bhaludham – an excellent picnic spot. Shop for stuff like Kumaoni Shawls, woollen Fabrics, weed Shawls and Baal Mithai or head to places like Almora, Nainital, and Manila for some fun, and frolic near Ranikhet. Radiating an old world charm, Ranikhet is a perfect holiday destination in the lap of nature.

Best time to visit Ranikhet: Summers are the peak season when everyone wants to escape the heat on the plains. The best time to visit Ranikhet is from September to November and again from April to June, when the weather is bracing. If you dislike the crowd, visit in the winters when the cold discourages the usual tourists. If you like the rains, visit Ranikhet in the early monsoon and walk through the lush green hillsides. It can be invigorating.

How to go ?

By Air

Pantnagar airport is the nearest domestic terminal, which is 119 km away. Pre-paid taxi services charge about Rs 2000 from Pantnagar to Ranikhet. Pantnagar airport is connected to Delhi by daily flights. Delhi is the nearest International airport, which is 350 km away from Ranikhet. Delhi airport is well connected with major cities within the country and abroad.

By Train

Kathgodam Railway station, about 80 km away from Ranikhet, is the nearest railhead. Pre-paid taxi services are available from Kathgodam to Ranikhet which costs about Rs 1500. Regular train services are available from Kathgodam to Delhi and also to other cities in India.

By Road

Ranikhet is well connected with nearby cities like Nainital (54 km), Almora (49 km) and Bareily (181 km). Tourist and State owned bus services are available from Delhi to Ranikhet, covering the distance of 350 km.

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Where to stay ?

Ranikhet is admired with a number of hotels and resorts suited to the budget.

Tourist Rest House Ranikhet (KMVN): +91-8650002533
Parwati Inn: + 91 5966- 220325, 61  Website: www.parwatihotels.com
Hotel Moon & Restaurant: +91 5966 -220382  Website: www.hotelmoonranikhet.com
Woodsvilla Resort:+91-05966- 240369, 240374, 240381 Website: www.woodsvillaresort.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Nainital

Nainital, Uttarakhand – A celebrated hill station with the alluring Naini Lake located at its heart

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A precious stone in the Himalyan necklace, Nainital is blessed phenomenal natural beauty and diverse natural resources . Nainital is populated with lakes, and has earned the epithet of  “Lake District” of India . The habitations of Nainital has developed around a deep, green volcanic lake named Naini lake and hence is named as Nainital. It is Kumaon’s largest town and a favourite destinations of the tourists.  The place is situated at a height of 2,084 metres (6,837 ft) above sea level upon a valley containing the pear-shaped Naini lake.

Places to see in Nainital: The sightseeing locations of Nainital include mainly lakes. However there are some other tourist destinations too.

Naini Lake

Tal means lake, the town of Nainital is named after this lake. This is a pear shaped covered by green mountains. It’s the key attraction of this hill station. The lake is tourists’ hub who enjoy boating, yachting or paddling here. As night descends the lake reflects the lights from houses and hotels surrounding the lake making it appear magical.

Naina Devi Temple

A renowned place of worship in Nainital, the Naina Devi temple is situated upon the Naina hill,  attracting lots of devotees each year. As the myth says, Goddess Sati’s eyes fell exactly at the same spot where this temple is situated. The top of the temple can be reached by climbing upto the top of the Naina hill. Besides the main idol of Maa Naina Devi, inside the temple there are two idols, one of Mata Kali Devi and the other of Lord Ganesh.

Snow View Point

This view point is located at an altitude of 2270 m, and can be reached either by foot or by another option of the ropeway. From the top the breathtaking views of snow capped mountains can be seen and one can also visit the small temple dedicated to Dev Mundi. Further ahead is the Gadhan Kunkyop Ling Monastery.

Naina peak or China peak

The highest peak of Nainital, the Naina peak is placed at an altitude of 2611 m. Just 6 km from the town, a horse ride or trek will take you to the Peak. The Peak gives a magnificent and panoramic view of the snow capped Himalayas and an excellent view of the Nainital city.

Nainital Zoo

One km from the bus stand, the zoo is a one of the animal lovers paradise. It contains the animals like the Snow Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Barking Deer, Siberian Tiger, Palm Civet Cat, Silver Pheasants, Rose ringed Parakeet and many other Himalayan birds.

The Governor’s House (Raj Bhavan)

It is built for the Governor of North West Province, and forms the current residence of the Governor of Uttarakhand serving as a guest-house of the state guests. You need a prior permission for the stay. The place is a well maintained beautiful property with swimming pool, golf links and a grand garden.

Nearby places to visit form Nainital: From here you can make a visit to places like:

Sattal

Only 21km from Nainital, the place is named after a group of seven lakes clustered closer to each other. Here you can witness nature’s true beauty at its best. This seven Lakes are: Panna Tal, Purna Tal, Nal-Damyanti Tal, Sita Tal, Ram Tal, Laxman Tal and Sukha Tal.

Ranikhet

A drive of 55km will take you to a truly beautiful town dotted with pine trees, orchards, temples and the joy grounds. Ranikhet means Queen’s meadow in Hindi and the place got its name from a local tale, that Raja Sudhardev was victorious in receiving the heart of his queen, Rani Padmini at the very place.

Bhimtal

Just 18km from Nainital, Bhimtal is a stunning lake and biggest lake located around Nainital. In the centre of this blue water lake is a small Island, which can be approached by a boat and at the island is an aquarium too. Here one can enjoy boating or explore the surroundings temples on foot.

Nakuchiatal

This is a mystique lake with nine corners. This is covered by forested hills on all sides and provides peace to the tourist. It is said that whoever sees all the nine corners of the lake in one shot, attains Nirvana. Apart from the mesmerizing view of the lake, the activities like trekking, angling and paragliding are also available for tourist. It is only 24km from Nainital.

Pangot

Pangot is a charming hill station just 13 km from Nainital in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. The pleasant climate, scenic landscape has made the time come to a stand still in Pangot. It is an ideal tourists excursion spot. Though there is a heavy rush of tourists here during summers, this is also a popular holiday destination in winter too. Tourists flock to Pangot to experience snowfall during the chilling winter months.

Things to do in Nainital: If you have an adventurous bend on your mind then you can enjoy beautiful trekking trails to Naina Peak and Tiffins Top. You can also take a ride in cable car to Snow View thus enjoying the splendid view of Nanda Devi. Rock climbing at Bada Pathar is another activity worth enjoying. You can also visit the lake resorts like Sat Tal, Bhimtal, and Naukuchiyatal.  Shoppers can pick up the stuffs like candles, shawls, and sweaters.

Best time to visit Nainital: The best time to visit Nainital are from March till June and again in September-October.

How to go ?

By Air

Pantnagar airport is situated at a distance of 71 km away from Nainital but the connectivity from other cities is comparatively poor. The Delhi International airport around 280 km from Nainital is the nearest air base. Delhi is the nearest international airport (280 km), which is well connected with other cities in India and abroad.

By Rail

Kathgodam is the nearest railway station, which is 35 km away from Nainital. Delhi (Ranikhet Exp), Lucknow (Bagh Exp) and Bareilly (Bagh Exp) are directly connected with Kathgodam by rail.

By Road

Nainital is well connected to other cities by state public transport buses.

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Where to stay ?

The are an array of accommodation options in Nainital. These include:

Hotel Sukhtal (KMVN): +91-05942- 235400
Hotel Talllital (KMVN): +91-05942- 235570
Hotel Snow-view ((KMVN): +91-05942- 238570
Hotel Welcome Park: +91 – 5942-235552, 236852, 239052  Website: www.hotelwelcomepark.com
Himalaya Hotel: +9105942 – 235258, 237258  Website: www.himalayapavilion.com

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Khali-Estate

Khali Estate, Uttarakhand – The Resort is shrouded by pine and oak forest overlooking the panoramic & the majestic snow clad central Himalayas

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Uttaranchal, with Tibet to the north and Nepal to the east, is equally bifurcated into two historic regions of Garhwal and Kumaon. Lying in the east, Kumaon rests at its heart, with the magnificent sight of the great Himalayas, the tree-covered Binsar wildlife sanctuary and the Khali Estate.

Khali-EstateThe Mountain Resort popularly known as Khali Estate is located in the Binsar Wild life Sanctuary near Ayarpani village in Almora district of Uttaranchal.  Situated on the top of a hill, the Resort is shrouded by pine and oak forest over looking the panoramic and the majestic snow clad mountains of the central Himalayas. The peaks like Nanda Devi (25645 ft.), Nanda Ghunti, Trishul, Badrinath (Chaukhambha), Kedarnath, Gangotri, Shivling, Bandar punch, Kamet, Nanda Kote etc. are visible from the resort.

The Mountain Resort is situated at an altitude of 2000 meters (6600ft.) above sea level. It is 22 km. by motor road, north of Almora town. All types of vehicles including buses, cars and jeeps can easily come right up to the Resort. This resort is founded by Sir Henry Ramsay after he retired from the services. Though a native of England he did not made his return there. Instead his Home now was 25 virgin acres of Khali. The serenity of the estate even attracted Mahatma Gandhi who established an Ashram named Shail Ashram which existed for five years.

Khali-EstateKhali-EstateThe esteemed Nehru family also spent memorable holidays in this heavenly place. The morning sun peeps over the Himalayas to bath its hills with its shimmering golden rays so as to enhance the beauty of the place thus making the place a god’s island.

It is true that some  paradise are made to be lost. This beautiful mountain resort is now visited by very few tourists and is almost losing its identity as a holiday destination.

Nearby Attractions at Khali Estate:  The Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary inside which the mountain resort is located is the nearest visiting spot from the Khali Estate. It provides shelter to the numerous species of  wild animals.

Places to see at Khali Estate: Almora, just 20 km from Khali Estate can be visited from here.

Things to do at Khali Estate: You can just stand and stare or stroll through the 25 acres of Khali, watch the splendid view of the sunrise and the sunset, or simply relax in the peaceful serene atmosphere.  If you want to sit back at the Khali Estate then there are  several options provided by the resort that you will enjoy without getting bored.

Khali-EstateIt has a spacious library for those who are book lovers. You can enjoy playing the indoor games like, Badminton, Table Tennis and Lawn Tennis and also other games here. If you are a nature lover you would be enchanted to see varieties of wild flowers & plants while taking a stroll through the 25 acres of Khali Estate. Rhododendrons, pine, oak and cedar, you would see them all if you choose to go for a jungle walk.

This place is also a delight for the bird watchers and the shutter bugs. You may catch the glimpse of  a wide variety of birds starting from wood peckers to the majestic Himalayan magpie. Keep a keen eye on the camera to click at the right moment. A short trek to a nearby village is also a great idea. You can sip hot tea prepared by the villagers and talk to them to know more about their culture and way of life. Bonfires are also arranged in the Resort premises in the evenings and on special occasions folk songs, as well as dances are also arranged.

Trekking: The Khali Estate also organizes treks, to the different regions of Kumaon himalayas like Pindari Glacier, Pindari/Kafni Glacier, Nanda Devi Base Camp , Milam Glacier, Roop Kund, Panchachuli Glacier, Saryu RamGanga, GauriGangaValley,  Ralam Glacier.

Best time to visit Khali Estate:  You can visit the estate throughout the year. The place changes its scenic beauty according to the seasons thus welcoming the tourist with different attires.

How to go ?

By Road

From Delhi via Moradabad, Rampur, Rudrapur, Haldwani, Kathgodam, Bhowali, Garampani, Almora. Beyond Almora the route turns through Kasardevi, Kaparkhan, Binsar Santuary gate to Mountain Resort (Khali Estate).

Alternatively:

From Delhi via Moradabad, Tanda, Bilaspur, Kaladhungi, Nainital, Bhowali Garampani, Almora. Beyond Almora the route turns through Kasardevi, Kaparkhan, Binsar Santuary gate to Mountain Resort (Khali Estate).

By Rail

By Ranikhet Express from Delhi to Kathgodam. From Kathgodam, car journey of 3.5 hours to Khali Estate.

The route from Kathgodam to Khali Estate is via Kathgodam, Bhowali, Garampani, Almora. Beyond Almora the rote turns through Kasardevi, Kaparkhan, Binsar Santuary gate to Mountain Resort.

KHALI ESTATE IS LOCATED INSIDE THE BINSAR WILD LIFE SANCTUARY. KINDLY NOTE THAT THE BINSAR WILD LIFE SANCTUARY BARRIER GATE, CLOSES AT SUNSET AND OPENS AT SUNRISE.

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Where to stay ?

Mountain Resort Khali is open for booking round the year.
For bookings, please mail at mountainresort@rediffmail.com or call at +91 9820568809
For checking the room availability you may contact:
+91-9639989902
+91-9456566685
For further information you may visit the website: www.khaliestate.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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